If something happened in 126 places in 77 countries around the world, what would you do? Aren’t you curious? What is going to happen to people? What if the reason they’re gathering that isn’t making money, and it’s really personal? The reason is “PEACE.” Can you believe it’s just that?
That means there are so many people who want peace. Looking around now, no one wants a war. But the majority of people live their daily lives. They are the ones who realize that the world is too big and doesn’t move my way.
As we grow up, everyone seems to be like this. When I was a teenager, I thought I could do everything, but when I became an adult, I put it down one by one. Increasingly, I realize that there is less I can do. Those who are at their disposal are only the top few percent. It’s not a pity. They just live their lives in their own way.
But there are those who realize that one voice has no power, but one voice that has become one has enormous power. HWPL Australia held the first one-of-a-kind Peace Festival at Centenary Square, in Parramatta.
Imran Maqsood, Founder of the Faisalabad School for Peace shared an account of the pivotal role HWPL and the Faisalabad School for Peace has played in creating and implementing peace education program in schools. The crowd was also addressed by powerful speeches by Ashak Nashwani AM, Founder of the Ismailli community in Sydney, Dr. Yadu Singh, Chairman, Federation of Indian Associations NSW, Abbas Raza Alvi, Founder & President, Indian Crescent Society of Australia.
These precious moments of the peace festival were extensively captured by our community-media partners, Ashok Kumar, Editor, The Indian Sub-Continent Times, Harmohan Walia, Associate Editor, Desi Australia and President, Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), Mamdouh Sukkarieh, The World Observer and Indian Link Radio.
Not only Australia, but there were many articles from other countries.
People around me all support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). They are surprised that there is such an innovative and practical international law.
There are two reasons that I and my friends agree on. One is that 21 prominent international law experts have created the law, and because they recognize it. And it is because former and incumbent presidents and ambassadors praise it as a perfectly balanced document.
The Other is the power of HWPL. The problem with existing international law is that it is not “legally binding.” So HWPL emphasized “Civil Society”, to complement this. HWPL works for peace with IPYG, which represents 1.8 billion young people, and IWPG, which represents 3.7 billion women. So they are supported by citizens around the world.
Not only do we, but there are people who have answered this question.
Religious Leaders “Why Do We Need DPCW?”
On 16th of May, 35 leaders of Hinduism, Buddhism, Protestantism, Islam, and Abrahamic religions from Berlin answered. Their answers were amazing, and they really had a lot to learn. The leader was not a leader for no reason. Their views were closely related to reality, and every word was persuasive. I’d like to introduce the most impressive speech among them.
Monk Phramaha Monchai Saitanaporn, from Wat Phra Dhammakaya Berlin, said “all religions speak of peace, but unfortunately religion has become one the causes for the greatest conflicts in human history. However, these conflicts along with ethnic issues are difficult to find a common ground for agreement and resolution.
For example, the Israeli-Palestinian war lasted for more than 70 years, the Kashmir war for more than 70 years, the civil war in Syria continued for more than 6 years, and there are places still currently at war.
Regarding one of the examples mentioned earlier, if Israel and Palestine were to meet once or twice every year to have talks, then how would things have resulted? Also for Kashmir, if forums were frequently held once a year between the two religions (Hinduism and Islam) to communicate together, then how would things have resulted? Would armed conflict continue as they are now?
Just last month, on February 15, there was a bomb terror in the Kashmir region resulting in the death of 46 police officers. Due to this, the Indian and Pakistani people in that area had to live in fear. There is no sure guarantee that such tragedies won’t happen again, and there is no assurance that conflicts would end in the next year.
Article 8 of the DPCW contains provisions to deal with these things. Like so, the DPCW contains the necessarily legal provisions to cut off religious conflicts, protect the freedom of religion, and encourage inter-religious dialogues. To put these rules into application, HWPL is operating and managing WARP Offices as a platform of dialogue and exchange. I, too, am frequently participating in the WARP Office since February 2017 and interacting with various people of religion. DPCW Article 9 states that if such disputes are prevented but are not resolved and continue to be caused by religion, then strong legal actions will be taken against them.
