Civil Society, Politicians strive for peace-building in Ethiopia

On 23 August 2018 at 10:52

Political and social representatives in Africa and Middle East gathered to discuss international cooperation for peace-building through a series of events held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

On August 15, governments, educators and youth sought a way to reconciliation for peace at the ‘Ethiopia Peace Conference’ held in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event saw several dignitaries including former President of Ethiopia, Negasso Gidada, representatives of 10 universities, state minister of education and 700 university students.

In his remarks, Dagmawit Moges, Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa’s municipal government said "Addis Ababa city administration has a deep conviction that the launching of peace education in the Universities could help promote harmony among students regardless of their nationalities, cultural background and religions."

At the event, eleven university presidents and representatives who attended the event laid the foundation for peace education in Ethiopia by signing an MOU to agree on peace education at their universities.

​​The Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), says "We should also write a letter to the president to support the Implementation of international laws for the cessation of war. It says that the people have all the power of the state. That’s why the president has no reason to refuse what the people want."

Also, about 50 pastors who participated in a pre-seminar and signed the Pledge for the Regular Operation of Open Dialogue in Ethiopia. They signed that religious leaders should lead in creating a peaceful environment through holding a regular event for different religious groups starting December this year.

At the “Addis Ababa Summit”, another peacebuiding event held in Medium CR, prominent leaders and politicians from Africa and the Middle East discussed the need for the international law for peace to bring out stability in the regions and promote peace-related projects at each continental level.

With this, prominent leaders had the time to sign the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).

Rebecca A. Kadaga, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda stressed the role of political leaders for realization of peace. “DPCW draws upon the principles of peace expressed through the ages by which the people of the world expressed their desire for global peace and called upon world leaders to put aside their vested interests that stand in the way of world peace and harmony. ”

Before these events in Ethiopia, an official declaration of support for the DPCW by heads of African countries such as Eswatini and Republic of Seychelles was followed.

The DPCW deals with the international cooperation to institutionalize and culturally develop peace and cessation of war through the cooperation of world legal experts by HWPL. It encourages friendly relations between nations, prohibit the use of the forces, respect of the international law, foster religious freedom, and spread a culture of peace.

The Chairman Lee of HWPL, emphasized the importance of peace movement to work as one in which each stratum came together, saying “If there is an answer to peace, then any family of the global village born in this era should become a messenger of peace, ending war and making sustainable peace a legacy for future generations.”