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.
HWPL Special Edition: The Beginning of Change towards Peace
Senior reporters with a high position at the newspaper office came and asked questions about his ” Peace Scenario.”
Q. What is the significance of the peace work that you have done so far for cessation of war and world peace?
The Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL said “More people died from starvation than from combat injuries during the Korean War. Many people struggled to live, eating anything from dirt to gunpowder in bullets. When could they ever take off their blood-stained military uniforms?”
“To do so, war had to come to an end. Wars must never happen again. Peace is not just a matter of one individual or one country. It matters to all people of the world, so everyone in the world must support this work of peace. I invite everyone to become messengers of peace, transcending the borders of nationality, ethnicity and religion.”
Q. Could you comment on the Peace Letter Campaign that HWPL is engaging in together with many youth, women and social organizations around the world?
The Chairman Lee said “If heads of state truly love their citizens and their countries, they will not be able to ignore the will of the people. Young people are sacrificed in the frontlines of war without getting a chance to blossom. Has anyone compensated for their sacrifices? Now the youths are saying they will protect themselves. Women are saying they will not send their children to battlefields. Their Peace Letters will certainly move the world.”
Q. What could be a path forward for peace education?
He answered “Someone once offered to award me a peace prize, but I rejected the offer. Instead of receiving the peace prize, I made a book that contains all the peace work that we have done so far and distributed the book in libraries around the world, so that the future generations can know about this work of peace. I believe that this is a true peace education that we need.”
“No one has yet been able to achieve cessation of war and realize world peace, and this work may seem impossible even in the future. However, this is a work that needs to be done by someone for all mankind, and maybe the DPCW, which is about to be introduced in the UN General Assembly, could be the last hope we have.”
I was most impressed with his last words. I don’t want to miss this chance, which may be the last hope. It’s not just for me, it is for all of us. Since IPYG Peace Letter Campaign has already become an international campaign involving 200,000 people, I’d like to keep trying to write peace letters. Let’s write together. 🙂
On the day of the press conference that was attended by 57 media outlets from Korea, HWPL’s Chairman Man Hee Lee stated, “Everyone, despite being busy, by gathering here together like this I can understand that you have come with the same heart that believes peace is better than war. I sincerely ask you (members of the press) to focus on reporting and working hard so that peace can be achieved (in both Korea and the rest of the world)”.
Finally, in regard to the meaning of the 3rd anniversary of the proclamation of the DPCW, HWPL’s Chairman Man Hee Lee, explained, “It is to put an end to war around the world, and if there is no war, then the world of peace can be realized. That is why we want to achieve a world of peace that is free from war, which can then become a shining legacy for future generations. If you stop doing this for even a short while, then it will just cool down. We must do it until the time when it is completely finished. If it is done in this way, then you will not be still but will continue working hard.
One more thing, the cessation of war or the realization of peace are not things that are the personal work of a single person. If we are called as the family of the world, then it goes without saying that this is relevant to each one of us. If we truly value this world and ourselves and love the citizens of our own countries, then not only leaders but everyone should acknowledge this. It doesn’t make sense to not give unconditional support. If there is something wrong, then the reason must be stated clearly, but just refusing to do (without giving a reason) is not right. Do not be like that. If all us together become one in heart and have the same will, then we must create a world without war”.
He then directly addressed all the reporters and members of the press present stating, “Try reading the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW. All of this work will be done quickly only if the reporters take the lead. Please remember this,” reiterating the importance of the role that the media plays in the achievement of peace.
Women’s efforts for peace have always been impressive.
I’m going to take a look at the events of peace that are historically important. I can’t help but cry at the thought of what they’re trying to do, even now.
