There are only four days left on Sept. 18. Did you see the last posting? We looked at 5 cities, including Suva (Fiji), Dili (East Timor), Bujumbura (Burundi), Nairobi (Kenya) and New York. Do you know what the difference is from last year? Last year, all figures supporting the HWPL and DPCW came to South Korea to participate in the Summit, but this year, figures from different regions around the world will exert influence in their respective regions. It is a way to ensure that peace is in place.
Today, I’m going to look at 6 cities. Let’s all do what each of us can!
HWPL and Mindanao are deep ties. In 2014, it helped stop the war between Catholics and Muslims. In June 2015, the actual disarmament of the MILF was carried out. On 24 January 2016, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) held an unveiling ceremony for the Monument of HWPL. And the Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of MILF also decided to designate January 24th of every year as ‘HWPL Day’. At the 30th HWPL World Peace Tour, 30,000 participants gathered to attend the HWPL peace summit in Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan on February 15, 2019.
Is there anything that can stop this huge flow? Nothing can stop it. Peace is a difficult but easy one. We can do it if we decide. Let us be the messengers of peace, and deliver the spirit of peace. Everything is up to me to decide. Right now, you can send a peace letter to the president. 🙂
He is now nearly 90 years old, risking his life to do the work of peace. He is a Korean War veteran and currently a representative of the HWPL. Do you know why HWPL is considered the most substantive and powerful peace organization? Because he is ahead of anyone in peace. Are you curious about his peace biography? (Click here) Ongoing “Legislate Peace” Campaign is a part of it. Various conferences and peace festivals are currently being held in more than 200 cities in 110 countries. 🙂
“I am doing peace work because, without peace, I may not have grown to be educated, I may not have lived without fear of being consumed by violence or war. We can achieve peace work as journalists only if we actively, effectively carry factual stories and peacefully help in heart-to-heart discussions of objective analysis of situations with stakeholders like government officials, peace experts, civil society experts, youth and religious leaders. THE Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) is the most important peace document today.”
“In 2017, I decided myself I would actively participate in ending Civil Wars in Myanmar because it is already 70 years fighting. In 2018, this year I became one of young leaders, spokesperson, at Social Sector at Union Peace Conference- which is the top political Dialogue in Myanmar” where we write we make Principle, policy, Laws which are to end the conflicts.
In 2018 conference, we discussed the importance of children and women, Refugee, Education and Health. Just before the conference, I got a email from IPYG about this WARP summit. When I saw about DPCW which we are working on to become an international Law as UN resolutions, I said myself ” Right, this is what I have been dreaming – I will be one of the World Peace Maker to make HWPL dream come true.
UN has not had this kind of international Law in UN. Therefore, it is the time for regional leaders, national leaders and international leaders to support DPCW and make the world have peace. And, let make this vocabulary ”War (W-A-R)” disappear from our dictionary and our daily life talks. Let educate the Civil Society and get strength from them and make DPCW as an international law together.”
What’s happening in 200 cities in 110 countries? It is a Peace Festival!! Beginning on August 27th, Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Paris, France, Mindanao, Philippines, Suva, Fiji, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Cape Town, South Africa, and more, hold “2019 World Peace Summit” to support the DPCW for sustainable development. There are so many people who want peace. They are confident in the DPCW, a new international law aligned with SDGs and UN Charter and are about to achieve peace with their voices.
Today we looked at five cities. Finally, I want to introduce you a boy, born in South Sudan, a country suffering from a sustained civil war.
This young boy is Immanuel Lovizo Justin. When he saw 150 people die horribly before his eyes in a civil war in 2016, he decided to start the work of peace. He already knew his life could be threatened.
He started to encourage people to realize the DPCW, which is a new international law called the “answer to peace” and is supported by former/incumbent Presidents, and he collected 5,000 signatures of support for DPCW by himself. He also held a peace concert and was reported in the local newspaper.
