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Igniting Compassion: Highlights from the Inaugural Youth Summit on Human Fraternity & Compassion

Highlights from the Inaugural Youth Summit on Human Fraternity & Compassion
2 Minutes ReadAt the inaugural Youth Summit on Human Fraternity & Compassion, held in Viratnagar, Rajasthan from September 30 to October 2, 2023, global youth leaders collaboratively conceived more than 850 actionable initiatives to advance the #GlobaliseCompassion movement. These actions are designed to promote compassion for human fraternity and advocate for an inclusive society.   Throughout the three-day event, reflections from young leaders resonated with the idea of compassion serving as the guiding principle for interfaith dialogues and the creation of a harmonious society. Over 500 youth leaders made specific commitments to carry out compassionate actions within their communities.   Jointly hosted by the Satyarthi Movement for Global Compassion (SMGC) and the Zayed Awards for Human Fraternity (ZAHF), this summit aimed to facilitate open dialogues among diverse stakeholders, encouraging a commitment to embrace compassion as a means to heal our fragmented world. The summit placed significant emphasis on integrating compassion into policymaking and fostering unity among diverse groups, cultures, and belief systems, highlighting the shared humanity that unites us all.   During an interfaith dialogue, which included faith leaders from various religious groups and sects, an emphasis was placed on their role in leading with compassion to create a more tolerant and harmonious society, prioritizing humanity over religious divisions.   Participants underscored that love, kindness, empathy, and equality are fundamental aspects of compassion. They stressed the importance of inclusivity, irrespective of socioeconomic status, caste, gender, or religious biases, and emphasized the need for compassionate actions to address systemic injustices, alleviate suffering, and promote social cohesion.   The reflections of these young leaders led to individual commitments to expand the circle of human fraternity and ignite sparks of compassion. Nearly 500 change-makers pledged specific commitments to globalize and implement actionable compassion within their communities.   In total, 875 diverse compassionate action points were pledged, including inspiring people to perform compassionate deeds in schools, utilizing Bal Mitra Gram (BGM), Bal Mitra Mandal (BMM), and Panchayats to raise awareness and promote compassion both within and beyond their communities, spreading the message of compassion on Children's Day (November 14), and various festivals, not only for humans but also for the preservation of the environment.   The summit concluded with a resounding message that compassion is the guiding force for creating positive change in the world. Mr. Kailash Satyarthi reiterated this sentiment, stating, "Compassion is not merely a soft power; it can be the spark that illuminates the world and creates a brighter future."   The Satyarthi Movement for Global Compassion (SMGC) is a global initiative aimed at igniting "Compassion in Action" worldwide, drawing from Kailash Satyarthi's four decades of pioneering work as a social reformer. SMGC seeks to promote compassion in all facets of society, from education to business and government, while also building bridges between diverse cultures and religions to promote peace and understanding on a global scale.   The Zayed Award for Human Fraternity is an independent global accolade that celebrates individuals and institutions dedicated to breaking down societal divisions and strengthening human connections. With a substantial monetary prize of USD 1 million, this annual award ceremony is held on February 4th, in conjunction with the UN-recognized International Day of Human Fraternity.

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