World Peace Efforts Intact Despite Covid-19 Pandemic
The world on March 14, celebrated the fifth annual commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) with a call for nations to uphold peace building despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
To mark the commemoration, Heavenly Culture, World Peace Restoration and Light (HWPL) hosted a Webinar on world peace that brought together participants from 132 countries.
HWPL Founding Chairman, Man Hee Lee, told the gathering the desire to achieve world peace was not dampened by the pandemic.
He added: “The work to submit the DPCW is underway. However, the COVID-19 pandemic affected the entire global community, which led to a brief stop in the process but our focus, and collective determination for building a world of peace stays strong. I am confident no one could reject such a cause.”
As a member of the International Law Peace Committee (ILPC) that drafted the DPCW, Professor Ciaran Burke explained the background of how the DPCW was founded on “the conviction that judicial and other dispute resolution measures can replace the role of war with the rule of law.”
Speaking on behalf of youth advocates, Mr. Reuben Sapetulu, Deputy Secretary Agent for the United Nations Youth Association of Zambia (YUNA Zambia), said; “I participated in the delivery of 3 ,000 peace letters to the minister of justice in Zambia for the DPCW proposal.
He added: “My commitment is simply because I agree that the DPCW is an effective way to bring a cessation of war and world peace.”
The DPCW reaffirms the peace-based principles contained in various international law documents, such as the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It includes principles of peacebuilding such as the prohibition of the use of force, development of friendly relations, and peaceful dispute settlement.
It also emphasizes international cooperation based on interfaith dialogue and civic participation to create a culture of peace.