Chicago, 29 March 2023 (TDI): Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international peace organization, hosted its 7th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).

The event was hosted from 14- 19 March in 41 nations throughout the world. The summit aimed to promote institutional peace, strengthen communication, and build trust among people.

Over 7,000 people participated in the event, including politicians, legal professionals, religious leaders, educators, media personnel, women, and youth.

Participants came from all walks of life.
Participants came from all walks of life.
They presented their experiences and case studies on conflict prevention, mediation, and resolution to establish peace as a worldwide culture and norm.
The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War

The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was also adopted during the convention. DPCW is a comprehensive worldwide peacebuilding cooperation mechanism that comprises 10 articles and 38 clauses.

It seeks to revive the philosophy that served as the cornerstone for creating the United Nations. It brings about enduring peace through advancing universal principles.

Its message of “no violence, peace between nations and communities, friendly relations, wealth, and happiness” is simple yet powerful and can alter people’s lives worldwide.

The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)
The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)

At the event, Prof. Dr. Md Nazrul Islam, Chairman of International Law at the University of Dhaka and the person who drafted the DPCW emphasized the importance of this declaration in achieving sustainable peace.

He stated that the DPCW contains a simple message that everyone can relate to and serves as a tool to institutionalize peace as a universal culture and norm.

The significance of the DPCW lies in its potential to create a world without war and conflicts. It provides a framework for conflict prevention, mediation, and resolution. It underlines the importance of communication and trust-building in promoting peace.

The DPCW can significantly impact global peacebuilding with the support of individuals and institutions across different fields and countries.

Peace Initiative across the World

HWPL strives for peace through various initiatives, and this year’s event was another step toward a more peaceful world.

On 17 March, citizens from six countries, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, the Maldives, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka, convened online to discuss the culture of peace in their respective countries under the theme “Shall we PEACE?”

Masuma Sarmin Sumi, a journalist and a teacher from Bangladesh, highlighted the media’s role in promoting a culture of peace and spreading news of peace.

Peace Letters for Ukraine 

During the event, an action plan was prepared to advocate peace in Ukraine. Participants from over 100 nations wrote “Peace Letters,” criticizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and demanding that Russia leave altogether from Ukraine’s borders.

These letters will be collected and delivered to Ukraine, where a peace memorial will be built. The event underscored the importance of peace and the need for individuals and institutions to work together to achieve it.

During the ceremony, Chairman Lee Man-Hee of HWPL stressed the importance of reviving the inoperative international law to eliminate war. He also noted that peace must be taught at home and in schools to create a better world.

HWPL Chairman Lee Man-Hee is delivering a speech.
HWPL Chairman Lee Man-Hee is delivering a speech.

HWPL also held its annual Peace Letter Activity in New Delhi, India, and Chittagong, Bangladesh, to mark the 7th DPCW Commemoration on 18 March 2023.

The event was attended by parents, students, and teachers who wrote peace letters expressing their hopes and dreams for a peaceful world.

Ravindra Singh Sheoran, Senior Journalist from India, underlined the importance of peace journalism. He commended HWPL’s initiative to promote and share information about peace among people.

He also noted that the Peace Letter Activity would sensitize people to peace journalism, which is becoming increasingly important today.

Nabeel Tirmazi, Program Manager of Pakistan’s AIBD, stressed the importance of media literacy in celebrating each other’s differences and achieving peace.

He emphasized that conducting media literacy education for the public would be essential. Yashu Chhabra, a Vice Principal from India, was proud to share her thoughts on a peaceful world through the Peace Letter.

She said, “I felt the pen is mightier than the sword at the event. I was proud that I was able to participate in this initiative to promote peace.”

A webinar conducted worldwide in celebration of peace and harmony.
A webinar conducted worldwide in celebration of peace and harmony.

Meanwhile, the NOWZWA organization, a member of IPYG in Bangladesh, also celebrated the 7th Annual commemoration of DPCW on the same day.

Mohammad Imam Hossain Choudry, CEO of NOWZWA, expressed his joy at attending the HWPL event and his commitment to working hard on peace initiatives based on peace values.

The Peace Letter Activity is part of HWPL’s ongoing efforts to promote peace and raise awareness about the essence of peace.

HWPL’s Chairman, Man Hee-Lee, has led these efforts through various peace activities and initiatives, including establishing the HWPL International Law Peace Committee and the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Offices.

The Peace Letter Activity encourages individuals to write letters expressing their desire for peace and send them to their respective heads of state, calling for their support for implementing the DPCW.

The DPCW is a legally binding document that aims to establish a framework for world peace and provide practical solutions for achieving it.

Through the Peace Letter Activity, HWPL aims to collect 1 billion peace letters from people worldwide and deliver them to heads of state to urge them to support the implementation of the DPCW.

This global peace campaign has been recognized by the United Nations. It also has received support from various government officials, NGOs, and peace activists.

Organizational engagement in the Peace Letter Activity is critical in spreading the message of peace and generating momentum toward world peace. The hope for a peaceful society grows as more people and organizations support peace.