In many cities besides Seoul, including Sydney, New York City, Manila, Shanghai, Cape Town and Oakland; youth, women, and citizens generally marched for peace on May 25, 2016, with the behest to replace the current culture of war with a culture of peace.
The World Peace Gate in Seoul’s Olympic Park was filled with vibrant young people from all across Korea and from overseas for the upcoming 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and Peace Walk on the day.
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a UN department of information registered non-governmental organization, hosted the event in Seoul together with the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and International Peace Youth Group (IPYG). Ecuador Earthquake Relief Donation Booths were set up to call for united actions among youth to care for people of Ecuador in their time of need.
Just last year, over 200,000 people showed their commitment for peace by participating in HWPL peace walks in 50 cities held in 30 countries simultaneously, igniting the flame of peace in the hearts of many.
This year’s commemorative event will highlight the global peace advocacy movement, and the Legislate Peace Campaign, recently launched to bring all wars to an end by establishing an enforceable law compatible with the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
Drafted by the HWPL International Law Peace Committee and proclaimed on March 14th this year the DPCW has steadily received public attention. It represents the voices of all those yearning for peace and urges states wherever to protect their citizen’s rights to enjoy peaceful lives.
The Legislate Peace Campaign calls on global citizens to unite as one to voice their positive demands for peace by adding their signatures to its list. World leaders and governments are also being called on to make and enforce a national law based on the principles of the DPCW. Many heads of state have written letters of support for the DPCW and over 190,000 signatures from 152 countries have been collected through on and offline platforms worldwide in less than two months.
Marking this the 3rd anniversary of its proclamation, the Declaration of World Peace has borne fruit through the DPCW as the document states: “Of what use is a young life, born in our day and age, if it is thrown away in this manner – thrown away without having had a chance to bloom? What price can compensate for the loss of a life? … In whatever way you can, we ask that you work to further the cause of world peace and restoration, making it a reality in your direct environments.”
The Legislate Peace Campaign is promoting an online gathering for peace through its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/legislatepeace that started May 24, this year.
Contact: Hannah Jeon