September 25, 2017, Herent, Belgium – The Lumbini-Kapilvastu Global Campaign, Belgium’s Second General Assembly, has been held successfully on September 25, at Hotel Carpinus in Herent, Belgium. The LKGC, Belgium, is spreading the peace and non-violence messages of Lord Buddha and promoting the birthplace of Buddha Lumbini, Nepal, as World Peace City in international forum.
The main guest of the General Assembly was Belgium’s former senator and federal parliament member, Els Van Hoof. Former member of the European Parliament and Executive Director of South Asia Democratic Forum, Paulo Casaca, Project officer of Culture of the UNESCO Brussels, Oriol Freixa Matalonga and the second secretary, the representative of the Nepalese Embassy to Brussels, were the special guests of the program.
The Chief Guest, MP of Belgium, Els Van Hoof appreciated this work by mentioning the fact that the campaign was significantly promoting the birthplace of Buddha Lumbini, Nepal. And Mrs Hoof also added that she appreciated that Nepalese national flag which is not similar to any other country and the importance of moon and sun in it.
Praising the work done by the Campaign, the special guest, executive director Paulo Casaca said he will coordinating with the campaign in the coming days to promote peace and conveyed the best wishes for the successful program .
UNESCO’s representative Oriol Freixa Matalonga said that Lumbini, Nepal, the birth place of Buddha was listed In UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, and he added that the Lumbini is a symbol of world peace, while informing UNESCO’s role in the development and protection of Lumbini.
Representative of the Nepalese Embassy Brussels, Bhojraj Bhusal said that the activities of the campaign are constructive and informative to promote Lumbini as World Peace City, the campaign should be expanded in other countries as well.
Speaking about the main objectives of the campaign, the chairman of the program, Lumbini-Kapilvastu Global Campaign, Belgium, President Damodar Prasad Acharya, expressed the views that the initiative should be carried out by initiating diplomatic efforts to correct misinformation in textbooks in various countries to clear the confusion over Buddha’s birthplace. He expressed heartfelt gratitude towards all the dignitaries for accepting the invitation and being engaged with the foundation. In the program, Secretary of the Non-Resident Nepali Association, Arjun Kumar Shrestha, President of Non-Resident Nepali Association, Belgium, Lok Prasad Dahal, Executive assistant of Active Intercultural Federation Artemis Kubala also gave their best wishes to the program.
During the program, official supporters of the International Conference on World Peace Lumbini, Nepal, Embassy of Nepal Brussels, Non-Resident Nepalese Association, Belgium and Belgian-Nepal Friendship Association was awarded with the trophies. And Dr Kavitaram Shrestha who had contributed to the Int’l Conference by taking care of ill health last year, program anchor, ShushmashreeThapa and Secretary of campaign, Geert Catrysse, were awarded with the Certificate of Appreciation.
Secretary General of the campaign Nanda Raj Ghale and Executive Board Member YogitaThapa conducted the program, while Secretary Geert Catrysse highlighted the activities of the campaign in the general meeting through Power point.
In the event, the Sangrila Samaj Belgium’s President Khadka Bahadur KC, Sherpa Samaj Belgium’s representative Ang Maya Lama, Kavreplanchock Aid Committee, Belgium, President Dinesh Upreti, Non-Resident Nepali Association ICC Members, Janakee Gurung, and Padma Gurung, representative of Tamu Samaj, Belgium and Nepali and foreign individuals were also present.