Japanese University Confers Honorary Doctorate on
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and High Representative Anwarul
19 March 2003 -- The Soka University of Japan today conferred an
Honorary Doctorate to Mr. Anwarul K. Chowdhury, United Nations Under-Secretary-General
and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked
Developing Countries and Small Island Developing Countries, in recognition
of his work for the promotion of culture of peace and human rights,
in particular the rights of women and children, noting specially
his initiative for the adoption by the General Assembly in1999 of
the Programme of Action on Culture of Peace and the statement of
for the Security Council on the role of women in peace-building
in March 2000.
The past recipients of the Honorary Doctorates
of Soka University included, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel Peace
Laureate from Argentina; Joseph Rotblat, Nobel Peace Laureate, United
Kingdom; Henry Kissinger; Yasushi Akashi, UN Under-Secretary-General
for Disarmament Affairs, Japan; Hosni Mubarak, President of Egypt;
Mikhail S Gorbachev, Former President of the Soviet Union; Nelson
Mandela, Former President of South Africa; Inder Kumar Gujral, Former
Prime Minister of India; Fidel Ramos, Former President of Philippines;
Ricardo Diez Hochleitner, President of The Club of Rome; ; Oscar
Arias Sanchez, Former President of Costa Rica, Linus Pauling, Nobel
Prize Recipient for Chemistry and Peace, USA; General Olusegun Obasanjo
, President of Nigeria.
In his acceptance presentation at the commencement
ceremony of the University, Mr. Chowdhury focussed on culture of
peace and in particular stressed the importance of youth involvement
in the promotion of a culture of peace. He pointed out that one
way of promoting a culture of peace is through the spreading of
peace education. Peace education needs to be accepted in all parts
of the world, in all societies and countries as an essential element
in building a culture of peace. Peace studies in all educational
institutional should be incorporated as part of their curricula.
Peace studies should be an essential part of the educational process
as reading and writing. He called on the young graduates to mobilize
support in their own spheres of activities for peace education.
In this context, Mr. Chowdhury encouraged them to support the Global
Campaign for Peace Education which has been launched in May 1999
by the Hague Appeal for Peace.
informed the role played by the United Nations, particularly with
the broad-based support of civil society, in building a culture
of peace, keeping in view the new global reality. The adoption of
the Declaration and Programme of Action on Culture of Peace was
a landmark decision by the United Nations General Assembly.
Mr. Chowdhury stated that the time of culture of peace has come
and the time to ACT is now. For achieving that objective, he urged
the graduating students to join the growing global movement for
a culture of peace.