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Can a law stop wars? 500,000 signatures collected for the Legislate Peace Campaign

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​​Ever since the 14th of March, when The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War was proclaimed, in New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai, the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) Peace Advocacy Committees had their opening ceremonies to actively urge for the implementation of an enforceable international law to bring a full stop to all conflicts. Also at Mumbai metropolitan majistrate court, Samsara school, Great Valley School, Modern School Noida, Mand Kaushalya Global the Complete School were gathered over 10,000 supportive signatures with the participation of a number of organizations.

On 25th May, 300,000 people gathered simultaneously in hundreds of cities including Seoul, New York City, Sydney, and Shanghai for the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace: Legislate Peace Campaign hosted by HWPL in their respective time zones.

Filled with vibrant people yearning for peace, the event at the World Peace Gate in Seoul Olympic Park especially captured the eyes of many. 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).

The DPCW is unique in that it 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.

The Legislate Peace Campaign calls on global citizens to unite as one to voice their positive demand for peace by adding their signatures. According to HWPL, as of May 25th, 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. The number of signatures is expected to reach 2,000,000 by the end of this year.

“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 Lee of HWPL in his commemorative address.

Since the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace on 25th May 2013, HWPL has proposed its international law initiative to draft a legally binding instrument for all States to adopt that ultimately promotes a culture of peace and ceases all wars through the DPCW. A Korean youth leader said at an interview, “The organization has already made great progress in achieving its peace initiatives. It’s exciting to see what the next work will be.”

Especially, at these days events, there were booths installed to fund-raise for countries which were prone to severe natural disasters. HWPL, IWPG, IPYG, and citizens were continuously putting hands together to help those who are suffering from Sri Lanka flood and a severe outcome caused by earthquakes in Ecuador that happened recently.

Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a UN DPI registered NGO, is an internationally recognized peace organization. It has pioneered various peace activities including the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office, as well as held peace education seminars, peace walks, and peace forums with the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and International Peace Youth Group (IPYG).

3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace is an annually and internationally celebrated event to commemorate the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace presented by Chairman of HWPL on 25 May 2013. The Declaration calls everyone to work to further the cause of world peace, making it a reality in their direct environments.

Legislate Peace Campaign is an advocacy movement in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) being developed into an enforceable law. The campaign calls on world leaders and governments to make and enforce a law based on the principles of the DPCW.

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