In recognition of the work of
local organizers in fostering interfaith cooperation, peace and
social cohesion, the Partner Cities Network is pleased to
with the designation of Peace
To learn more about local interfaith initiatives in Kathmandu check
out past events below. To support their local work, connect through
Unity Over Discrimination
Hindu Vidyapeeth Nepal
In conjunction with the 2010 UN
International Day of Peace
, Hindu Vidyapeeth Nepal organized a
week-long World Peace Program around the theme of "Unity Over
to learn more about the program.
Religions for Peace and Social
Shanti Sewa Ashram
May 5, 2009
The Pre-Parliament Event was held on Tuesday 5th May 2009, after
being disturbed by the political changes in Kathmandu in the few
days beforehand. After the unrest, the event went ahead first thing
on Tuesday morning and was a huge success. In hosting a
Pre-Parliament Event in Kathmandu, local organizers joined 50 other
international locations who are also hosting Pre-Parliament Events
in celebration of the Parliament of World's Religions to be held in
Melbourne in December 2009.
The aim of this program was for religious leaders to come together
to discuss current issues in Nepal and how they, as religious
leaders, can work towards positive change within the society. The
program was chaired by Dr. Chintamani Yogi, and the chief guest was
Mr. Kul Chandra Gautam, former Assistant Secretary-General of the
United Nations, and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF.
The chief guest emphasized that the different religious or
interfaith groups hold the major role in the peace building process
of Nepal. The program was attended by a host of important religious
leaders and speakers from around Nepal, including leaders from
Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Baha'i, Judaism, Sikhism,
and many others, most of whom made a blessing to begin the
Audrey Kitagawa, the Vice Chair of the Council for the Parliament
of World’s Religions (the 'Council'), repeated the Gayatri Maha
Mantra which was very moving for many of the audience.
Dr. Chintamani Yogi made his speech as well, expressing the shared
feeling of all the audience that the meeting had gone very well and
it was truly momentous and satisfying to have so many people in one
place representing different religions and showing their firm
commitment to the common goal of world peace through religious
tolerance, respect and harmony.
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