In fact, I think there are things from the biggest to the smallest between people who can practice right now.
There are many kinds of peace from within me, peace between people and people, peace between small groups, peace between cities and countries.
What do you think is the most important thing for peace?
I think it’s trust. Trust is more important than anything. And it takes a long time and it doesn’t.
Why don’t people trust each other? How can I build trust? Where is the way we can take a step forward?
Let me introduce an event where you can share your worries.
7th Annual Commemoratiom of the DPCW
The HWPL’s 7th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was held in March 2023 to establish peace in the global community.
HWPL’s personnel from all walks of life gather to prevent, mediate, and resolve global disputes under the theme of ‘Institutional Peace: Strengthening Communication to Build Trust’
While many disputes are still brewing around the world, the main event of the ceremony marks the seventh anniversary of the DPCW’s announcement and shed light on HWPL’s various peace activities and peace institutionalization projects.
Press the button below for information on DPCW. You can see the accumulated articles so far.
In particular, the Peace Letter event, which will be held as a great part of the entire session, signals the full-fledged start of offline peace activities to the world in the midst of the pandemic, and now calls for active peace activities through communication and face-to-face activities, and sends a message of hope to citizens around the world.
I want you to join us. If it’s hard to write a letter yourself, go online! Whether the other person sees it or not, you’re communicating your feelings.
Youtube Replay Link
Title: HWPL’s 7th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)
Subtitle: Institutional Peace: Strengthening Communication to Build Trust
We will take a look at the 2019 peace activities of IWPG. Families of peace around the world gathered at the 2019 World Peace Summit. IWPG Network has united 3.7 billion women worldwide as one. IWPG strengthened solidarity of peace across borders, race, and religions. In the 2019 International Women’s Peace Conference, the activities of IWPG in each country over the past year was shared and future directions were discussed.
Who is true hero of the world? Marvel? DC? Nope. You and Me who support DPCW
Around 500 influential people from 41 countries participated in the 2018 International Women’s Peace Conference.
“2018 Former and Current First Ladies International Peace Forum” was held. Women leaders who are born again as leaders of peace will take the lead in advocating and promoting DPCW for a peace international law.
The IWPG World Peace Conference—Harmony, Communication, and Peace with the 3.7 Billion Women in the World—attracted attention with the thousands of women participants and high quality events.
IWPG branches are being established throughout the world where women are hungry for peace. During the year 2019, 8 branches in 5 countries were established.
In March 2019, the first IWPG PR center was established. Here, as promised to future generations, we will educate peace and convey the value of true love.
IWPG attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2019 and established its position as an international women’s organization. The 10 article and 38 clauses of the DPCW was promoted through various events prepared during CSW. Activities were held to support and promote the DPCW.
The IWPG is conducting a handwritten letter of peace campaign to urge political leaders from different countries to agree to support DPCW and to enact an international law. The Handwritten Letters of Peace has been published as a compilation of letters. It is being delivered to foreign ministers and heads of state of respective countries through the ambassadors of 191 countries.
IWPG Chairwoman said “we declare April 26th as the ‘International Women’s Day of Peace’ so that we can gather the hearts of 3.7 billion women around the world today for the realization of world peace and to eternally remember this day. We also support and urge the DPCW, the key to world peace and a peace international law, and have united women to be the messengers of peace in a new age.”
“IWPG Peace Lecturer Training” allows women around the world to learn and practice the spirit of peace. In 2019 there are 83 graduates from 12 countries around the world and about 200 students from 50 countries around the world.
In 2020, the IWPG’s walk of peace for the cessation of war will continue to be stronger.
“The noble motherhood of women is the strongest force and the answer to peace that protects children from war and leads mankind into a world of peace. Because half of the world’s population is women with the potential for peace, we can turn humanity into a peaceful world without war.
(…) 3.7 billion women from all over the world, and women from South Korea! I ask you to be the main force of peace with IWPG. Let’s add the wisdom we have accumulated and use the expertise we have worked for to make sure that peace is complete in this age of life. If your passion, 3.7 billion women, and the explosive power of youth add to the wisdom of the chairman Man Hee Lee, war will surely disappear in this world. We are one! Thank you.”
The highlight of IWPG is the 2019 International Women’s Peace Conference. The conference was hosted under the theme of “Extending the Network of 3.7 Billion Women to Urge and Support the DPCW and for the Peaceful Unification of the Korean Peninsula”. #DPCW#IWPGpic.twitter.com/dhtawGrTyW
Also, the Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL said “Shouldn’t we have a list of all the global women’s groups at the IWPG headquarters? Who should work? As you’ve seen, they’re all in HWPL. Former and incumbent presidents are appointed as peace advisers in our HWPL, including Supreme Court justices, National Assembly speakers, and university presidents. How strong we are!
