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MELBOURNE: Multicultural Peace Day celebrated


The International Peace NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) Victoria hosted the ‘Multicultural Peace Day’ on Saturday, March 11th, 2023, at St Kilda Town Hall, City of Port Phillip. This event was co-hosted with partner organizations, International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and an affiliate group International Peace Youth Group (IPYG).

Around 15 communities from South Sudan, Cambodia, Chin Myanmar, Hazara, Afghan, Assyria, Brazilian, Oromia, Indian, Mexican, Polish, and Philippines communities, and many more participated with over 400 people in attendance.

The ‘Multicultural Peace Day’ was held in commemoration of the 7th anniversary of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and coincided in Diversity Week. As proclaimed on 14th March 2016, The DPCW is a declaration comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses.

The event was supported by the City of Port Phillip and the local businesses around the area. Mayor Heather Cunsolo of City of Port Phillip congratulated HWPL for the event and for raising awareness of peace. She stated, “We’re proud to help support the Multicultural Peace Day Event, and it’s fitting to see the celebrations here in St Kilda, given St Kilda’s thriving multicultural communities.” “It makes me think how do we action it (peace)? What is the actions of peace? It’s an everyday choice, making peace part of your day in the life.”

Mr Bwe Thay, Deputy Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) also shared, “Event like this is important, it shows us that peace is not guaranteed, it must be maintained and prioritized. Everyone of us must do everything we can to participate in the peace process. I believe the key to educate and upskill people is to encourage communities of diverse background.”

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