2016 Peace Proposal: On Universal Dignity

Ikeda at desk

This news summary is from the Daisaku Ikeda website:

In his annual peace proposal to the United Nations released on January 26, 2016, "Universal Respect for Human Dignity: The Great Path to Peace," Daisaku Ikeda, fouder of the Ikeda Center and president of the Soka Gakkai International, calls for intensified efforts to respond to the needs of humanity's most vulnerable, including those displaced by conflict in Syria and elsewhere or by natural disasters.

Mr. Ikeda welcomes the adoption of the UN's new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their ambitious aim of leaving no one behind. He applauds the fact that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly includes the protection of the dignity and fundamental human rights of displaced persons and international migrants.

He urges renewed focus on the protection of children uprooted by conflict and their educational needs, as well as further support to countries that have taken in large numbers of people fleeing armed conflict and persecution.

The SGI leader stresses that dialogue is key to the genuine empathetic understanding that leads to action. Noting that "The irony of humanitarian crises is that the deeper the gravity of people's plight, the less they are heard," he encourages us to listen to the voices of those affected, to focus on their inherent dignity and potential rather than their current dire status and to "re-cast the world map in our hearts." He also highlights human rights education as a vital tool for overcoming racism and discrimination.

Read the full peace proposal summary here

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