Peace and Disarmament

Back to listOct 16, 2009

Poet of the Amazon Lectures on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's Peace Proposals

091016thiago_de_mello.jpg Thiago de Mello

On October 16, 2009, the renowned Brazilian poet Amedeu Thiago de Mello gave a lecture on SGI President Ikeda's peace proposals at the SGI-Brazil Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo.

Having dedicated himself to the preservation of the Amazon rain forest, Mr. Thiago de Mello expressed his appreciation for Mr. Ikeda's great contribution and activities to protect the environment. Mr. Thiago de Mello noted that where there is peace a solidarity among people can change society. Furthermore, he stated that, through Mr. Ikeda's peace proposals one can gain an understanding of the true aspect of life and how to actualize a peaceful society.


Mr. Thiago de Mello's poetry has been celebrated in his native Brazil and around the world since the 1950s. During the years of military dictatorship he was arrested and imprisoned on more than one occasion for his resistance, while publication of his works was banned. He met Mr. Ikeda in April 1997 in Tokyo, Japan. Since 1997, he has been an editorial supervisor for translating Mr. Ikeda's peace proposals into Portuguese.

[Adapted from an article in the November 13, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]