Peace and Disarmament

Back to listSep 30, 2006

Palau Hosts SGI's "Building a Culture of Peace" Exhibition

Palauan President Tommy E. Remengesau (4th from left) participates in ribbon-cutting with other guests

On September 11, "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World," an exhibition created by the SGI-USA to appeal for the values of peace and nonviolence, opened at Palau Community College. The exhibition was held in remembrance of the terrorist attacks in the United States on the same day five years ago. SGI-Palau, Bank of Guam-Palau Branch and the Cheng Bengal Flower Shop cosponsored the Palau showing. Father Rusk Saburo, head of the Catholic Church in Palau, led the invocation, followed by Koror Elementary School students singing the National Anthem. Two SGI-Palau youth led a traditional chant, and Senator Jud Won Pat of Guam introduced the exhibition, whose crucial message is that each individual can make a difference as a protagonist in the drama of building a culture of peace. In a speech, Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. said the exhibition reminded Palauans to "work harder on fostering a culture of peace that begins in [their] hearts and minds as individuals, as a people and as a Nation." He expressed his belief that a people's movement beginning in the home has the power to positively transform the world. Among the 150 guests at the opening were: Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr.; Wayne Santos, vice president and general manager of Bank of Guam-Palau Branch; Cheng Bengal Flower Shop owner Cheingeina Masang; Frank Kyota, president of the Palau National Olympic Committee; Father Rusk Saburo, head of the Palau Catholic Church; and Regina Mesebeluu, executive director of the Palau Head Start Program. Launched in August 2003, the exhibition has traveled to various venues in the USA, including the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, and the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington D.C., as well as venues in Spain, Switzerland, Canada and India.