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Argentina's Association of Citizens' Movements Honors SGI-Argentina

100929argentina-sgi-award.jpg SGI-Argentina receiving an award

Argentina's Association of Citizens' Movements, consisting of members of the National Congress, presented an award to SGI-Argentina for their activities promoting peace, culture and education, on September 14, 2010, at the National Legislative Building in Buenos Aires. 

Gustavo Gabriel Canteros, representing the Association of Citizens' Movements, presented SGI-Argentina General Director Yo Minagawa a commemorative plaque and deed signed by himself and National Representative Oscar Rubén Currilén.

On behalf of SGI-Argentina members, Mr. Minagawa expressed his appreciation for the award and for support and encouragement from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda which have inspired SGI-Argentina members to contribute to the betterment of society.

100929argentina-SOC.jpg "Seeds of Change" exhibition in Mar del Plata

From September 8-17, the joint SGI and Earth Charter exhibition "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" opened at the City Hall in Mar del Plata. The exhibition highlights issues relating to poverty and the environment, and aims at empowering individuals to become agents of change within their communities.

Some 170 attended the exhibition's opening ceremony, including Claudia Mercedes Baltar, general director of Mar del Plata's Environment Bureau. Commenting on the exhibition, Ms. Baltar said the exhibition can help individuals realize that they can take small but important steps to protect the global environment and create change in society.

From September 16-25, the SGI exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" was also shown at the City Council Hall in Puerto Madryn. Carlos Tomás Eliceche, Mayor of Puerto Madryn, and Diego Mauricio Lacunza, vice president of the city's Culture Bureau, attended. The exhibition aims to galvanize public opinion toward the abolition of nuclear weapons and the creation of a culture of peace.

[Adapted from an article in the September 29, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]