KAMPALA.—An international organisation, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) has started a peace summit in Ethiopia to emphasize the need for global peace.
While addressing political and social representatives in Africa and Middle East who gathered to discuss international cooperation for peace building through a series of events held in Addis Ababa at the Ethiopia Peace Conference yesterday, Mr Man Lee, the Chairman of HWPL, emphasized the importance of peace movement to work as one in which each stratum came together.
“If there is an answer to peace, then any family of the global village born in this era should become a messenger of peace, ending war and making sustainable peace a legacy for future generations,” Mr Lee said.
Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rebecca A. Kadaga together with other leaders who were in attendance of the summit signed to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
“DPCW draws upon the principles of peace expressed through the ages through which the people of the world expressed their desire for global peace. I call upon world leaders to put aside their stakes that stand in the way of world peace and harmony,” Ms Kadaga said.
The conference started on August 15 with education experts and civil society, in “Addis Ababa Summit” with political leaders from Africa and the Middle East and the “Open Dialogue with Religious Leaders” on August 16.
Former President of Ethiopia Negasso Gidada, representatives of 10 universities, state minister of education and 700 university students, attended the event the DPCW Advocacy Signing Ceremony that was held to invent cooperative peace building with the participation of people from every field of society.
Mrs Dagmawit Moges, Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa’s municipal government said, “Addis Ababa city administration has a deep conviction that the launching of peace education in the Universities could help promote harmony among students regardless of their nationalities, cultural background and religions.”
Mrs Moges said the event emphasize about the necessity of peace education and says that the City Administration pledges to extend every support necessary to institutions engaged in the implementation of this peace education project.
On August 15, government, educator and youth sought a way to reconciliation for peace at the ‘Ethiopia Peace Conference’ held in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In the open dialogue with Religious Leaders, Mr Lee said, “No religion teaches fighting or killing each other. In order to resolve the religious conflicts, we all must know the Scriptures, and I hope that we can show first from the Ethiopian Protestant Church by Open Dialogue with Religious Leaders.”
50 pastors who participated in a pre-seminar and signed the Pledge for the Regular Operation of Open Dialogue in Ethiopia had time to deliver it to Mr. Lee, Chairman of HWPL. They signed that religious leaders should lead in creating a peaceful environment through holding a regular event for different religious groups starting December this year.