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HWPL International Law Peace Advocacy Committee activities in the first half of the year

JUL 2016

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.

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the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk

JUN 2016

On 25 May 2016, the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk, an international event to commemorate the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace presented by the Chairman of HWPL, was held at the World Peace Gate in Seoul Olympic Park. The Declaration of World Peace calls everyone to work to further the cause of world peace, making it a reality in their direct environments.

Cities, countries, and organizations around the world are annually holding the commemorative ceremonies and the peace walks. This particular year, 300,000 people gathered simultaneously in hundreds of cities and 105 peace walks are being held in 52 nations.

This year’s commemoration highlighted the global peace advocacy movement, Legislate Peace Campaign, recently launched to bring all wars to an end by establishing an enforceable law compatible with the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).

Ecuador Earthquake Donation booths were located throughout the commemoration under the theme of “Your Help Brings New Life to Ecuador.” Ambassador Jorge Alberto ICAZA, Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General of Ecuador in Korea, attended and gave a congratulatory remark. All donations made in hopes of fastest recovery of the nation during this event will be donated to Ecuador through the Embassy of Ecuador to Korea.

What is the Legislate Peace Campaign’?

The Legislate Peace Campaign is a global peace advocacy movement which aims to bring all wars to an end and spread a culture of peace by establishing an enforceable law compatible with the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). The strength of the DPCW lies in its representation of the voice of all those yearning for peace, calling on States to protect their rights to enjoy peaceful lives. The DPCW not only respects and builds on existing international legal documents but also promotes united efforts of States to reduce war potential, repurpose weapons to benefit humanity, and foster religious freedom. This Declaration is unique in that it includes provisions aimed at resolving conflicts, especially those attributed to religious causes, through peaceful means and inviting youth, women, and all citizens to participate in the active promotion of a lasting culture of peace.

Thus, we call on global citizens to unite as one to voice our positive demand for peace by adding their signature to the Legislate Peace Campaign. We appeal to citizens to encourage their local governments, including city mayors, state governors, as well as heads of state to write letters of support for the DPCW with a spirit of a deep-seated love for the people of their country. Finally, we call on world leaders and governments to make and enforce a law based on the principles of the DPCW. When such law is fully followed by all countries and peoples, our world will soon have peace and cessation of war. Let us Legislate Peace. Sign Your Support.

The full text of the Declaration and its explanation booklet are available at www.peacelaw.org.

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Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War

MAY 2016

On the 14th of March, over 1,000 renowned figures from all over the world including heads of state, legal representatives, media, youth and women’s organizations convened at the COEX Auditorium for the Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.

The proclamation ceremony had been arranged to proclaim and commemorate the Declaration first conceived by Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL and drafted by the HWPL International Law Peace Committee who contributed their expertise and efforts into developing the Declaration through in-depth discussions and conferences. The proclamation ceremony also served as a platform to initiate the development process of the Declaration into an enforceable International Law, bringing forth a world without wars.

Chairman Lee of HWPL presented the completed articles of the Declaration which include the prohibition of: the threat or use of force; reduction of war potential; and dispute settlement; freedom of religion; as well as spreading a culture of peace. This Declaration is expected to act as a powerful and ground-breaking tool to dispose of all means that initiate war and armed conflicts, thus further attaining humanity's fundamental goal, peace.

Although HWPL and its counterparts are paving the way for the world to encounter unparalleled changes, it is up to every individual to recognize their undisputable rights to enjoy peace and their responsibility, as youth and women around the world have begun to gather pledges of support through signing campaigns to urge for a world where the lives of all youth and women may bloom without having to encounter the tragedy of war.

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Initiatives to Gather Support from All around the World for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War

HWPL has begun to gather people’s support for the Declaration through online and offline signing campaigns. As part of the initiative, the day after the Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration on Peace and Cessation of War, IPYG and IWPG, as the two wings of HWPL, co-hosted a Discussion on the Activity Plans of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the Implementation of the International Law on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace and also inaugurated the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in an effort to effectively support and lead the process of developing the Declaration into an enforceable international law. The HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee is to be established across the globe promoting the Declaration to the public and urging for its implementation in their respective regions. 

        The following is the action plan for the advocacy activities of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee:

 

        1_Establishing the Presence of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee:

By engaging more youth and women’s organizations, the committee will promote the Declaration and contribute towards the advancement of peace, starting from their respective communities.

 

        2_Promotion Activities and Signing Campaigns:

The committee will publicly promote the need to establish the Declaration as a law in their respective countries and urge the online and offline signing campaigns through social media, workshops, school education etc.

