To celebrate the spirit of global citizenship and universal peace, over 200 delegates from 33 countries today called upon Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh at his official residence ‘Oak-Over’ from where he flagged off the peace march, as a part of 11th edition of the Global Youth Peace Festival-(GYPF)-2016.
Welcoming the initiative, the Chief Minister said that it was a great effort in spreading the message of love and fraternity and the youth from over 30 countries were sharing a common platform to spread peace, preach human values and create a more just world. “It pains to see the people being divided on race, region, religion and nationalities and such programmes, based on common cause to bring peace and harmony, will certainly go ahead disseminating the message as how to live above racial and religious discrimination”, he said.
Mr. Bernie Meyer, popularly known as ‘American Gandhi’ presented a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi and his book, ‘Gandhi Universal Inspiration’ to the Chief Minister. Mr. Singh appreciated the efforts of Rajinder Rana, the Vice-Chairman State Disaster Management Authority for getting organized the event and ‘Yuvsatta’- an NGO, with a motto ‘Youth for Peace’, which is continuing its crusade for a humane and peaceful world.
Delegates from Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Fiji, France, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Liberia, Malaysia, Motswana, Mauritius, Nepal, Palestine, Syria, Senegal, Taiwan, Uganda, USA, Zambia & Zimbabwe participated in the peace march which also comprised of 19 members ‘Girl for Peace Delegation’ from Pakistan who had brought Indo-Pak Friendship Cards with them.
Dr. Markandey Rai, Senior Advisor, United Nations Human Settlements Programme welcomed the Chief Minster and also briefed him about the motive of GYPF-2016. He said that it was a unique youth campaign to spread Mahatma Gandhi’s Universal message of peace and harmony.