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The following resolution of the February meeting emerged from a work group guided by Aurovilian Shraddhavan and Helmut from AVI Germany, opting for:

a) requesting the Governing Board and International Advisory Council of the Auroville Foundation to recommend to the Government of India (GOI) that, in the context of the Mother's 125th Birth Anniversary celebration an invitation be extended by the Government of India through the channel of UNESCO to all of its member states to follow up on their earlier support of Auroville in the form of UNESCO resolutions. This could be done by active participation in the development of Auroville's International Zone as an 'international university campus', devoted to experiential learning for human unity and international understanding.

b) taking up an active programme of informing all the Foreign Embassies and High Commissions in India about Auroville and the aims & objectives of the International Zone, with the aim of encouraging the participation of national governments in developing this Zone.

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AVI meeting in Auroville

February 1 - 5, 2003


AVI Centre folks, Aurovilians and guests met for several days in Verite's spacious big hall.

Since the mid-eighties the Auroville International Association AVI has not held its meeting in Auroville and it was about time. AVI members from various parts of the world, as well as Aurovilians and their guests met for five days in Verite in the beginning of February to discuss the relationship of Auroville International with Auroville and vice versa, and to be updated on developments in Auroville's International Zone.

Clockwise from upper left:  Aurovilians Aster and Meenakshi representing India;  Dayanand, new Singapore liaison;  Jasmin and Tekeste bring the African continent.


The meeting was opened by Dr. Kireet Joshi, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Auroville Foundation, who spoke on the importance of finding solutions for the three main challenges facing Auroville today, namely economy, education, and organisation.

At another day, Dr. Ananda Reddy from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram opened discussions on the International Zone, focusing on the 'nation's soul'. As a surprise and to the delight of everybody, Sri Nirodbaran of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, came along as well.


Moments of laughter and lightness..


One morning the group walked the entire International Zone and was later taken by bus around Auroville to see the land situation, encroachment areas etc. Participants also had a guided tour of Matrimandir and the Peace area, watched the latest Auroville video made by Auroville Press, listened to Russian participant Ludmilla singing Russian romantic songs and Nadaka playing guitar and tabla in Pitanga, and saw the theatre play 'Sacrifice' by Tagore in Bharat Nivas' Auditorium, performed by the Auroville Theatre group.

Dayanand and Sonia of Singapore;  Savitri and Wolfgang from Berlin,  discussions on the International Zone.

The meeting was quite a success - the fact that the Auroville International Centres finally met in Auroville itself was appreciated by all, and this will be done every other year from now onward.

Contact: avi@auroville.org.in

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