 

        3_Urging Heads and Decision-makers of States:

By delivering the signatures of millions of people gathered through online/offline signing campaigns, the committee will urge the heads and the decision-makers of their respective nation to support and acknowledge what is stated in the Declaration.

 

        4_Developing the Declaration into an International Law:

The members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee will lead the process of developing the Declaration into an enforceable and effective international law by advocating and petitioning their own government for the law to be added in their respective nation.

 

        5_Peace Education and Monitoring:

The youth and the women of the world will work, hand in hand to monitor and ensure that the Declaration is widely accepted and acknowledged through peace education at schools, universities and in public and private institutions. HWPL’s peace initiatives are already being incorporated into the school curricula of the HWPL Peace Academies all over the world.

 

Pledges gathered in support of the Declaration will represent the voices of the citizens in the respective nations and be the core power to establish the international law for the cessation of war. You can also join the movement by visiting the Pledge page at peacelaw.org or the offline signing campaigns hosted in your region.

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The unstoppable aspiration for peace - the youth takes the lead

AUG 2017

For about a month, before the 2017 presidential election, political tensions have been rising in Kenya. However, despite the tensions, the aspiration for peace from the youth in Kenya was still moving.

 

Since 2014, Mathias Osimbo, an in-country representative for the Teachers Without Borders-Kenya, agreed to work together with HWPL to achieve world peace through international law. This year, he has launched another peace walk, following the 'the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk’ that was initiated in 2016 5.25, to promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) with Lavington United Church as the starting point. This event was co-hosted by Lavington United Church and the Maestros Leadership Team.

 

The event was split into 2 parts.

 

The first half began with a speech by Mathias Osimbo and Mr. Claude Saula, the national coordinator of the Maestros Leadership Team, fostering the need for world peace.

Before the walk began, a time of silence was paid in tribute to the lives sacrificed for Kenya. Afterwards, the peace walk commenced while the Kenyan national anthem and other peace-related songs played in the background. Although the peace walk was not promoted within the community prior to the event, a total of 65 in youths joined the peace walk and the street community was in passionate jubilee during the event.

The Maestros Leadership Team, who attended the peace walk for the first time, participated while holding posters informing the different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the UN. These SDG posters were prepared by volunteers, resulting in the whole event to be a time when the community gladly engaged in the advancement of peace together.

Ms. Mercy Julia Obukwa, the art teacher at Juja Preparatory & Senior Schools, shared that the most memorable experience was participating and shouting for peace alongside the youth during the peace walk. Furthermore, she determined to integrate peace with art and continue to pursue the ongoing peace education practiced in HWPL.

As the host of the event, Mathias Osimbo expressed his gratitude towards Lavington United church for providing a location despite the short notice. He shared that it was rewarding to carry out the peace walk alongside the youth.

After the peace walk, the IPYG and the Maestros Leadership Team promised to further discuss in regards to future cooperation between the two groups. Furthermore, the teachers, Ms. Mercy Julia Obukwa and Mr. Mathias Osimbo, expressed their willingness to contribute to this work of educating the value of peace to the youth in Kenya.

From the result of this event, we expect to continuously see the work of peace here, in Kenya.

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Yemen youth’s earnest desire for peace contained in pictures

AUG 2017

Yemen is currently facing many crises due to their ongoing conflicts, including the recent cholera outbreak. Although these dire conditions make active peace activities seem out of the question, Improve Your Society still hosted the Piece of PEACE workshop. This event took place on August 2nd 2017 in the city of Taiz at the Hall of Experts Organization. About thirty-five people attended, including leaders of youth organizations, clergies, and members of civil society groups. 

This workshop covered the following topics in order: Introduction of the Contents of the DPCW, Education Regarding the DPCW Articles Required in Yemen, and a picture drawing time.

HWPL and the IPYG introduced each article stated in the declaration. All these articles are applicable to Yemen’s crises, and present a more practical and legal approach to achieving peace. Afterwards, the participants were given a time to draw out pictures of the 10 articles. The attendees referred to the current situation in Yemen and recognized that the contents of the DPCW are necessary to achieve world peace and the cessation of war. There was a strong desire to put the DPCW into action throughout Yemen.

After watching the videos introducing HWPL and the DPCW, the youth participants expressed their eagerness for the chairman of HWPL to help end the war in Yemen and promised to urge the decision makers of their country to reflect upon the contents of the declaration. One of the participants shared that the article that is most needed in Yemen is Article 10: Spread a Culture of Peace.

