Australia: Celebration of the “United Nations International Day of Peace”
Prepared by UPF Australia
The Universal Peace Federation in Sydney, celebrated the United Nations International Day of Peace at the Oceania Peace Embassy on October 1st 2018. The evening event also commemorated the 70 year anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Around 50 people attended the celebration, which featured three presentations and a beautiful song by the UPF Choir.
Ms Jynene Helland was emcee for the evening and the presenters included Greg Stone, who spoke about the inspiring work to mobilise parliamentarians and religious leaders from all over the world to work together to address the critical challenges of our time. The new Summit series was introduced and guests were excited to hear about the upcoming Asia-Pacific Summit Nepal 2018 to be held from 30 November to 3 December 2018.
Ambassador for Peace and Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of New South Wales, Hon David Clarke, gave a wonderful appraisal of the impact of the work of UPF around the world. This was followed by a lovely testimony from Dr Vasugi Sitharasenan, emergency doctor at Gold Coast Hospital, who attended the most recent International Leadership Conference with Blessing Ceremony held in Korea. She prepared a powerpoint presentation and was so inspired by the ILC that her enthusiasm was felt by the entire audience. At one point in her presentation she showed a photo of two doves and she explained that they represented the joint work of both Father and Mother Moon who have been working tirelessly for world peace.
The evening concluded with a moving presentation of the song “Fix You” by the UPF Choir. The room was buzzing with warmth as the audience remained chatting with each other long after the formal proceedings concluded.