UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Nepal Government: Preserve The World Heritage Lumbini - The Buddha's birthplace
  • Petitioning Mr. Durga Nidhi Sharma

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Nepal Government: Preserve The World Heritage Lumbini - The Buddha's birthplace

    1. Petition by

      The Ven. Dr. Giac Hanh and Disciples Charity

URBAN DEVELOPMENT - “NEW WORLD PEACE CITY” PLAN -

THREATENS THE BUDDHA’S BIRTHPLACE & ITS WORLD HERITAGE STATUS

- Lumbini is the Buddha’s birthplace - an archaeologically rich and sacred site located in southern Nepal. It is one of the four major pilgrimage sites of Buddhism (one of the world’s great religions), which the Buddha himself identified in the Mahaparinibbana Sutta.

- At such a significant site, devoted pilgrims have come to Lumbini over the centuries and continue to do so into the present time. Here they pay homage at the place where the Buddha was born - a place that now contains important archaeoligical evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centers from the very earliest times.

- A Master Plan for the Development of Lumbini, which was prepared by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, emphasises the pilgrimage aspect of Lumbini. This was approved by the UN and the Government of Nepal in 1978. The plan includes a buffer zone of twenty two square miles to support the serenity and protection of Lumbini.

- In 1997 Lumbini was inscribed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites in recognition of its unique importance.

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW ?

- On January 20, 2012 the Government of Nepal and the Government of the Republic of Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the preparation of the Lumbini World Peace City Preservation and Development plan. This new plan is to be designed within one and a half years by KWAAK E.S.P.R.I. and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

- This World Peace City for 200,000 inhabitants will be built inside the Buffer Zone.

- This agreement has been signed without informing UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre.

WHAT ARE LIKELY CONSEQUENCES OF THE WORLD PEACE CITY BEING BUILT ?

- A Negative impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage site, particularly in terms of identity, authenticity, and integrity. Lumbini could most likely be placed on UNESCO’s danger list, threatening its World Heritage listing.

- Lumbini will be affected by increased air pollution, water pollution, and noise pollution.

- The loss of twenty two square miles of a restricted and agricultural buffer zone, with human encroachment and the impact of urbanization on the ecosystem.

- An increasing emphasis of the future development of Lumbini as a population centre - “World Peace City” - rather than as the Birthplace of the Buddha. Resources will be directed towards this urban development, and its ongoing infrastructure maintenance needs, neglecting the preservation of the sacred and historic qualities of Lumbini.

- We strongly urge the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the Government of Nepal to drop the Lumbini World Peace City plan and continue to support Kenzo Tange’s master plan. This Lumbini World Heritage Site must be preserved for future generations.

For more information, please refer to: www.save-buddhist-heritage.org

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    News

    1. News from Lumbini - The Buddha's birthplace

      Dear friends,
      Just letting you know what is going on with Lumbini in the last few months:

      - In 2013, we created a petition to protest the World Peace City plan by KOICA (Korea International Cooperative Agency) - Recently, the KOICA has finalized the NEW master Plan – The plan has turned up side down the original Kenzo Tange master plan in terms of Environment, Integrity, Archaeology –

      - UNESCO has clearly stated the impact of this new plan (Recently at the meeting in Doha – June 2014). UNESCO World Heritage Committee alerts Nepal to be cautious on new development projects to safeguard its WH properties.
      Please refer to the website www.savebh.org (Progress/Updated) for more details (Link: http://save-buddhist-heritage.org/Lumbini/?page_id=749 )
      Once again, thank you for your support.
      May you be well and happy

    2. Progress !!!!

      Dear Friends - Your voice through this petition has been heard -
      64.5 square kilometres will be developed as per the master plan. More info is here: http://save-buddhist-heritage.org/Lumbini/?page_id=583
      We still need more signatures because this is not over yet ! Please continue your support - May you be well and happy - May you be able to visit the place as many other people who have been there in the last 2500 years - Thank you and with much metta -

    3. Reached 20,000 signatures
    4. Another Confirmation from UNESCO about Kenzo Tange Master Plan

      From UNESCO's comment: The Kenzo Tange Master Plan was designed to turn Lumbini into a major centre of pilgrimage and tourism.
      It lays a solid foundation to protect the spiritual, archaeological and cultural assets of Lord Buddha’s birthplace. Great efforts have been undertaken to
      implement the Master Plan in the past. It is now essential to fully implement it to preserve the Outstanding Universal Value of Lumbini and safeguard it from factors that threaten its existence.
      Link can be found here: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002208/220846E.pdf
      Hello everybody, please continue your support for Kenzo Tange Master Plan - May your good deed be the cause for your happiness in the future.
      Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhasa

    5. Reaching 20.000 signatures

      Dear Friends, we are about to reach 20.000 signatures. Thank you everybody -

    6. Reached 17,500 signatures
    7. Confirmation from UNESCO - Protected Zone as 5 miles x 5 miles

      Dear Friends,
      Lumbini is not only a historical place but it is also a spiritual place.
      In Lumbini, people practice the Dhamma, following the training that was laid down by the Buddha. By doing that, people experience beneficial results. This mean that Buddha's teaching are still flourishing and "Buddha is still alive here!" The very people who want to destroy this place also want to block the access to the Dhamma for future generations. They simply kill the Buddha and his teaching.

      We have been working hard to save Buddha’s birthplace which can be lost to the world if World Peace City is built. We have informed as many people as we can about this petition. We are begging you to please do whatever you can to save Lumbini. Please tell your local newspaper, media, and all the people you know about this petition.

      UNESCO link: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/kathmandu/culture/lumbini-past-present-future/kenzo-tange-master-plan-for-lumbini/

      Kenzo Tange Master Plan for Lumbini | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

      When U Thant visited Nepal in April 1967 as Secretary-General of the United Nations, he proposed the development of Lumbini into a major centre of pilgrimage. This was followed by a UNDP consultant mission in December 1969, which led to a report that established the basis for further planning around Lumbini.

    8. Reached 7,000 signatures

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    • abhilasha sharma KATHMANDU, NEPAL
      • 3 days ago

      Real truth

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    • Win Latt SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • 4 days ago

      UN needs to do more to preserve the birth place of noble truth.

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    • anamika gurung POKHARA, NEPAL
      • 7 days ago

      birth place of gautam buddha

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    • Anudatta Dias COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
      • 8 days ago

      It is an important site for Buddhist pilgrimage.

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    • Mahinda Gunatilake COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
      • 9 days ago

      I am a Buddhist

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