Earlier this year, the Seikyo Shimbun, the daily newspaper of Soka Gakkai in Japan, interviewed Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, with the support of the SGI Office for UN Affairs. Ms. Wickramanayake spoke about her office’s work on youth, peace and security, particularly focusing on the Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and its progress study “Missing Peace.”
In the interview, Ms. Wickramanayake remarked:
“We have to look beyond mass media representations to see that young people are, in fact, partners in peace-building and active contributors to conflict resolution. Countless youth groups wage peace, fight injustice and drive social and economic development. They directly challenge and reject the false narratives labelling them as a threat to peace and stability in society.”
The full text of the interview can be downloaded as a PDF file. Excerpts of the interview were published in Japanese in the Seikyo Shimbun, a daily newspaper of the Soka Gakkai in Japan, on 25 October.