Peace & Humanitarian Programs
Sri Sri is a multi-faceted peace ambassador whose initiatives include conflict resolution, disaster and trauma relief, poverty alleviation, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all and campaigns against female foeticide and child labour. He is engaged in peace negotiations and counselling in conflict zones around the world. His expertise in bringing opposing parties to the negotiating table in areas such as Sri Lanka, Iraq, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Kashmir and Bihar is widely acknowledged.
In March 2007, the Universal Declaration of Human Values, authored by Sri Sri, was unveiled at the John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington DC. This document, in the form of a proposed resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations, represents Sri Sri’s vision for a fresh approach to fostering understanding and harmonious coexistence between different peoples and cultures.
Tackling the issue of terrorism and promoting interfaith harmony, Sri Sri has taken his message of a multicultural education to concerned forums across the world – be it the 29th National Meeting of the Jamiat-Ulemai-Hind (the largest Islamic Imam Association of India) or the 3rd World Congress of Rabbis and Imams for Peace in Europe. He has taken his message to members of every stratum of society – religious leaders, decision-makers, academicians, bearers of social responsibility and the common man.
In January 2005, Sri Sri gave the keynote address at the First World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace held in Brussels.
Sri Sri has hosted and facilitated several dialogues and reconciliation events between different caste groups in various parts of India. In 2002, he hosted a three day conference at the Art of Living International Centre in Bangalore to showcase the contribution of Dalits to the rich heritage of India.