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South Asia Peace Initiative

In various nations of South Asia, UPF is promoting peace and cooperation through leadership consultations and grassroots activities. Bringing youth from diverse backgrounds together to build bridges of understanding respect and serve a local community are the focus of programs in Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In Nepal, programs focus on reconciling political divisions, addressing conflicts, and cultivating the spirit of one family under God. In India, leadership consultations promote interreligious cooperation and encourage good governance. In Bangladesh, promoting interreligious dialogue and strengthening marriage and family are ongoing programs. Scroll down for reports.

Kathmandu, Nepal — Nepal’s newly elected Constituent Assembly declared this nation a democratic republic on May 28, 2008, and ended the monarchy that had ruled for the past 240 years.

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Kathmandu, Nepal - The election results that are emerging in the tiny Himalayan nation of Nepal are a surprise to nearly everyone. No one could have imagined the landslide victory for the Communist Party Nepal-Maoist, in both the direct and proportional elections.

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Kathmandu, Nepal - Nepal's first elections in nine years were disrupted by scattered incidents of violence across the country April 10, 2008, but overall the elections were hailed as peaceful.

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL: The special representative of the U.N. secretary-general in Nepal, Ian Martin, Tuesday called the Nepalese peace process "unprecedented," two days ahead of the country's first general elections since a 2006 peace accord ended 10 years of armed conflict.

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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - Basketball clinics and peace lectures drawing on texts held sacred in Sri Lanka's multi-religious society were highlights of a recent Youth Leadership Development program in Sri Lanka. About 60 Sri Lankan youth attended the March 28-30, 2008, seminar at the Subodhi Center for Integral Studies in Moratuwa, Colombo.

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KATHMANDU, Nepal –  A “Movement for the Underprivileged” was launched in Kathmandu on March 11, 2008, to forge relationships between businesses and NGOs to help alleviate poverty.

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KATHMANDU, Nepal - As Nepal faces the uncertainty of elections and an indefinite bundh, or strike, in the southern Terai region, the perfect match between entrepreneurial expertise and not-for-profit networking has been hammered out in a matter of hours in the capital city.

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Mention Nepal and the mind conjures images of mountains, trekking, and spiritual quests—all seemingly overlapping one another. Buddhist monasteries, meditation, and mantras; museums and thangka paintings; Vedic instruction and picturesque shrines.

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Kathmandu, Nepal - Cooperation between civil society and the government of Nepal broke new ground on Jan. 16, 2008 at the "Parliamentarians for Peace" program at the Parliament Secretariat Hall.

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Kathmandu, Nepal - Nepalese leaders from three major political parties found common ground at a South Asia Peace Initiative seminar in Kathmandu on Dec. 2, 2007.

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In his Inaugural Address before a standing-room-only crowd at The Goa International Centre, on April 23, the Governor of Goa, Shri S.C. Jamir, emphasized that it was "the duty of every nation and its people to cooperate, support, and strengthen ... to the maximum extent possible" the efforts to create an interreligious council at the United Nations.

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