Global Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness

Indian Prime Minister Modi in his video message to the 2nd edition of ‘Samvad- Global Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness’ said that the ‘dialogue is the only way to cut through deep-rooted religious stereotypes and prejudices that divide communities across the world and sow seeds of conflict between nations and societies’.

The 2nd edition of ‘Samvad- Global Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness’ was held in Yangon in Myanmar.

The Vivekananda Kendra had, in September 2015, hosted the first edition of this unique conference, representing various religions and traditions, in New Delhi, which had been addressed by the Prime Minister.

The two-day conference discussed the following topics:

-Conflict Avoidance
-Environment Consciousness

Besides inauguration and valedictory there were two full technical sessions.

Conference was 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.

Main Outcomes of Summit:

-Institution of a mechanism to work for transparent philosophic discussions on conflict avoidance and environment protection at the global level.
-Co-opting Global Institutions to take up the agenda of the Initiative and carry on dialogue and debate on the themes.
-Taking the themes to leading thought institutions, academia of the world.

Vivekananda International Foundation

Vivekananda International Foundation is a non – Partisan institute for dialogue and conflict resolution from a nationalist perspective. Some of India’s leading experts in the fields of security, military, diplomacy, governance, etc have got together under the institute’s aegis to generate ideas and stimulate action for greater national security and prosperity. Independently funded, VIF is not aligned to any political party or business house.

The Tokyo Foundation

The Tokyo Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit think tank that presents concrete policy proposals based on a lucid analysis of the issues combined with a solid grasp of everyday life and the reality on the ground.

International Buddhist Confederation
The International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) is a global umbrella Buddhist body headquartered in New Delhi, India.

Established under the patronage of the supreme Buddhist religious hierarchy of all Buddhist traditions, IBC was formally registered in India under the Societies Registration Act 1860 in 2012. It currently has a membership, drawn from 39 countries, of over 320 organizations, both monastic and lay, that include world bodies, national and regional federations, orders, temple bodies and monasteries, international organizations and institutions.

IBC includes in its governing structure both the Buddhist Sangha as well as laity. The organization stands for transparency, inclusiveness and a balanced representation of various traditions, gender, and bodies – both monastic and lay – from all over the world, including the emerging Buddhist communities in Africa, the Caribbean and South America.

The motto of IBC is “Collective Wisdom, United Voice”.