On 19 August, 2017, Ambassadors for Peace from NSW, Victoria, Queensland and ACT, international guests from Fiji and Vanuatu attended the Inaugural Conference of International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP) in Sydney.
There were more than 80 guests that attended the programme including Australian State and Federal Parliamentarians.
The morning session held at the Oceania Peace Embassy in Sydney began with a country prayer conducted by an aboriginal elder Pearl Wymarra. Rev Shang Seon Park, the Regional Chairman of the Universal Peace Foundation (UPF) welcomed the audience. This was followed by Dr Thomas Walsh, Chairman of UPF ‘s, address where he presented on the activities of UPF and the worldwide IAPP initiative.
Hon David Clarke, MLC of NSW Parliament gave an inspirational introduction of UPF activities followed by John Bellavance, Vice President UPF presented on the topic; “Values in Leadership” and explained how IAPP can transcend party politics to focus on “head wing” thoughts based on universal ethical, moral and spiritual values.
The morning session continued after a tea break with Greg Stone, President of the UPF Australia who presented on “Family Values and World Peace”. He further highlighted the profound importance of the family unit and the upholding of family values. Family units are the foundations of a peaceful and prosperous society which furthers the nation building and ultimately to create a peaceful world.
Anne Bellavance, Vice President WFWP International stressed the need to secure equal opportunities for women in every walk of life which was very critical in order to achieve peace in her speech titled “A Conversation About Party”. Mica Camara explained an overview of the Youths and Students for Peace initiatives. The MC for the morning session was Mrs Jynene Helland.
Lunch was served at the Peace Embassy after which the participants were transported to the NSW Parliament House.
The afternoon session began with a welcome speech by Rev Shang Seon Park and the formal inauguration of the Australian Chapter of IAPP at Jubilee Hall, NSW Parliament House.
Dr Thomas Walsh highlighted the significant role of IAPP followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussion was led by Hon David Clarke MLC of NSW, Hon Rachel Carling-Jenkins MLC of Victoria, Hon Rev Fred Nile, MLC NSW, Hon Lou Amato MLC NSW, Hon Iliesa Delana, Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Fiji and Hon Andrew Napuat MP from Vanuatu.
It was an inspiring and positive discussion that took place, with participants anonymously speaking about God, family values, righteous, moral leadership in Australia and elsewhere.
The afternoon session continued with Q & A and concluded with the resolution for the formation of IAPP Australia signed by all participants.
Mr Greg Stone was the MC for the afternoon session which ended with tea and a photo session.