Bharat Soka Gakkai is holding a peace symposium on 21 October 2016, between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm at the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore auditorium, Bannerghatta. The symposium centres around the 2016 Peace Proposal, titled Universal Respect for Human Dignity: The Great Path to Peace, presented to the United Nations by Dr Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International.
Dr Daisaku Ikeda, President of the lay Buddhist organization, Soka Gakkai International, believes we can change this. Not necessarily by creating more laws and institutions, but by using what exists more effectively, and most importantly, by bringing about an attitudinal change within our own hearts. Our belief is that this individual transformation will percolate to our immediate community and to society as a whole. Towards this end, each year Dr Ikeda sends a peace proposal to the United Nations that goes beyond diagnosing obstacles to peace, to providing solutions.
In this year’s proposal, Universal Respect for Human Dignity: The Great Path to Peace, Dr Ikeda posits that world peace can be created only by establishing the principle of respect for human life and its dignity. Dr Ikeda says that human beings have the right to happiness, and we need to create an expanding solidarity of ordinary citizens committed to protecting that right. When individuals become aware of the impact of their actions on the wider world, and persevere to conduct dialogue in the face of adversity, we can then begin to create a world in which no one is left behind, an ideal articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September 2015.
Dr Ikeda makes concrete proposals in three areas that require prompt and coordinated action by government and civil society. Humanitarian aid and human rights protection, ecological integrity and disaster risk reduction, and disarmament and the prohibition of nuclear weapons.
Dr Corinne Kumar, Founder, World Courts of Women
Prof. RamnathNarayanswamy, Economics and Social Science, IIMB
Key Note Speaker:
Dr Smita Srinivas, Head, School of Economic Development, Indian Institute for Human Settlements