International Day of Peace Conference at UNE

Published 16 September 2013

peaceThe 2013 International Day of Peace Conference run by the University of New England and the Harmony Group will take place on Saturday September 21 at UNE’s Lewis Lecture Theatre. A series of highly esteemed speakers will discuss various topics associated with peace in relation to issues such as multiculturalism, morality, human rights and politics.

Every year, people from all around the world join together to reflect on and strive for peace. In 2001 the United Nations declared September 21 the International Day of Peace: a day to lay down arms, to engage in acts of peacemaking, and to encourage all of humanity to work towards the ultimate goal of a world without conflict.

Amongst the speakers at this year’s Conference is Dr Helen Caldicott, a world-renowned physician, author and anti-nuclear advocate.  Dr Caldicott holds 21 honorary doctoral degrees and was named Humanist of the Year in 1982 by the American Humanist Association. Amongst her notable accolades, Dr Caldicott has also been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling.

Professor Swee-Hin Toh from the University of Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica will contemplate the subject of multiculturalism and peace. A prominent educator and scholar, Professor Swee-Hin Toh was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 2000.

Speaking on the subject of the Moral Roots of Peace will be Professor Reverend Gerard Hall, Head of the School of Theology at McAuley Campus of the Australian Catholic University. Professor Hall is an expert in interfaith dialogue and theology and is a member of the Asia Pacific Centre for Interreligious Dialogue.

Also amongst the speakers are former Federal Representative for the New England, Tony Windsor, and Dr Jen Geary, who co-founded the Trident Meditation Counselling and Support Foundation. From UNE, Dr Amin Amini will be presenting, and Dr Marty Branagan will be introducing UNE students in Peace Studies.

The day will be capped off with a conference dinner at the Armidale Town Hall, which will include multicultural food and entertainment.

Dr Amin Amini, who is organising the event, encourages anyone with an interest in world affairs, humanity or peace and conflict to attend. “We are very lucky to have so many exciting speakers at the event this year. I have no doubt the discussions will be thought-provoking and inspiring,” he said. “This year the format is a bit different to other years, as we are welcoming speakers not only from Australia but from international institutions, also.”

For the timetable and more information, or for registration, please contact Dr Amini on 0412 746 748. Alternatively, please email or visit the Harmony facebook page