15.05.2014 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Lumbini film “Towards a sustainable Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha”

© UNESCO -Amita Vohra, presenting the film “Towards a Sustainable Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha” to the Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt. Hon’ble Sushil Koirala.

A short film “Towards a sustainable Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha” was launched on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti on 14 May 2014 in Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Property in Nepal since 1997.

The 19-minute film shows the overall significance of Lumbini and what it means to people from all walks of life.  This film is for everyone who has been inspired by the incredible journey and teachings of Lord Buddha, including those who know about Lumbini and others who are learning about Lumbini for the first time elsewhere in this world.  

The extraordinary journey of Lord Buddha, who was born as Prince Siddhartha Gautam in the sacred garden of Lumbini, continues to move and inspire many around the world transcending borders, religions, ethnicities, cultures and status, which was evident from the multitude of visitors and pilgrims who went to Lumbini to celebrate his birthday and to pay tribute to his birthplace despite the sweltering heat.  

Lord Buddha’s inspirational story has also left its mark on this film, which conveys the message that we all need to collectively preserve and safeguard the rich heritage of Lumbini and surrounding areas by working with the local communities and involving them in ways that can improve their socio-economic conditions.  “In this way, we can honour the outstanding universal value of the birthplace of Lord Buddha” states Ms Amita Vohra, the Officer-in-Charge of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, who presented the film to the Prime Minister of Nepal, Rt. Hon’ble Mr Sushil Koirala, during the official celebrations of Lord Buddha’s 2558th birth anniversary in Lumbini.  

The film is a result of a joint collaboration between UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and UNDP Country Office in Nepal under the UNDP/UNESCO Lumbini Support Project.  

For further information about the project, contact Amreen Choudhury, Liaison Officer of UNDP/UNESCO Lumbini Support Project, at a.choudhury(at)unesco.org.  To view the film, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsDpDvuXGjo&feature=youtu.be                                                       





Kathmandu, 15 May 2014

Press release UNESCO/KAT 02/2014


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