Day 1 – 14 September 2016

Welcome by conference facilitator, Professor Michael Cuthill, Australia

Prayer for World Peace

  • The Revd Canon Richard Tutin, General Secretary of Queensland Churches Together, Australia

         Dr. Paula Kasparian, Honorary Committee of the Peacemaker, France

  • Tim Knox, Regional Coordinator, Aboriginal Program at Queensland Murray Darling Committee
  • Kamaljit Athwal, Sikh Nishkam Society of Australia
  • Reverend Master Lee Zhiwang, President, Taoist Mission, Singapore

         Saleem Kidwai OBE, KFO FRSA, Secretary-General, Muslim Council of Wales

Lynda   Menchini, Baha’i faith in France

  • Ariel Heber, Community Liaison Manager and President of
    Queensland Jewish Community Services Inc., Australia

        Venerable Wu Shin, Executive Vice President,
Pure  Land Learning College Association Inc., Australia

Welcome speech

by Mr Getachew Engida, Deputy Director General, Representative of Mrs Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

Address by H. E. Mr Michael Worbs, President of the Executive Board UNESCO

Address I: Religion – A Source of Strength in a Challenging World

Venerable Master Chin Kung AM, President and Founder, Pure Land Learning College Association

Address II: Religion and Humanity in Today’s World

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Address IV: A Framework for Peace Building – A Religious Perspective

Mr Ny Toky Andriamanjato, Chargé d'Affaires a.i., Deputy Permanent Delegate, Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Madagascar to UNESCO

Questions and Answers

chaired by H. E. Mr Laurent Stefanini, Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of the French Republic to UNESCO

Session I: Religious Diversity, Acceptance, and Engagement – The Challenges

  • H. E. Mr Meshal Hayat, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Kuwait, President of the Group V(b) – Arab States
  • H. E. Mr Marco Tulio Chicas Sosa, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Guatemala, President of the Group III - GRULAC
  • H. E. Mr Oumar Keita, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Mali

         Mr Satybaldy Burshakov, Deputy Permanent Delegate of Kazakhstan to UNESCO

Panel Discussion

chaired by Mrs Ann-Belinda Preis, Chief, Intercultural Dialogue Section, Social and Human Sciences Sector

Session II: The Toowoomba Model City of Peace and Harmony

  • Andrew Wielandt, Member of Goodwill Committee of Toowoomba, Australia
  • Muhammed Haniff Abdul Razak, Head, Multi-Faith Multicultural Centre, Pure Land Learning College Association Inc.
  • Prof Michael Cuthill, Australia

Panel Discussion

chaired by H. E. Mr George Mina, Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of Australia to UNESCO

Session III: Education and Confucianism

  • Yanshen Liu, Vice Chairman of National VTE Teaching Reform and Innovation, Steering Committee attached to Ministry of Education of the PR China

    Lingtao Kong, Board Chairman, The 76th Generation Descendant of Confucius,
Chairman of World Confucius Foundation

Session IV: Morality and Virtues in Today’s Context

Venerable Wu Ping, Pure Land Learning College Association Inc.