The two-day international conference of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on “Shared Buddhist Heritage” was held on 14-15 March, 2023 at New Delhi. Its focus was on India’s civilizational connection with the SCO nations. The SCO countries comprise of Member States, Observer Status States and Dialogue Partners.
The event, a first of its kind, held under India’s leadership of SCO (for a period of one-year, from 17 September, 2022 until September, 2023) was organized by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of External Affairs and the International Buddhist Confederation. The conference was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and DoNER Shri G.K Reddy with the Minister of State for Culture and External Affairs, Smt Meenakashi Lekhi and the Minister of State for Culture and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal.
More than 15 scholars and delegates presented research papers. The overseas scholar- participants were from Russia, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Bahrain, Myanmar, United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan. Leading India experts also participated. Indian scholars of Buddhism also presented papers and participated in the event.