Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019. 2:44 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Former Prime Minister of Belize, Said Musa, was the recipient of the Peace Award yesterday at the “Peace in the Caribbean” celebration and award luncheon in Washington D.C.
More than 25 Caribbean ambassadors and heads of states, including former Prime Minister Musa, gathered in Washington D.C. to support the implementation of international peace legislation, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), within their respective countries.
The event was hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a United Nations Economic and Social Council registered peace non-profit organization.
The DPCW serves as the solution for worldwide peace and conflict resolution and is a legal framework for spreading the culture of peace on a local, national, and international level.
The DPCW has already been enacted as a National Declaration in several countries around the world, including Antigua and Barbuda. It is currently being presented to pass as law through the United Nations.
“I want to pledge my support for adoption of the [DPCW],” says Musa, “which I find to be the most comprehensive legal framework that will serve to spread a zone of peace within the Caribbean region and across the world.”
The event also highlighted the Caribbean region’s consistent efforts toward the establishment of a culture for peace including: Instituting National Peace Weeks; signing memorandums of understanding to implement peace education curricula in participating schools; and displaying HWPL’s peace work and literature in national libraries.
Amidst the celebration, delegates committed to advance the passing of the DPCW through the regional organization the Caribbean Community, Regional Integration (CARICOM), and even discussed the advancement of the Coalition of Caribbean Leaders for Peace (CCLP).
The Coalition of Caribbean Leaders for Peace will work closely with regional organizations, HWPL, and international leaders in the Caribbean Community to adopt the DPCW.
Musa, a founding member of the CCLP, urged other Caribbean leaders to participate and serve as a “beacon to guide the important work of the [CCLP] to spread the message of peace not only in our region but globally as well.”
Haiti’s Minister of Youth, Edwing Charles, and Guyana’s CARICOM Youth Ambassador and Regional Director for the United Nations Caribbean Global Peace Initiative, Ms. Samantha Sheoprashad, also gave remarks.
“[The DPCW] is an invaluable legacy for future generations,” says Charles, who reflected on the need for sustainable peace in Haiti and the world.
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light has held peace tours in Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Costa Rica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia and plans to continue joining forces with other Caribbean nations to advance the work of peace, according to a HWPL representative.
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