New York: Non-violence is the solution for global human welfare and the world’s spiritual leaders should work closely on this mission for a better world, a senior UN official said.

Speaking at the ‘Peace Education’ convention organised by Jain organisation Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti and the NGO Airline Ambassadors International and held at UN headquarters in New York, UN Undersecretary General Francisco Lorenzo said peace, non violence and harmony is the only way to establish a better world.

Lorenzo asked the world spiritual leaders to work closely together on this mission and said that poverty, illiteracy and growing population are bottlenecks for growth of development.

He congratulated Acharya Lokesh Muni, founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, for his acceptance of “Chief Ambassador of India” for the Airline Ambassadors India.

Addressing the convention, Muni said that through “Peace education” violence and terrorism shall be eliminated at root level rather than being solved temporarily.

Among others who attended the convention were Airline Ambassadors International Director David Rivard, National Computer Systems Chairman Sridhar Chillara, New Jersey Democratic Party vice-chairman Harish Mehta, Summit Research Labs Chairman Piyush Patel.

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Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization affiliated with the United Nations and recognized by the US Congress. It began as a network of airline employees using their pass privileges to help others and has expanded into a network of students, medical professionals, families and retirees who volunteer as “Ambassadors of Goodwill” in their home communities and abroad. It provides a way for members to share their unique skills and talents to care for others and bring compassion into action.

AAI provides humanitarian aid to children and families in need as well as relief and development to under-privileged communities worldwide. AAI escorts children in need, hand-delivers humanitarian aid to orphanages, clinics, and remote communities, raises public awareness and involves youth in humanitarian efforts around the world.

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Munishree Lokprakash Lokesh (Lokesh Muni, the founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti) renounced the world and received Diksha from Late Acharya Shri Tulsi in 1983 at the age of 22. He has studied many Holy Scriptures in Jainism, Buddhism and Vedanta in depth. Muniji is master of meditation, Yoga and peace education. His mission in life is to spread the message of Ahimsa (Non-violence), peace and harmony. To read Muni’s contribution to the JAINA 2007 Convention on ‘Peace Through Dialogue’ (which also introduces some fundamental tenets of the Jain philosophy of nonviolence) click on this link