This website is part of a joint media project of the global news agency Inter Press Service (IPS) and the lay Buddhist network Soka Gakkai International (SGI) aimed to promote a vision of global citizenship which has the potentiality to confront the global challenges calling for global solutions, by providing in-depth news and analyses from around the world.
Launched in April 2014, this project facilitates discussions and generates ideas around a vision of global citizenship, raises public awareness of relevant efforts and initiatives around the world, and helps address imperatives such as peace, sustainable development and human rights within this framework.
The project also supports ongoing international efforts, such as the United Nations Global Education First Initiative, while encouraging new approaches and helping to ensure that education for global citizenship is reflected in intergovernmental policy-making processes such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda.
ABOUT SGI and IPS
The SGI strives to promote hope and courage among people worldwide through its grassroots network of empowered individuals in 192 countries and territories. IPS is dedicated to enhancing the role of information as an agent for change under the banner, "giving a voice to the voiceless."
Inheriting the legacy of Soka Gakkai’s two founding presidents Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda, both of whom were also educators, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda has consistently stressed the significance of education for global citizenship in the dialogues he has conducted with leading figures from throughout the world over the past four decades.
In his annual peace proposal for 1987, Ikeda called for a UN decade of education for global citizenship focused on universal values with emphasis on the four key areas of environment, development, peace and human rights. In his 1996 speech, “Thoughts on Education for Global Citizenship” at Teachers College, Columbia University, Ikeda identified the following three elements as essential for fostering global citizenship:
•The wisdom to perceive the interconnectedness of all life and living.
•The courage not to fear or deny difference; but to respect and understand people of different cultures and grow from encounters with them.
•The compassion to maintain an imaginative empathy that reaches beyond one's immediate surroundings and extends to those suffering in distant places.
IPS has believed in the role of information as a precondition for lifting communities out of poverty and marginalization. This belief is reflected in its historic mission:
“Giving a voice to the voiceless”– acting as a communication channel that privileges the voices and the concerns of the poorest and creates a climate of understanding, accountability and participation around development, promoting a new international information order between the South and the North.
Based on the belief, IPS has grown together with and systematically covered civil society, particularly its growing international impact. Recognizing the impact of globalisation on the South is another crucial insight that influences the way it reports, builds capacity and disseminates news. This has made IPS a relevant actor within the overall development process and the main international news provider of organized civil society worldwide.