Emil Constantinescu Biography
World War 2 (1939-1945)
: The most devastating war in human history
A child became a refugee by the terrible war.
Poor living conditions were hard to bear for the refugee boy, yet he felt desperate for peace. The boy lived in a town located in [dniester] River of the Soviet Border until the age of 50 under dictatorship. He saw and felt the fall of communism himself, and he became aware of the power of culture. He was in the process of settling the democratic conscious.
In 1996, the boy grew up to become the 3rd President of Romania. Emil Constantinescu became the President in order to achieve peace.
First, he devoted his efforts to bring reconciliation and harmony within the Balkan Peninsula suffering from conflicts of nation, religion and race. He was in the forefront of liberty and democracy of Romania. He has conducted Peace Education to spread peace.
(In fact, he has done more work. More info 1, info 2)
As of 2018, he is in the forefront to establish a culture of peace, calling for the cessation of war.
“The history of humanity was the history of war.
Now we need to make history of peace.”
– Emil Constantinescu, former president of Romania
Now, it is time to begin a new history of peace.
Lecture Concert for Peaceful Unification
on the Korean Peninsula
On September 18, the two leaders of inter-Korea met in Pyongyang. To support the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula, H.E. Ivo Josipović, Former President of Croatia, and Hon. Emil Constantinescu, Former President of Romania, both of whom experienced times under Communist rule and the transition to democracy, gave presentations on September 16th and September 20th respectively. They gave specific advice through their real experience.
In fact, the world is paying attention to peace on the Korean peninsula. You can also feel the hottest ambience by reading the post below.
Former President Hon. Emil Constantinescu prepared his speech under the theme of “the memory of the suffering and the pedagogy of freedom”, beginning his address with the memories of life under tyranny.
He stated, “I lived there until the age of 50 under dictatorship. In a country where people don’t have the freedom of movement, you could not leave the country, and you are forced to work and live in a particular place allocated by government- governmental distribution.
The second world war, which affected most Romanian and Korea, called the death of more than 25 million soldiers and more. Over 73 million civilians caused huge economic losses and destruction of the world cultural heritage.
The atrocities of the two wars in the first half of the 21st century proved to be insufficient for leaders to understand that peace cannot be strengthened only by managing frozen conflicts,” explaining the darkest times of Romania.
He then continued by reminding all in attendance of the power of the people who fought for freedom stating, “The incredible lack of fear and the solidarity of people forced the dictator to flee and freedom was gained. In one of history’s bright moments, people were willing to sacrifice themselves for the ideals of freedom and democracy. The answer regarding the future of freedom and democracy is the choice of each generation and, in the end, of each of us.”
He concluded the lecture by proclaiming, “In order to achieve the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula, leaders, politicians and even the youth must have the consciousness to achieve peace.”
Transition from the communist dictatorship to democracy
I’m going to focus more on this. Emil Constantinescu said “The experience of transition from the communist dictatorship to democracy in Eastern Europe represents a very rare case in the world history, the absence of any ravage.”
But he said “Dozen [sic] of people were killed and thousands were arrested and tortured.” I can’t imagine the pain that other countries suffered. He emphasized “This was the events, the experience, of our transition from the communist dictatorship to democracy which I have tried to present to you sincerely as I have liked directly.” He was well qualified to take Korean students.
He continued “But unfortunately, 100 years after the great union of Romanian lentz in the single state, we are disunited, differences by different groups or individual political of social interest.
We need to rediscover what unites us, our common goal. We need to redefine ourselves in the globalized world by what we are and not what we have.
Only this way, we can preserve our national identity and dignity respecting all other nations in the globalized world.
Thank you for your attention.”
MOU between ISACCL and HWPL
At the final event, an MOU promising further cooperation for peace in the Korean Peninsula and the world was signed between The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (ISACCL), represented by its current president Hon. Emil Constantinescu, and HWPL, the international peace NGO.
HWPL’s Chairman Man Hee Lee then delivered his congratulatory message to the audience stating, “In the Korean War, 4 million citizens were killed. Should we continue to point our guns and kill each other more? We must put down our weapons. The two leaders should hold hands in peace without having to feel the need to be noticed by any country in the world. We must achieve the peaceful reunification for the people of our country.”
Emil Constantinescu 2018 Peace Quotes
Hon. Emil Constantinescu, Former President of Romania
“The event which is taking place today at this stadium is mainly addressed to the youth, who do not want to be forced by their countries’ leaders to fight against each other, and the women who would like to protect, not only themselves, despite being innocent victims, but to protect also their husbands, children and brothers from the horrors that any war inevitably brings about. Youth and women can become the most persuasive advisories of peace in the present and in the future.
Both avoiding war and establishing peacebuilding processes require a laborious effort to create a culture of solidarity outlining a pragmatic style in which the statements should followed by effective actions. The fact that so many distinguished representatives of the world’s public opinion, religious leaders, politicians, diplomats and cultural personalities, are today gathered represents such an efficient action.
Differently from 4 years ago we now have more people, are more united, and are more determined to stop the wars wherever they are. I believe that the Declaration of World Peace (More info) proclaimed in Seoul can get everyone around the world, no matter if they are men, women, youth or children, ready to unite under the mantle of peace and take the responsibility to promote the message of peace to the entire world. We are one.“
2018 HWPL World Peace Summit
Collaboration for Peace Development:
Building a Peace Community through the DPCW
At a time when the global world wanted peace, there was the closest place to peace. The 4th Annual Commemoration of the 2018 HWPL World Peace Summit was held in South Korea from the 17th to the 19th of September. This year, thousands of leaders and citizens from around the globe will gather for 3 days with the great determination of creating a peaceful world together. Under the theme of “Collaboration for Peace Development: Building a Peace Community through the DPCW”, the wind of peace is blowing all over the world. This 918 WARP Summit is the core of HWPL’s peace movement. The main agenda of the WARP Summit will be the introduction of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to the United Nations (UN) as a binding resolution.
DPCW is aligned with UN Charter
So far, international law has not ended the war. Likewise, the Universal Declaration does not include a separate article on “Right to Peace”. This is why the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was held. So HWPL is creating a new order for the world. It is DPCW! It can be the Right to Peace. Currently, there is a worldwide campaign to introduce the DPCW to the United Nations. Now, they collected 734,055 signatures (as of October, 2017) and 173,170 people of 176 countries participated. Law experts agreed that the DPCW is fully aligned with the UN Charter & the UDHR and this Declaration not only encapsulates and supports all of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Like proof of this, delegations of Permanent Missions of the UN and HWPL gathered at the Office of the Commonwealth (New York) to discuss the promotion of sustainable peace and human rights, on Friday 7 September 2018. Also, they discussed intensively the way to promote the 918 WARP Summit. Because the walks of HWPL are alignment with the core purposes of the United Nations, the delegations have no choice but to support the DPCW.
Finally, the Last East Germany Prime Minister Lothar de Maizière, who achieved reunification, said (not this year) that “Reunification was the will of heaven. It happens like a miracle when human endeavor is met with internal and external conditions.”
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