The peace-loving young boy is now in a hurry to collect 10,000 peace letters for the Presidents and has already collected more than 1,000. What value did this South Sudanese boy see in the DPCW? Why is he risking his life in the battlefield to call for the DPCW?
“Legislate Peace (LP)” Campaign is in progress, beginning on August 27th over 200 cities, including Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Paris, France, Mindanao, Philippines, Suva, Fiji, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Cape Town, South Africa, and more. They will host conferences, forums, supporting signature events as part of the Peace Letter Campaign and various cultural events.
I’ll show you firsthand what’s going on all over the world.
In Cape Town, the South African branch along with Cabinet Ministers, Speakers of Parliament and women organizations will announce the reply of peace letters and the initiatives of peace education and will show how the DPCW can be used for promoting the end of violence in Africa.
The goal of this movement is establishing a universal standard and international order that can be applied across the globe and enacting an international and legally binding law for peace. It is the DPCW, a comprehensive document that clarifies the role of the members of international society to prevent and resolve conflicts. DPCW is in the process of being introduced to the UN as a draft resolution.
2019 World Peace Summit: 5th Anniversary of the WARP Summit
There are so many useful programs. Everything goes live on YouTube, so I hope we watch it together. Peace is bound to be achieved if each of us makes only a little more effort. Already the whole world is moving, and this huge flow is unstoppable. Together, Peace.
The 2019 HWPL World Peace Summit: 5th Annual Commemoration of the September 18th WARP Summit will be held in 200 cities in 110 countries. Before the event, media outlets of each country are scrambling to report. Since “Legislate Peace (LP)” campaign will take place through the colorful cultures of each country, I can’t wait to see how cool they will be. Let me introduce you one by one!
MOUs were signed between Caribbean Leaders for Peace (CCLP) and DC HWPL in Washington D.C. on August 27. I look forward to their synergy. 🙂
“Legislate Peace” project is a comprehensive cooperation campaign around the globe in support of the DPCW’s introduction to the UN as a draft resolution, and for it to become an international, legally binding document. This project lists all of the support received from 2016 to now from over 180 different countries and includes institutional support from various international organizations and governments, with individual support and activities from political leaders, religious leaders, and community activists. At this year’s event, the projects’ specific cases in individual expert fields will be shared with a discussion for future plans.
So far, more than 1.3 million citizens from 176 countries have agreed that DPCW is a declaration that will serve as the basis for world peace and security, and many civic groups, including religious and educational people, have paid keen attention to the DPCW and support to the LP campaign. Any citizen who wants peace can join the “Legislate Peace” Project in making peace a legacy to future generations. But we can’t say anything without Mr. Man Hee Lee, the Chairman of HWPL, because the center of all this is him. With his strong drive, HWPL will be a huge success again this year. Let’s join in this unstoppable flow. 🙂
Mr. Dragomir G. Marian (President of MasterPeace Romania)
“We, peace teachers will keep moving on for continuous peace education so that it would be deeply rooted in Romania, and also we will stand at the front line for the implementation of DPCW for our future so that our students could live in peace.”
Rev. Tshuma Masimango Katembo, Mr. Jean de Dieu Munyembabazi, Democratic Republic of Congo
“We found the hope from Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) of HWPL.” all the 10 articles were exactly what DRC has needed. we announced the campaign of Peace to more than 100 leaders from different religious background and others stakeholders who held an offline signature ceremony, which was for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War to be introduced to the United Nations through HWPL of Korea to become an enforceable international law.
All religious leaders promised to inform the Declaration of Peace for Cessation of War to their congregation members, because it was an important cause aiming to stop wars, massacre in Beni, DRC and secure peace in the world. Accompanied by leaders of religions, youths and other volunteers from ODI, we started to go from door to door, church to church, school to school requesting people humbly to support the Declaration of peace and Cessation of Wars through their signatures. As a fruit of patience and courage, they collected 18,500 signatures out of 20.000 signatures needed. This was publicly circulated and announced by different radios in DRC.”
