Peace and Disarmament
"Transforming the Human Spirit" Shown at Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
From February 11-17, the SGI exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS), was shown at Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. SGI-Mexico, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) cohosted the exhibition. The showing was held in conjunction with a ceremony commemorating the 44th anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco--the first international agreement to prohibit nuclear arms development in a densely populated area.
Some 150 attended the exhibition's official opening, including OPANAL Secretary General Gioconda Ubeda Rivera and Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Lourdes Aranda Bezaury. Ambassadors from Argentina, Cuba, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Venezuela and Russia and several other countries also attended.
SGI-Mexico General Director Roberto Rios read a message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda congratulating participants on the event, followed by remarks from Mexico Deputy Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights Ambassador Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo. A ribbon-cutting ceremony also took place.
To date, the THS Spanish language version has been shown in Mexico six times.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Mexico and an article in the February 16, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI-Mexico]