Peace and Disarmament
Toda Institute Sponsors P.E.A.C.E. Project International Conference in Madrid, Spain
On May 25-27, the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research sponsored its ninth annual international conference at the headquarters of the Economic and Social Council of Spain in Madrid, Spain. Confederación Iberoamericana de Fundaciones (Confederation of Iberian-American Foundation, CIF) and the Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome supported the event. Some 60 scholars and experts of various fields from 29 countries gathered to discuss "Creating A Global Civilization for Dialogue and Peace."
Following welcome remarks by CIF President S.A.R. El Infante Don Carlos de Borbón and CIF Secretary General Sir. D. Jose Manuel Moran, Toda Institute Director Majid Tehranian introduced a message by Toda Institute founder Daisaku Ikeda. In his message, Mr. Ikeda referred to the concept of "Global Citizenship," which is the founding spirit of the Toda Institute and the vision of the institute's namesake, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda. Mr. Ikeda emphasized that each of us should strive for peace as a world citizen by transcending the narrow framework of nationalism. He hoped that dialogue among the participants will pave the way for humankind to follow for the sake of peace. Club of Rome Honorary President Dr. Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner and former UNESCO Director-General Dr. Federico Mayor Zargoza delivered keynote speeches on "Peace Education for Fostering Global Citizens" and "What is a Culture of Peace?," respectively.
Toda Institute's new P.E.A.C.E. Project focuses on [P]eace [E]ducation, [A]rts, [C]ulture, and [E]nvironment. It launched seven research teams on little-explored fields in today's peace studies, including anti-racism; peace journalism; political Islam and authoritarian democracy in South Asia; and music for peace. Based on these topics, participants held lively discussions on how to create a "civilization for dialogue and peace."