We can do it, right? I just told you, if you had something like this, there’s nothing you can’t do, right? Isn’t that right? It’s greater than making tens of thousands of nukes, right? It’s more powerful. Let’s be one of you and try to bring the whole world into the IWPG and make peace together. I hope so. Thank you.”
“Thank you all for coming to the 2019 International Youth Peace Conference from afar.
IPYG currently works with about 5 million young people, 851 organizations in 111 countries around the world. The number 111 countries is a lot, right? There are active IPYG youth in more than half of the world.
So every morning when I wake up, there are so many different contacts from all over the world. He said, “I held a peace festival in my country yesterday,” and sent me a video of citizens dancing together. Another said “One thousand college students wrote a Peace Letter together. I’m so happy. I’m going to deliver this to the Chief Justice.”
And sometimes there are many heartbreaking stories. One of the IPYG’s overseas programs is a conference call for youth groups from around the world. There’s a head of a youth organization in Sierra Leone who has to attend it, and he can’t be reached until the day. So I called the local side in a hurry, and it turned out that there was a big flood in the country. “Oh, this is a big deal.” An ominous foreboding hit me. And the next day, a message came from Sierra Leone with a video. “There was a flood in our country yesterday. My house and school are full of water. We lost our place to live. Pray for us.”
Another time, we’re going to have a video conference to plan a youth culture program in Syria, and the head of the Syrian organization won’t be in the meeting. I haven’t been able to reach you for a few days, and a photo and a message arrived. It said that the civil war broke out. His house burned down, many friends were shot to death, and only he lived. I’ve been speechless for a while.
What is IPYG doing?
First, it’s a “Peace Walk.” Every year on May 25, the anniversary of the “Declaration of World Peace” proclaimed by the chairman of HWPL, Mr.Man Hee Lee, young people from all over the world hold a walking event. Young people march through the streets and shout “Legislate Peace.” It means, “Let’s make peace into law, we need a law to achieve peace.”
Second, it is a “Peace Letter Campaign.” Young people all over the world are writing handwritten letters to their presidents. In fact, many leaders have responded. So far, more than 20 national leaders from 17 countries have responded in support of the youth’s activities, including the U.S. President’s.
“First of all, I would like to appreciate to the Chairman of HWPL, Mr. Man Hee Lee as well as IPYG for giving me the chance to be here. My name is Aung Myint Thu who is a Myanmar youth as an earnest supporter of world peace as well as the unification of the Korean peninsula. Just as conflicts are happening in many places around the world, so are the regions where I was born. Most of young people can’t go to school when the war is occurred.
What will happen to the children in the future? They finally can’t receive the proper education and thousands of dreams will disappear. This experience has taught me how terrible war is and how to destroy a generation. Few years ago, I was in real war refugee and assigned to the particular refugee camp.
In there, I started an education activity for the youths and was working as an educator in a school of immigrant. In order to support youths from the region, I have set up the “Manaung Youth Networking Group” as the organization’s executive director in the year of 2011.
Here’s the youth, at the beginning of HWPL’s peace activity. The Chairman of HWPL, Mr. Man Hee Lee was the veteran of the Korean War in 1950 when he was a student. When the war occurs, students and young people are many of sacrificed and killed without power. Nothing can compensate for the lives of young people like flowers.
Therefore, Chairman Lee said he promised to build the peaceful world so that the war would not repeat itself, considering fallen comrades. I was greatly impressed by his motivation, passion and his steady practical ability for peace. Last year, when I attended the 4th Annual Commemoration of the September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit, he asked a favor to young people from all over the world.
Chairman Lee asked us to work with the country’s youth and students for peace as One. When I listened he’s speech and IPYG’s activities, I thought, “Yes, this is what I’ve dreamed of.” And I decided to be the peace messenger. As the result, I went back to Myanmar and I built a school for young people called “Plus/Positive Change Maker.”
After this event, I will return to my school as principal, and implement the IPYG’s peace education curriculum. This curriculum targets youths from elementary school students to under 35 years of age. They will receive about 7 months of basic education include specialization course.
Through the IPYG’s peace education curriculum, Young people properly will recognize themselves as decision makers of the future. And youths realize their empowerment into positive way for peace. Furthermore, I’ll do my utmost to try that peace education and the culture of peace activities will apply throughout Myanmar by signing MOU between HWPL and schools which were carried out the IPYG’s peace education curriculum.
