Held under the theme "Legislate Peace", was hosted by an international peace NGO called HWPL in South Korea for 2 days from 18th to 19th of September.
With the aim of building sustainable peace and development, the host organization has carried out global initiatives including the establishment of international law for peace based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War’ (DPCW), promotion of religious harmony through interfaith dialogue, creation of a culture of peace with peace education as well as building peace-actors’ network in the field of media, youth, and women.
The 10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW - Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War - were drafted with the intent of representing marginalized voices of all those yearnings for peace at the same time calling the united efforts of states to practice the principles of the Declaration, ultimately ceasing all conflicts and hostilities and facilitating peace in a cultural asset.
“On the day of the Peace Summit 5 years ago, politicians determined to support drafting an international law for peace, religious leaders pledged to make religions one under peace, and social representatives promised to encourage and support these efforts. We are gradually achieving the promises. Each country in the globe holds this event. These efforts will be the light in global history. We must be one to fulfill the promised goal – peace,” said Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL.
This year’s summit, in particular, addressed the “Legislate Peace (LP)” project that urges national leaders to support to build a legally binding international framework for peace and cessation of war. The LP project is a global citizen-led peace movement that includes the “Peace Letter” campaign, “Sign your Support” campaign, and “Peace Walk.”
Starting with the peace festival that promoted the spirit of peace and harmony on 18th, various sessions on 19th covered the following topics:
1) Expanding support at international level for introducing the DPCW to the UN General Assembly as a draft resolution; 2) Spreading a culture of interfaith understanding and dialogue based on religious scriptures; 3) Strengthening the ability of youth and women’s peace network; 4) Implementing peace education for building the character of global citizens with peace values; 5) Expanding a global peace media network.