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 100 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.
On 6th of June, 2018, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution 2419 (2018) to call on increasing the representation of young people. The resolution was crafted to recognize the role youth could play in conflict prevention and resolutions while “advancing sustainable peace” and “spreading a culture of peace.”
In order to develop the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) into a legally binding form, it is essential to raise awareness and mobilize support from heads of states and nations. To that end, the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) has been urging the heads of state and government officials for their support by delivering Peace Letters written and gathered through youth and civil organizations.
Youth, holding a pen instead of weapon
Youth of 23 countries have participated and the handwritten peace letters have been delivered to 9former/current presidents and prime ministers in 8 countries.
In particular, as Korea still remains the only divided nation in the world, Korean youth have been writing to mayors, lawmakers, prime ministers and the president of Korea with a hope that the DPCW will realize peaceful reunification on the Korean Peninsula. About 165,782 letters have been collected so far (as of Feb 2019)
What is the difference between existing international law? The biggest problem with international law at present is that it is not legally binding. Therefore, DPCW includes the direction of legally binding and legal force.
The existing international law contains elements in which a powerful nation can create disputes along its interests. According to Article 1 “Prohibition of the threat or use of force” and Article 3 “Friendly relations and the prohibition of acts of aggression”, States should abstain from interference in other States, whatever its motives or purposes. And States should condemn the illegal occupation of territory and should criminalize in their domestic law.
10 Articles of the DPCW consisted of “Conflict prevention (Article 1~5) “, “Conflict mediation (Article 6~7)” and “Securing sustainable peace (Article 8~10).” Conflict prevention encourages states to cooperate in gradual disarmament, repurpose weapon-manufacturing facilities for the benefit of humanity. And don’t invade. When there are interstate problems, the state itself decides its own fate.
How can do the DPCW mediate Conflict? Through the UN Security Council, the International Court of Justice, other judicial bodies, regional judicial arrangements, the DPCW will settle disputes. Then you may be able to ask this question. “How can international peace be maintained through the UN Security Council when the UN Security Council is now composed primarily of powerful nations?” But the DPCW involves changing international organizations like the United Nations Security Council to function properly.
Lastly, Securing sustainable peace is important for future generations. Religion is the most important part of people’s ideology. In other words, this is a factor that can cause conflict among people. In fact, it accounts for 80 percent of the causes of war. Therefore, religion should be united, and religious leaders should take the lead in the peace movement. And through peace education for young children, it creates an eternal culture of peace.
The answer is “Civil Society!” That’s why HWPL works with IPYG and IWPG. Peace comes when all citizens around the world are watching. The President cannot ignore the people. The owner of the state is the people, and the president is not at his disposal because the people vote. When citizens around the world shout in one voice, in one direction, nothing can ever ignore it. A national leader can’t help but keep up with the citizens.
The HWPL is where 1.8 billion Youth and 3.7 billion Women gathered to achieve peace. So, in order to achieve the ultimate goal of implementing a legally binding international instrument based on the DPCW, HWPL is encouraging states for the submission and adoption of the document at the UN General Assembly. It must get votes in favor at least two-thirds of the 193 ambassadors of the United Nations member states.
Already, UN permanent representatives of 145 countries recognize the need for the DPCW. In 2017, the central american parliament passed a resolution in support of the DPCW. In Africa, HWPL and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) signed MOU to support the DPCW. The PAP is the legislative body of the African Union consisting of 55 countries of the continent of Africa. This means the support of the entire continent of Africa.
In Europe, the International Centre for Black Sea-Baltic Studies and Consensus Practices (Centre BBS), which is headed by a group of former European national leaders, signed the MOU with HWPL. Not at all, Seychelles, Eswatini, and Comoros expressed support for the DPCW at the NATIONAL LEVEL.
3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)
Civil Society’s Role for Peaceful Unification of the Korean Peninsula
At 14th of March, 2019, It will be held all over the world. On 14th of March, Everyone in the world should write Peace Letters to support the DPCW. “Dear President, Here is the Answer to Peace. Why not? Do you want war? If you really love your country and people, you should support the DPCW.” What is your choice? Endless War or Peaceful Future? This choice now we do will be remembered forever in future generations. Sign the DPCW!
Mr. President, did you receive our peace letters? Please write back. This is a time of peace. All things have helped us. So, our beginning is a success.