“We cannot afford to ignore the condition of our fellow passengers on this little boat. If they are sick, all of us risk infection. And if they are angry, all of us can easily get hurt.”
– Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General, The United Nations
In our increasingly interconnected global village, where we live in close proximity to people from different backgrounds, creeds, genders, ethnicity, orientation and ages, many questions remain. How should we work toward solving issues that divide our communities, both at the local and international levels? How can we work together to achieve better ties for all, despite the multifaceted challenges that everybody faces on a daily basis? This year’s conference will examine some of the issues pertaining to achieving and maintaining peace in our families and communities, and how to bring us closer together to realise our potential to interconnect, respect and promote recognition for all and a culture of peace, in a time of deepening inequalities.
With the above in mind, we cordially invite scholars, teachers, peace activists, students and members of the community interested in these issues and more to join us in the second weekend of November in the beautiful surroundings of Rikkyo University’s Niiza campus for discussion, debate and contemplation, and to come together as together to realise our potential as co-inhabitants of a shrinking planet. .
Looking forward to welcoming you to PGL2013.
Chair, PGL 2013