May 4, 2007
Macedonian Academy Honors SGI President
Mr. Plevnes (4th from left) presents the award to Mr. Oba (3rd from left)
On May 4, 2007, the Ohrid Academy of Humanism, Ohrid, Macedonia, presented its World Award of Humanism 2007 to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda at the Min-On Culture Center in Shinanomachi, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Mr. Ikeda was recognized for his contributions to world peace grounded in a philosophy of humanism. The newly created award will honor individuals who make significant contributions to furthering humanism, universal ideals and humanity's peace and security.
Academy President Jordan Plevnes, his wife Liljana Kotevska Plevnes, Ohrid Mayor Aleksandar Petreski, and Zoran Velianoski, owner of Letra Design publishing company, traveled from Macedonia for the ceremony. Mr. Plevnes entrusted a plaque and a medallion to SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba, who accepted them on Mr. Ikeda's behalf.
Founded in 1991, the Ohrid Academy of Humanism is a think tank aimed at cultivating intercultural understanding and harmony among diverse cultures. Academy members conduct research and participate in intercultural and interfaith seminars and conferences. The academy headquarters overlooks ancient Lake Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In January 2007, Letra Design published a Macedonian-language edition of Mr. Ikeda's book, Life: An Enigma, a Precious Jewel.
[Adapted from an article in the May 5, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]