As this resolution’s recognition of the increasing role of youth with its influence in peace-building, an event advocating peace to national leaders was led by international youth. The International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC),
held a two-day event called the “Peace Letter Campaign” at 35 locations in 7 major cities of South Korea
on 9th and 10th of June, including Seoul and Paju where the recent inter-Korean summit
and declaration of Panmunjom was announced.
At the event citizens, especially students, wrote letters with the contents advocating efforts of peace by their national leaders. According to the IPYG, 24,912 peace letters were written and collected in two days of the event through youth participation.
The IPYG further said that the letters will be delivered to the two leaders of the two Koreas when they reached 150,000 in number.
As a backbone of the youth-led advocacy campaign for peace-building, the IPYG introduced
“the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)” with 10 articles and 38 clauses,
which stipulates peaceful dispute settlement, disarmament, religious and ethnic freedom, and spreading a culture of peace.
Ms. Park Min-Jeong, a participant, said, “Although there was a vague fear of reunification,
I have come to think about positive aspects and expectation that reunification
will be achieved in this era by seeing the inter-Korean summit.”
“I realized that I should be aware of the issues of the international community
to join in peace activities that will end the war in our times,” she added.
“The future of Korea is youth. If young people are interested in reunification,
and take the lead for it, we can achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The start can be a letter of heart. We will work hard so that youth
can be more interested in and lead the peaceful reunification,”
said Mr. Peter Jung, General Manager of the IPYG.