SGI Office for UN Affairs, Advancing the Culture of Peace: Marking the 20th anniversary of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace

Interview with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN and Founder of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace

In Peace and Disarmamentby SGI OUNA

SGI Office for UN Affairs, Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN and Founder of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN and Founder of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace (GMCoP) was interviewed for the Seikyo Shimbun, a Japanese daily newspaper,  as part of its monthly Culture of Peace informational series throughout 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (UN General Assembly Resolution A/53/243) this year.

Sharing his passion for and faith in the culture of peace, Ambassador Chowdhury explains the concept and background of the culture of peace, and the role each individual plays in creating and living the culture of peace. He starts by stating that: “The Culture of Peace as a concept, as a motivation means that every one of us needs to consciously make peace and nonviolence a part of our daily existence. We should not isolate peace as something separate or distant. We should know how to relate to one another without being aggressive, without being violent, without being disrespectful, without neglect, without prejudice.”

The full text of the interview can be downloaded as a PDF file. The interview was published in Japanese in the Seikyo Shimbun, a daily newspaper of the Soka Gakkai in Japan, on 10 January.