Regarding the bomb terror in Kashmir earlier, if there are attacks but no proper action is taken, then conflicts would continue and more innocent lives will be taken. However, if legal measures like search and seizure of weapons and surveillance over terrorist groups are taken, then the use of armed force can be eliminated from conflicts. Instead of giving up or ignoring the issue when conflicts arise, we need a legal device that can deal with them in order to make peace. Through this, the role of true religion can be practiced and the entire world can work together for that goal. That is why the DPCW is needed.”
On May 25th, the “6th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and Peace Walk” was held in around 126 locations in 77 countries around the world, including Australia, China, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa, the Philippines, and United States of America. The theme is the “The World’s Call for Peace, Urging Support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)”.
525 Peace Walk and 918 WARP Summit is the core where the power of the citizens is gathered. In addition, the letters and signatures of support for the DPCW, which were collected from approximately 1.3 million citizens, have been sent to their respective President or Prime Minister in 192 countries with the expectation of a response from these heads of state.
This huge wave will engulf the world, and soon the united voice will be unstoppable.
While in the Philippines, HWPL collaborated and merged with Volunteers Individuals for Peace (VIP), United Runners of Cavite, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Kaakibat Ng Autism Society Phil Multi-purpose Cooperative to raise funds for different activities such as disaster-relief ventures, center for autism, hosting youth empowerment activities among others.
Mr. John Rommel Garces, HWPL’s Secretary General in the Philippines, said “HWPL is working together with different organizations to mobilize a worldwide network of youths and citizens to promote DPCW and establish cooperation for building sustainable peace in the global society. This day will mark HWPL Philippines’ 100,000 peace letter campaign addressed to our beloved President Duterte urging to support DPCW.”
H.E. Difie Agyarko Kusi, Ambassador of Embassy of Ghana to Korea, encouraged the active participation of the civil society for the enactment of the DPCW. She said “I can’t think of any one region in the world where there isn’t some conflict playing out or erupting. We should all, therefore, be grateful to HWPL for being in the forefront of the crusade to ‘construct the defenses of peace in the minds of men’ with their push for the adoption of the DPCW by the international community.
I would strongly urge all right-thinking people to write letters to leaders, lawmakers, policymakers, heads of states, governments, and kings or queens, to tell them how much we are pinning our hopes on them to support this declaration and make it real.”
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The 6th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk is beginning today, May 25, 2019. In fact, whatever you do, you can’t find anything easy. There are hands that come and prepare in advance, so it can go smoothly.
Thank you very much to those who serve. The number is enormous. How hard did they prepare for these? By the way, do you know about today’s theme? Why are so many people gathered today?
Under the IPYG Peace Letter Campaign, young people sent 160,000 peace letters to the heads of states and UN ambassadors in 193 countries. So, this 6th HWPL Peace Walk’s purpose is to urge them to reply the letters. If you agree, say yes. If you don’t agree, I’d like to say why and discuss it together.
Once the leaders of each country make a good decision, peace will become a permanent legacy for future generations. And they will be remembered as heroes of peace.
HISTORY of the HWPL Peace Walk
As an occasion for the event, the HWPL plans to expand the scope of peace letters to include high-level officials and ministers from each country. So far, more than 1.3 million citizens from 170 countries have supported the DPCW. Let’s take a look at each year.
In 2013, About 30,000 People in Seoul, Republic of Korea In 2014, About 200,000 People in 10 Cities In 2015, About 200,000 People in 64 Cities In 2016, About 250,000 People in 105 Cities In 2017, About 1,000,000 People in 106 Cities in 41 Countries In 2018, 80+ Cities in 50 Countries
Speech of Young-Min Jung, IPYG Leader
“There’s a lot of young people here. Have any of you ever been through a war?