The aim of IPYG’s vision is that youths should become a main part of peace to prevent any conflicts from occurring and to attain peace in the long run. Now, Let us begin with IPYG! WE ARE ONE!
It’s more touching to see it in person. People from all walks of life are trying to bring the DPCW to the United Nations. Everyone is filled with a desire to achieve peace. Because no matter how much money they given, it is hard to do work of peace. But it is more hard to do without any money. But they are doing passionately.
Speech of IPYG Director
“We are here to commemorate the work of peace as we have witnessed from the video clip together with these family members. At this moment I’d like to share the compliments of HWPL’s activities for the past year and their significance.
Firstly with regard to international law, global support to implement the DPCW as a legally binding international document has expanded greatly in March 14, May 25th in 2019. In two occasions we send peace letters that explain the necessity of the DPCW and the wish of the citizens around the world is not just echoing in the empty space but bringing active supports from lots of states. 7 current presidents including the United States, Sri Lanka, Kiribati, North Macedonia, etc, have responded to that letter. In addition those response letters keep coming.
Through 30th world peace tour, we have received support from organizations composed of of former heads of state and Caribbeans such as CCLP and signed MoU with HWPL to express supports from the countries in that region. Following the support from Eastern Europe and Africa in 2018, support for HWPL has expanded to Oceania and the Americas in 2019, establishing support foundation in all the continents of the world.
Dear participants as you have seen from the the survey result, the world is recognizing the voices of the citizens have greatest power to change their countries stronger than any other methods. In addition, world citizens are also gathering their voices for HWPL and DPCW. If we become one as a one voice, there is nothing that we should be afraid of. For a next one year, please participate in those peace projects so that we can achieve peace initiatives together. If we become one, we can definitely achieve this! We Are One!”
Do you have any questions about why DPCW is the answer to peace? This time, it was newly added because Eastern and Western cultures harmonize. There are three reasons for this, and the DPCW itself has the answer. 🙂
On 18th of September, “2019 World Peace Summit: 5th Anniversary of the WARP Summit” is held under subtitle, “Legislate Peace” – Implementation of the DPCW for Sustainable Development. It will be held on today in Korea, and “Legislate Peace” projects have already been under way around the world. There were 193 events in 164 locations in 112 countries. (136 countries participating)
You’ve already seen a lot of my old posts, haven’t you? So I brought some today, too! There are so many great pictures. But before that, I want to see the picture of my friend who is on the scene today. 🙂 I love you.
You can see this live and see it again after the event. But the best thing to do is to watch the live broadcast together! So I have a delicious lunch with my friend, and I am ready to sit in a cafe and watch it together on my laptop.
I ate lunch and watched the opera house scenery a little. 🙂 Now, let’s take a look at it through a friend who is at the peace festival in Korea.
Even though my friend left early in the morning, a huge number of people had a rehearsal. There are the staff preparing for the parade and young people for the card performance. When I think about how many people have tried to make a festival like this, nothing is easy and I feel grateful.
Before seeing the event in person, let’s listen to the voices of the participants.
“Legislate Peace” Project Quotes #4
Prof. Oleksandr Zadorozhnii¸ Former President of Ukrainian Association of International Law
“It is very technical, modern, and well written enough to be implemented. The core contents of the declaration are good. I have helped its translation because the contents were all good. But the main problem now is to make this into a legally binding document. On a legal aspect, there is nothing I should add or modify to the current contents of the declaration as they are good enough. But a problem would be how to implement the contents of the declaration. Perhaps Articles 9 and 10 are not based on their legal implement, but this would be concerned with volunteers, youth and women organizations instead. I totally agree with the contents and the structure of the declaration and have no other suggestion. The purpose and essence of the declaration perfectly goes along with the foreign policies of Ukraine. I support all the activities of HWPL and the DPCW because this is very important.”
Herculano Amaral/International Rotary Club of Dili Lafaek,Director/Timor-Leste
“Looking at these stories, Timorese people have been suffering a lot. A range of crimes and violence have been experienced which including massacres, tortures, kidnapping, rape and so on and so forth. You could have imagined how hard it was living in their own country and going through these situations. This kind of situation have brought many children lost their parents and many people had lost their beloved ones. However, the reconciliation was the weapon and is the weapon of living as a great neighbour in the world. (Can you please give a round applause?) The reconciliation was the weapon for us to live as a great neighbour in the world. Today, we are very proud living in an independent country yet many things that our leaders are still working on, so that our people can live in prosperous and live in harmony and peaceful lives. However, to achieve this, it’s not that easy as many people have been facing physiologically trauma and stressful and so on and so forth. IPYG Timor-Leste is also working hand by hand with the IWPG Timor-Leste to plan more peace activities such as Peace through Sports, Clean up for Peace, Peace for Concert, Planting Trees and many more things. Moreover, we hope to include more young people so that we can create more spaces for spreading the culture of peace. However, to achieve this, it should be done by cultivating a culture of respecting each other and mutual trust within people to people and states to states levels.”
