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Welcome to the Australian Arabic Council Website

Our organisation is committed to human rights and community relations issues affecting the Arabic culture and profile. You will note that we undertake a combination of proactive and reactive projects, whereby we are vigilant to changes in our environment, while endeavouring to make it a better place to live for all of us. We trust that your journey into our web site will be enlightening and inviting, as we welcome your participation and contribution to any of our initiatives.  

Current Issues

AAC Attends UN International Day of Peace Conference

22 September 2018, the AAC attended the UN International Day Of Peace Conference at Church of Christ in Clayton, Melbourne presented by the Universal Peace Federation and the Women’s Federation for World Peace Australia addressing and promoting world peace. The event included participants being involved into the Bridge of Peace ceremony: an empowering ceremony that enabled personal bridges of reconciliation and healing. It was an opportunity to connect in heart with people from different cultural background, heal wounds of the past, build lasting friendships, and resolve conflict passed on from generation to generation. Also an interesting perspective on world peace building was presented by the Institute for Economics and Peace using its Positive Peace research via quantifying formulated models as world peace indicators!

A signature project of WFWP International.  

OUR BRAVE NEW WORLD

11, 18 AND 25 September 2018, the AAC attended a series of seminars by Professor Joseph Camilleri at St Michael’s on Collins, Melbourne addressing concerning trends in Western societies – Australia included. . It covered issues on the diminishing value attached to truth and social trust in public life and its consequences on many Western Institutions which seems virtually paralysed, unable to respond effectively or empathetically to climate change, other environmental challenges, rising social and economic inequalities, cultural tensions, refugee flows, violations of human rights, human trafficking, armed conflict, the misuse of science and technological innovation, and much else.  

AAC Attend Deakin University Conference on Terrorism

17-19 February 2016, AAC attended a conference on “Addressing the New Landscape of Terrorism” held by the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. The conference which lasted three days from 17-19 February, was attended by many government, academic and community representatives with talented subject-matter experts from Australia, Asia, USA and Europe. The conference aim was to gain a greater understanding of the International manifestation of the terrorism ideological phenomenon and to bridge the gap between grassroots and front line practitioners, policy makers and academics, while amplifying young peoples voices and promoting their active participation as agents of change.

AAC Executive Director Will Abdo connected and engaged with many of the participants, sharing thoughts and experiences with both local & international speakers and guests. AAC looks forward to continue the conversation with our connections to contribute towards a greater understanding of the issues on hand and foster greater social cohesion in Australia.

AAC attended a similar International conference held back in December, 2015 titled ‘The Muslim Question’ Citizenship and Racism in Australia. The conference was also held by ADI at Deakin University.

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