Concept Note

Advancing Peace through Social Inclusion

World Peace Conference 2021
Dhaka, 4-5 December

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was an ardent proponent of peace. He led political activities from his young age through pacific means to protest against injustice, discrimination and humiliation. His foreign policy dictum "Friendship to all, malice to none" vindicates his principle of maintaining peaceful relations with all the countries of the world, In recognition of his contribution in world peace, he was awarded the Julio-Curie Peace Prize by the World Peace Council.

Bangabandhu's daughter Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh H. E. Sheikh Hasina has been carrying forward the legacy of Bangabandhu. The culture of peace is one of the priority concepts of Hon'ble Prime Minister which is evident from her deliberations both in the country and in the international fora.  Bangladesh is now contributing the highest number of armed and police forces in the UN Peace Keeping Missions. Bangladesh has hosted about one million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in spite of multifarious challenges encountered by it in terms of logistical constraints and demographic complications. Such generous gesture in upholding peace and humanity has made the Hon'ble Prime Minister to be known to the world as "The Mother of Humanity".

Peace is an innate aspiration of every human being. Unfortunately, now people in many parts of the world are undergoing atrocities, persecution and starvation where peace has completely disappeared. If such violence persists, it will proliferate in other parts of the world and put the existence of civilization into jeopardy. When the vile mind-set of supremacy, vengeance and greed take priority over humanity, peace cannot find its place anywhere. So, it is pertinent that the people of the world unite to find ways to permeate and propagate the message of peace. People around the world discussed the importance of peace time and again. It is disheartening that in spite of all such efforts, peace is being overrun by the propensity of injustice, hatred and violence. The idea of holding the conference is to let the world feel that peace has to be cherished in multifarious ways perceiving that the invaluable contributions of the global pioneers are universal, and that peace will be sustainable only through social justice, equity and inclusiveness.

Bangladesh is delighted and honored to arrange World Peace Conference from 4-6 December 2021 as a part of its celebrations of the Mujib Year, that is, the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh. During the conference, a number of panel discussions will be held which will be participated by the intellectuals, educationists, eminent personalities, journalists and people of high stature of the world who are dedicated to establishing peace in the world. The events will especially include discussions on the vision and mission of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as a pioneer of peace and humanity. Thematic cultural events will also be arranged highlighting the message of peace. The conference will be concluded with "Dhaka Peace Declaration, 2021".

It is expected that the conference will offer an opportunity to the people around the world to share the bright ideas of the distinguished discussants and be able to impart those ideas in their respective countries with a view to achieving a sustainable global peace.

Considering the present COVID-19 pandemic scenario, the conference will be held in hybrid mode, that is, the participant will attend both in person and through virtual platform.