(PRWEB) August 15, 2018
JOHANNESBURG` On August 10th, international peace non-governmental organization Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) hosted the 2018 African Leaders of Peace Summit at the Hilton Hotel in Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss peace initiatives consistent with HWPL's peace law, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
The DPCW is a legal document drafted by HWPL and proclaimed on 14 March 2016. It serves as a legally binding instrument for cessation of war and peace. It is composed of 10 articles and 38 clauses with principles such as peaceful conflict resolution, promotion of friendly relations between states, freedom of religion, and the spreading of a culture of peace, for the advancement of peace in the nations and civil society.
The summit was an opportunity for leaders to reaffirm their commitment to their citizens to achieve peace. It comes at a critical time in the midst of recent political strife in Zimbabwe and the employment discrimination based upon level of education or sex found in African society.
H.E. Joaquim Alberto, the former President of Mozambique, said, “Today I have heard about cessation of war and that everyone wants peace, not war. But there is one more thing I would like to add, and that is: cessation of war is not possible without the cessation of individual and familial conflicts. And our children need to receive peace education and learn the culture of peace.”
H.E. Veronica Nataniel Macamo, Mozambique President of National Assembly, spoke, "I believe that peace can be achieved through the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and hope that all nations will be able to attain peace not only for our future generations but in our current generation as well.”
A speech by Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL followed. “Countless people have worked for peace on this planet but how much peace do we have today?” said Chairman Lee. "There will be no greater thing we could leave as a legacy to our future generations than to end war on this planet and create peace.”
His Royal Highness Prince Hlangusempi & Minister of Economics and Planning participated in the event as a special emissary of the King of eSwatini. He signed a “National Solidarity Statement for the Promotion of the DPCW” as a national support for peacebuilding at a global framework. Also signed by the President of Seychelles, the statement represents official support for the DPCW through the signature of the in-office head of state.
Also in attendance were the former president of Mozambique, the Speaker of the National Assembly of Madagascar, the Queen Mother of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, and the royal prince of the Kingdom of eSwatini.
The event was broadcast live through the South African broadcaster eNCA and the internet news provider EA.
HWPL is a UN ECOSOC-affiliated NGO whose prime peace initiatives are to establish the international law for peace, interfaith harmony among religions and peace education. IPYG as a partner organization of HWPL endorses the Peace Letter Campaign to advocate youth participation in peacebuilding by collecting letters of support for peace to national leaders.