Miss World Australia 2017 Esma Voloder, Miss World Australia 2018 Taylah Cannon and 2019 runner-up Jenayah Elliott support the Charity’s inaugural Peace on Earth Pledge in Canberra.
The pledge gives Australians the opportunity to contribute to world peace via an online campaign.
The Peace on Earth Pledge highlights recommendations from a new World Vision report, Crisis Averted, which has found that the high incidence of conflict globally has fuelled an unprecedented global humanitarian crisis.
The Pledge will give people ten options to help create a better world:
Buy a toy for a child affected by conflict
Take a stand to end violence against women
Tell PM Scott Morrison: “How good’s peace!”
Get to know your neighbours
Donate to a foodbank for displaced families in Australia
Learn more about children displaced by conflict
Make peace with a long-lost family member or friend
Call on our leaders to make Australia a top 10 peace-builder
Help vulnerable children displaced by war
Take a stand against racism
Ms Voloder, who was born in a refugee camp after her parents fled the war in Bosnia, said Miss World or Miss Universe contestants have been associated with the broader message of peace on Earth for years, so who better to spread the Earth Pledge this Christmas than them.
“There’s a lot of talk about peace, but not enough action. We have to have faith in world peace, not just wish for it, but do something about it,” Ms Voloder said.
“This Peace Pledge is a tangible action that anyone can do, whether a child or parent, young or old, a CEO or a retiree."
“Some might say that a Miss World Australia winner talking about peace is a cliché. But we live in a time of ugly wars and attitudes, where peace should be the ultimate goal and is needed more than ever. If lending my support to the peace pledge helps draw more attention to world peace, then maybe it’s a cliché we need," she said.
Caelin Briggs, World Vision’s senior policy advisor on Conflict and Displacement, said war and conflict were the overwhelming factor fuelling the world’s current humanitarian crises.
“Building peace around the world also starts with building peace at home,” said Ms Briggs who authored the Crisis Averted report.
“It’s for this reason that our Peace on Earth Pledge gives people a range of ways to contribute, from building peace in their families and neighbourhood, to asking the Australian government to ramp up its conflict prevention efforts on the world stage.”
One of the recommendations of the report is for Australia to boost its annual budget for conflict prevention from $32 million to $93 million within three years.
Ms Briggs said Australia ranked 13th out of 30 countries in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee.
“While more humanitarian aid is desperately needed, we also must do more to break this cycle. Conflict prevention and peace-building offer valuable ways forward, but the Australian government is falling behind its peers in funding these crucial areas.”
To sign the Peace on Earth Pledge go to www.worldvision.com.au/peace