The 3 rd Annual Commemoration of the Peace Walk Festival

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Monday, 23 May 2016 14:41

Tbilisi – May 28 th , 2016 – The International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) will be hosting the ‘2016 3 rd Annual Commemoration of the Peace Walk Festival’ at 12pm on the 28 th of May in Rike Park and the Bridge of Peace of Tbilisi along with Georgian youth and women organizations. Around 1000 people will be in attendance. The title of the peace walk festival is the “Support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and Actualization of the Peace Curriculum”, and the program consists of a peace walk, flash mob of the youth, NGO booths, and various entertainment that can be enjoyed by all citizens.
The IPYG Peace Walk Festival that is being held for the 3 rd time this year began with the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace by Man Hee Lee, the chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) in front of the Peace Gate of South Korea in May 25 th , 2013. IPYG, the head of the youth sector of HWPL, holds the peace walk festival on May 25 th every year with the youth all over the world to commemorate the declaration as well as actualize it. The declaration that was proclaimed on that date describes the role of each sector of youth, women, press, and the leaders of each country. Three years later, on March 14 th , 2016, this declaration was actualized into the HWPL Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. On this day, around 1000 key leaders all over the world attended and HWPL proclaimed the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. Currently, the support pledge campaign of the declaration is being held worldwide. On this day, the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the Implementation of the International Law on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace made of youth and women organizations of Georgia will be performing a flash mob performance before the peace walk.
And the NGOs hosting various booths during the event will participate as the coordinators of the HWPL peace curriculum of the schools that have signed an MOU as a peace academy with HWPL during fall semester. The Peace Education that is specified in Article 10 of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War will suggest a turning point in the history of humanity that has commemorated war until now, and it will inspire the mentality of peace to leave a world of peace to the future generations as an inheritance. During the event, the participants can sign to support the declaration and receive a commemoration badge that includes the content of the declaration at the booths. HWPL is an international peace organization and leaders from all levels along with the youth and women all work together. HWPL hosted the HWPL World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit in September 2014 with around 2000 leaders worldwide and held the ‘Signing Ceremony for the Agreement to Propose the Enactment of International Law’. The HWPL International Law Peace Committee was established and the draft of the international law was proclaimed within a year. Six months later, on March 14, 2016, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War was proclaimed. The Declaration contains contents such as proposal of answers to religious conflicts and spreading of the culture of peace, and urges for the support of current heads of states.
This declaration will also be sent to Giorgi Margvelashvili, the current president of Georgia.

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