A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda's Proposals to the UN
By: Olivier Urbain (editor)Hardback
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Every year since 1983 the Buddhist leader and thinker, Daisaku Ikeda, has issued a peace proposal that presents solutions to a variety of global problems. While the proposals themselves are both wide-ranging and specific (covering topics as diverse as counter-terrorism relations; the prohibition of child soldiers; denuclearization of the Arctic; and strategies to prevent global warming), the common denominator at their center is the role and effectiveness of the United Nations in addressing structural challenges and inequality. This substantial volume brings together, for the first time in one place, excerpts from the most topical and important of Ikeda's peace proposals. Themes like human security, the empowerment of women, nuclear disarmament and the centrality of dialogue are throughout informed by an unshakeable belief in the potential and promise of the UN's world mission, as well as by Ikeda's own experience of the cruelty of war and his articulation of Buddhism as a practical route to peace. The book makes a timely and vital contribution to ethics, peace studies and international relations.
Olivier Urbain is Director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. He is the author of Daisaku Ikeda's Philosophy of Peace: Dialogue, Transformation and Global Citizenship (2010) and the editor of Music and Conflict Transformation: Harmonies and Dissonances in Geopolitics (2008) and of Daisaku Ikeda and Dialogue for Peace (2013), all published by I.B.Tauris.
Foreword by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury List of Proposals Chapter 1. A UN Living Up to its Mission Fulfilling the Mission: Empowering the UN to Live Up to the World's Expectations, 2006 United Nations Proposal (Full Text) The Parliament of Humanity From National Interest to the Interest of Humanity (1987) Choose a "Human Face" rather than a "National Face" (1989) The Spirit of the UN Charter: "We the peoples - " (1991) Some Keys to Strengthening the United Nations (1993) Participation of Civil Society A Global People's Council (2000) A People's Fund for the UN (2001) The Security Council and NGOs (2005) The General Assembly and NGOs (2006) An Under-Secretary-General for Civil Society Relations (2009) Soft Power Security Council and Economic and Social Council (1994) Human Security (1995) "Prevention" and "Stability" (2001) A Global Governance Coordinating Panel (2005) An Office of Global Visioning (2009) A New Legal Framework for Conflict Resolution International Law for Peace (1995) International Criminal Court (1999) Establishing Legal Systems for the Prevention of Terrorism (2002) Counter-Terrorism Strategies (2004) Peacebuilding A UN Conflict Prevention Center (1989) A UN High Commissioner for Indigenous People and National Minorities (1993) A Conflict Prevention Committee (2000) A Peace Rehabilitation Council (2004) The Peacebuilding Commission (2006) Regional Governance An Asia-Pacific Organization for Peace and Culture (1986) A UN Asia Office (1994) Stability and Peace in the Asia-Pacific Region (2005) Toward an East Asian Union (2007) Envisioning a United States of Africa (2001) African Youth Partnership Plan (2008) Chapter 2. A UN to Eliminate Misery from the Earth For a Sustainable Global Society: Learning for Empowerment and Leadership, 2012 Environment Proposal (Full Text) Poverty and Human Development The Elimination of Poverty (1996) A Global Marshall Plan (2000) An Earth Forum for Social Justice (2001) The Millennium Development Goals (2003) A Global Primary Education Fund (2004) A "Water for Life" Fund (2008) A World Food Bank and an International Solidarity Tax (2009) Decent Work for All and Improvement of Education for Girls (2010) Environment and Energy An Environmental Security Council (1990) A United Nations of Environment and Development (1992) The Drafting of an Earth Charter (1997) A Global Green Fund and Renewable Energy (2002) UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005) Strategies to Prevent Global Warming (2006) A World Environmental Organization (2008) An International Sustainable Energy Agency (2009) Human Rights Overcoming Racial Discrimination (1996) A Network of Human Rights Agencies (1998) Prohibition of the Use of Child Soldiers (1999) Convention on the Rights of the Child (2002) Human Rights Education (2004) The UN Human Rights Council (2006) An International Conference on Human Rights Education (2008) Building a Culture of Human Rights (2011) Culture of Peace Overcoming the Culture of War (1999) The Role of Women for Peace (2000) Planting Seeds of Peace (2004) A Respect for Diversity and the Spirit of Dialogue (2005) A Global Society that Puts Children First (2010) Chapter 3. A UN for a World without War Building Global Solidarity toward Nuclear Abolition, 2009 Nuclear Abolition Proposal (Full Text) Control of Conventional Weapons The UN Register of Conventional Arms (1995) Guidelines for Arms Transfers (1999) An Arms Trade Treaty (2007) Control of Small Arms (2005) Prohibition of Land Mines (1997) An International Treaty Banning the Use, Production and Stockpiling of Cluster Munitions (2008) The Deinstitutionalization of War A Universal Declaration Renouncing War (1984) A UN Decade for Peace and Disarmament (1988) An International Conference for a World without War (1990) A UN Peace Summit (1994) Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research (1996) Disarmament Education World Disarmament Campaign (1983) "Nuclear Arms: Threat to Our World" Exhibition (1985) The Spirit of the Declaration Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (1987) A World Citizens' Charter (1988) A Special Session on Education (1990) Disarmament and Non-proliferation Education (2005) Grassroots Education for Disarmament (2006) Nuclear Disarmament A Peace Summit of Nuclear Powers (1987) Reform of the Conference on Disarmament (2002) A UN Special Session on Nuclear Disarmament (2003) An International Nuclear Disarmament Agency (2005) Toward Nuclear-Free Security (2007) Regional Nuclear Disarmament Expansion of Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones (1995) Denuclearization of the Middle East and Northeast Asia (1997) Departure from the Nuclear Umbrella (1999) Building Trust through Denuclearization (2003) Denuclearization of the Arctic (2008) Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons People's Power and International Laws for Peace (1997) A Nuclear Weapons Convention (2000) Outlawing Nuclear Weapons (2009) The Threat or use of Nuclear Weapons as a War Crime (2010) Nuclear Disarmament Summit (2011) Chapter 4. Empowerment for Future Change Human Security and Sustainability: Sharing Reverence for the Dignity of Life, 2012 Peace Proposal (Full Text) Compassion, Wisdom and Courage: Building a Global Society of Peace and Creative Coexistence, 2013 Peace Proposal (Full Text) Afterword by Dr. Olivier Urbain
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