In this current century, the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) set out key points for harmonious coexistence and development of the global community, including the economy, poverty eradication, education, welfare, equality and justice. The precondition for achieving this goal is the sustainable state of peace without war based on the complete cessation of violent conflicts such as hostile actions and wars throughout the international community.
However, conflicts and actions of war between countries have not ceased, and the possibility of war is further increased by the spread of violent extremism by non-state actors based on religious and ethnic identity. Just as such, today’s conflicts are becoming worsened by the everyday fears that can directly affect individuals, going beyond what affects one’s country.
Therefore, a comprehensive approach of prevention and solution is required to respond to violent forms of disputes, including wars that threaten the lives of mankind. This comprehensive approach is based on the participation of non-governmental organizations and individuals – as well as governments and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) in this current international community – where the response to disputes in non-political areas such as culture, religion, ethnicity, economy, and the environment is required with the cooperation between various actors. This increases the possibility of establishing global peace as a new approach to respond to conflicts by transcending national boundaries with shared, common effort for peace from around the world.
The HWPL Peace Summit sets the source of power to create a world of peace to include every agent of action – from an individual to a country – to become a peace messenger. The 10 articles and 38 clauses of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), drafted by HWPL along with international law experts from around the world, reconfirms the core values included in the existing international documents discussed and drawn in international communities including the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The Declaration also clarifies the role of the members of international society, including civil societies and countries, to ban, prevent, and resolve conflicts. Based on the global support shown through “Legislate Peace” campaign, the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW should be introduced to the UN as a resolution with the goal of the principles of peace represented in the Declaration should be established as international law for peace which should be protected as a legally binding document in the world today.
HWPL, the host of this event, is an NGO associated with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the UN Department of Global Communications and in Special Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC. The organizers are the IPYG, an affiliated organization of HWPL, and the IWPG, a UN ECOSOC-affiliated NGO with Special Consultative Status. Mr. Man Hee Lee is the chairman of HWPL. In fact, everything here has nothing to do without him. That’s how important he is.
All of these can be seen as Man Hee Lee’s peace biography. I think it would be nice to read another article because I’ve posted so many posts about who he is. (more info)
1. On 17-19 September 2014, HWPL hosted the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit for world peace and cessation of war. At this event, the world’s political leaders recognized the need for an international legal instrument that ensures peace and promised to cooperate, and religious leaders promised to become one according to the teachings of God and contribute to peace. As a token of their promise, they signed the Agreement to Propose the Enactment of International Law for the Cessation of Wars and World Peace and the World Alliance of Religions Agreement on 18 September 2014 at the 63 Building in Seoul.
2. In 2015, the 1st anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit was held at the World Peace Gate in Seoul Olympic Park. At this event, the HWPL International Law Peace Committee was officially inaugurated, and its members entered the stage of discussing an international legal instrument to settle and prevent armed conflicts.
Then on 14 March 2016, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), comprising of 10 articles and 38 clauses, was proclaimed. The fundamental spirit of the DPCW is the fair governance based on law, not power. Articles 1 to 7 pertain to the role of States while Articles 8 to 10 aim to empower the participation of global citizens in establishing a global order of peace through politics, religion, media, education, and civil society.
3. At the 2nd Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit of 2016, discussions were held to turn the DPCW into legally binding form. As a result, “Legislate Peace” Project was launched to advocate the DPCW and mobilize support for its implementation globally, and over a million people in 170 countries participated in just one year.
4. In 2017, 2017 Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit was held under the theme, “Establishing Collaborative Governance for Development and Implementation of the DPCW.” Building on the momentum from the adoption of the DPCW by the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), the Summit aimed to increase awareness of the DPCW among intergovernmental organizations including the United Nations.
Furthermore, the agreed standards for determining a trustworthy religious scripture, which is the key of the comparative study of scriptures, were presented and ideas for a global peace media network were developed. Overall, the Summit provided an opportunity to seek ways to establish a cooperative network among international organizations, governments, and civil societies.
