Never in our recent history have so many people from so many generations been so collectively challenged. The threat of the pandemic has brought with it a multitude of psychological and financial threats and, no matter how widespread our knowledge of the collective anxiety, depression or isolation is, our individual experience can be very consuming.
As the impact of the global pandemic starts to be felt more acutely, with schools opening up further to returning students, to re-entry of office people, to operating of shopping malls, public transport and places, kindness and compassion have become more important than ever. The months of lockdown and various incidences where people helped each other have shown us that people are hard wired to bekind to one another.
A call to action for global youth to increase and celebrate the acts of kindness is a powerful counterstroke to the daily negative environment that we are surrounded by. In many ways, with the introduction of the SDGs, we have started to recognize the strong interdependency among all beings living on this planet, and how one person’s or country’s actions can affect others living thousands of kilometres away. The agenda is to represent and recognize that “we are all in the same boat” and that we need to work together to build a better world.
This brings to us the importance of kindness, which, by its neurobiological nature, improves the happiness and well-being of the receiver and the giver. The good news is that people are empathetic by nature. This natural trait, however, has been suppressed by the external environment to which we are subjected today. We need to bring back our natural tendency to practice kindness.
To emphasize and re-state the importance of kindness in today’s world, UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and global partners will host the 2nd World Youth Conference on Kindness on 24th October and 25th October 2020 centred on the theme ‘Kindness for Peaceful and Sustainable Co-existence’. The world wide conference will also mark the 75th anniversary the United Nations (UN) and re-affirm the central role of empathy, compassion, and kindness to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Conference will provide global youth leaders and policymakers with an innovative, and engaging platform to discover pathways for achieving the SDGs, build the social and emotional capacities of youth, and enhance the momentum for a new UN International Day of Kindness for Humanity to give us all an established day to celebrate the power of kindness that underlies our societies and recognize the potential it holds to drive us towards a sustainable future.
It is a proud moment for MASH Project Foundation to be a partner and a co-host for the conference. MASH Project Foundation is a social enterprise committed to building a global ecosystem of social change-makers. MASH Project works with stakeholders across spectrum like Corporates, Non-Profits, Civil Society Organisations, Youth Communities, Government agencies and Policy makers to deliver high-quality social impact through its diverse set of initiatives.
MASH Project Foundation is committed and determined more than ever and especially while the world is going through a pandemic to empower young people and build more multi-sector partnerships to create a bigger & better impact and world with sustainable living and peace.
To be held on October 24 and 25, 2020, this year’s virtual conference focusses on youth involvement in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through kindness, empathy, and compassion. Taking part in a global action for peace has never been easier or more affordable. Due to Covid-19, the virtual conference makes this year’s youth gathering more accessible than ever before.
Day One includes opening remarks from Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Inaugual Director of UNESCO MGIEP and Ms. Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director General for Eduction of UNESCO; a Keynote address and panel conducted by Youth on UN Multilateralism; the launch of Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) by Mr. Abel Caine of UNESCO MGIEP and Dr. Michael Karlin of Life University; a music performance; and a CIT Masterclass by the Global Youth Alliance for Kindness.
Day two opens with Ricky Kej (#Kindness Ambassador and Grammy Award winner) and UNHCR India Refugees launching a new Kindness Song. Opening remarks of welcome are given by Dr. Anantha Duraiappah; a Global Youth Declaration on Kindness; a Kindness Concert; the #KindnessMattersAgainstRacism Dialogue; and another CIT Masterclass by the Global Youth Alliance for Kindness.
As part of the conference, UNESCO MGIEP along with Life University will be officially launching the Compassionate Integrity Training Course which is an online course that aims to cultivate skills such as empathy, mindfulness, and compassion so that youth are well-equipped to contribute towards the development of peaceful and sustainable societies. The program till now has had 3,000 students enrolled from 120 countries.
There are followers and there are leaders. Be a Leader. Attend the 2nd World Youth Conference on Kindness.
To know more about the conference visit: https://mgiep.unesco.org/wyc2020
Sign up at https://wyc2020.paperform.co/
If you ever had dreams of making a difference, or of changing the world, this is your chance. This day could make an impact on your life.