On 26th May as part of Africa Day, thousands of youth and civil society gathered at the Albert Luthuli plaza in Cape Town to walk in support of the 5th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace, and to raise awareness for the need to achieve a conflict-free Africa.
The event was jointly hosted by an international peace NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), its affiliated group, the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), which is joined by scores of hopeful youth who came to invest in the work of peace.
The 5th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace was hosted in 100 cities in over 50 countries including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania, South Korea, UK, the U.S, India, and China.
The global movement is aimed to promote a culture of peace, based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
Through the guest speaker address given by Mrs. Karishma Rajoo, Senior Programme Officer at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes(ACCORD) Article 2 of the DPCW, ‘Reduce war potential and re-purpose weapons to benefit humanity’, was highlighted.
She shared about how the global community could no longer afford to pursue exclusively military oriented responses, nor should it remain indifferent to those situations beyond their immediate concerns.
“There is more money being spent on the military today than there is in seeking solutions to the world’s problems.
In fact, more than 100 billion dollars is spent annually on nuclear weapons. We only have to look at the headlines today in order to see that these weapons are not making the world safer,” she added.
HWPL, a Non-Governmental Organization affiliated with UN ECOSOC, had the first the “Declaration of World Peace” in 2013 to call for all members of society to work together as peace messengers.
The Chairman of HWPL, Mr. Man Hee Lee, has highlighted that every person in every country is responsible for establishing world peace.“Rather than waiting to take peace for granted, it is we who should put an end to all wars to protect humanity and our world and leave peace as a legacy for future generations.
Since laws of today cannot compensate for the lives sacrificed in war, what we need is an instrument that protects human life, a law that prevents war.”
The HWPL’s proposed ‘Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)’ embodies the value of the ‘Declaration of World Peace’.
The DPCW consisting of 10 articles and 38 clauses addresses principles of conflict resolution and international cooperation for peace building such as mutual respect, establishing an international law, peaceful dispute settlement, and spreading a culture of peace.
Civil society throughout the world is carrying out peace education, peace culture projects, and ‘Legislate Peace Campaign’ to establish a legally binding international law and to create a culture of peace in Africa, as well as globally.