5. Through the 4th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit that convened with the theme of Collaboration for Peace Development: Building a Peace Community through the DPCW in 2018, the following topics were discussed: 1) Plans of action to support the DPCW to be introduced as UN resolution as a national and regional level; 2) Plans of action to establish and expand peace networks with various fields in the core including politics, religion, education, media, youth, women, etc.
With the youths’ Peace Letter activities that urged for a peaceful unification on the Korean Peninsula in 2018, the Peace Letter campaign expanded during March to May in 2019 for the citizens and leaders from around the world in various sectors to urge support for the DPCW. As a result of this campaign, peace letters were written and sent to the heads of state from 192 countries.
The theme of the 2019 World Peace Summit: 5th Anniversary of the WARP Summit is “Legislate Peace”– Implementation of the DPCW for Sustainable Development. This year the outcomes from the previous year’s work – in which various fields focused on solidifying peace networks – will be shared, along with a more detailed direction for the advancement of actualizing world peace. For this purpose, there will be events held in 200 cities in 110 countries with 300,000 citizens with the goal of establishing a universal order and standard that is applicable internationally, and to establish an international, legally binding document for peace.
Momo, also known as The Grey Gentlemen or The Men in Grey, is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, published in 1973. The main character, Momo, fights with a gray gentleman to regain the time the villagers have taken away. The question is whether we are the same as the villagers who are deprived of time. Our time to stop and see what’s going on and to look back is gone. “PEACE MOMO” was launched in September 2012 to try to regain that time.
PEACE MOMO aims for peace education that anyone doesn’t teach. Everyone is aiming to learn from everyone. The moderator doesn’t present a set answer and doesn’t teach. He or she only takes on the role of facilitator to have participants engage in symbolic activities related to peace, and express what they feel and how they feel about it.
There are no clear answers like the one we are familiar with, which can lead to more questions and inconvenience. However, PEACE MOMO aims to get the participant into a question-ridden state. When there are more questions, we can think twice. That’s where the energy of change comes from.
In Seoul, PEACE MOMO hosts the Youth Peace Education Program, “GYPCI Week: Glocal Youth Peaceful Community Innovator”, every summer for six days starting in 2015. Participants experience a culture that is as free as gypsy and to be different is all right. They focus on making people feel “It’s OK to express their thoughts freely here.”
It is more important than anything to create a safe place to talk without anyone’s notice. Then, the participants cry a lot. I think it’s because the culture of “anything’s okay” is touching our hearts. Even if you’re talking about something that you’ve never told in a group of peers, no one sees it strange. Also, you’re talking about it ‘safely’ and thinking about it together.
A peace programme is conducted annually by Space for Children in Education Art and Development (SCEAD) Foundation to commemorate consequences of the Hiroshima Nagasaki bombings. “Despite cultural differences, we need to embrace the idea, and peace must come from the roots within us,” said the Deputy Consul-General of Japan in Bengaluru Katsumasa Maruo. The programme was co-presented by the Japan embassy, IPYG, HWPL and St Joseph’s College of Commerce. Delegates from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Malaysia, Africa, Scotland and China also shared insights on the unrest in their countries. “Younger generation has been victimised due to wars, and bringing them together in support of their rights will enable future generation to live peacefully.”
HWPL Peace Education’s vision is to enlighten students and cultivate talented individuals with the values and spirit of peace, who can then play a pioneering role in spreading the culture of peace. There are many peace education in the world. But why is the peace education of HWPL the best?
This is because HWPL has DPCW, the answer to peace, which can eliminate war. At the 2018 HWPL World Peace Summit, an MOA was signed between HWPL and the Ministries of Education representing 4 countries, including Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Guatemala and Iraq. Also, an MOU was signed between HWPL and 30 schools in 9 different countries.
As a result, 164 schools in 12 countries have signed MOUs with HWPL.
One professor of India said “I consider that without peace education, the children and youth will not have the tools of cohabitation. It is necessary to have an integral education.”
Another President of College said “Students will be exposed to new concepts of a peaceful society free from evils and corruptions through the contents of the Peace Education Curriculum.”