Peace and Disarmament

Back to listMay 31, 2005

SGI-Canada Youth Division Hosts Peace Event in Vancouver

On May 7, SGI-Canada youth hosted a peace forum titled "The World is Yours to Change," as a kickoff for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) in Vancouver, at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Center. Over 20 youth organizations from Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island gathered to promote the ideal of sustainable living by providing ordinary people with ideas for concrete activities they can participate in to build a sustainable future both locally and abroad. Some 2,000 local residents attended.

Hip hop dancers take the stage during a kickoff for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Center

At the forum, three panel discussions were held: "Educating for Sustainability--Is there an Impact?"; "Profit versus Sustainability--Where is the Balance?" and "Rethinking Civilization: Communication and Terror in the Global Village." Keynote speakers for each panel were: Kevin Millsip, co-founder of Check Your Head, a youth organization in Vancouver; Simon Fraser University Chancellor Milton Wong; and Iranian peace researcher and Toda Institute Director Majid Tehranian. Dr. Tehranian emphasized that a truly civilized society creates peace by peaceful means and not through armed force, and that peace is always built by the power of the people. Dr. Wong pointed out that the business world has the conception that a sustainable and environment-friendly society will undermine profit. He expressed his belief, however, that economic profit and sustainability are not contradictory concepts but that the two can work together for the betterment of society. At the event, three exhibitions were displayed: "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," and "Dialogue with Nature--Daisaku Ikeda Photography Exhibition." Local SGI-Canada brass band, fife-and-drum corps and a hip hop dance group performed.