Indian spiritual leader Amritanandamayi Devi addresses UN convention

Amma addresses UN convention

Coexistence of humankind is possible in this era of globalisation only when culture and modernisation are in balance, a renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader from India said today.

"Efforts at coexistence fail when we claim we are all one, but we disrespect each other's ancient customs and traditions," Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, popularly known as Amma, said while addressing the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations' (UNAOC) Regional Consultations for Asia-South Pacific in Shanghai.

The 59-year-old spiritual leader from Kerala, known for humanitarian activities, was the only spiritual leader among more than 150 delegates from throughout Asia and the South Pacific invited to the conference, according to a press release.

"Coexistence is possible only when culture and modernisation are in balance," she said while explaining how globalisation has affected the coexistence both positively and negatively, she said.

Inviting everyone to contribute to the global conversation on coexistence by setting an example of respect and tolerance, she said, "An awareness of the need for coexistence amidst diversity is the only way to alleviate the suffering of others.

" The UNAOC is an initiative of the United Nations launched in 2005 by former Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan.

The focus of the UNAOC is to improve mutual understanding and cooperation between nations, cultures and religions.

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