India will host the first World Youth Conference on Kindness

The first World Youth Conference on Kindness is being organized by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) in New Delhi, India from 20 to 23 August 2019. This event aims to provide a platform annually for global youth and policy-makers to discover ways to use competencies like kindness, empathy, mindfulness and compassion to achieve the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

The theme of this year’s conference is 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (The world is one family): Gandhi for the Contemporary World’. Mahatma Gandhi is India’s gift to the world. His gift to humanity was the pursuit of peace through the practice of truth, nonviolence, compassion and kindness. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Ghandi’s life, this event aims to impart social and emotional competencies to global youth to empower them to transform themselves and build long-lasting peace in their communities.

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