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International Conference on "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" Celebrates Unity and Global Cooperation

International Conference on "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" Celebrates Unity and Global Cooperation

The United Nations Headquarters played host to a special event on October 10, 2023, organized by the Permanent Mission of India in partnership with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, as the International Conference on "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" (The World Is One Family) which brought together global leaders, thinkers, and experts to celebrate unity, cooperation, and the ancient Indian philosophy of oneness.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, rooted in Indian civilization, envisions the unity of humanity as one single family. This philosophy resonates more than ever in today's interconnected world, with instant communication and global travel. It emphasizes the importance of common humanity, shared development goals, and pursuing international peace based on rules. The philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam has evolved from the pages of sacred scriptures to the forefront of international discourse. In the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, "India's ancient wisdom sees the world as one family," and this belief is a cornerstone of India's approach to multilateralism. The theme of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" encapsulates all countries' global and domestic agendas, ensuring that no one gets left behind in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 Agenda.

The conference featured a traditional lamp-lighting ceremony, opening remarks by Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, a keynote address by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and special remarks by Mr. Dennis Francis, President of the UN General Assembly. Two panel discussions were held, chaired by Ambassador Vijay K. Nambiar and Mr. Suresh Prabhu. The first session explored "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and International Peacekeeping Forces," where experts discussed how this philosophy can guide international peace efforts, spotlighting as well India’s immense contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security. The second session delved into "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and tackling Climate Change, Biodiversity loss, and Environment Pollution," addressing the role of global cooperation in environmental sustainability. The conference also emphasized the need for global solutions to challenges such as climate change and post-pandemic economic recovery. India's concept of LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) promotes sustainable practices and aligns with the SDG 2030 Agenda.

India's rich dance culture was exquisitely represented by Bharatanatyam exponents Sophia Salingaros and Jeeno Joseph curated by Battery Dance Artistic Director and Founder, Jonathan Hollander. They presented "Ardhanareeshwara", that depicts the half man - half woman Hindu deity representing Shiva and his consort Parvati as one, the male and female essence merged together.

In the spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, this conference marked a harmonious step towards global unity and collective action for a better tomorrow.

October 10, 2023