The Honourable Julia Gillard
Prime Minister of Australia
It is with great pleasure that I send my best wishes to you all in Bangkok, Thailand for the 9th International Conference and Celebrations of the United Nations Day of Vesak.
The United Nations Day of Vesak recognizes the importance of Vesak to Buddhist communities globally. It is significant that communities around the world celebrate this day, demonstrating that we are all part of a global village.
Buddhism has a strong history in Australia and many of our cultural groups commemorate Vesak and engage the broader non-Buddhist community in its celebrations. This helps create a vibrant, understanding and multi-cultural society in Australia.
Vesak is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the contribution of Buddhist thought to culture and society. This year's conference program provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to learn more about Buddhism and its potential to affect humanity positively.
I hope that all participating have an inspiring and uplifting time.