Peace and Disarmament

Back to listJun 13, 2010

SGI-Spain Youth Organize Peace Forum, Exhibition and Concert

100621spain-peace-forum.jpg At the Can Fabra public library in Barcelona, Spain

On May 12, 2010, SGI-Spain youth members sponsored a forum focusing on peace and based on A Dialogue Between East and West: Looking to a Human Revolution, a dialogue between Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner, Club of Rome honorary president, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. The event was held at the Can Fabra public library in Barcelona, Spain.

Founded in 1968, The Club of Rome is a global think tank consisting of experts from various scientific disciplines, public policy, civil society and the corporate sector. Its mission is "to act as a global catalyst for change through the identification and analysis of the crucial problems facing humanity" and to build awareness of such problems among public and private decision makers as well as the general public.

Dr. Hochleitner and Mr. Ikeda first met in 1991 and began their dialogues ten years later, covering a wide range of topics from politics, economics, the environment and education to problems facing global society. The dialogues were first published in 2005, followed by the Spanish-language version in 2009.

Since February 2010, SGI-Spain youth have been holding a series of peace forums throughout the country to educate the public about the humanistic philosophy introduced in the Díez-Hochleitner -Ikeda dialogues. To date, approximately 2,000 have attended these forums.

100622spain-art-division.jpg The SGI-Spain Arts Group

SGI-Spain youth representatives gave an overview of A Dialogue Between East and West: Looking to a Human Revolution as well as the authors' respective contributions to peace. This was followed by a question and answer session.

In addition to the forum, SGI-Spain youth also hosted the exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" throughout the country during May and June. The exhibition was shown at three different venues in the City of Calatayud, in Aragon, with approximately 1,300 attending.

On June 13, the SGI-Spain Arts Group organized a concert in Madrid with over 200 attending. The concert included opera and dance performances.


[Adapted from articles in the June 21 and 22, 2010, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]