IABU Secretariat: The International Association of Buddhist Universities reports the venue and dates for the 13th Annual United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations for 2016, have been fixed. The main theme for the two-day celebratory-gathering for Buddhist political and religious leaders, is: The Buddhist Path to World Peace. The opening day of the 13th UNDV will be on 17 May 2016, and will again be held at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (Wangnoi, Ayutthaya), and will feature a short seminar on Buddhist Education for Peace. The final day of the conference will be on 18 May 2016, at the United Nations Conference Center (Bangkok), and will feature a short seminar on Buddhist Contributions to Environmental Responsibility for World Peace.
The International Council for the Day of Vesak decided to scale down the celebrations for 2016, to ease the burden from the Thai government, and will not have an academic conference for this celebration, and will instead feature the two, two-hour topical seminars on the main stage, along with the normal activities that are usually planned. Anyone wanting to attend the conference should pay for their own airfare and contact the organizing staff for registration, so that interested-personnel can freely attend.