Soka Gakkai International-USA’s Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica is scheduled to host a lecture Saturday, March 1st, by Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations.

The lecture is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Culture of Peace Resource Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission is free and open to the public.

Chowdhury chaired the nine-month-long negotiations that led to the adoption of the Declaration and Program of Action on a Culture of Peace by the U.N. General Assembly in September 1999. His proposal, along with those of scores of other countries the previous year, led to the declaration by the UN of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).

“The culture of peace will provide the basic foundation to support a stable, progressing and prospering world.” Chowdhury said. “As former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace laureate Kofi Annan had said, ‘Over the years we have come to realize that it is not enough to engage in peace-building efforts after societies have been ravaged by conflict.

“‘It is not enough to conduct preventive diplomacy. All of this is essential work, but we want enduring results. We need, in short, a culture of peace.'”

Series organizer Ian McIlraith added, “The power of the culture of peace may be difficult to detect at times, but it is a fundamental force because it has the power to transform the human heart.

“Political and economic developments may be flashier and appear more often on the news, but culture of peace educational initiatives are creating a much deeper undercurrent in society that will actually shape the age.”

Information, (310) 395-6855.

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