Peace and Disarmament
Bharat Soka Gakkai and IFUNA Observe UN Day in New Delhi, India
On October 30, 2008, the Indian Federation of United Nations Associations (IFUNA) and Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) organized a seminar on "Environmental Sustainability: An Essential Tool for Poverty Alleviation" at the VK Krishna Menon Bhawan in New Delhi, India. Some 200 attended the event, which celebrated the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on October 24.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon sent a message in which he said, "This is a crucial year in the life of our United Nations. We have just passed the midpoint in the struggle to reach the Millennium Development Goals. ... If we want to advance the global common good, we must secure global public goods."
Justice M.C. Garg of the Delhi High Court addressed the audience stating that Indian laws on the environment are among the strongest in the world. Stressing the need for a change in attitudes worldwide, Justice Garg said, "If a person has money and no peace of mind, or vice versa, then peaceful coexistence cannot be achieved. This is why we are continuing to adopt policies based on sustainable development. Development without destruction should be the main concern for all of us."
Ambassador B.S. Das stated, "Global issues cannot be resolved until a composite view is taken. There is no realistic solution other than providing effective support to the UN and working for its revitalization. The role of soft power is the core strength of the UN."
Executive President of the Indian Society of International Law Prof R.P. Anand stated that since independence, India has been a great supporter of the UN. "The UN may not be a perfect organization but its objectives are right. If the UN ceases to exist, it would be a disaster for the whole world."
IFUNA Secretary General Suresh Srivastava commented that UN Day is an occasion to rejoice over what the UN has achieved so far and to plan for the future.
[Adapted from a report from Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG), India; photo courtesy of BSG]