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SESSION THEMES

'6th WORLD PARLIAMENT OF SCIENCE, RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY' 

6th WORLD PARLIAMENT OF SCIENCE, RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY, 2nd – 4th Oct 2020

Day 1 |  Friday, October 2, 2020 |  Inaugural Session -1030 am to 12:30 pm


Union of Science & Spirituality ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

In a world that is constantly at conflict, humanity needs an anchor that would pursue peace, practice peace and propagate peace as the ultimate medium of sustainable and universal change. In line with its deep-rooted philosophy that emphasizes the need for nurturing socially cognizant and responsible youth, MAEER’s MIT-World Peace University(WPU) Pune took proactive lead to organize the ‘World Philosopher’s Meet’ – A Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy in November 1996 at MIT- WPU, Pune.

Today in, it is the 6th edition, the World Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy will lay the pathway for future engagement of youth in Global Peace movements. Over the 3 days, the conference will focus not only on deliberations around consciousness, sciences, spirituality & peace, but will also present opportunities to hear real stories from ground zone.




Day 1 |  Friday, October 2, 2020 |   Session I - 1245 hrs to 1400 hrs


Session I : Need to Promote Gandhian Philosophy for Establishment of World Peace and Survival of Humanitys

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As Mahatma Gandhi had said “Without Ahimsa or Non-violence it is difficult to find the Truth. Ahimsa is the means and Truth is the destination.” Violence is the greatest obstacle to sustainable development. The impacts of conflict destroy developmental gains and holds back progress. “The religion of non-violence is not meant for Rishis and Saints; it is meant for common people as well”

As Karmayogi, Mahatma Gandhiji’s life philosophy has touched upon every aspect of human life in a way that no one has ever been able to predict. Thus, Einstein had rightly proclaimed, “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.”

In these times when the entire world is passing through a tense and chaotic stage, even worse than what was experienced during the two world wars, it is more than ever critical that we revive Gandhian Philosophy to enable World Peace.




Day 1 |  Friday, October 2, 2020 | Session II -  4:00 pm- 4:45 pm


Special Session in partnership with Rotary International - India's role in World Peace

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Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships.

Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision gradually extended to humanitarian service. Members have a long track record of addressing challenges in their communities and around the world. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Rotary members now span the globe, working to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

The biggest example of Rotary's service is the fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, polio remains endemic in only three countries — down from 125 in 1988.

Rotary also remains one of the first organizations to launch a global peace movement through it's Rotary Peace Fellowship. Graduates of the program today not only work on ground zero, but also lead various national and international NGOs and multilateral institutions.




Day 1 |  Friday, October 2, 2020 | Session II -  4:50 pm - 5:45 pm


Union of Science & Spirituality/Religion alone will bring Peace and Harmony to Mankind ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

“Friends, it is worth noting that the very definition of Science is nothing but to find Unity and to understand the Ultimate State of Matter along with its Nature and the Ultimate Reality of the Universe, whereas the very definition of Religion is nothing but to perform one’s duty – the highest Divine Knowledge and Wisdom, to develop the sense of ethics and moral character which teaches how to live Happily and let other also, live happily without causing any harm or injustice to other living beings”.

  • Rev. Prof (Dr.) Vishwanath D. Karad

All the religious scriptures are nothing but the life guiding scriptures that guide us on how to live and how not to live. They might belong to different religious or spiritual practices, but at the core they are all designed to help us purify our sources of energies; be them Mind, Matter, Spirit or Consciousness.

As humans, fundamental sciences and scientific development has been instrumental in our progress and growth. As HH the Dalai Lama has said, “We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.” Thus, there is a dire need to look at our fundamental approach to science and spirituality, both, and change the very definition of the word Philosophy and its perceived meaning, so as to enable more peace loving holistic society.




