Malaviya Centre for Peace Research

UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural   Understanding

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Malaviya Centre for Peace Research

The ancient city of Varanasi has traditionally been a site of intercultural and interreligious dialogue and discourses peace. Continuing this tradition, the Banaras Hindu University has taken the lead in institutionalizing an interdisciplinary centre of peace research and conflict resolution. Deriving its name from the illustrious founder of the university, the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research (MCPR) was launched in 1998 under the VIII UGC Plan as the first centre of its kind in the Indian University system.

Since its inception, the MCPR has established itself globally as a hub of scholarly and practical activities concerning varied dimensions of conflict analysis and sustainable peace. The granting of UNESCO Chair for Peace has been worthy recognition of the continuing peace work.





UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding

UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding has been formally established in December 2010 at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University with the following mandate.

bullet Explore and highlight the potentials of cultural and, in particular religious diversity as a resource for peace rather than a barrier;
bullet Create a critical mass of trained and sensitized peace workers in this particular field;
bullet Create an integrated regional hub for research, training, information and documentation in the fields of peace, human rights, conflicts resolution and human development sensitive to the issues of structural and cultural diversity;
bullet Develop a curriculum for Asian and African Universities focusing particularly on the cultural and religious dimension;
bullet Promote the preservation of public spaces of communally inclusive heritage and cultural practices in India and elsewhere, and sensitize media and civil society about the common grounds between diverse cultures; and peace building.
bullet Create and reinforce networks of academic institutions in India and abroad concerned with intercultural peace and intercultural practices, to initiate Masters/ PhD programs for peace and development.


Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya, UNESCO Chair has participated in Multilateralism and diplomacy for peace - Breakout Sessions (Baku, 2-3 May 2019)

Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya, UNESCO Chair has participated in the roundtable discussion on 'Building Just and Peaceful Societies: UNESCO's contribution to a Culture of Prevention' on the occasion of International Day of Peace on 21 September 2018

The keenly-awaited UN volume ‘Long Walk of Peace Towards Conflict Prevention” authored and edited by UNESCO Chair Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya of BHU was launched in Geneva at the UN Headquarters on 24 May 2018. Hailing as an epoch-making contribution, the book presentation was commemorated by many leading UN representatives and distinguished celebrities, including Michael Moller, Director General of UN at Geneva, Nada al-Nashif Additional Director General of UNESCO and a large number of diplomatic community, journalists and academia, from various Universities NGOs and the general public.

The  Coordinator & UNESCO Chair holder Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya has been invited by the US President Barack Obama to participate as an academic expert in a meeting on Peace and Inter-Faith Understanding at the White House. He  will also deliver a special lecture at Berkeley Centre for Religion, Peace and Global Affairs, Georgetown on 22 September 2016.

Peace is a Process:- 21 June 2016, UNESCO hosted a path-breaking Consultative Meeting on the contribution of the UN system to the promotion of peace. The meeting was attended by heads of 28 United Nations entities (programmes, funds, specialized agencies and bodies), who discussed the advancement of the global peace agenda and took stock of the present situation – and the future of the agenda in the new millennium


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