Message in a Bottle – launch of UN Association of South Australia Peace Bottle to celebrate UN70

UNAA SA Peace Bottle for UN70, Port Adelaide, South Australia, 10 October 2015UNIC Canberra joined with the UN Association of Australia in South Australia at the launch of the UN70 Peace Bottle at the Port Adelaide Enfield Port Festival.  The two meter high bottle designed by renowned Australian surrealist artist Andrew Baines, arrived at the Port on the famous tall ship The STV One and All and was brought ashore on the shoulders of members of the UN Association’s youth group to sounds of a Scottish bagpipe.

In welcoming the bottle ashore the Mayor of Port Adelaide Enfield, Gary Johanson, noted that it was 175 years ago that the Port had celebrated its opening on the same spot.  Remarking as to the growth of the Port and the current multicultural richness of the city, he said how fitting it was to also be celebrating the UN’s birthday as part of the Festival.  The UNIC Director, joined the mayor in thanking the UN Association and the artist for the inspiration of marking the anniversary through a bottle that would carry messages of peace.  He spoke of the work that the UN does each day and how the Organization looks to people everywhere to bring the goals of the UN Charter to life, before ending with a call to all present to deliver their words of peace or hopes for a better future to the world.

The ‘Peace Bottle’, which contains a parchment with the opening words of the UN Charter will be on display and receiving messages at the Maritime Museum Port Adelaide, before be taken to the National Wine Centre as part of UN Day celebrations.

The project aims to focus the attention of Australian Youth on the activities the UN undertakes to achieve peace and social justice and involves sending peace messages from South Australian students to the United Nations headquarters in New York.