Despite difficult conditions that challenge the call for peace, this workshop drew a fervent desire for the realization of peace from the citizens of Yemen, who became united under the name of peace.

 

HWPL and the IPYG will continue to promote the law of peace to even more citizens of Yemen through additional DPCW education and article picture drawing events in the future. Working together with mural artists, the pictures collected through the events will be used in peace wall painting projects within Yemen.
 

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Key to Peace – Peace Walk to Prevent Violent Extremism

JUN 2017

Walk to Peace for the Youth

21 and 23 of May, 2017 the 4th Annual Declaration of World Peace and Cessation of War Peace Walk commenced in Cotabato and Davao, with the topic of prevention of violent extremism.

At this 4th Annual Commemoration for the Declaration of World Peace, about 250-300 people from various affiliations such as religious, indigenous, youth, governmental, and media participated to spread the message of peace.

Cotabato, The Philippines – Cotabato City-Bangsamoro Youth Walk for Peace (unity for peace, preventing violent extremism, key to lasting peace)

This event was hosted by IPYG, Consortium Bangsamoro Civil Society, and United Youth for Peace and Development and many residents participated. This peace walk was first held in Cotabato and lasted from 6 AM to 9 AM on 21 of May. The event highlighted the goals of HWPL and the IPYG along with the peace walk and continued with the campaign in which banners were adorned with peace dove origami. Also, the secretary general and the president from the youth association spoke on progressing peace.

Danilo Mocsin of Consortium Bangsamoro Civil Society, an organization that helped the event to its realization, strongly pushed for this event to show that the residents of Bangsamoro are against violent extremism. He also expressed his joy in that the Philippines was able to spread the message of peace to the world through this peace walk.

Yusoph S. Lumambas, Secretary General of United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) said, “What we want is only to help on how we can achieve true peace that was long to achieve by the people. We are grateful to HWPL because we know that it is not the only projects that HWPL is doing in achieving peace.” Other participants also spoke on the youth’s role in establishing peace and thus promised to be the messengers of peace with HWPL.

 

Davao City, The Philippines – Peace Walk to Prevent Violent Extremism

The event was hosted by the IPYG and joined by 11 tribes of Davao, Madrasa Education Institution, Davao Special Force, police, youth, and government institutions. This was the second peace walk, which lasted from 8 AM to 11 AM on 23 of May. The event highlighted the goals of HWPL and the IPYG along with the peace walk and continued with the campaign in which banners were adorned with peace dove origami. Also, the tribe leaders and youth leaders spoke and delivered the message from Mayor Duterte of Davao.

From the participants of this event, Kyle Bascal of the National Youth Commission shared that peace is being free from wars and anything that induces fear. He suggested that everyone think about the peace that we all want and how to be a person that can stand against conflicts and violence.

In this event, Datu Roel Arthur Ali, Deputy Mayor of Ata Triba delivered a strong message, highlighting the need for everyone to be agents of peace. “Since the beginning while his ancestor is still alive, they already want to achieve peace. Youth needs to work also for peace since our ancestor already does,” said Ali. He plans to continue to carry out the peace mural and street cleaning campaign to promote peace with the youth of Cotabato and Davao region.

 

It is exciting to see the young adults and the residents become the messengers of peace through the peace event. Through the peace mural and street cleaning campaign, all should realize that peace is not something is afar, but rather close.

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Lets re-gain the lost rights and peace through supporting the DPCW

JUN 2017

The voice of the young adults for peace

In the midst of the ongoing wars in many Arab nations today, University Organizations of Human Development (OU-DH) and the International Peace Youth Group co-hosted the 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk in the hope of bringing back the lost rights and peace to the families of the Arab nations. Oussama Jeljeli, the publicity ambassador of HWPL and President of OU-DH said, "peace will be achieved absolutely, and I believe that the youth must come together to run for this work".

The Peace Walk was held on May 25th, 2017, at Bab el bhar, also called ‘the place of victory’, in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia with the purpose of gaining back peace and justice. More than 150 people and 12 organizations took part in the event, including National Organization for Tunisian Childhood, World Union of Human and Self Development' Technologies, Tunisian Center for Voluntary Work of the province of Tunis and the region, Sectoral Center for Training in Electricity and Maintenance of Biomedical Equipments of Tunisia, Tourathouna (our legacy) Organization, Tunisian Women of Tunisia, General Tunisian Union of Students, Tunisian Scout, Jasmine Foundation, and International Committee of the Red Cross.

