UNIC Canberra Director, Mr Christopher Woodthorpe spoke about the historic context and significance of the International Day.
“Many of you will know that the International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September.”
“As the General Assembly came together this past Tuesday, it would be hard to say we were not facing a time of turmoil… but there is plenty of reason to hope. Their very attendance, over 140 heads of government, gives an indication of the commitment being made to address these issues.”
Mr Woodthorpe read the Secretary-General’s message that highlighted the role of the International Day as a global cease-fire.
“Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire. We ask combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace,” he read.
Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Dr Larissa Behrendt then delivered the Peace Lecture at St John’s Cathedral to an audience of 150 people.
The event also featured performance by the Combined Union Choir with Songlines Katini.