International Women’s Day 8 March
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. The first start begins in 1908. A New York textile factory caught on fire on 8 March 1908, with the owner trapping his female workers inside.. He had been forcing them to work 10-hour days, making fabric of mauve and lilac color. 129 workers died in the fire. It was a terrible thing. #WomensDay
In 1975, during International Women’s Year (IWY), the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of gender equality. Also, in 1946, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is established for empowerment of women.(In 2019, CSW63) Taking a historic step in July 2010, the UN General Assembly creates the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
Malala: “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back”
Peace activist Malala Yousafzai has had a tremendous impact on women and young people, and has strengthened the power of women. Their efforts are not over. In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 5 is “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. They announce their achievements every year, and strive to achieve our goals.
It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner (not including sexual harassment) at some point in their lives.
However, some national studies show that up to 70 percent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
It is estimated that there are 650 million women and girls in the world today who were married before age 18.
Approximately 15 million adolescent girls (aged 15 to 19) worldwide have experienced forced sex.
It is estimated that of the 87,000 women who were intentionally killed in 2017 globally, more than half (50,000- 58 per cent) were killed by intimate partners or family members, meaning that 137 women across the world are killed by a member of their own family every day.
I think you know that women have done so much for peace. So what’s next? Now what are the roles we should do for peace? I can’t wait without doing anything. IMO, the paradigm of peace has already changed. Now the citizens are the mainstay, changing everything. This shift started from “Peace Letter Campaign” from IPYG and HWPL, which became associated with the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC) and ECOSOC in 2016.
Last year, IPYG and IWPG sent around 200,000 letters to the heads of state from 193 UN member states. Without the answer to peace, peace cannot be achieved. The Answer is the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), drafted by the 21 prominent international law experts. What is the current problem of international law? It is not “legally binding.”
So, there are IPYG, representing 1.8 billion young people , and IWPG, representing 3.7 billion women, for HWPL. Emil Constantinescu, former president of Romania, said “Youth and women can become the most persuasive emissaries of peace in the present and in the future.”
Now, there are a few things left for us. The Presidents began to move, and the turn went over. If we shout in one voice, no one can stop it. Voice of one is not enough to achieve peace, but voice as one is enough to do so. Which is your choice? Endless war or Peaceful future?
4.26 Proclamation Ceremony of International Women’s Peace Day
Cessation of War and World Peace with 3.7 Billion Women Becoming One
Date: 26th of Apr., 2019 13:00(UTC+9)
Proclaim 4.26 as an ‘International Women’s Peace Day’ and declare that all women of the world should become one in order to achieve world peace and cessation of war. Especially, in 2019, IWPG will deliver peace letters to the head of state of each country and will urge them to support DPCW, the only solution to make world peace come true.
I’m really looking forward to it! 🙂
#426WomenPeaceday #IWPG #DPCW #CessationWar #EndWar #Peacewalk #HWPL #Peace Letter #ManHeeLee
On February 21st, 1,000 social representatives including youth and women from ASEAN member states, religious leaders, and NGOs participated in the ‘2019 Southeast Asia Peace Forum’ held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to discuss practical approaches to peace building in the region.
The participants, both national leaders and students and citizens, wrote supporting letters for the DPCW, which will then be presented to their respective national leaders and international organizations to advocate for the implementation of the declaration at the UN.
Mr. Parlindungan Purba, S.H., MM., Chairman of the Second Session of Regional Representative Council in Indonesia, urged for the UN adoption of the DPCW, saying “We will establish clear and practical plans to increase the number of countries which are supporting the DPCW. There is also a moral obligation to fulfill our mission to urge for peace and the DPCW. We must be peace creators.”
Mr. Man Hee Lee, the chairman of HWPL, said “Now we have the answer within the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW to achieve peace and end war. There is no one who doesn’t want peace. The leaders of the nations should do what their people want them to do. This is the true politics that lead us from death to life. There shouldn’t be anyone who disturbs this work of peace. We all have to put our efforts together. When we work together for peace, it will be the light that shines all over the world”.
On February 19th, the ‘2019 Pacific Leaders’ Summit for Peace, Sydney’ was held at the New South Wales Parliament House in Australia with HWPL, an international NGO under the UN ECOSOC. It was held for the South Pacific leaders to call for the introduction of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) at the UN General Assembly in 2019. During this conference, 12 high-level government leaders from eight countries in the South Pacific showed their support for DPCW.
