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 Dr. Kevin Clements, Toda Peace Institute Director

In Peace and Disarmamentby SGI OUNA

SGI Office for UN Affairs, Dr Kevin Clements, Toda Peace Institute Director and Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Foundation Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand, portraitDr. Kevin Clements, Toda Peace Institute Director, and Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Foundation Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago, New Zealand was interviewed by 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.

Dr. Clements reflects on the tragedy that took place in his homeland and the response of the community and its citizens, questioning the negative use of social media, and shares what he learned from his mentor, Dr. Elise Boulding, on a culture of peace. He says “Developing and maintaining peaceful relations with others is the way to guaranteeing everyone’s safety and security. Security in the true sense, whether in the home, in relationships with friends, or in the workplace, is only possible through our connections with others. Understanding this and putting it into practice is critical to building a culture of peace.”

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 13 June.