The Asian-Pacific counterpart of Vienna's conference was held in Sydney a year later. The World Peace Forum brought together more than a 1,000 religious leaders, politicians, environmental and humanitarian speakers from Australia and the rest of the world. They gathered in order to communicate practical solutions which can be adopted in everyday life to help to overcome the current peace crisis and release the state of peacefulness in everyday life.
The Council’s feature event is the “World Peace Summit”. The Summit is an annual event to raise global awareness, as well as spiritual, social and political resolve to secure lasting world peace and to demonstrate tolerance, respect and understanding by acknowledging ‘unity in diversity’.
On October 5, 2002 the first International Conference of World Peace and the Message of Mahatma Gandhi took place in Vienna, Austria, initiated by Swamiji as one of his greatest contributions to these efforts. 2,000 participants attended from 40 countries, including ambassadors from 25 countries.
Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda - Swamiji, the founder of the system "Yoga in Daily Life", initiated worldwide International and Interreligious World Peace Prayers because he has recognised the urgent need to promote and develop awareness of world peace. The first prayer took place in the Croatian city of Umag in September 2001, and afterwards in numerous cities in Austria, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.