Mr. Man Hee Lee, the chairman of HWPL, urged for joint efforts towards the enactment of the DPCW by saying, “Now we have the answer within the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW to achieve peace and end war. There is no one who doesn’t want peace. The leaders of the nations should do what their people want them to do. This is the true politics that lead us from death to life. There shouldn’t be anyone who disturbs this work of peace. We all have to put our efforts together. When we work together for peace, it will be the light that shines all over the world”.
As the result of the 30th world peace tour was great, I am looking forward to the HWPL 31st World Peace Tour. These postings are the ones that I write one by one. If you look at them one by one, you can see the reason why experts said “HWPL is the most powerful international peace NGO”. Actually, HWPL is associated with UN DPI and ECOSOC.
Why is Mr. Man hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, supported by 3.7 billion women and 1.6 billion young men? Why is the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) proposed by HWPL the answer to peace?
At the 2nd of Apr., 2019 16:00 (GMT+3), 2019 PEACE EDUCATION Conference will be held in Romania. Regardless of differences in religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, HWPL is closely contributing to the leading for peace. How can we achieve peace? According to statistics of UNICEF, Over 10% of young women in 5 European countries experience sexual violence before age 15. #ENDviolence
Now, The role of Teacher and Peace Education is important more than ever. We are at the forefront in implementing peace education for children and the youth. Especially, Romania is the hometown of H.E. Emil Constantinescu, former president of Romania. He knows peace better than anyone else. I can’t help but admit it when I hear about his life. I wrote down his biography.
Check all this out on YouTube LIVE!! Check with your own eyes!!
On February 18th, 2019, HWPL held a conference called‘Religious World Without Discrimination, Religious Leaders Becoming one’in Sydney, Australia. Along with about 370 audience members, 30 religious leaders representing 7 different denominations, including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism and Caodaism, are gathered to discuss the Role of Religion.
Regarding the role of religious leaders in establishing a world of peace, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL said, “I came to Australia to tell that the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) are necessary to make a world of peace and leave a legacy of peace for future generations. This is more important than anything else, and we have to all become peace messengers.”
During the conference, the theme of ‘religious discrimination’ was also discussed. 4 keynote speakers delivered messages regarding unfortunate cases of religious discrimination and the need for concrete action plans.
Especially, one pastor read a letter that will be sent to the United Nations Human Rights Council, “I am a Pastor working in Australia and Pakistan. Pakistan is a dominantly Muslim country where religious tension and discrimination exists. I understand how we must all work to bring about true harmony between people of different faiths and cultures. The acts of the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) in relation to Ms. Gu Ji-In who was killed in the aftermath of coercive conversion in Korea should never be ignored and what they do should be stopped.”
30 religious leaders signed the Statement Denouncing Coercive Conversion Programs and Religious Discrimination and proclaimed their support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
The Messenger of Peace with Light “I saw the Light from him!”
During the HWPL World Peace Tour, there were often people who recognized at a glance that Chairman Man Hee Lee was the messenger of peace. Let me tell you the story of those who came to see the light.
1. During the HWPL 9th World Peace Tour in April 2014, the Chairman Lee and Peace Mission stepped off the plane to pick up their luggage, and a couple came and told them to take a picture of him. When asked “why?”, they said “I saw a big light on you, so I wanted to celebrate it because it’s mysterious.” The couple were religious leaders who led 300 churches in Mexico. The couple is currently working as HWPL ambassadors, currently, 556 HWPL ambassadors are working for peace, which also affected the spreading the culture of peace in Mexico.
2. During the HWPL 9th World Peace Tour, Brazilian lawyers and doctors came to take pictures with the Chairman Man Hee Lee. They first saw him at a seminar two days ago, and he was seen as a light among many religious leaders. They said “Two days ago, you appeared to be a light in the middle of religious leaders at the seminar. It’s like a dream to meet again.” Among them, women joined the IWPG right there.
