Sadhguru and Gregoire Borst – A Dialogue on “Creating a Culture of Peace”

In commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary and the International Day of Non-Violence 2018, the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO are jointly organising the third Ahimsa Lecture featuring Sadhguru in dialogue with Gregoire Borst, Professor of Developmental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience of Education, LaPsyDE. The title of the dialogue is “Creating a Culture of Peace!” where Sadhguru and Gregoire will jointly engage in a discussion on “Peace, Neuroplasticity and Education”.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Paris Time (3.5 hours behind IST) 

Venue: Room II, UNESCO Headquarters, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris, France.


  • In person: If you happen to be in Paris on October 2, you can register for the event here.
  • Live stream: If you do not happen to be in Paris, don’t be upset! You can watch it live on MGIEP Facebook or on UNESCO Live TV.



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  • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Registration and seating
  • 6:00 pm – 6:05 pm: Welcome note by UNESCO representative
  • 6:05 pm – 6:10 pm: Welcome note by the Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, H. E. Mr. Vinay Mohan Kwatra
  • 6:10 pm – 6:15 pm: Introduction by Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO, MGIEP
  • 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm: Dialogue between Sadhguru and Gregoire Borst on “Creating a Culture of Peace”
  • 7:00 pm – 7:15 pm: Q&A session
  • 7:15 pm – 7:20 pm: Closing remarks

Sadhguru’s Ebook on “Culture of Peace”

In the ebook, “Culture of Peace,” read about Sadhguru’s insights into the basis of conflict, misconceptions about peace and how each of us can help to create a generation of peaceful human beings.

Download "Culture of Peace"

About UNESCO MGIEP Distinguished Lecture Series

The UNESCO MGIEP Distinguished Lecture Series invites speakers of global eminence from among the world’s leading intellectuals and policymakers to spark transformative ideas for our shared future. In a world of unprecedented complexity, interdependence and opportunity to talk across boundaries, the discourse for the future will have to be led by the world’s brightest minds in dialogue with youth. 

These lectures are expected to inspire a larger international dialogue on a more peaceful and sustainable world, built through better education, inclusive spaces, and global citizenship.

The Distinguished Lectures Series was inaugurated in 2014 and has since become a space for renowned academics, policymakers and practitioners to discuss and debate on topics related to education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship. The Ahimsa Lecture series was introduced as part of the Distinguished Lectures Series in 2016, in commemoration of the International Day of Non-Violence on October 2, which coincides with Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday.

Past Speakers in Ahimsa Lecture Series

The first Ahimsa lecture was given by Dr. Scilla Elworthy, three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and recipient of the Niwano Peace Prize.  She is also the founder of the Oxford Research Group, a non-governmental organisation she set up in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, for which she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize not once but thrice.

The second Ahimsa Lecture by Ms. Tawakkol Karman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. The theme of the lecture was: “Working Towards Peace Building and Sustainable Development.”

Sadhguru in Conversation with Mr. George Papagiannis on Oct 3, 2018

On October 3, 2018 at 10:00 am Paris time (1:30 pm IST), Sadhguru will be in conversation with Mr. George Papagiannis - Chief of Media Services for UNESCO. You can catch the conversation live at UNESCO Facebook page