Buddhist Leader Calls For Greater Committment to Renewable Energy

Daisaku Ikeda calls for support of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Published: 08-Feb-2002

TOKYO, Japan (JP) The global leader of 12 million budhists in 180 countries has given high priority to renewable energy in his annual peace proposals.

Daisaku Ikeda, president of Soka Gakkai Int'l, called for a renewed commitment to human security as the basis for a comprehensive response to the threat of terror. In his proposals, the Buddhist leader calls for support for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in South Africa in August.

He offered three proposals: the establishment of a United Nations high commissioner for the environment; the merging of the secretariats overseeing implementation of various environmental treaties; and the drafting of a new treaty promoting development and use of renewable energy.

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