Launch of Unity in Diversity Campuses and Companies
People from various walks of life with the common desire for an inclusive society came together for the launch of the India chapter of the ‘Unity in Diversity – World Civil Society’ in Mumbai.
The initiative has been launched in 19 countries over the last few years in collaboration with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Thadomal Shahani Centre for Management and Global Dialogue Foundation.
Revolving around advocacy, the Unity in Diversity move will bring together communities, the government, academic institutions, NGOs, corporates and even spiritual groups.
Peter Gorgievski, CEO and Director-General of Global Dialogue Foundation, said, “The work we undertake is in communities and it is with people, rather than sitting in offices. We help create a setting for dialogue for so that communities can come together, get to know each other and work collaboratively.
“The collaboration begins to flow on from people from across cultures meeting and discussing each other’s needs, the walls begin to come down and people start uniting to realise their needs.”
He said an initiative such as this assumed further importance in the present day, given the mobility of people across the world and would help them integrate into mainstream society even as they retain cultural identity.
Maya Shahani, chairperson, Shahani group, said people to represent each vertical have been selected and they will be discussing ways to take the initiative forward. These include prominent figures from Mumbai’s civil society, community and corporate leaders and NGOs will help the movement with their diverse experiences and knowledge. Of these, education would be a critical and powerful vertical to reach a large number of youth and spread the message not just within India but also globally, Ms Shahani said.
The initiative was launched at KC College. As part of the launch, a Unity in Diversity Peace Garden will be inaugurated in Bandra on March 16, 2016.
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