 

For the first order of the event, the leaders of participant groups have shared a time of speech on their thoughts and the necessity in peace. Faten Mtiraoui, the representative of the Regional Committee of the Red Cross in Tunisia enlightened the value of the DPCW and the significance of the young adults in the work of testifying to the peace culture, "We hope that such initiative, to spread peace culture, to be everywhere such as or even better than the International Committee of the Red Cross. But, unfortunately wars still exist, so we ought to protect and support victims of the armed conflicts and to spread the DPCW; we have to continue our humanitarian steps towards achieving the world peace independently and fairly."

After the peace march, there was a time of discussion on what kind of effort to be invested to achieve peace along with what kind of work must take part in. The questions on why we need peace and whether one will participate in the urge of the enactment of international law campaign or not were asked to each other, and furthermore, it was a time of motivation for the youths as they took the opportunity to conceive and exchange their suggestions.

Lastly, the palm prints were branded on Tunisia's flag hoping for the true peace, and the youths voluntarily notified the citizens regarding the Legislate Peace Campaign, and finished the event with a lot more people joining the campaign. 

The participant leaders and members have expressed that such peace work needs to be continued in Tunisia and showed their desire to progressively work with the IPYG for the true world peace to be accomplished. 

Also, they have promised to hold another peace walk event with even more young adults gathered on the 25th of May next year. It was an event that allowed us to be aware that the young adults must become the peace advocates to proclaim peace in the front line, in order to cease all wars occurring in the world and to achieve peace.

Now, we expect the young adults of Tunisia to become one and gather hearts through many more upcoming peace works to bring peace slowly.

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Shouting for Peace in Central Juba

JUN 2017

Wave of Peace Sweeps Over Juba, South Sudan

On May 25th, the day when the whole world shouts for peace, South Sudan also took part in celebrating the 4th anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace by hosting a peace walk at the KAPUKI high school located in Juba.

This day was particularly special because the youth, who can be called the stars of this day, gathered from over ten different schools in Juba to commemorate the event. Including local citizens and the general public, about five thousand people celebrated this event together on this day. Comprised of songs, dances, plays, and peace performances prepared by students of each school, the event was a bright festivity. While the event was scheduled to last from 10AM to 12PM, the event was extended to 2PM due to the fervent support of the students and people- with many commenting that they would like to see more events like this being hosted regularly. This particular peace walk commemorating the 4th Anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace was unlike any other peace walk events hosted in South Sudan in the past; which reinforced the mindset behind the DWP by bringing together students from over ten different schools.

Through the DWP from HWPL, the students in attendance were able to recognize the value of peace and the role of young adults in achieving peace, as well as the importance of autonomously making their voices heard in order to achieve peace.

Especially for this day, students from each school voluntarily prepared songs, dances, and plays with the message of peace days leading up to the event. Those in attendance of the event on this day stated it was a time truly overflowing with peace which they were able to enjoy with a joyful heart.

During an interview, a staff member who partook in every step in preparation of the event shared with the crowd about the role and the duty of young adults. His message lit fire in the hearts of the students when he stated, “As the decision-makers who have the power to create a peaceful future, let’s each become a messenger of peace in order to achieve our dream of peace so that we can recount to our descendants about how the nation of South Sudan who was in middle of a war became a nation of peace.”

However the highlight of the event was undoubtedly when the messages of peace from about 500 students and civilians were delivered to the UN refugee camp. The students and civilians who attended the event wrote messages with words of comfort and hope for peace, in effort of communicating hope to people of the refugee camp who have lost their families and homes to war.

When asked the question about how challenging it had been to prepare everything for the event on-site without any support, Immanuel, who hosted this peace walk following the South Sudan Peace Concert in Juba past February answered that he does not desire any compensation. Immanuel also stated that if he were to be given any reward for his efforts and sacrifices, it would be for peace to be achieved. He also shared his determination to not stop here, but to continually work towards peace alongside the IPYG with the WARP Summit scheduled to take place in South Korea in coming September as well as the Peace Concert scheduled for November in South Sudan.

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Peace walk & Peace Harmony Discussion in Bangladesh

JUN 2017

Plant the peace values with HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Bangladesh

The dean of Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College in Bangladesh, Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah, who is also a publicity ambassador for HWPL and the head of the Peace Advocacy Committee, is striving to educate the students about the mindset of peace.

He has already been recognized for his works in many peace movements including the development of the DPCW into an international legally binding law and various IPYG education seminars to teach the students of the culture of peace. This year, as we welcome the 4th anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace, he joined the IPYG together with many students in the peace march and peace discussions to promote peace. This event proceeded in two parts: the peace walk and the peace discussion. In order to make this event a meaningful one, the IPYG and Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah began to plan for the event about a month in prior, meeting 5 times to discuss on the peace topic and the event programs. The HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee members joined held two preliminary meetings as well.

