In commemoration of the 9th 2023 HWPL World Peace Summit, 61 discussions were held. Participants from 45 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe engaged in meetings.
Do you know DPCW? DPCW is the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. What is expected now is that the DPCW is the answer to peace.
10 Articles of DPCW contain three important values
1st, Prevention of conflict (Article 1-5)
2nd, Settlement of conflict (Article 6-7)
3rd, Maintenance of peace (Article 8-10)
Full text of DPCW is here.
I wish you had the opportunity to read these slowly. If you read them one by one, you can see that those who truly love peace have clearly confirmed it.
Since 2016, from the civic level, everyone has tried to bring the DPCW to the United Nations.
The “Legislate Peace” (LP) project is a global initiative to support and advocate for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and its implementation at the international level.
The LP project started off as the Sign Your Support campaign, which was launched to promote the value of the DPCW as a solution for achieving global peace and urge different sectors of society to support this declaration.
At the 2023 DPCW Conference, the MOU and MOA agreements for the operation and collaboration of peace activities (10 topics), and the national support needed for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) at the national level (15 topics) were discussed.
In total, 61 project goals were established, and a signing ceremony to implement these projects took place.
After three days of discussions, the DPCW Conference held on September 20th announced the results of the discussions. At the conference, a “Joint Statement on Conflict Resolution and Spreading a Culture of Peace” was publicly released.
This statement emphasizes cooperation and a shared commitment to realizing the DPCW and implementing peace activities. A total of 166 individuals signed the joint statement.
I think selfishness is the most important part to solve in order to achieve peace. People should let go of their greed. Profit should not be more important than life.
I hope we can be peace messengers together. It’s very easy. You just need to change one little thing in your daily life. Let’s find a way together.
Because they are mother.. Young people lose their lives in the war, and they are someone’s sons.
IWPG unites with women all around the world to fundamentally solve conflicts and violence on the earth.
Through this, IWPG protects precious lives from war and passes down peace as a legacy to the future generation.
How can achieve Peace?
IWPG strives to find a fundamental solution for all conflicts and wars ranging from those that exist among individuals to those among different states in the international community and tries to build a new order that will establish a sustainable world of peace.
For this, each individual must realize their importance as an actor in the peace process and act upon it, which can be done through women’s peace education.
If women unite and raise their voices for the establishment of an international peace law and peace institutions, they will be able to break the vicious cycle of conflict and bring true peace to this world that our future generations can enjoy forever.
“Now is the time to realize peace. Women all around the world should come together and end violence, war, and conflict to open a new ever of peace.”
“The night is dark, but there is still a light of hope because there is the moon. Let’s all become messengers of peace that bring an end to war and realize true peace to pass down as a legacy to the future generation. If we women come together as one, we can do it.”
– Hyun Sook Yoon, the Chairwoman of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG)
Women are special because they can conceive life and raise the future generation. This is a video from last year! It would be fun to see how different it is. I hope you’ll see for yourself. 🙂
Why does religion have such a big impact on peace?
The answer is easy when and why people fight. When you think differently, when you have different cultures, you perceive other people as others.
Then you fight with others to protect yourself and for your own gain.
Different religions mean that there is a very big difference in thought. The culture is completely different, and the difference in beliefs is quite large.
That’s why 80 percent of the world’s wars have been fought for religious reasons so far. Therefore, religious leaders cannot achieve complete peace without becoming one.
Mindanao is a prime example.
Mindanao is on the path to peace after ending the military collision between the Philippine government and Moro groups, which lasted over 40 years and resulted in more than 120,000 casualties.
In General Santos on 24 January 2014, a civilian agreement was signed for the peace of Mindanao. The signing ceremony, hosted by HWPL and organized by the IWPG and the IPYG, was attended by over 300 residents including politicians, university professors, religious leaders, and students.
The Chairman of HWPL Man-hee Lee, war veteran over 90 years old, shouted, “If you want peace, raise your hand!!”
Before the audience, Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Robles Capalla of Archdiocese of Davao and Governor Esmael G. Mangudadatu of Maguindanao signed the agreement as representatives to cooperate in ceasing the conflict and building peace.
With this agreement as a starting point, HWPL launched a peace movement to raise public awareness of peace not only in Mindanao but throughout the WORLD.
HWPL WARP Offices : 277 offices in 129 countries
In accordance with the World Alliance of Religions Agreement signed by major world religious leaders, the strategies in the efforts for building peace in the religious community are also steadily being implemented.
India’s WARP Office began on January 4, 2015, and as of November 2021, five are in operation, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Pune. It held more than 350 meetings online and offline.
The HWPL World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Offices have been established and actively operated in 130 countries around the world, contributing to preventing religious disputes and promoting harmony through close dialogue and communication between different religions.
When religious leaders and believers focus on the value embedded in their scriptures and promote understanding of each other’s text, harmony among religious groups is possible.
On September 24, 2021 – Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) held a virtual conference titled “A New Normal for Sustainable Peace.”
