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.