HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee activities for developing the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) into an international legally binding document
Advocacy activities to make the DPCW known to the world and to develop the DPCW into an international legally binding document are being actively carried out by the citizens of the world with the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee at the center
There are 68 branches of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in 39 nations, as of late July 2016, consisting of youth and women who desperately long for an international law that will cease all wars and settle the culture of peace. Those branches of committee held several seminars introducing the importance of the DPCW in Romania, Philippines, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, India and China, and Peace Walks in a hope of implementing the DPCW in Ethiopia, Botswana, Hungary, Chicago and Sri Lanka. Especially, the Legislate Peace Campaign, the highlight among all of advocacy activities, were held in all parts of the world including Australia, Tunisia, France, Czechoslovakia, Japan, Georgia, England, El Salvador, South Africa, America, Germany and so on. Signatures in support of the DPCW were collected during the campaign and numbered more than 516,000 as of late July.
Among various advocacy activities, an advocacy campaign in Iraq was notable indeed. The Chairman and the members of Alrasheed Youth Campaign, an NGO in Iraq, hosted an advocacy campaign and collected signatures in support of the DPCW for 8 hours in refugee camps around the region. Even in the midst of dangers of armed terrorist organizations and other forms of dangers, they achieved to receive more than 730 signatures after long hours of campaign. Also, they promised that they will actively cooperate with HWPL in realizing the practical peace in the world.
News on the active advocacy activities of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee are being widely broadcasted all over the world. Below is an excerpt from a news article reported in Romania.
“On the very day at the event, to let the world aware of “The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War” 180 prominent leaders from diverse sectors including women, youth and media were gathered. At 5 o’clock, at the Independence Boulevard street, there was a graffiti drawn to symbolize peace. Including AsociatiaDiabeticilor Din Prahova, Un strop de fericire, and RafinariaPetrotel Lukoil, a number of organizations continued to march to show their desire for peace and a strong willingness that there should be no more war."
Likewise, it was possible to gather all the scattered voices of the public and to seek out and initiate practical method for advocacy through alliances of civic organizations within each country. Also, international activities along with domestic activities are adding momentum in the advocacy activities. The HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee is carrying out signing campaigns in support of the DPCW and expanding the advocacy activities worldwide, initiating a global cooperation among the leaders of each nation. We hope that the DPCW, implementation of which has seemingly been indefinite, will get active and effective supports from peace/youth organizations and citizens so that it could genuinely become an international legally binding document that will realize bring peace and cessation of war to the 7 billion global family.