According to this article, participants discussed how HWPL has contributed to peace in the Caribbean region and collected best practices for future initiatives.
The names of the 14 notable people are written in the article, so go take a look. Many people are trying for peace.
It seems that there are no such people around us, but people who want peace are connected anywhere in the world. Like a network of lights!
HWPL is not people who stay still. Because of our great unity, we are stronger than anyone else because we are firmly united. Soon a huge snowball will roll. It will create a big wind in the world!
The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), which is presented as the answer to peace, remains a strong solution.
The DPCW has already been enacted as a National Declaration in several countries worldwide, including Antigua and Barbuda, Seychelles, and Eswatini, and international organizations such as the Central American Parliament.
The replay link has come out! I think there is only one key point. That we are one! Why should we be one?
The reason why we don’t know the reason is that we’ve never been one. But I realized what it was to be one by watching HWPL’s events every year.
Is it realistic to think about the real possibility of peace? No. We have the power to make it a reality. Its power is youth and women.
And there is the Chairman Man Hee Lee, who leads all of them at the center. I want to introduce his quotes.
“Due to the emergence of COVID-19, the world is going through a very difficult time. Dear members of HWPL, with not a single person left behind, let us strive together to reach the destination we all hoped to arrive at.”
“What is our purpose? It is to bring wars to an end and build a peaceful world to pass it down as a lasting legacy for our future generations. To this end, I have gone on 31 tours across the globe.”
“What you had said is still vivid in my mind and alive. Until the day our goal is reached, let us not change. What do we always say? We say, ‘We are one.’ We are one.”
“To bring peace and cessation of war to the world, I transcended nationality, ethnicity, and religion while visiting various countries, and you have welcomed this humble person with gracious hospitality. What did those meetings boil down to? It showed that we are one.”
“What is the purpose embodied in this slogan, “We are one”? It is to end all wars and to make a peaceful world to leave it as a lasting legacy for future generations. With such determination and goal, we have met, and I went on global tours again and again for this.”
“We will do so by being one in heart and mind. When I visited your countries, what did we promise? We promised to be one, with “We are one,” and pledged to jointly achieve peace.”
“So we should not just sit on our hands and look on at the world. We need to achieve our goal. This will not change. Then, who will do this work? It is us, the family of HWPL. This is also our mission, and there is nothing greater than this.”
“Everyone, in this world, people value things such as wealth and power, but what is more valuable is a peaceful, warless world. Without peace, anything we build will be destroyed in the end. This is why all of us need to cooperate and achieve peace in one heart.”
I think it’s comforting that there are people who act for peace somewhere in the world.
love peace… I wonder how beautiful it means.
Who wants peace? I actually think we all want peace. But in fact, we don’t seem to have time to think about peace because we’re too busy making ends meet.
But I think we can do that because we are safe. Because that’s not my job. But there are still people whose parents died in the war right now. People die every day in disputed areas.
In the end, we all become one community. No matter how far away we are, it seems most important to know that we are one.
HWPL is the most powerful peace organization that practices this meaning. In particular, civic groups of HWPL really love peace. I think the power of young people(IPYG) and mothers(IWPG) will break through any difficulties ahead of us.
Mr. Man Hee Lee, the chairman of HWPL, said “What’s our goal? To end the global war. To achieve peace and make it an eternal legacy for future generations.
What did we say? We said, ‘We are one.’
I remember the days when we ran together hoping for one wish. We shouldn’t just look at this global village. We need to achieve our goal, right?
Who would work on this? HWPL family should do it, right? It’s our mission. There’s nothing bigger than this. Should the global village be destroyed by war? It shouldn’t happen. It is not love, but destruction. We have to love, right? We all have to love like one body.
People usually like money and power, but what’s better than that is to achieve peace without war. Without peace, no matter what we have achieved, everything will be destroyed. Lastly, let’s talk about the one thing we promised and shout it out together. We are one! Thank you.”
The Pandemic prevented us from meeting, but we became more connected. It’s like a network of lights.
In fact, I want to say everything in the video one by one. You can feel it and know it when you see it in person. I wish I could feel the power of HWPL.
IWPG is a world-class women’s NGO registered with the United Nations Department of Global Communications (UNDGC) and obtained a special consultation position with the UN Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC), and is an organization that continues its activities for world peace and women with HWPL.
It is headquartered in Seoul, Korea, and has about 400 cooperative organizations (MOA) in 52 countries, including about 100 branches in Korea and abroad. It also promotes the enactment of the “DPCW” as an international law with legal effect through activities to support and urge peace international law, and helps all women in the world learn and practice the spirit of peace through education.
It is meaningful in that more than 800 female leaders from around the world joined the event online.
Yoon Hyun-sook, the representative of IWPG, said in a greeting, “IWPG has become a wing of peace to realize world peace and has run with HWPL,” stressing, “Our peace activities have not stopped even in unexpected pandemic situations.”