3. During the HWPL 14th World Peace Tour, a rabbi met in New York also begged the Peace Mission to take a picture with him, saying he saw the light. And he promised to come to the 918 WARP Summit.
4. When HWPL went to a former European president’s house on a visit, they saw his wife at home very surprised and asked her why, and she said “There was no human being seen and a large image of light came in” when the Peace Mission entered.
This happens frequently during Man Hee Lee’s peace tour. This is another way for the Messenger of Peace to inform the people light of the “God is with him” and to continue the meeting that Heaven has been arranged.
Reference: “True Story” Book of HWPL
Comparative Study on religious Scriptures
The WARP Office continued its steps to achieve harmony and peace with local religious leaders in the Philippines, Australia and Cambodia. For peace between religions, the WARP Office is now actively engaged in exchanges around scriptures in different countries, and is receiving favorable reviews as it creates an understanding ground for other religions. Recently, they have voiced their opinions on the ban on religious discrimination and the elimination of coercive conversion.
Participants of the forum said “In order to build peace between religions, we must find the most trustworthy scriptures and truths through the comparative study on religious scriptures, and in order to achieve this, we must continue to have conversations between religions.”
“This is the answer to the peace of religion.”
One president of the Islam society, who participated in the debate, “We should find and study the most reliable religious scriptures for peace between religions. We should try to accept them wholeheartedly, even if the scriptures are not his own religious scriptures.”
The WARP Office is currently held in 219 regions in 128 countries and is urging unity among religions. HWPL said “It is regrettable that religion is becoming an occasion for international conflicts. The comparative study on religious scriptures is a way to overcome differences in religion and find core values of mankind.”
Peace Message for the Implementation of Peaceful Religions
Date: At the 22nd of Feb., 2019 08:00 (GMT+7)
Here, I wrote a posting about Cambodia’s history. Cambodia is a country with a lot of pain and suffering. The “Killing Fields” (Khmer: វាលពិឃាត) is where collectively more than a million people were killed and buried by the Khmer Rouge regime, during its rule of the country from 1975 to 1979, immediately after the end of the Cambodian Civil War.
Great Supreme Patriarch Tep Vong
He made an impressive speech. Even at many years of age, his desire to devote himself to the peace movement was like Gandhi. Many young people must respect him. He said “As a Supreme Patriarch, on behalf of the Cambodian Council of Religious Affairs, we welcome the visit of the Chairman Man Hee Lee. He is one of the most famous people in the world, who has brought together all the leaders of religion, state, education and law to create cooperation, and to bring peace to this time and to the future. Cambodia is a Southeast Asian country with many wars and sorrows the world has never seen.
But on January 7, 1979, the Democratic Kampuchea, Pol Pot‘s government, was collapsed. On 1998, the Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Cambodian People’s Party completely ended the civil war that was taking place in the Cambodian kingdom. So since 1998, Cambodia has had peace, and Cambodia has had many opportunities to develop its economy.
Cambodia has never had a religious conflict. According to Article 43 of the Cambodian Constitution, every Cambodian citizen has the right to follow the religion he or she wants. With the support of the government, all religions in the kingdom of Cambodia are holding religious meetings and communicating. For example, on February 6, 2019, the HWPL Religious Youth Peace Campwas organized in cooperation with IPYG.
I have been active in peace with Cambodian people for 40 years since 1979. I am currently engaged in peace activities, and I want to do peace activities in the future as long as my health permits. In order for future generations to live in a time of peace, we must work together to educate future generations to live in peace. Through this cooperation, I hope that we can end war and conflict in this world and that our future generations will live in peace forever.
Lastly, I hope that the four blessings of Buddha will be yours, Chairman Man Hee Lee, all distinguished guests and ladies. The 4 blessings are Life, beauty, happiness and power. Thank you.”
