‘Worldwide Peace Summit for Sustainable Development in September’In September, ‘the 5th Anniversary of the September 18th World Peace Summit’ was held at the 130 locations in 87 countries such as Ethiopia, France, England, Australia, Russia, India, United States and South Korea with the cooperation from an international peace NGO HWPL, global civil society and governments.

At the event ‘Legislate Peace – Implementation of the DPCW for Sustainable Development’, organizers received public support for the establishment of a legally binding international instrument based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).

The DPCW is a comprehensive document which clarifies the role of the members of international society in conflict prevention and resolution. While it is in the process of being introduced to the United Nations as a draft resolution, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) and its affiliated youth organization, International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) are promoting ‘Legislate Peace’ project worldwide, which has gained 1.5 million support from 195 countries through signatures of support and letters written to their respective national leaders.

On September 18th to 19th, the two-day Summit in Korea includes various conferences focused on discussing practical ways to build sustainable peace. It is hosted by HWPL which is an NGO affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul in Special Consultative Status with the UN Department of Global Communication (DGC) and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This year’s event commemorates the 5th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit.

On September 5th, at Eshtu Chole Hall in the Addis Ababa University, the HWPL Ethiopian branch presented the needs and reasons for supporting the DPCW and shared the details of HWPL activities in Ethiopia with the congressmen, former chief justice, professors, journalist, youth, women, and religious leaders at the event.

Also, the executive director of Lem Ethiopia, Mogues Worku appealed participants to support the DPCW by explaining, “the world’s countries and international organizations should put first priority on spreading a culture of peace across races and borders and cooperating to resolve it through the international law in order to protect the safety of mankind from the threat of war.”

According to the Ethiopian branch officials, the event aims to urge high-ranking officials to give their unwavering support for the peace projects and receive replies from the Ethiopian President and Prime Minister for the hand-written peace letters. Furthermore, organizations working to put an end to wars and conflicts in Africa signed MOUs with HWPL, joining the peacebuilding efforts in the future.

At the Summit in Ethiopia, Yohannes Benti, the President of Ethiopian Teachers Association signed MOU with HWPL on behalf of his organization and emphasized, “For us to find peace in this world, we need to learn to bring harmony among different groups. Though we all might look different, what is inside of us, the values we need to put in our hearts for peace, are common. HWPL teaches about the world peace that all these different individuals can bring together by holding hands each other, keeping their identity and sharing the spirit of peace at the same time.”

HWPL continues to receive peace letters and states’ letters of support for the DPCW in order to implement the principles of DPCW through UN. In African continent, Eswatini and Seychelles have given states’ letters of support for the DPCW.