Government, civil society seek cooperation and peace in Africa
On August 13, 2018, leaders from all sectors of society, including the Councilor of Cape Town, university chancellors, and professional educators gathered at the African Leaders of Peace Summit 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss practical methods to realise peace in the African continent by creating a culture of peace.
Commemorating the birth of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, the conference, with the slogan: “The Africa We Want: Achieving Peace in Our Lifetime,” aimed at seeking solution to wars between religions and ethnicities, as well as, solving such social issues as discrimination and corruption.
The African Leaders of Peace Summit 2018 was jointly hosted by the African Leaders of Peace Summit Organising Committee, the African Union Commission, Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL), the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), the students of the University of Cape Town, as well as, universities and the press. Leaders from various sectors, such as government, religion, youth, women, the press, and educators participated in the three-part summit.
On the implementation of the international law for peace in the Advocacy Session, the attendees talked about how to establish a stable international order, based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) in cooperation with the international society. The DPCW, drafted by HWPL and experts in the field of international law, addressed holistic principles for developing peaceful conflict resolution,promoting friendly relations between states, encouraging freedom of religion, and spreading a culture of peace.
A Cape Town City Councilor, Mzwakhe Nqavashe, said: “I run the ‘Peace My City’ campaign in cities like Cape Town and Gugulethu to spread a culture of peace as a principle designated in the DPCW. Through activities like environmental cleaning, dangerous regions, threatened by crime, were converted to peace parks, and the campaign has led to a steep drop in crime rates. Speaking as a city councilor, I think that through cooperation with HWPL, the light of peace has shined upon Africa, and Cape Town was made a model example in Africa.
Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL said: “No country exists without its people. Similarly, no president can exist without a country. The people have placed presidents on their seats. Don’t the laws of every country state that the power lies with the people? Hence, each president must sign here in support of DPCW for the sake of their cultures and peace in their countries.” Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL said.
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