United Nations Under-Secretary-General to open peace exhibit at UH Manoa

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Posted: Apr 16, 2007

HONOLULU — A peace forum and exhibit with United Nations Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Chowdhury will be the keynote speaker at the Aloha Peace Community Forum at 1 p.m. in the School of Architecture Auditorium, and will open the exhibit, "Creating a Culture of Peace: The Right To Human Security," at 2:30 p.m. in Sinclair Library. The exhibit will be on view from April 21-28, 2007. All events are free and open to the public.

Chowdhury, a leader of the United Nation‘s culture of peace initiative since its inception in 1999, has long and varied experience and expertise in the United Nations and multilateral affairs. Taking up the theme of the exhibit, Chowdhury will address the personal issues related to Human Security in the current times.

"Creating a Culture of Peace: The Right To Human Security" was created by lay Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International — USA (SGI-USA), to commemorate the 50th anniversary of an antinuclear declaration issued in 1957 by the SGI‘s second president, Josei Toda.

Through imagery and the words of leading world figures, the exhibit explores topics ranging from the public policies of international leaders to the grassroots campaigns of ordinary citizens.

Also participating in the forum and exhibit are representatives from SGI Peace 21 (UH Student Club), United Nations-USA Hawaiʻi Division and the International Committee of Artists for Peace.

For more information about these events, contact Taeko Yasutake at 343-2266 or taekoy@hawaii.edu.

About Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA)
SGI-USA is an American Buddhist association that promotes peace and personal happiness based on the teachings of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism. It is affiliated with the worldwide Soka Gakkai International (SGI), which has 12 million members in more than 185 countries and territories. The SGI, as a non governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations Economics and Social Council shares the mission of promoting international peace and security. There are over 80 centers throughout the U.S. including local centers on the Big Island, Maui, Kauaʻi and Oʻahu.