Soka University Global Citizenship Program Student and Graduate School Student Participate in an International Workshop of the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA)
July 19, 2019
Over the course of two days from Monday, June 3rd to Tuesday, June 4th, an international workshop of the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) was held in Ulaanbaatar City, Mongolia. Soka University students Kei Kunichika, a third-year student of the Faculty of Economics (Global Citizenship Program [GCP] student) and by Meng Jia, a second-year student at the Graduate School of International Peace Studies(SIPS).
The international workshop was held under the theme, "Youth, Peace and Security: Perspectives for Dialogues in Northeast Asia," with the aim to hold active discussions toward peacebuilding through presentations and panel discussions. With a total of approximately 60 in attendance, individuals from the United Nations, governmental institutions, and civic groups, along with businesspeople and three selected youth representatives (35 and younger) each from Japan, China, South Korea, and Mongolia participated in the event. Kei Kunichika and Meng Jia participated as the youth representatives of Japan and China respectively.
Kei Kunichika later shared the following comments on the workshop: "On day 1, we took part in various sessions regarding the role of the younger generation in striving for dialogue across nations of Northeast Asia. On day 2, we visited a vast prairie, and the workshop was conducted inside a Mongolian ger. We also had the precious experience of participating in a workshop by a technology expert and in a presentation by a Mongolian serviceman. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed by the high standard of the discussions on top of the specialized contents. However, by putting my discussion skills and ability to think that I acquired through the GCP program into practice, I was able to exchange opinions with other youth. I was inspired by the participants' passion for peace and their multilateral viewpoints and was able to learn a lot. In particular, when we had a discussion on education , I was able to share the issues and the positive side of Japan's peace education and about the peace education that I received in Hiroshima since childhood. I am determined to continue to exert myself in learning, aiming to make Soka University the world's foremost university for world peace."
Meng Jia shared, "The opening speech by the foreign minister of Mongolia left an impression in me. The minister said that by discussing a theme pertaining to peace, the younger generation will come to a certain agreement. And that idea can be reflected in the policy of their own countries. He further mentioned that this workshop was designed so that youth who are active in global society can gather together and form an agreement through dialogue. I feel honored to have participated in this workshop held for the first time and to be a part of a wonderful start. During the two days in Ulaanbaatar, I was able to heighten my awareness that the young generation possesses an inherent ability to make changes in the world for the better."