|Associate professor Vo Van Sen, principal of the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanity, gives a speech at the meeting declaring the international conference on Buddhism. — Photo dantocmiennui.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — The international conference "Buddhism in the Mekong Area: History and Development", the biggest of its kind so far, will be organised this Friday and Saturday in HCM City.
The conference will be held by the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanity and the Viet Nam Buddhism Research Institute.
The conference will attract domestic and international scientists, managers, Buddhism researchers from different countries such as the US, China, India, and Thailand, in addition to Myanmar and Cambodia.
Associate Professor Vo Van Sen, principal of the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanity, said that the conference aimed at creating global awareness about peace, environmental security and sustainable development in the Mekong area, and contributing to the international co-operation in economy, culture, environmental protection, and maintaining countries' cultural heritages based on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goal.
The conference would also make clear Buddhism's role in the area, he said.
During the conference, researchers will discuss about reaching an agreement on several issues such as risks related to the ecological environment in the Mekong area.
So far the conference has attracted nearly 150 speeches from domestic and international researchers.
The speeches focus on Buddhism's development path and protecting the environment with regard to globalisation and sustainable development. — VNS