ABOUT THE EVENT

Hindu and Buddhist philosophies accept other thought and belief systems as valid for their respective followers which makes them doctrinally tolerant. These two philosophies which have common origin and retained their mutual and symbiotic relations, also believe, within and outside, in dialogue as the normal way to create and sustain human consciousness and avoid conflicts. Doctrinally tolerant and with propensity for dialogue both philosophies inhere their potential for conflict avoidance. Again both these civilizations regard nature as sacred, which makes them exceptionally environment conscious. Therefore, their nature-friendly tenets have the potentiality to preserve environment and ecology.

Appropriately titled "Samvad", a derivative of the Sanskrit word "Samvadam" [meaning "Dialogue"], the speakers at the conference urged open and truthful global dialogue on conflicts and environment.

All religions primarily promote peace and harmony yet conflict resolution ideas and structure are becoming weak and inadequate, needing an alternative approach. Conflict avoidance paradigm promoted in the Delhi meet rests on the view that Hans Kungs, a religious theologian of the Roman Catholic Church formulated which postulated, that peace among nations is not possible without peace among religions, peace among religions is not possible without dialogue among religions and dialogue among religions is impossible without investigating the fundamentals of different religions. Thus open and transparent philosophic dialogue, which is inherent in Asiatic traditions, forms the core of conflict avoidance paradigm suggested by Hans Kungs.

THE OBJECTIVES

The identified objectives for the proposed conference are:

  • 1. A conference titled “Samvad” held on 3-4 September 2015 in New Delhi was a profound, path breaking and landmark event which was perceived as having the potential to change the global discourse on the themes of “Conflict Avoidance” and “Environmental Consciousness”.

  • 2. Organised by Vivekananda International Foundation, Delhi and The Tokyo Foundation, Tokyo, supported by International Buddhist Confederation [IBC], the premier world Buddhist body, it was the joint enterprise of two of the oldest, living, tolerant, non-conflicting civilisations and philosophies.

SESSIONS & TALKS

The format of the two-day conference will be thematic and the topics beings discussed on the respective days are listed below:

  • Conflict Avoidance
  • Environment Consciousness

Besides inauguration and valedictory there will be two full technical sessions before and after lunch. However, themes for the technical session will remain same as mentioned above. There will be one keynote speaker per session and ten speakers per theme.

Discussion papers will be circulated on both themes with adequate background papers well in time for the participants to understand the issues.

It is aimed to comprehensively seek to address myriad challenges in Asia i.e. spread of conflict, transnational terror networks and sectarian violence, climate change, environmental degradation and conservation issues etc from an Asian perspective and also suggest creative solutions And sustainable social, economic and political framework for management of conflict and fostering cooperation and promote environment consciousness and interdependent universal responsibility.


SPEAKERS

SHRI RAM NAIK

HONOURABLE GOVERNOR OF UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA

MOST VENERABLE SAYADAW DR ASHIN NYANISSARA

CHANCELLOR OF SITAGU INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST ACADEMY

GENERAL NC VIJ

PVSM, UYSM, AVSM (Retd.)

DIRECTOR, VIVEKANANDA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

AGENDA

Conference Days: Day 1

Conference Days: Day 2

Conference Days: Day 3

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017

INAUGURATION

Interfaith Dialogue for Peace, Harmony and Security (Global Initiative for Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness), 8.00 AM – 11.00 AM

Declaration

  • The Interfaith Dialogue for Peace, Harmony and Security of the World, jointly organized by the Sitagu International Buddhist Missionary Association (SIBMA), Myanmar; the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), India; and the Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Myanmar ISIS) in association with The Japan Foundation, Japan, was held at the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy (SIBA) on 5 and 6 August 2017 in Yangon. The Spiritual Masters of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikh and more than 100 delegates from 30 countries participated in the Dialogue. Prime Minister H.E. Shri Narendra Modi of the Republic of India and Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe of Japan sent their video messages to the inaugural session of the Dialogue. H.E Thura U Aung Ko, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture of the Government of Republic of the Union of Myanmar, H.E. U Thaung Tun, National Security Advisor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, H.E Shri Ram Naik, Hon'ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh, India and H.E Mr Nobuo Kishi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan delivered special addresses at the inaugural session. Hon'ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India Mahant Yogi Adityanath delivered a valedictory address. Spiritual / religious leaders of all religions, and scholars of all the religions actively participated in the discussion. We unanimously agree and declare on this Sixth of the Month of August, Two Thousand and Seventeenth that:

    1. All the people of the world have to cooperate and endeavour together, without any fear, in order to obtain harmonious social life with full security assurances.

    2. we denounce all kinds of hate speech, false propaganda, conflict and war under the pretext of religion and strongly condemn those who provide support any such activities.

    3. We, leaders of all religions of the world, resolve to be builders of the harmonious human society by religious teachings and involve ourselves in consolidating peace and security of the world.

    4. We, members of different faiths, need to build mutual understanding, respect and trust among ourselves in order to obtain a peaceful, secure and prosperous human society.

    5. We resolve to exercise restraint and refrain from interfering in matters of other religions and to cooperate in building bridges for world peace.

    6. It is our inherent duty to conserve the environment before it is too late for the survival of humankind.

    7. All religious leaders from India present at this Samvad II have unanimously decided to meet once in every four months (and as and when it is required), starting from 4 December 2017to build bridges and harmony.

    8. We shall collectively initiate programmes to enhance environmental consciousness and undertake awareness/ protection projects.

    9. To strengthen understanding and trust, we shall organize an interfaith camp for meditation.

    10. All the spiritual paths and religious traditions are equally valid.




  • Event Location

    Sitagu International Buddhist Academy

    Yangon,
    Myanmar (Burma)

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