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Peace and Disarmament

Back to listSep 25, 2011

SGI President's 2011 Peace Proposal Discussed at Ottawa Peace Festival in Canada

Tony Meers with Bill BanejaTony Meers (left) with Bill Baneja, Ottawa Peace Festival co-organizer

"No force can match that of a fundamental transformation in the human spirit." These are the words of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in his 2011 peace proposal "Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Creative Life," in which he makes a renewed call for a world free of nuclear weapons and talks about the importance of human rights education. On September 25, a meeting was held at SGI-Canada's Ottawa Community Centre, as part of the 5th Ottawa Peace Festival, where SGI-Canada General Director Tony Meers gave a talk highlighting Mr. Ikeda's peace proposal. Points discussed included dialogue as being a vital force in the reestablishment of ties between people and in creating a culture of peace. Two of the Millennium Development Goals of eradicating poverty and hunger and promoting environmental sustainability were also discussed.

[Adapted from an article in the October 2011, issue of the SGI-Canada Online News; photo courtesy SGI-Canada]