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Local students, global NGOs discuss international peace building

A seminar for youth titled “Peace Bridge” was held recently at Kendriya Vidyalaya School, Delhi, India with 50 students participating in it.

This seminar was co-hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) under the topic, “Spreading a Culture of Peace through Cultural Exchange.”

In the seminar, the stories of peace activists in both India and Korea Gandhi and Yoo Kwan Sun were presented to raise the awareness in efforts of peacebuilding.

It provided time for the students to understand the need in actions for global peace as an international order from the local level by citizens to materialize the universal value of coexistence, said the note issued by the event holders.
Peace walks, seminars, and support campaigns were introduced as practical approaches for youth empowerment in contribution to peace.

Rishi Kumar Banshiwa, co-founder and director of Reaching Sky Foundation, commemorated the event and stated: “We want to sensitize the youth of our country and make them aware about certain ways through which they can find internal peace and be emotional and socio-cultural peaceful so that they lead a better life. We would want our young people to be aware of their environment and peace issues that exist in the world by sharing the example of Korea and India. By this workshop on peace with youth, we believe that our young people will learn more about SDG’s. We expect to empower the youth with a lifelong skill such as with peace skills.”
One of the organisers of HWPL emphasised that India and Korea have a bond of sympathy about the tragic under colonialism in the past history and the spirit of peace for coexistence is still valid in these days.
He introduced the famous quote from a 17-year-old peace activist in Korea who faced death due to her devotion of independence, which says: “I can bear all kinds of pain but I cannot bear the pain of the loss of my nation. My only sorrow is that I am given only one life to sacrifice for my nation.”
He further pointed out that people in the global community should learn from the legacy of such activists in history.

Participants took part in a step toward peace by signing to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). The DPCW has currently received more than 400,000 signatures of support from 158 countries through the “Legislate Peace” campaign since it was proclaimed on March 14th, 2016.

Participants also signed their signatures in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), drafted by HWPL to address the need to establish a culture of peace and conflict resolution based on an international legal framework also designated by the UN resolutions and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to overcome challenges of violence that threatens global peace.

HWPL is an international NGO under the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) with peace initiatives in international cooperation for peace building, religious harmonization, education, women and youth empowerment. IPYG is a global association group concentrating on youth activism as advocates of peace. The organisation fosters peace projects around the world, including art contests, speeches, and essays with the theme of peace.

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