On 25 May 2019, the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) will gather thousands of youth and civil society from across Cape Town to participate in a global peace movement to mark the 6th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace. With the theme of “Silencing the Guns”, the commemoration will also celebrate Africa Day to promote a culture of peace and harmony in Africa.
With over 30,000 youths from all over the world present, the Declaration was announced on 25 May 2013 by an international peace NGO called Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL).
The principles of the Declaration include:
Each head of state must sign an international agreement that would serve as a commitment to bring all wars to an end
All youth must unite in an effort to stop wars and pursue the restoration of peace
The media must report responsibly and promote the message of peace to the world
Such values from the Declaration led to drafting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) as an advanced designation of global responsibility to establish a legally binding international framework for peace.
Since 2013, the Southern African branch of the IPYG has commemorated this special day through hosting peace walks in different regions of South Africa and various countries including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho.
The event will take place across 70 countries to mobilize a worldwide network of youths and citizens to spread a culture of peace in their respective communities and to urge for the support of the heads of each state to develop it into a legally binding document by submitting it as a resolution to the United Nations.
Details of the event are as follows:
Date: Saturday, 25 May 2019
Time: 10h00 till 14h00
Venue: Cape Town Civic Centre