30 January 2020, Geneva, Switzerland: A girl rests on her father's shoulder during morning prayer in the Ecumenical Centre chapel, as some 75 Korean Christians from the Bargn Nuri Community visit the World Council of Churches in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, for a conference under the theme of a 'Prayer Pilgrimage for Life and Peace'. The conference takes place in the context of a 1,000-day pilgrimage undertaken by the community, during which they visit a range of countries to explore ways towards peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula.

World Council of Churches invites the media representatives to the event announcing 70 days of global prayer for peace on the Korean Peninsula on 6 February at 11.30 CET at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.

A global prayer campaign for peace on the Korean Peninsula will occur from 1 March to 15 August, lasting 70 days and inviting hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to say: ““We Pray, Peace Now, End the War!”

Launch event of the global prayer campaign will take place in Seoul, with corresponding events the same day in Geneva and Washington DC on 6 February.

Representatives from churches in Korean Peninsula and worldwide will be invited to reflect on the significance of 70 years, and share their hope for the future. The campaign will also issue a clarion call for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula as part of a nuclear-free world.

The 70 days of prayer correspond with a commemoration of 70 years since the Korean War, and religious leaders worldwide will pledge to redouble their ongoing efforts for stronger peace and reunification.

The National Council of Churches in Korea decided to proclaim 2020 as a “jubilee year” marking 70 years since the Korean War, continuing efforts for a permanent peace and reunification, to declare a formal end to the Korean War and replace the Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty.

A toolkit of resource materials, including prayers and Bible studies, will be available to bring a global dimension to the activities of peace process, including advocacy material for social media plus a booklet, “70 stories of Love, Justice and Peace.”


Programme of the Press Event on 6th of February in Geneva at 11:30-13:30 (livestreamed)
Global Prayer Campaign “We Pray, Peace Now, End the War!”, 70 Days of Prayers, 1 March - 18 August 2020

11:30 Word of Welcome – moderator from WCC Communication
11: 35 Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary WCC – We believe in Peace focus on launching the campaign “We Pray, Peace Now, End the War!”
11: 50 Presentation on working and praying together for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula
12:15 Update on the Plans for 2020
12:25 Presentation of the material for the Prayer Campaign
12:35 Lunch reception and time for interviews

The event will be livestreamed at:


More information: Marianne Ejdersten, WCC Director of Communication,,  +41 79 507 6363

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