Faced with the dire need for the international cooperation on policy making in areas of security and education by governments to counter extremism accompanied by violence and conflict, a global campaign for a culture of peace is projected by international NGOs to raise public awareness on coexistence, tolerance, and mutual understanding, and encourage civic participation.
International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO under the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI), holds a campaign for peace building titled “Walk&Talk to Prevent Violent Extremism” in many cities around the world with its international association NGOs.
On May 25th, 5,000 students from Shamsul Hoque Khan School & College in Dhaka of Bangladesh will participate in the event. Among the participants, 300 students will have a discussion on the role of youth for peace building.
During the campaign, students are expected to have time for reflection on how values and thoughts in each individual determine their behavior, which allows to embrace the principles shared by the international society for peace – respect for human life, coexistence, sustainability, and a sense of kinship with humanity. Further, the peace walk events in cities around the world, including Dhaka in Bangladesh, are planned to promote a peaceful environment in local communities with voluntary participation by citizens beyond differences in nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, and gender.
This global campaign has been hosted by HWPL and international NGOs since 2013 when the Declaration of World Peace was declared and 30,000 citizens joined the peace walk. International youth have taken the leading role in developing peace walks as a peace project worldwide. HWPL has initiated projects in 120 countries for conflict resolution and peace building, which includes legislation that promotes peace, interfaith dialogues, youth empowerment, and peace education.