The World Peace Flame is a flame in Wales that has been burning non-stop since 1999. Attention is drawn to world peace by spreading this flame. The first world peace flame in the Netherlands was installed next to the gates of the Peace Palace on 18 April 2002. The column reads: ‘World Peace, Flame”. Since 2004, the monument is surrounded by a ring of 196 pebbles and rocks from 196 countries. Some stones carry special meaning; for example, a piece of rubble from the Berlin Wall and a rock from Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for years.
The World Peace Flame is a sign of hope and an instrument for inspiring people to work on a better world. The design of the monument is based on the elements fire, water, earth and air, each depicted symbolically in all its simplicity and naturalness.