Day 1 |  Friday, October 2, 2020 | Session IV - 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define the world we want. They apply to all nations and mean, quite simply, to ensure that no one is left behind. The SDGs can only be realized with strong global partnerships and cooperation. The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. Leaders across the world have a monumental opportunity to reduce inequality, end poverty, protect the environment and promote justice and peace in implementing Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal 16 focuses on peacebuilding, and in this session, we proposed to discuss how partnerships (SDG 17) can enhance the opportunities for world peace. We will be looking at various individuals and organizations, who have created grass root networks focused on Human rights, tolerance and peace.




Day 2 |  Saturday, October 3, 2020 | Session V  - 10:30 am -12:30 pm


Youth Activism for Peace | Doctors- The Guardians of Human Survival & Angels of Peace (Special Session in times of Covid19)

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Today, one realizes the extreme importance of doctors in the society not only they are the battling against the savior pandemic of Covid-19, but they are also becoming the instrument of human survival against all adversities. Which can also result in establishment of peace amongst the society, which is presently highly disturbed and uncertain of its future.

The current COVID-19 pandemic poses several public health challenges. The demands placed on health services are huge, as is the need to take the protection measures for the masses. The impacts are severe for healthcare service providers. They experience increased demands and risks, such as exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, and the stress of the working environment leads to a compromise of their mental health.

Doctors working in world must use their knowledge to ensure the best actions to protect the health of the citizens. In the current pandemic situation, the role of a doctor in a world has been strategic in ensuring the best health conditions to establish peace loving holistic global society.




Day 2 |  Saturday, October 3, 2020 | Session VI  - 12:45 Pm -02:00 pm


Climate Change - Impact on World Peace

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Today, climate change is causing unpresidential damage to the ecology. This can lead to depletion of resources which may even lead to wars between nations and wars within nation. It is therefore necessary to curb climate change to establish World Peace.

The impacts of fluctuating climate conditions on societal stability and its potential to lead to violent conflict is of growing importance. While long-term quantitative data available on the interactions of climate and peace is scarce, what we do know is that climate change is a threat multiplier. Climate pressures adversely influence resource availability, affect population dynamics, and strain societal institutions.

Building peace is never straightforward, but there is an increasing awareness that the challenge will become exponentially more difficult in countries where climate change is amplifying social and political instability. This is concerning because the interactions between climate change and violent conflict prolong the latter, inhibit peacebuilding, and increase the human costs of war.




Day 2 |  Saturday, October 3, 2020 | Session VII  - 4:30 pm -5:45 pm


The Need for Eradication of Biological and Chemical Weapons

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There is no doubt that the biggest threat to survival of humanity is the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. The debate on covid19 being a manmade pandemic or not will continue for decades to come. But the fact remains that we as humanity are not prepared to deal with any biological or chemical misadventure.

There is a pressing need to create a global voice of all nations that works towards Human safety and focusses on achieving SDGs. The global pandemic of COVID-19 has impacted almost all major nations of the world and continues to envelop and threaten nearly all countries including the rich and medically advanced. During the pandemic, there are many questions raised about the very nature of its origin, it has raised suspicion on the nature of the disease, a sabotage or an act of biological warfare.

The BWC and OPCW are bodies that are tasked with getting rid of weapons of mass destruction from the world. Unfortunately, none of these bodies have the final authority to execute any decisions. Most of their suggestions are often side-lined or overlooked. Individual member States can decide on their own approach to the conventions. The conference tries to bring countries together to evolve a mechanism to end the threat of bio warfare by establishing- a legal discourse towards curbing research and development of bio-weapons and curb occurrences of bio-chem warfare, by strengthening institutions of global importance, by documenting views and recommendations of scholars for public interest and policy making, and by enhancing international cooperation and adequate representation of all nations for ensuring safe & sustainable future.




Day 2 |  Saturday, October 3, 2020 | Session VIII  - 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


a) Youth Session: Grass Root Stories of Peace Initiatives

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In recent years, international peace practitioners have come to recognize that the conventional method of building positive peace through a one-size-fits all approach lacks effectiveness. This approach can be understood as a practice whereby leading states, NGO’s and international financial bodies promote various versions of peace through peace-support interventions in collaboration with individuals and organizations.

