The 2018 African Leaders of Peace Summit was held at Hilton Hotel in Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa to discuss ways to achieve an Africa free of conflict.
It was held in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the births of former South African President Nelson Mandela and the human rights activist Albertina Sisulu.
The former President of Mozambique, the Speaker of the National Assembly of Madagascar, the Queen Mother of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, the Royal Prince of the Kingdom of eSwatini, Deputy Speakers, Former Vice Presidents among others, were in attendance.
In his speech, former President of Mozambique Joachim Chisano said the document guides African leaders to put in place more democratic structures and work towards ending poverty, which is one of the causes of conflicts in Africa.
Chisano added that achieving a world that is free from war starts with a war to defeat individual and familial conflict.
Said Chisano: “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.”
The summit was co-hosted by the African Leaders of Peace Summit Organising Committee, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG).
And taking his turn, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee called out for people around the world to take action for peace.
Chairman of HWPL Man Hee Lee delivering his message to African leaders
“I have come to Africa to speak about the work of peace. Countless people have worked for peace on this planet but how much peace do we have today? 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,” said Hee Lee.
The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War is a legal document drafted by HWPL and proclaimed on 14 March 2016, purposing to create a legally binding instrument for cessation of war and peace. It is composed of 10 articles and 38 clauses, and offers such holistic principles 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.
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 peace building by collecting letters of support for peace to national leaders.
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