HWPL, The Legislate Peace Campaign
Thousands of peace advocates take part in signature campaign for law against war
Over 300,000 people gathered simultaneously in hundreds of cities including in Seoul, New York City, Sydney and Shanghai for the third annual commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace on Wednesday.
The event near the World Peace Gate at the Seoul Olympic Park in South Korea’s capital attracted a huge number of peace advocates to sign the Legislate Peace Campaign, which was launched recently to bring all wars to an end by establishing an enforceable law compatible with the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, and the Restoration of Light (HWPL) said in a press release.
This year’s commemoration highlighted the global peace advocacy movement that includes provisions aimed at resolving conflicts, reducing war potential, repurposing weapons to benefit humanity and inviting all citizens to participate in the active promotion of a lasting culture of peace, it said.
“The Legislate Peace Campaign calls on global citizens to unite as one to voice their positive demand for peace by adding their signatures,” the HMPL appealed, while claiming that as of Wednesday, ‘the collected signatures have exceeded 500,000 from 154 countries in less than two months and many heads of state have written official letters of support for the DPCW’.
“Today, marking the 3rd anniversary, at this very moment, our family of peace must be having their eyes and ears in this place…What we are ought to leave to our future generations is the common good of mankind, peace. There is no greater legacy than peace and it is not achieved by one person. Therefore, we all must become messengers of peace,” said Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL in his commemorative address.
Since the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace on May 25, 2013, HWPL has proposed its international law initiative to draft a legally binding instrument for all countries to adopt that ultimately promotes a culture of peace and ceases all wars through the DPCW.
A South Korean youth leader said, “The organisation has already made great progress in achieving its peace initiatives. It’s exciting to see what the next work will be.”
As the signature campaign continues both online and in regular events, the HPWL expects the number of signatures ‘to reach 2,000,000 by the end of this year’.