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!
On the 16th of September, The ‘Goseong Peace Conference’ was attended by the International Centre for Black Sea-Baltic Studies and Consensus Practices (Centre BBS), which is headed by a group of former European national leaders.
Mr. Man Hee Lee was stressing the responsibilities of global leaders to work together for peace according to the pledge contained in this peace agreement.
Also Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL said, “I hope this talk would create a new future and form a peaceful world. We know that everyone wants peace and the end of war. I haven’t seen anyone who wants war. When we achieve peace, our future generation will remember us forever.”
Collaboration for Peace Development: Building a Peace Community through the DPCW
‘The past does not need to be the future. A new world can begin today. It is the last chance for the peace of humanity.’ These sentences come from promotional video of ‘2018 HWPL World Peace Summit: 4th Anniversary of the WARP Summit.’ This video shows very well what kind of mindset when they are dealing with world peace. They think that achieving peace is ‘Out Duty that we have to do’ of our time at any cost. Can you feel their determination? Thousands of leaders and citizens from around the globe will gather for 3 days in Republic of Korea with the great determination of creating a peaceful world together. I will tell you their HWPL peace quotes with Man Hee Lee.
HWPL Peace Quotes #9
H.E. Zlatko Lagumdzija, Former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina
“But we should always have in mind that war and atrocities, crime and genocide are not committed by the ordinary soldier who was pulling the trigger, but by the evil minds and leaders who are misusing their followers for their own personal criminal gain or vanity.
Also, that justice and rule of law are the best conflict prevention mechanisms. Peace is justice in action.”
HWPL Peace Quotes #10
Emil Constantinescu, Former President of Romania
“We are together again for discussing how we can implement the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. Any meeting in South Korea, a country that bears the suffering of a people divided into two states due to an aggressive atheist ideology, has a special significance for our world, that is torn by so many ideological, ecumenical, social and, not least, religious divisions.”
In 2018 HWPL World Peace WARP Summit, Mr. Man Hee Lee said strongly “Now is the time for the leaders of the two Koreas to join hands and declare peace. Also, it is a critical time for the global community to return to its original state, which is a world of peace.”
He then continued, “In order for Korea to become a nation of peace and for the world to move towards world peace, we need a legally binding instrument (DPCW) that will end war at its source,” calling for everyone to work together to bring peace on the Korean Peninsula and end war around the world as soon as possible.
Things not all that rosy in Zimbabwe. On 18 June 2017, in Ward 23, Chitungwiza Zanu PF youths allegedly assaulted MDC-T youths. The MDC-T youths were meeting at the home of Chitungwiza Deputy Organising Secretary of the Women’s Assembly, Anna Mutara when they were attacked. Tension is brewing, as it was in the past.
From 12 December 1979 to 17 April 1980, Zimbabwe Rhodesia was again the British colony of Southern Rhodesia. The Rhodesian Bush War—also known as the Second Chimurenga or the Zimbabwe War of Liberation—was a civil war that took place from July 1964 to December 1979 in the unrecognised country of Rhodesia.
On 18 April 1980, Southern Rhodesia became the independent Republic of Zimbabwe. Conflict today remains rooted in disputes over national power, economic hardship and pre-colonial disputes which have not been resolved. How does Zimbabwe, with its sad memory, maintain its peace?
Zimbabwe Peace Project
They know the value of peace more than anyone else. So, Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) was established in 2000 by a group of non-governmental and church organisations. Since inception, ZPP has produced timely national monthly monitoring reports on violence and human rights violations. The VISION of ZPP is that ‘A Zimbabwe where there is Peace, Justice, Dignity and Development for all.’ Other peace organizations are the ‘African Union‘, ‘Silveria Hourse‘ and ‘Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe (CCJPZ).’ However someone is using war for their own benefit, there are many people who are trying to make peace.
To work for sustainable peace through monitoring, documentation, advocacy and community peace building interventions with our members and partners
♦ Respect for Human & Women’s Rights ♦ Respect & Tolerance of Diversity ♦ Justice & Public Accountability ♦ Commitment to the vulnerable and Marginalised
Peace is not only the absence of war; and peace could also be defined as the state of the mind
The Calls of the citizens
While President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently told the United Nations General Assembly, that he was ready to engage the opposition, for possible working together; on the ground, nothing seems to be happening. Apparently, opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa recently told a media briefing that prioritising nation and peace building is the prime ingredient for national prosperity. But critics say that their speeches were just words and the leaders have no real will. Zimbabweans are stressed, and things are not working out, most citizens have been calling on the national leaders to find the Answer to Peace.
While, the calls are worthwhile, the media has been urged to play key role. A prominent political commentator, Elder Mabhunu agrees, says “The media should play one of its legislative mandate, that is agenda setting, in promoting unity and peace, the key element in nation building and sustainable development.” He says the press should lead the pack in causing a paradigm shift towards national development through reporting on peace initiatives. He continued, “Gone are the days when only conflict reporting was deemed to be real news. Peace news reporting should now take lead.”
“We must always remember the great power that the media has to promote war,
just as it has to promote peace. Today’s wars no longer occur in isolation within a state. Whether it’s terrorism or a refugee crisis it is truly a global problem, and for this reason the solution must also be global.”
Peace Initiative International Peace Media Community
According to the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), HWPL chairpersonMan Hee Lee recently challenged journalists who are the custodians of information as peace messengers. He said the press should use the power of influence it has, to shape leaders’ perceptions. “If journalists dedicate themselves to peace building efforts, the thought of people especially politicians will change.” I think it is the Answer to Peace.
“Peace Initiative” is a global journalist network in efforts of facilitating a culture of peace as contribution to conflict resolution and peace building through press freedom and freedom of information stipulated in the UN resolutions and international agreements. Individual journalists and media agencies affiliated with “Peace Initiative” dedicate to spreading news of peace to enhance human rights and protect democracy.
Lastly Mr. Ian Seo, Affiliation Chief Manager of the International Press Department of HWPL HQ, emphasized, “The ultimate goal of the DPCW is to create a firm foundation of law that binds every citizen and nation together, which has never existed on this planet until now.”
He then continued, “This kind of use of force makes it more difficult to resolve conflicts and establish peace and security in that region. Therefore, we need a strong legal instrument such as Article 1 of the DPCW. I fully agree with the principles of this declaration, since there is no alternative to peace negotiations. We can approach the resolution of such complex problems step by step through a legal instrument based on the principles of the DPCW.”
He also gave his heartfelt support for the initiative, stating, “In this context, I am glad that HWPL and journalists from different countries considered the need to create a “Global Peace Media Network” in order to not only inform the public about the existence of conflicts, but also to outline ways to resolve them.”
He explained “There has only been one same answer from Chairman Lee regarding all the conflicts around the globe. It is a person with the spirit of peace. The United Nations, the DPCW, international cooperation, and the participation of civil society are all necessary, but it is the people who are at the center of these instruments. We have come to realize that the collective strength of each person’s will creates the era of peace, and that the spirit of peace we want to achieve is the driving force to make our world one under the title of peace. Many journalists came to say that it is their mission to make a world of peace by developing this spirit through spreading the message of peace to the world. The very result after a series of consultations is the “Peace Initiative” as you can see right now.”
He also explained, “‘Peace Initiative’ is a platform for journalists from different countries to spread the news of peace throughout the world. As a teaching material to understand peace, as a seed to be planted in every part of the world, your will and desire for peace is the very result of what we can and must do for our present and future generations.”