I’m going to start today with the story of a 25-year-old man born in South Sudan, a country suffering from a sustained civil war. When this young man, Immanuel Lovizo Justin, saw 150 people die in a civil war in 2016, he knew his life would be threatened, but decided to start working on peace. And he started to encourage people to realize the DPCW, and he collected 5,000 DPCW signatures by himself.
He also held a peace concert and was reported in the local newspaper. The peace-loving young man is now in a hurry to collect 10,000 peace letters for the President and has already collected more than 1,000. What value did this South Sudanese youth see in DPCW? Why is he risking his life in the battlefield to call for the DPCW?
It’s “hope.” He’s still going around collecting letters of peace because he found in the DPCW “the hope” of a world of peace where he could escape the threat of bullets, live like a human being, free from the fear that someone could hurt him, freely spread his dreams, smile and face everyone.
And with this young man, many people are more involved in this because they have discovered that DPCW’s hopes can be realized. So what is the basis of that conviction?”
Are you curious? I’m going to post it in 2nd episode. Think of the reason first! To give you a hint, there are three reasons.
IPYG has also collected around 400,000 Peace Letters and has delivered them to the Presidents of 193 member states of the United Nations. The campaign is aimed to develop the DPCW into a legally binding document by submitting it as a resolution to the UN.
It also has to do with the answer of “Why has the existing international law not made peace?” Because it is not legally binding. So, how will the HWPL solve this problem? The answer was in “Civil Society.” If everyone speaks in one direction, that means there is nothing that can stop it.
Why do we urge replies?
The movement to support the DPCW is already global. The official support of the state has already been made in many countries. There has also been a series of support from influential groups.
In 2017, the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) officially passed a resolution to support the DPCW. Also, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), which represents all citizens of 55 countries of the African Continent, the International Centre for Black Sea-Baltic Studies and Consensus Practices (Centre BBS), which consisted of so many former European Presidents, and 145 United Nations officials also supported the DPCW.
This huge flow is so strong that no one can stop it.
At the 6th Peace Walk, participants will call for replies from the heads of state to the peace letters and additional messages of peace written by citizens will be delivered to high-level officials of governments and international organizations in 193 different countries worldwide.
The World’s Call for Peace, Urging Support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
6th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk
Date: May, 25th, 2019 10:30(GMT+9)
You won’t regret it. You can watch it again after the live time.
In May of this year, the 6th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and Peace Walk will be held in around 70 countries. Do you know the Declaration of World Peace? The Declaration of World Peace was first proclaimed with 30,000 youths and citizens in Seoul, South Korea.
For me, the most impressive part of this declaration was the thought of the deaths of young people. War is decided by others, but it is the young who die. Who in the world can pay off their lives? It is more persuasive in that the Chairman Man Hee Lee was a Korean War veteran. He fought with his colleagues on the front line, but all he had left was pain. Having seen the whole scene with his own eyes, he can say more clearly.
During 5th HWPL Peace Walk, Mr. Man Hee Lee, the Chairman of HWPL, stated, “The world of peace can become a reality if people focused on the idea of peace itself rather than who would achieve it. For the sake of peace, let’s all become peace messengers as the global family of peace.”
He also proclaimed “All world leaders must support the 10 Articles and 38 Clauses of the DPCW. If this world and all of the countries truly love their citizens, then they should all work together to establish an international law.”
Of what use is a young life, born in our day and age, if it is thrown away in this manner thrown away without having had a chance to bloom? What price can compensate for the loss of a life? – The Declaration of World Peace
6th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk
“The World’s Call for Peace, Urging Support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War”
Date: May, 25th, 2019 10:30(GMT+9)
They will be focused on the “Peace Letter Campaign” led by the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG). The campaign is aimed at urging for the support of the presidents of each country to develop the DPCW into a legally binding document by submitting it as a resolution to the UN.
