- Monday, 21 September 2020 at 4:19 am
Today on International Peace Day we unite with people of all backgrounds across the world in friendship and hope. We pray for peacemakers and all those who continue to work hard to end conflict, and we thank those who promote peace through acts of kindness — big and small, global and local.
Peace lies at the heart of our work at the Victorian Multicultural Commission. We know peace is much more than a lack of war or conflict. Peace means building resilient, harmonious communities where everyone can enjoy fundamental freedoms and thrive.
In light of coronavirus (COVID-19), this year's theme is 'Shaping Peace Together'. This fitting theme encourages us to join the conversation about how we can build a world that is inclusive, healthy and stable.
At a time when people of all ethnicities, cultures and faith backgrounds around the world are struggling to fight coronavirus (COVID-19), we must be united against prejudice and show compassion for all people.
We cannot allow fear to take hold and we must be vigilant against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination and hatred.
Throughout the pandemic we’ve seen incredible examples of everyday acts of peace right here in Victoria— communities banding together to deliver food and essentials to those in need, faith leaders using technology in innovative ways to keep their congregations connected and community leaders supporting the government in delivering vital information.
Let's all spread some kindness, compassion and hope today to celebrate the International Day of Peace ✌️🕊️
Events we're supporting:
Virtual UN Peace Day with Calm in the City
21 September, 5.15pm
Leaders from faith and non-faith backgrounds will come together in unity to each light a candle for peace and hold a meditative space accompanied by gentle guided commentary and music.
Victoria University International Peace Day Forum
21 September, 4pm
Attend a live online forum with thought leaders and special guests to explore notions of peace, marking the UN International Peace Day. The event is part of a global program of United Nations events to mark its 75th anniversary.