WORLD SUMMIT ON COUNTERING VIOLENCE AND EXTREMISM
REINVIGORATING COMPASSION AND NONVIOLENCE
Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.
- Mahatma Gandhi
Reinvigorating the Gandhian Principles of Nonviolence
During 2018-19, in honor of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary year, we are committed to host our Summit across various parts of the world and bring together global leaders and change makers to reinvigorate the message of nonviolence and design solutions to promote peace in our world.
The rise of violence and extremism is one of the biggest challenges facing our global society. Today, an act of violence can happen anywhere, anytime and includes suicides, domestic abuse, bullying in schools, communal riots, war, mass shootings and global terrorism. These acts of violence stem from the inability to transcend differences of gender, sexual preference, race, ideology, ethnicity, nationality.
Despite huge investments on violence reduction programs, law enforcement and military spending, violence seems to be on the rise. It is imperative that global leaders look for new ways to transform the conditions that promote violence and extremism.
As human beings we all have the power to choose the possibility of hope, love, action and progress. Across every age, race, religion and region, we are united by common human values and aspirations that are much greater than our differences.
The principles of nonviolence ('Ahimsa') that were used to transform society by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Mandela and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. seem even more relevant today to bring social justice, peace and harmony in the world. Their work inspires us to choose love over fear and hatred.
Our approach to counter violence and extremism is based on empowering individuals and communities to promote nonviolence and compassion.
Our Summits are intended for mayors, police executives, educators, policymakers and peace activists who are looking for innovative solutions to counter violence and extremism.
The Summits will highly interactive, thereby enabling delegates to co-create real solutions and set up collaboration networks and partnerships to support further implementation of the novel ideas.
Actionable insights and new ideas to apply nonviolence principles and reduce violence
Toolkit of proven methodologies to effectively counter violence and extremism
Collaboration network of global leaders that will help implement ideas to promote peace
The World Summit on Countering Violence and Extremism is organized by the International Association for Human Values in collaboration with many like minded partners.