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By ILIESA TORA

Suva, FIJI – September 4, 2019: 7pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Achieving global peace is everyone’s responsibility.

That was the resounding message echoing at the 5th Peace Summit organised by the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) Fiji Branch at the Grand Pacific Hotel here in Suva on Tuesday night.

Speakers, both representing the HWPL and the Fiji Government agreed that lasting peace has to become the ‘whole of world ‘responsibility.

Peace is critical

The Chief Guest and Fiji’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon Praveen Kumar Bala told the summit that peace is critical to be achieved both in Fiji and the world.

Hon Praveen Bala (left), Hon Alipate Nagaya at the Peace Summit in Suva on Tuesday night. Photo: ISLAND SUN/Solomons

And these can only be done when everyone come to the same understanding and agreement.

He said the Fijian Government will support efforts to ensure that there is peace within Fiji, the region and the world at large.

He urged all present to work together in trying to build peace within the families, the communities, society, which will then evolve into a national unison.

Hon Bala welcomed a ‘Peace Letter’ presented at the Summit and said he would personally ensure the deliverance of the letter to Fiji’s President Joji Konrote.

HWPL Fiji’s Peace Ambassador Preetam Shankar said everyone must seriously work together on creating. fostering and building peace.

Fiji Peace Ambassador Preetam Shankar speaking at the Peace Summit, in Suva on Tuesday night. Photo: ISLAND SUN/Solomons

He said the HWPL was committed to ensuring peace and the ceasing of wars.

Mr Shankar said wars and violence have claimed millions of lives around the world.

He urged government, non government organisations, communities, families and individuals to put their differences aside and seriously look at how best peace can be ensured and sustained.

Using the Summit platform as an example Mr Shankar said HWPL has been able to bring together politicians, religious leaders, community leaders, women, youth and the media to discuss guidelines and policies on how to achieve peace and cease wars and violent acts.

HWPL’s commitment

The HWPL Chief Branch Manager of Seoul East, Ms Chloe Choi said the organisation is committed to achieving its goal of bringing together peoples of the world to agree on the way to achieve peace and end wars and violence.

Mr Preetam Shankar (left), Ms Chloe Choi (middle) and Hon Praveen Bala at the Peace Summit on Tuesday night. Photo: ISLAND SUN/Solomons

Ms Chloe said the HWPL will continue to pursue the cause for peace.

HWPL is a non-profit and non-government organisation based in South Korea.

Its Chairman is Man Hee Lee.

Since its foundation in 2013, HWPL has grown exponentially in terms of both supporters and influence worldwide. With peace as its core value,

HWPL has operated a number of campaigns and events across the globe to unite individuals from all sectors and levels within society. Within only a few short years,

It has partnered with citizens and organizations from over a hundred countries in order to advocate peace on an international scale, particularly through the advocacy campaigns for an international law based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War(DPCW).

Through the hosting of annual events, such as the World Alliance of Religion’ Peace(WARP) Summit and the Peace Walks commemorating the Declaration of World Peace, HWPL continues to gather additional support from individuals, civil society actors, national leaders, religious leaders, and others under the common goal of a world free of war and conflict.

Media partners

Tuesday’s event also saw the announcement of two Pacific based media companies who have joined the HWPL as media partners and peace messengers.

Island Sun’s Senior News Reporter Barnabas Manebona (left) receives the recognition award and Memorandum of Understanding from HWPL’s Chloe Choi at the Peace Summit on Tuesday night in Suva. Photo: ISLAND SUN/Solomons

These are the Nuku’alofa Times and the Island Sun newspaper of the Solomon Islands.

Both are the first media companies in their respective countries who have been recognised for their efforts to promote peace and end wars through their publications and news reports.

The media outlets were represented at the Summit.

Close to 200 people attended the event.

Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Alipate Nagata was also present, along with representatives of diplomatic offices, religious leaders, women, youth and children.

 

 

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