BSG Webinar Highlights Importance Of Global Cooperation During COVID-19 Pandemic

This webinar also marks the launch of BSG’s new symposium series ‘Dialogue in Action: Empowering Humanity’.


The long shadows of COVID-19 that have engulfed the world show that global cooperation and solidarity are no longer a matter of choice but of survival, panelists at a peace symposium webinar organized by the Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG), said on Wednesday. 

This webinar also marks the launch of BSG’s new symposium series ‘Dialogue in Action: Empowering Humanity’.

The panelists at the webinar, which was based on Soka Gakkai International (SGI) President Daisaku Ikeda’s 39th Peace Proposal titled "Value Creation in a Time of Crisis," highlighted that the core philosophy of respect for each person and for the environment has become an absolute necessity. 

Ikeda said, "Our shared efforts to respond to the pandemic can serve as a foundation for generating global awareness of the essential role of human solidarity in transforming the crisis."

Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, said, “The concept, ‘Leave no one behind’ is most relevant in these pandemic times. We need to address social inequities that the pandemic highlighted- in the healthcare sections, with the migrants and in the education sector where many were left behind. The important message is to emphasize that each life matters”

Reaffirming the role of education in value creation, Shaheen Mistri, Founder and CEO, Teach for India, said, "There has never been a time in history when we have needed to operate as much with love as we do today and my belief is that our schools can play a huge role in building not just learners, but a humane society." 

Drawing inspiration from the Peace Proposal, Hasina Kharbhih, Founder and Chairperson of the Impulse NGO Network said that we must be fearless and faithful around the change we want to see, especially during the time of crisis.

Sujay Santra, Founder and CEO of iKureTechsoft said “The pandemic has been the time to build resilience in the public healthcare system”. 

BSG Chairperson, Vishesh Gupta shared that, “I am confident that the doors to a hope-filled future will be thrown wide open the moment we decide to cherish the spirit of compassion to treasure each life and to be alongside those who are vulnerable and most in need of support. As the common saying goes: ‘When we light a lantern for others, our own way forward is lit.’.”

Rashi Ahuja, Director, and Head of External Relations, BSG, expressed her gratitude to the audience for participating in the webinar and called for a commitment to cultivating a society that is guided by the principle of respect for dignity of life.

SGI, (Soka Gakkai International) has over 12 million members in 192 countries and territories around the world. Meanwhile, BSG (Bharat Soka Gakkai) is the Indian affiliate of Soka Gakkai International (SGI). 

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