World Youth Conference on Kindness for SDGs Invites Participation

The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, a Category 1 Research Institute of UNESCO, invites participation to its First World Youth Conference on Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The objective of the Conference is to impart critical competencies viz. empathy, compassion, mindfulness and critical inquiry in global youth. This will help inspire, empower and enable the youth to transform themselves and build long-lasting peace in their communities.

The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEPSD) is based in New Delhi and first World Youth Conference on Kindness will also be hosted in New Delhi, India. The theme of the Conference is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Gandhi for the Contemporary World: Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The dates for the Conference are August 20-23, 2019.

The Conference is scheduled to be opened by H.E the President of India, the Director General of UNESCO, the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth among other dignitaries. It is planned to be a combination of the following:

  1. Intensive youth-led capacity building workshops to enhance the capacities of youth on social and emotional learning skills and competencies such as empathy, mindfulness, compassion, kindness and critical inquiry through the prism of identity and global issues;
  2. A generative space consisting of experts panels and TAGe plenary for youth and experts to share and critically engage with the concept of peace through kindness and nonviolence;
  3. A platform to celebrate inspiring acts of kindness that are effecting change in the world and action programming for youth agency.

The application process for the Conference is an elaborate one as there are limited seats. You can click here to download the Concept Note of the Conference. Those interested to participate can click here to fill the detailed application form online.

The last date for submitting your application is 30 June 2019 (1700 hours IST).

For further information, write to
youth.mgiep@unesco.org

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