IPYG has also collected around 400,000 Peace Letters to urge the presidents to support the DPCW and has delivered them to the leaders of 193 different countries around the world. Hundreds of thousands of young people and citizens will gather to call for replies from the heads of state to the peace letters. We can do it!! Youth can do it! We are one!!!
Who else would be hoping to do it for you? I think I should do it right now. I hope you don’t hesitate. We can do it together. There’s nothing you can’t do.
In Wikipedia, a peace walk or peace march, sometimes referred to as a peace pilgrimage, is a form of nonviolent action where a person or groups of people march a set distance to raise awareness of particular issues important to the walkers. Why does it have this meaning? Looking at human history, the Peace Walk has become in this way. Just as chewing rice several times makes it taste better, let’s take a closer look.
First, I want to look at the European Peace Walk(EPW).
European Peace Walk, 100 y after WW1
In 2014, Groups of walkers left Vienna on a six-country, 23 day walk of peace to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. This year marks the fifth anniversary of EPW. The total length is about 330 kilometers. After exploring Vienna, peace walk starts in Budapest. And they walk to Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and ends in Trieste, Italy.
Why do they walk?
100 years ago, they all were in violent conflict. The 4-year war killed so many European. The number of casualties is nine million soldiers and five million civilians. So, Lynch, one of organizer said “The walk’s concept of crossing borders is paramount. We are crossing so many borders, and really sending a message of, ‘We are all on one single journey as humanity’.” She lastly asked “What do we really need to move toward a global family, and make that a possibility?” I think there is a point in her final answer.
“The more we can have conversations about what peace looks like, the better.” – European Peace Walk (EPW)
But it is not Camino.
It’s not without walkers’ complaints, as there are long, remote places to walk in a day. One walker said “On the website, the EPW is described as a Camino-style adventure, but it is not.” I think this is what most people think. People compare EPW to the Camino de Santiago, which started in 814. There are many people who went to Camino and got healing. The reason why was that the Camino has an infrastructure that supports the needs of pilgrims. But there is no such structure on the EPW.
In a way, this is a natural result. Walkers’ expectations are high from the start, so I think it’s likely to develop in the future. Finally, some travelers say they don’t know why they do this. I also want to ask you, “Why do you walk? What would be your mission as a Peace Walker?”
I know a meaningful peace walk with practical purpose.
It is the HWPL Peace Walk
In May this year, about 70 countries host various events and peace walk. Maybe, I think that it is estimated that there will be more than one million. Every year, the scale is growing, and we are ready to achieve our goals. This year’s event will be focused on the “Peace Letter Campaign” led by the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), an affiliated youth organization of HWPL. The campaign is aimed to urge for the support of the heads of each country to develop the DPCW into a legally binding document by submitting it as a resolution to the UN.
Hundreds of thousands of young people have sent letters to the presidents of 193 countries, and are now waiting for a reply. The purpose of 6th 525 HWPL Peace Walk is to urge them to reply. Why do so many people enthusiastically support HWPL? This is because HWPL has a definite answer to peace. HWPL is in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and associated with the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC). Aren’t you curious about the answer?
It is the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), which was drafted by 21 international law experts. It has overcome the lack of international law so far, and is highly praised by law experts. I’ll give you an example on the ground, but there’s a lot more.
H.E. Viktor Yushchhenko, Former President of Ukraine said “I am deeply grateful to be able to implement the cause of peace in a specific way. This is truly a worthy cause. I was deeply impressed to see the DPCW with its refined and profound wisdom. I think it is worth the support from all leaders of the world. This is because the DPCW is a perfectly balanced document that was drafted through the great effort of international legal experts and is of fundamental value.“
In the final conclusion, what was important in European Peace Walk is that we must think about peace if we are to move on. And I think HWPL Peace Walk meets this condition. In fact, any peace movement, if we can make our people better, is a great welcome. Please look forward to new and better news. Let me finish by introducing one last time. 🙂