The 2nd Peace Builders Forum was held on Saturday 29 January to commemorate Australia Day in Sydney where international NGO’s campaigned for international cooperation and public support for recognition of peace as a cultural value.

Fifty participants including politicians and leaders of civil society and youth organizations, as well as media gathered together to create a better understanding amongst all people regardless of ethnicity, national origin, culture or religion for a vision of living in harmony through the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).

This forum was organized by the international non-profit organizations: Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), International Women Peace Group (IWPG), and International Peace Youth Group (IPYG).

They are closely cooperating to support the DPCW, drafted by HWPL and its International Law Peace Committee with global experts, which addresses conflict resolution based on preventing war-related behaviors, safeguarding religious and ethnic identities, and encouraging a culture of peace through international cooperation.

Hina Khan, the youth transition support worker of Community Migrant Resource Centre, said, “The DPCW can play an important role in providing a regulatory framework and mindset that values peace for all.”

With the topic ‘Peace,’ participants discussed how to fulfill peace through the positive benefits of harmony, humanity, and co-operation.

The questions for discussion include “What does peace mean to you?”, “Do you think there is a way to achieve Peace? If so, how can we achieve it?”

Dr Vinh, a member of the audience commented, “I think that the idea of war started with the idea of authority, power and misunderstanding. One country thinks that they have the right to invade or exploit another country, but speaking of peace, we should go back to the idea of kindheartedness because we expect all human beings disregarding of race or cultural differences. We all have the wish to live happy and to be loved.”

Following the signature campaign for the DPCW, participants opened a piñata of war, containing a huge placard saying ‘peace,’ by throwing balls. At the end of the forum, youth members in IPYG sang a song ‘Hand in Hands.’

Holding diverse events, HWPL, IWPG and IPYG are sending a message to Australians that they have to lead not only Australia but globally towards peace.

With three peace events in Australia last November prior to this forum and participation of IWPG and IPYG in Blacktown Harmony Walk Festival on 19 February, the movement to realize peace through the DPCW will be growing further.