“We are still doing our best by converting all activities into non-face-to-face online activities, communicating with IWPG members around the world for sustainable peace,” he said adding, “3.9 billion women of IWPG will complete the realization of world peace with HWPL.”
Laws and systems are needed to completely settle peace, Yoon said. “The “Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War(DPCW)” can prevent wars and disputes at the source. We will continue our activities to urge them to be enacted as binding bills.”
In this regard, Yoon, who also introduced the “Plant Peace (Planting Peace)” movement, wished for the settlement of peace. The Plant Peace Movement is a project that transforms the culture of discrimination, violence, conflict and war into a culture of peace. Peace culture is being planted for children and adolescents around the world through peace education.
I was impressed by the words of the Minister of Uganda. She said women around the world should “feel the role” they discussed today.
When I watched this conference on YouTube, I felt that peace could be surprisingly easy. In fact, peace is not difficult. I think it’s because of my narrowed mind that I think it’s difficult. If the level of our mind is much higher, if we are close to the level of Jesus, there will be nothing we cannot do.
But we always fight against evil minds. If we can win it, peace will surely come true.
Australia is the world’s 6th largest country by area. Due to its large size and isolation from the rest of the world, Australia is sometimes known as the ‘island continent’. The largest cities in Australia are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. A desert area known as the ‘outback’ covers much of the land. (Ref)
And the Great Barrier Reef is the largest eco-system in the world. The wind of peace is blowing in Australia, where the natural scenery and big cities are excellent.
Sydney, “Peace Heroes of History” Conference
8th of September, 2019, Sydney held its Peace Conference “Peace Heroes of History.” The Peace Conference had three sub-sections, and began by celebrating and paying tribute to the work of revolutionary peace heroes the world has seen in the past, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Imam Hussein.
The next segment showcased the incessant work of peace icons, global spiritual leaders and peace activists of today, such as the 14th Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and Man Hee Lee, Chairman, HWPL. The final section focused on the future and explored the next steps for peace. They discussed how to establish the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), and what role each layer can play for peace.
Melbourne, all-day ‘Peace, Harmony and Environmental Sustainability’ peace fair
HWPL Melbourne & IPYG have hosted several peace activities in the last 5 years, in the Melbourne CBD, St Kilda, City of Port Phillip, Manningham and White Horse, including city clean-up drive, tree planting volunteer work, youth peace walks and Youth Ethnic Sports – YES for Peace, monthly WARP office interfaith dialogue forums.
Brisbane, a flash-mob dance in Queens Garden
Based on the 10th Article of the DPCW, Spreading a Culture of Peace, members of the community and several peace organizations came together to dance on the theme “Make Your Mark”, to encourage members of the society to begin taking definitive steps for peace.
I think that the present peace has been achieved because there is someone who is trying for peace. We are perhaps standing on the shoulders of many people. First of all, I would like to thank HWPL Australia for trying to make peace, and this is not just happening in Australia.
With a worldwide phenomenon, no one can stop the enormous flow of peace. We can do it! You can do it! We are one!
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.
Have you ever thought that peace could be achieved?
Maybe, you can think it is so naive. Is this possible? You can think it is likely that high-ranking people will act in their own interests anyway. Why hasn’t peace been achieved so far?
This is because no one had the answer to peace. Let’s hear the story of people who have answers to peace supported by 3.6 billion women and 1.8 billion young people around the world.
HWPL with Man Hee Lee
HWPL is the international NGO associated with UN DPI and ECOSOC. Its purpose is only to end the war. HWPL is recognized by experts as the most practical and powerful peace group. What is the Answer to peace?
First, DPCW (Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War)
The existing international law allowed for war in part. They thought the war was a necessary evil. But no one wants a war. DPCW is a new international law created with 21 experts on international law to root out war from this global village. This document will be a milestone in human history.
Every year on May 25, young people go out to the streets together. Gather together and walk for peace. On 25 May, 2018, HWPL plans a peace campaign of 5th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace with a slogan: Together for A New Start, Together for Peace. 525 peace walks that take place all over the world are spectacular.
Every year on September 18, the World Peace Festival is held in Korea. As the years go by, a great number of international figures are coming. There are 18 former and incumbent presidents, Supreme Court justices, National Assembly speakers, first ladies, and university professors. They are moved by the sight where 200,000 people become One and return to their country as a messenger of peace. We Are One!
Around 145 representative officials to the United Nations of the respective countries gathered to hold a dialogue on the agenda of peace and development at UN Headquarters in New York on May 31, 2018.
Attended as a special invitee, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL said “I’ve visited all around the world and had a number of agreements with the former and current presidents, the chief justices, and members of the National Assembly to end the war together. All leaders in each country should sign the agreement for the international law (DPCW) to achieve peace if they love the country and the people.”
“To do this, the United Nations must work together to accomplish the task of peace with its spirit of peace at its inception.” After this truthful speech, everyone gave a huge standing ovation!!!
These things are Man Hee Lee Peace Biography. Now, everything is up to you! Please become messengers of peace!