Monday, September 20, 2021

World Peace Summit Calls for Collective Effort

To commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the WARP
Summit, international peace organization Heavenly Culture World Peace,
Restoration of Light (HWPL) together with International Peace Youth Group
(IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) held different events
across the world with 300,000 participants in over 166 locations in 113
countries including Germany, New Zealand, Nigeria, Zambia and the Republic of
South Africa throughout September.
The main event was held in South Korea
from the 18th till the 19th of September in support of
the United Nations’ International Peace Day celebrated on the 21st September,
which calls on all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to
contribute towards building a culture of peace.
In his welcome speech, Chairman of
HWPL, Mr. Man Hee Lee reminded the guests about the determination they had to
ensure peace is a reality, five years ago when they drafted the international
law peace: “On the day of the peace summit 5 years ago, politicians determined
to support the drafting an international law for peace, religious leaders
pledged to make religions one under peace, and social representatives promised
to encourage and support these efforts.”
This year’s summit, in particular,
addressed the “Legislate Peace (LP)” project, a global citizen-led peace
movement that includes the “Peace Letter” campaign, “Sign your Support”
campaign, and “Peace Walk.” The LP project urges national leaders to support a
legally binding international framework for peace and the cessation of wars.
The 10 articles and 38 clauses of the
DPCW – Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War – were drafted with the intent
of representing marginalized voices of all those yearning for peace at the same
time calling the united efforts of states to practice the principles of the
Declaration, ultimately ceasing all conflicts and hostilities and facilitating
peace in a cultural asset.
Earlier this month, 350 participants came together to
celebrate the commemoration at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town, South
Africa. As a part of the Peace Letter campaign, where thousands of youth wrote
peace letters to their Heads of State urging for the adoption of an
international peace law for peace, the responses from the President of
Seychelles and the President of Mozambique was read out during the event
Some of
the solutions proposed by the youth include; preventative measures such as
peace education as a curriculum in schools, developing a culture of peace
through collaborative governance and the promotion of a new international law
for peace. In South Africa, these solutions remain unheard as the youth found
themselves swept amid the most violent scourge of xenophobic attacks, murder, and
raping of our women.
In a
letter addressed to South African President Ramaphosa, thirteen-year-old
Liesbeek Primary School student from Mitchell’s Plein Kiara Keffers highlighted
the current surge in gender violence: “Women should not live in fear of being
physically or sexually abused. Children should not live in fear of being
kidnapped, killed or trafficked around the world.” Keffers also encouraged the
president ‘to wage the war against abuse to women and children by signing the
Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War to prevent and end violence against
our people.’
Up to
date, IPYG has received numerous responses to their peace letters. These
include Former President of Malawi Joyce Banda, the First Lady of Namibia as
well as President Danny Faure of the Republic of Seychelles.

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