Chairman Man Hee Lee Peace Quotes
In particular, the Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL emphasized “Religion should do good and give hope to the world, but today’s religion is causing many wars and conflicts. Aren’t they doing worse than nonreligious people? That’s why the religious world must look for “the Truth“. All religious leaders around the world should participate in comparative study and discussions on religious scriptures. Religion will be one under the most reliable scriptures.”
His speech will be addressed in the next posting. The Chairman Lee is the messenger of peace with the answer to peace, and he spoke with all his heart. Despite his old age, he is risking his life for peace. That’s why he is supported by 1.6 billion Young people and 3.7 billion Women.
On the 918 WARP Summit, Ms. Hyun Sook Yoon, IWPG Chairwoman, said “In the world of the 21st century, people across the continent are able to meet people on the other side of the globe in just a few hours. In addition, with the development of information and communication, a large amount of information can be delivered in real time through the internet. However, in this world of convenience, we are constantly exposed to heartaches such as wars, terrorism, abuse of human rights, and news of sad deaths of beloved children throughout the world.
The noble maternal instincts that women have can protect children from the front lines of war. It is the most powerful force and answer to peace that can lead mankind into a world of peace. Because half of the world’s population are women with the potential of peace, if we become one, mankind can turn into a peaceful world without war.”
IWPG is working to make sure that all children and women have the right values through peace education. I believe that there is no change as fast as education. IWPG is taking the answer to peace suggested by HWPL, the “Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)”, and is actively spreading a culture of peace in diverse ways such as implementing peace education and training peace educators.
“We have cooperation agreements with schools around the world and are working to establishing peace schools and education. We have launched the “10 Million Signature Campaign for Urging for a Peace Agreement for the Cessation of War on the Korean Peninsula” for peace on the Korean peninsula and currently it is being achieved as written on the “Declaration of Unification”.
In order to end the global war and make a world of peace, ourselves first have to know this declaration of peace. We must inform my neighbors, and let the nations and the presidents know and participate. I hope that 3.7 billion women around the world will be the protagonist of peace with us. Let us all become the messengers of peace and realize world peace together.”
Man Hee Lee Peace Quotes
The Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL gave a special request to those in attendance stating, “The strength of one person, is only that one person’s strength. But if we come together for this work of peace, then it will become a great power. Everyone woman living in the global village should become one through the common objective and shout together with a common voice. You should write letters to former and current presidents. We need to write not only to our president but to those all over the world.”
He then continued, “Also you should tell not only the people of your own countries but the people from other countries as well about the method of becoming one together with the women of the IWPG. Two is more powerful than one, but if there are many it will never be broken. Since the goal is peace, nothing is more precious and important than the work of making the world of peace that can be left as a legacy for future generations. I believe in the women’s group and the youth group.”
Harmony, Communication, and Peace with the 3.7 Billion Women in the World
On the 18th of Feb, 2019, IWPG World Peace Conference in Australia was held in order to inspire a sense of duty as a women leader to achieve world peace, and to recognize its role as a messenger of peace. IWPG shared the initiatives and activities of IWPG over the past year and presented the main directions for 2019.
People who contributed to work of peace were motivated for peace by being presented the Plaques of Appreciation Ceremony. First ladies were inspired their mission to realize peace through the inauguration ceremony of the “IWPG Peace Network of First Ladies”.
IWPG Chairwoman strongly emphasized “IWPG consists of more than 100 branches and 240 affiliated organizations. The Peace Mission with HWPL and IPYG is currently on the 30th World Peace Tour and everyone wanted.
Even now, there are children and young people who are dying of war. Also in the midst of the war, women’s human rights are being violated. Should we just sit back and let it go? Young people and women all over the world should be brave enough to talk about inconvenient truths, and institutional support is also needed to prevent war. If war is a problem, there should be an answer to it. IWPG found the answer in DPCW.
When one changes one’s mind, culture changes and civilization changes. Let us awaken all to the culture of peace. We are all messengers of peace.”