Religious leaders and international youth leaders kicked off the three-day World Youth Peace Summit Taipei Conference on Friday. The conference is focusing on the idea that provoking animosity among ethnic groups and confrontations among religious groups represents a catastrophic path toward isolation for individuals and calamity for society.
Hundreds of youth delegates from Asia and Africa have gathered at the conference, which is part of an effort by the World Council of Religious Leaders to provide channels for youth leaders around the world to discuss world peace and solutions to spiritual poverty.
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Any event that happens in one corner of the world can have ramifications on global society and no individual should be exempt from the responsibilities that go along with that reality, Sheng said.
Therefore, Sheng said, provoking ethnic animosity and religious confrontation and treating as enemies people of different races lead to isolation for individuals and catastrophe for society.
Sheng urged the young people at the conference to dedicate themselves to their respective fields of work and to bring together the strength of various cultures to maintain world peace.
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