Peace and Disarmament
Daisaku Ikeda International Center for Peace Studies Opens in Argentina
On August 24, the Daisaku Ikeda International Center for Peace Studies (CIDIEP) held its launch at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to the pursuit of peace through the promotion of culture and humanistic education. The Center aims to engage in research on peace issues and values that strengthen respect for human dignity in all spheres of society. Its activities will include organizing seminars, exhibitions and interdisciplinary workshops in the spheres of culture, education, economy, environment and sustainable development.
The Center is affiliated with the Jerónimo Foundation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to public policy research in Argentina. Dr. Francisco Delich, president of the Foundation and former rector of the University of Buenos Aires and the National University of Córdoba, was appointed director of CIDIEP.
At the launch, Dr. Delich described how SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's decades-long efforts to create a lasting peace inspired the creation of the Center. He also conveyed his hope for youth members of SGI-Argentina to take the lead in spreading CIDIEP's values beyond the borders of Argentina, to Latin America and the world.
The launch also included a performance of the national anthem by the SGI-Argentina orchestra. A message from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was also read out, in which he concurred with Dr. Delich's belief that peace and friendship are universal and have the power to transcend physical borders and barriers of the heart, both born of human ignorance, and to bring people together.
Guests at the event included Hernán Lombardi, Minister of Culture of Buenos Aires; Dr. Juan José Cresto, president of the Argentine Academy of History; Dr. Jorge A. Franza, a judge of the High Court; Dr. Pedro Bautista Tomá, former vice rector of the National University of Lomas de Zamora, Dr. Juan Antonio Seda, professor at the University of Buenos Aires; Dr. Andrés G. Delich, former Minister of Education of Argentina; Roberto Juan Agarie, vice president of the Okinawa Center in Argentina; and Dr. Alfredo Abriani, Director General for Religious Affairs of Buenos Aires.
On August 25, some 300 youth members attended CIDIEP’s first seminar held at the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium, in which guest speakers provided a historical and cultural context for understanding the humanistic philosophy which underlies Soka Gakkai’s grassroots movement for peace. At the seminar, Dr. Juan José Cresto spoke about the history of Japan before and after World War II. Following a speech by Dr. Juan Antonio Seda on the philosophy of Daisaku Ikeda, Dr. Jorge A. Franza shared his perspective on SGI’s development worldwide.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Argentina and the August 31, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI-Argentina]