In the first part of the event, during the peace walk, the teachers at Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College and the members of Digonto, a youth organization, made about 2,000 peace posters, 100 pickets, and 4 banners that represent the students’ desire for peace. In response to their effort, the students marched on to convey the message of peace to the whole world.

Although it was over 35 searing degrees Celsius, 3,000 students from Shamsul Hoque Khan School and College and its 6 other affiliated schools, members from 5 NGOs (Digonto Foundation, AKM Foundation, Bangladesh Manobadhikar Foundation, SHKSC Ex SCOUT FORUM, Bangladesh Teachers Association), and students from Dhaka University and Jogonnath University all gathered for the peace walk with peace as their common goal and to spread the message of peace to their community.

The second part of the event was the peace discussion, in which 300 college students and 100 faculty members joined to discuss about the direction of peace that the students want and practical solutions to achieve peace. Unlike a lecture in which information is simply delivered from one party to another, the event was held more in a free discussion manner in which the students also had their input in educating fellow members about peace.

Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah who oversaw this event expressed his joy in that this event helped many to understand the value of peace in their everyday lives and helped to spread the message of peace all throughout Bangladesh. Furthermore, he shared his determination to work even harder to help the students to understand how important and valuable it is to make peace and maintain it. Ismail Hossain Zabad, the head of Digonto, said that it felt like he was truly walking on a path of peace during the peace march. The reason for success, according to Zabad, was the participation from various social strata and the united action from the students. Leading a Digonto which mainly consists of youth members, Zabad explained that the youth population is influential in maintaining peace and therefore promised to continue to work closely with the IPYG and HWPL.

With the help of Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Mollah and the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee members of Bangladesh, these students who are equipped with the mindset of peace will be at the forefront of bringing waves of peace to Bangladesh and they will further strive to work with IPYG to spread the mindset and culture of peace to many more students.

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The call for peace starting in Belmore Park in Sydney, Australia

JUN 2017

The light of peace starting from Australia shining on the entire world

The 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk was hosted by the IPYG on May 28th in Belmore Park in Sydney, Australia. This event was the IPYG’s representative event commemorating the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace in 2013, held by the headquarters of the IPYG in South Korea with branches all over the world. Combined with the desire for peace by the citizens of Australia, people from all social classes gather every year from 2014 for this event.

Australia is a multi-cultural country with people from various origins, religions, cultures, and races live together, and there are conflicts based on racial and religious discrimination. With the purpose of preventing violent extremism, a campaign called “#HIRA Project (Have I Received All?)” was conducted, which reminded people the question of, “Am I being discriminated from the rights I deserve? Or am I discriminating others from the rights they deserve?”

For the awareness of the importance of peace activities, Ruth Shane of New South Wales Buddhist Committee,  Director of Corporate Relations Asuzy Tozo of Sydney Scientology Church, radio host Andrea Nelville of Curie, 100.9FM 2 BACR radio host Marilie, Blacktown Councilor Linda Santos, and other social, religious, and media representatives attending the event. About 60 young adults and citizens walked along Belmore Park with the hope of world peace.

HWPL Publicity Ambassador Marilie Bomediano said, “I believe that we, as global and multicultural citizens, don't really have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. But small actions like IPYG’s Relay Peace Walk can lead to ceasing all wars and collecting millions of signatures for ‘Legislate Peace Campaign’ for the DPCW that will transform this mundane world quickly,” and also said, “The global Peace Walk Relay will bring all global leaders to a strong unity through Chairman Man Hee Lee’s message described in Articles 8 through 10 in the DPCW, as the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War is taken up to the UN Charter.”

Having participated in different kinds of booths such as face painting, writing peace messages, and peace folk dancing, these citizens were curious as to how often this event took place and expressed their interest in attending this event, which was a place of unity that gathered the community as one.

Beyond Sydney and Australia, this event provided the chance for all to share the heart of wanting to fulfill peace all over the world one day sooner, and also promising in the support of IPYG's activities and vision. In addition to this event, Australia has sought to make Australia a peaceful nation by searching for peace solution programs through its Peace Builders Forum, which was held three times. Also, 'I am a Peace Keeper,' a peace education campaign of IPYG, will be carried out in Sydney this upcoming June (or July) for the purpose of implementing the value of peace as well as bringing awareness to the fact that everyone must take the lead in this campaign for peace.

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