The World Youth Conference on Kindness by UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) to be held from August 20 – 23, 2019, at the Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, India

Diplomacy Today learned from MGIEP that the agenda of the event is to impart critical competencies in global youth to inspire, empower and enable them to transform themselves and build long-lasting peace in their communities, UNESCO MGIEP is organising the first World Youth Conference on Kindness in New Delhi, India on the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Gandhi for the Contemporary World: Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’. It will be inaugurated by Hon President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

The conference is to be enriched with the panellists, eminent speakers such as Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate & Founder, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation;Nandita DasActor & Director; Chaker KhazaalReporter & SpeakerDeepak RamolaFounder and Artistic Director of Project FUELJo CutlerDoctoral Research CandidateArno Michaelis, American Motivational SpeakerNandini ChatterjeeNeuroscientist, UNESCO MGIEPMichael N NaglerFounder & President, Metta Center for Non ViolenceRamin Jahanbegloo, Executive Director, The Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, O P Jindal Global University;Upma Chowdhary, SecretaryMinistry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India (TBC); Abdulla RasheedState Minister of Education, Maldives.

The plenaries are on topics such as The Art and Science of Peace; Talking Across Generations on Education: Can Kindness Prevent Violent Extremism? Youth Agency: Scaling Up Acts of Kindness (agenda attached)

The organisation has launched #KindnessMatters campaign on the International Day of Non-Violence or the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, October 2 last year, the goal of this campaign is to mobilize the world’s youth to achieve the 17 SDGs through transformative acts of kindness. Thus far, 3,000 transformative stories from over 50 countries have been achieved. Eventually, the goal is to achieve an International Decade on Kindness Declaration in the United Nations. The organisation is also going to launch a digital campaign #VirtualGandhiMarch on International Day for Youth (August 12th ) and culminate it on Gandhi Jayanti and International Day for Non-Violence (October 2nd). The aim is to collect 2.5 million stories on kindness across the world.

The #VirtualGAndhiMarch is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s historic Dandi March, the #VirtualGandhiMarch commences on the UN International Youth Day, August 12, 2019, and runs until the International Day of Non Violence/Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, October 2, 2019. The virtual march is part of a wider mission, #KindnessMatters for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a first-of-its-kind international youth campaign on kindness with the goal of mobilizing the world’s youth to achieve the 17 SDGs through transformative acts of kindness, compassion, care towards self, others and the environment. 

UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in New Delhi, India is UNESCO’s first Category 1 research institute in the Asia-Pacific. Category 1 Institutes are an integral part of UNESCO and strengthen the capabilities of Member States – particularly in developing countries. It is funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. 

The vision is ‘Transforming Education for Humanity’, MGIEP develops programs to promote social & emotional learning (SEL), innovate digital pedagogies and empower youth to build peaceful and sustainable societies around the world, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, Target 7.

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