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

Article by Dr. Sarah Ann Wider

In Peace and Disarmamentby SGI OUNA

Dr. Sarah Wider, Professor of English at Colgate University wrote an article for the readers of the Seikyo Shimbun, a Japanese daily newspaper, addressing the theme of dialogue as a contribution to its monthly Culture of Peace 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.

Dialogue, Dr. Wider shares, takes on varied forms, has a connective force and calls on us to see the potential in difference. She continues: “What gives dialogue such precious possibility for building peace is its understanding of time. Dialogue is never in a hurry. It trusts those who take part to listen and reflect and share. Most importantly of all, story is the heart of dialogue, story that celebrates the transformative power of difference.”

The full text of the article can be downloaded as a PDF file. This article was published in Japanese in the Seikyo Shimbun, a daily newspaper of the Soka Gakkai in Japan, on 5 July.