Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2021. 4:14 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma: On March 14, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL)’s 5th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace Cessation of War (DPCW) was held as a live webinar to discuss the international peace law around the world.
The live webinar was joined by over 1,200 people in 132 countries from all sectors of society.
Participants included heads of government, international organizations, women and youth groups, religious leaders, and press, and members of civic society.
The event was held under the theme, “Marching on Toward Sustainable Peace in a Pandemic Era”.
The webinar provided a platform to share the organization’s direction for the future and provided case studies of different sectors cooperating across the world as peace messengers, responding to the pandemic and bringing peace in this new socially distanced world.
Since 2018, HWPL has been working with the government and education officials in the Caribbean (Guyana, Belize, Dominica, Haiti) to promote peace education.
In addition, a peace education pilot program was launched in Belize to help young kids with relationship building and conflict resolution.
The organization noted that next week, HWPL Peace Delegates will return to Belize and Dominica to meet with government officials and discuss the signing of the DCPW in efforts to set the framework and make a long-lasting commitment to achieve peace in the country.
The DPCW includes principles of peacebuilding such as the prohibition of the use of force, development of friendly relations, and peaceful dispute settlement. It emphasizes international cooperation based on interfaith dialogue and civic participation to create a culture of peace.
The peace declaration has received government recognition and support for inter-religious dialogue, peace education, youth, and women’s peace activities.
According to HWPL, countries in Southeast Asia and Central America have begun to rebuild their national legal infrastructure based on the DPCW, and the local governments are officially declaring their support for the DPCW in order to implement peace principles.
Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL urged cooperation and unity for achieving peace.
“No property or anything can become a legacy in the future. We must create a world of freedom, peace, and love without war, and make it an eternal legacy for our descendants. This is what we need to do in this era. Although the process of submitting the DPCW to the UN was paused for a while due to the corona pandemic, as much as this desire to achieve peace, there is no change,” he said.
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