In our youth session, the common threads in their personalities and their work will be explained, thus deeply instructing peacebuilders from everywhere.

This session is meant to inspire young leaders to serve as catalysts for peace and social justice in their local communities and throughout the world.

b) Launch of MIT-WPU World Peace Fellowship ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today we are facing many challenges. Across the globe and in India we see the growing presence of sectarianism & extreme Nationalism, structural violence, bigotry and discrimination. The Global Peace Index, a report that measures and rates a nation’s peacefulness, ranks India 139 out of 163 countries. COVID-19 has amplified citizen’s economic hardships and other structural inequities. Large number of disconnected youths are searching for belonging and purpose. MIT-WPU is in a unique position to effectively address these challenges through its promotion of a value based universal education system to nurture the culture of peace. MIT-WPU is one of the few institutions in India whose practices have evolved out of the confluence of science and spirituality.

The six week, non-credit, Certificate Fellowship will work with youth participants from conflict zones across India and the world, and cover content areas that include:

i) Understanding & Magnifying Self;

ii) Understanding & Magnifying Others;

iii) Civic Engagement & Media Literacy;

iv) Understanding Conflict;

v) Understanding Peace.

Through participation, fellows should have the tools, knowledge & skills to:

  • Build resilience & inner peace
  • Be agents in the creation of their own well-being
  • Increase commitment to community level civic engagement initiatives
  • Develop belief in self as a peace builder in their community
  • Increased Employability & 21st Century Skills

Over time, as thousands of peace builders emerge from the MIT-WPU fellowship we will see increased youth civic engagement across India that will lead to a stronger, inclusive democracy & equitable society.




Day 2 |  Saturday, October 3, 2020 | Session VIII  - 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


a) Youth Session: Grass Root Stories of Peace Initiatives

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In recent years, international peace practitioners have come to recognize that the conventional method of building positive peace through a one-size-fits all approach lacks effectiveness. This approach can be understood as a practice whereby leading states, NGO’s and international financial bodies promote various versions of peace through peace-support interventions in collaboration with individuals and organizations.

In our youth session, the common threads in their personalities and their work will be explained, thus deeply instructing peacebuilders from everywhere.

This session is meant to inspire young leaders to serve as catalysts for peace and social justice in their local communities and throughout the world.

b) Launch of MIT-WPU World Peace Fellowship ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today we are facing many challenges. Across the globe and in India we see the growing presence of sectarianism & extreme Nationalism, structural violence, bigotry and discrimination. The Global Peace Index, a report that measures and rates a nation’s peacefulness, ranks India 139 out of 163 countries. COVID-19 has amplified citizen’s economic hardships and other structural inequities. Large number of disconnected youths are searching for belonging and purpose. MIT-WPU is in a unique position to effectively address these challenges through its promotion of a value based universal education system to nurture the culture of peace. MIT-WPU is one of the few institutions in India whose practices have evolved out of the confluence of science and spirituality.

The six week, non-credit, Certificate Fellowship will work with youth participants from conflict zones across India and the world, and cover content areas that include:

i) Understanding & Magnifying Self;

ii) Understanding & Magnifying Others;

iii) Civic Engagement & Media Literacy;

iv) Understanding Conflict;

v) Understanding Peace.

Through participation, fellows should have the tools, knowledge & skills to:

  • Build resilience & inner peace
  • Be agents in the creation of their own well-being
  • Increase commitment to community level civic engagement initiatives
  • Develop belief in self as a peace builder in their community
  • Increased Employability & 21st Century Skills

Over time, as thousands of peace builders emerge from the MIT-WPU fellowship we will see increased youth civic engagement across India that will lead to a stronger, inclusive democracy & equitable society.




Day 3 |  Sunday, October 3, 2020 | Session IX - 10:30 am-12:30 pm


Global Peace Movements

India will become a Vishwaguru in 21st century – A Roadmap

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India's great noble son Swami Vivekanand had prophesied in the 19th centuries that India is destined to become the knowledge corridor of the world and need the way to peace and harmony as a Vishwaguru. We can see the happening around us because of the dominance of Indian in the various sectors like science, technology, artificial intelligence, spirituality etc. We need to consolidate this position to truly become a Vishwaguru in the 21st century.

