Boost for global peace as Africa joins world against non-proliferation of nuclear arms

 

Zimbabwe Digital News

African countries joined over 200 000 people from 30 countries this month at the World Alliance of Religions Peace festival, and pledged to harness the good of humanity in promoting the non-proliferation of nuclear arms.
The event, which was held at the Hwaseong Sports Complex in Gyeonggi, South Korea attracted a diverse gathering of people, including from the USA, South Africa, the United Kingdom, China, and was broadcast to millions others who tuned in to the summit through live broadcasting.
Mr Man Hee Lee, Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) urged the active participation for the implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) saying that the world could not afford the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
“This precious and indispensable gift of peace was bestowed upon the human race as a legacy from heaven. Who must protect our world? It is us, the family of the global village. Neither wealth nor power can be passed down as a heritage if we fail to stop wars. Mankind and our Earth will share a fatal destiny,” Mr Man Hee Lee said.

Declaration of peace, cessation of War

The HWPL is a global NGO under the UN ECOSOC banner, and marked the event with a colorful parade and performances to raise awareness of peacebuilding during the summit.
Despite the increased tension caused by a series of North Korean nuclear tests, the summit sought ways to implement peacebuilding based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, advocating for conflict resolution and development of peace as a culture.
Under the slogan of ‘Together for peace as messengers of peace’, Mr Man Hee Lee, emphasised the importance of the support of the international community by saying: “For world peace and cessation of war, we should create conditions for working together with youth and women’s organisations in each country. I would like to ask for the support for the unification of the Republic of Korea to the officials of each country.”
The card section performance prepared by volunteers of the summit appealed to participants with images regarding a peaceful world achieved by global co-operation.
Ms Nam Hee Kim, Chairwoman of International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), said: “We already know the solution, the answer, to achieve peace, but if we do not act upon it, what will happen to the fate of this world? The choices we make can change the world. We must unite and show the world the strong influence that peace can make.”
In his congratulatory message, HE Dr Moncef Marzouki, former president of Tunisia said it was easier to fight for peace among humanity, than to stoke tensions.
“Today we are closer to each other than to people sharing with us the same nationality but not the same values, the first being the protection and promotion of peace in the world. In these conditions of fragile peace and terrible wars, the permanent effort for peace must be continuous and mobilise all goodwill in the world.”

 The choices we make can change the world

HE Adrien Houngbedji, president of the National Assembly of Benin, raised the value and future development of the DPCW, saying that: “It (the DPCW) is a praiseworthy effort which needs to be saluted. However, the different principles of this declaration must still be operationalised through a course of action, so that our countries as well as the international community can look for the possibility of implementing these measures in their national laws and treaties, agreements and international conventions.”
Plaques recognising dedication to peacebuilding were given to the HWPL’s International Law Peace Committee for the members’ contribution to drafting the DPCW. At the end of the event, the participants held each other’s hands and marched together, symbolising a commitment of individuals transcending borders, races, and religions to work for peace.
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), is an international NGO under the UN DPI, and was this year hosting the third annual commemoration of World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit, where representatives from governments and civil society groups table and seek to action detailed plans for peacebuilding at local, national, and international levels.
Attendees to the summit included heads of state, ministers, members of parliament, representatives of international association in law, education, religion, press, youth and women.
The theme of this year’s summit was “Establishing Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development and Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), drafted by experts in the international law to advocate conflict resolution and development of peace as a culture.
The HWPL has been holding this annual event every year since 2014 to discuss the roles and action plans of each group of society.

 

Mr Man Hee Lee, Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) urged the active participation for the implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) saying that the world could not afford the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

 

Above and below: The HWPL is a global NGO under the UN ECOSOC banner, and marked the event with a colorful parade and performances to raise awareness of peacebuilding during the summit.

 

 

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