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An initiative of the
International Association for Human Values

In cooperation with:

Club of Budapest Worldshift Network


Women's International League
for Peace and Freedom,


Art of Living Norway – www.artofliving.no

Thursday, 10th April 2008


Inaugural Session
Welcome Address and Lighting of the Peace Lamps

17.45 Panel Session 1
History and current situation of conflicts in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Burma: An overview, challenges and opportunities

South Asia is a turbulent, complex region with a prominent place in the global map of ethnic conflict. It is characterized by multi-ethnic societies with striking internal divisions along linguistic, regional, communal and sectarian lines, externally linked to one another across national boundaries. Even though it has a common cultural background and shared political experience, many groups have been fiercely fighting with each other. This session aims to highlight the current situation and the recent history of conflicts in the region focusing on Sri Lanka, Burma, and the dangers of Naxalism in India and Nepal.

18.45 Break

19.00 Panel Session 2
A roadmap to peace: Novel approaches to peace building in South Asia

What is the missing link to achieve peace in this most volatile region, despite interest from all sides and the long-term engagement from the international community? How can we integrate economic, social and environmental development with peace and security issues in this region? This Panel Session aims to stimulate discussion on new dimensions in peace building, which take into account the unique ethnic considerations in South-Asia, incorporating human values that are unique to this region. Could faith-based tools and resources, such as non-violence, compassion, eco-friendliness, acceptance of differences, sincerity and integrity, prayer and meditation be values that can serve the mission of healing and reconciliation between conflicting groups in South Asia, and elsewhere in the world today?

20.00 Dinner

11th April 2008


Panel Session 3
The role of the civil society and the governments in conflict resolution

Does the complexity of the conflict in South Asia and other parts of the world indicate that to find sustainable solutions and peace, the civil society, governments and the business community need to coordinate their efforts? And if so, what is their role and possible contributions?

10.00 Panel Session 4
The role of the media in conflict resolution

This Session aims to examine the role and responsibility of the media in influencing the public opinion and as well as the parties involved in a conflict and thereby directly influence the conflict resolution and peace building efforts. How could the media support the peace process in the 21st century?

11.00 Break


The Workshops will provide opportunities for more in-depth information and intimate dialogue towards identifying possible obstacles as well as novel solutions and common threads in peace building.

Workshop a) Sri Lanka
Workshop b) Naxalism in India and Nepal
Workshop c) Burma

12.30 Lunch


Workshop a) Sri Lanka
Workshop b) Naxalism in India and Nepal
Workshop c) Burma

15.30 Break

16.00 Final Panel Discussion

Summary statements: In this session the leaders of the workshops will share with the audience the outcome of the discussions in their respective workshops and have an open floor conversation in identifying common themes for future discussions and implementation.

17.00 Conclusion
What are the next steps?

* The workshops are to be attended on invitation only