In the 20th century entire world considered USA, Russia, Japan and some of the European countries as the global leaders. But in the 21st century two more countries from Asia emerged as the global leader that is India and China. Now the question is who is a global leader? Though there is no clear cut definition, a global leader is one who can a play major role in world affairs, work for maintaining peace and tranquility and can extend all type of help in preventing global crisis such as climate change, food insecurity, hunger, poverty etc.




Day 3 | Sunday, October 3, 2020 | Session X- 12:45 PM - 02:00 PM


a) Declaration: The Dalai Lama Chair Hosted by MIT-WPU at World Peace Dome

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"The problem with our current society is that we have an attitude towards education as if it is there to simply make you cleverer, make you more ingenious. Even though our society does not emphasize this, the most important use of knowledge and education is to help us understand the importance of engaging in more wholesome actions and bringing about discipline within our minds" - His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The purpose OF THE DALAI LAMA CHAIR is to create a platform to study the cultural and spiritual heritage of India and its relevance to the current world. The mission of it is to establish a renowned center for research and dissemination of solutions that Indian culture, tradition and philosophy (Indic Studies) offer to the challenges of contemporary world.

b) Panel Discussion: Importance of Indic Studies/The Dalai Lama Studies for Future of World Peace

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"The problem with our current society is that we have an attitude towards education as if it is there to simply make you cleverer, make you more ingenious. Even though our society does not emphasize this, the most important use of knowledge and education is to help us understand the importance of engaging in more wholesome actions and bringing about discipline within our minds" - His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The purpose OF THE DALAI LAMA CHAIR is to create a platform to study the cultural and spiritual heritage of India and its relevance to the current world. The mission of it is to establish a renowned center for research and dissemination of solutions that Indian culture, tradition and philosophy (Indic Studies) offer to the challenges of contemporary world.




Day 3 |  Sunday, October 3, 2020 | Session XI- 4:30 pm -5:45 pm


Youth Session Personal Identity and Peace

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Today’s youth are growing up and developing their sense of self in settings where identities are contested. Such identity dynamics play a key role in societal functioning, with group conflict often arising and being maintained due to competing social identities. MIT-WPU is organizing a session to understand how youth develop these social identities, and the consequences for peaceful and violent behaviors is of urgent importance in order to design appropriate policies and interventions.

In this session, we will hear from youth coming from various conflict zones – the meaning of the word conflict being not limited to inter or intrastate war. We will hear stories from individuals who have experienced discrimination, segregation, lost opportunities because of their ethnic background and a unique story of an individual working on reducing human animal conflict.




Day 3 |  Sunday, October 3, 2020 | Session XII - 6:00 pm -7:15 pm


Valedictory and Pune Declaration

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In a world that is constantly at conflict, humanity needs an anchor that would pursue peace, practice peace and propagate peace as the ultimate medium of sustainable and universal change. In line with its deep-rooted philosophy that emphasizes the need for nurturing socially cognizant and responsible youth, MAEER’s MIT-World Peace University(WPU) Pune took proactive lead to organize the ‘World Philosopher’s Meet’ – A Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy in November 1996 at MIT- WPU, Pune.

Today in, it is the 6th edition, the World Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy will lay the pathway for future engagement of youth in Global Peace movements. Over the 3 days, the conference will focus not only on deliberations around consciousness, sciences, spirituality & peace, but will also present opportunities to hear real stories from ground zone.

To summaries everything, the 6th World Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy reflects the essence of traditional and innovative inspirations for peace through great speeches and thoughts from eminent personalities across the globe.





Address

World Peace Dome

VishwaRaj baug, Loni Kalbhor, Solapur Highway, Near Bharat Petrol Pump , Loni Kalbhor Railway station, Pune - 412201

Maharashtra​

www.worldpeacedome.org

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