Pacific Governments and Civil Society Leaders Seek “Spreading a Culture of Peace”
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- Published: Tuesday, 19 March 2019 03:54
- Written by Bill Jaynes
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On the 18th of February, the Peace Summit of Pacific Leaders will be held at the Parliament of New South Wales organized by Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and an international peace NGO under the UN ECOSOC named Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL).
This summit has the title of "2019 Pacific Leaders Summit for Peace, Sydney: Center of Spreading Peace Beyond Ethnicity and Borders" with participants including political leaders of the PIF member states and HWPL representatives including Chairman Man Hee Lee, a Korean peace activist and Korean war veteran.
Participants will discuss the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to promote a culture of peace in the Pacific countries. The DPCW was drafted by HWPL, international law experts and UN officials for the establishment of peace as a global norm. This will be achieved through international cooperation and active participation of citizens, ensuring the realization of rights to the development of nations in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to HWPL, along with strategic partnership with African Union (AU) through an MOU with Pan-African Parliament (PAP) in AU for international cooperation in peacebuilding, this peace summit is expected to further receive support from governments and social leaders in Asia-Pacific countries.
“Our approach to peace has a foundation in the power of people. Approximately 1.73 million people have participated in 631 events held in 176 countries as part of the Legislate Peace Campaign, to advocate for the DPCW to be discussed by states and international organizations, raise awareness of peacebuilding by civil society, and ultimately promote a culture of peace through participation of people transcending language, ethnicity, culture or national border,” said Mr. Ian Seo, General Director of Department of Public Relations, HWPL.