A Declaration for the People’s Korea Peace Agreement was launched on 23 July at a global Zoom convocation. Initiated by the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and civil organizations, the convention aimed to solidify the ecumenical bond in supporting a peace agreement which replaces the Armistice Agreement.

Churches and civil society in Korea had drafted this Peace Agreement for the past six months, and it includes an end-of-war declaration, withdrawal of foreign troops and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula based on improved relations and trust between both parties.

The treaty should be signed in accordance with existing declarations, and contracting parties are to support peace and reunification efforts between North and South Korea, and to implement a step-by-step realisation of a peace regime. Building a peace regime will extend beyond the two Koreas, and help to promote security for nearby countries, the US, and Russia, and align with UN’s purpose for world peace.

Another key outcome of the convention was that the suggestion that women should be included in every peace negotiation was accepted.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, and the NCCK and World Council of Churches had been observing “We Pray, Peace Now, End the War”, a global prayer campaign for a formal end to the Korean War and the replacement of the 1953 Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty. Two months ago, a joint ecumenical message calling for an immediate, formal declaration to the end of the Korean War had been live-streamed.