Peace relay in Asia-Pacific celebrates 100 years of Scouting
Over 200,000 Scouts joined the peace campaign relay, through the Rover Peace Baton, in 24 countries in the Asia-Pacific while highlighting the 100 years of Scouting. The journey started in August 2006 from the South Pacific, northeast Asia, and south Asia and ended on 10th March at a historic shrine in Manila with the attendance of thousands of Filipino Scouts and representatives from Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives and Papua New Guinea.
On its seven-month journey, the Rover Peace Baton travelled to Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Republic of China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand and finally the Philippines.
The Philippines is the last stop of the journey being the host of the Asia Pacific Regional Office of the World Organization of the Scout Movement since 1956.
Adding prestige to the peace baton's regional tour was the participation of heads of the states and prominent government leaders including Indonesian President H. E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, New Zealand's Governor General Anand Satyanand, Pakistan President General Parvaez Musharaf, Bangladesh President Dr Iajuddin Ahmed, Republic of Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Republic of Fiji President Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu and Solomon Islands' Governor General Sir Nathaniel.
Another renowned personality who took part in the peace relay in Bangladesh was Professor Dr Mohammad Yunus, the recipient of 2006 Nobel Laureate for Peace.