Monk Phramaha Monchai Saitanaporn, from Wat Phra Dhammakaya Berlin
“All religions speak of peace, but unfortunately religion has become one the causes for the greatest conflicts in human history. DPCW deals with these issues of religion which may be sensitive and includes specific provisions to resolve religious conflicts. 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. 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. That is why I strongly believe that the DPCW is the method to achieve peace.”
Opening Address of the Mr. Man Hee Lee
“Good afternoon, peace family. I sincerely welcome your attendance. I’m Mr. Man Hee Lee, the chairman of HWPL.
We are not the only ones here at this celebration, but also the spirits of heaven. As soon as I see your bright side, I can see the day of the WARP Summit 2014 five years ago.
On that day, in order to end the war in the global village and to make peace an eternal legacy in the future, politicians pledged to urge them to enact international laws for peace, and religious people to unite in God, in front of God, before the people of the world. All the heaven and earth heard this pledge. So, we are keeping the promise well.
At this time, we are having this 5th anniversary event all over our country and all over the world at the same time. Look at that monitor over there a lot. You’re going to see it. We are all messengers of peace. Today’s event, this is going to shine eternally in the history of the global village. Let’s achieve our promised goal. We Are One! I love you. Thank you.”
Speech of the IPYG Director
“The answer of peace, DPCW, has been widely supported around the world since its announcement in 2016, and as you’ll see in detail in its progress report, has expanded its support from all walks of life for a year. In particular, IPYG youth around the world have played a major role in promoting DPCW and in transforming DPCW into a peaceful culture. We received answers to the letter of peace from each country, and Australia, East Timor, and South Sudan held a soccer tournament of peace to inform young people about the need for peace. In Thailand, more than 2,000 students held a singing contest to spread the culture of peace, and in Korea, more than 10,000 young people participated in a campaign for peaceful unification to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Ladies and gentlemen, the answer of peace and the support of the citizens of the world is amazing, but there’s something even more amazing. It’s not the president of any country, the head of the United Nations, but the chairman of the HWPL that is making the answer of peace. Why is it that the whole world speaks out for DPCW voluntarily, even though it’s not something that someone has forced you to do, and it’s not something that you have to do? Thanks to Mr. Man Hee Lee’s leadership in practice.
In 2014, he promised to establish international law and create peace between religions, and he actually traveled around the world more than 30 times. He also visited and gathered experts in international law to help enact international laws, met heads of state and leaders, and expressed the need for DPCW, met religious leaders from each country in person, and encouraged them to participate in the WARP Office.
And he created the MOU and implementation of peace education with the heads of the National Education Ministry, the elementary, middle and high schools and universities. With the leadership of running and working nonstop, the result was possible. And we can also be confident that we will be able to achieve our future.
All of this is possible if we all become one. Don’t forget. We are one.”
Speech of the IWPG Director
“Our peace families, who are paying attention to this place. To end the global war and create a world of peace, let’s urge us to know the value of this peace declaration first, to let my neighbors know the value of this peace declaration, know the nation and the president, join and sign in support.
I’d like to ask all the women in each country. And I’d like to ask you guys and male politicians. Please encourage your loved ones and your wives and children to join the eternal peace process. So that we can do the work of peace with people who can do absolutely pure service to the human world, regardless of power or interest. There’s nothing more valuable than this. It’s a pure volunteer that makes a good world and gives it to future generations as a legacy.
It’s time to end the war, and peace is done when war and sin and pain are lost in the world. It is also peace that heaven wants to give us so much. Therefore, let us use ourselves as a tool for peace and make new changes in the world. This is not someone else’s business. You should never assume that you’re doing someone else’s work. I will do my job and fulfill my mission from heaven. That’s why I’m asking all of you here to work with all your heart.
It’s time to fulfill our mission with our Chairman Man Hee Lee. And it’s time for peace to rule the world. Let’s work together to share each other’s burden for the future and safety of mankind so that we don’t break the line of life of peace. Let’s add the wisdom I’ve accumulated and use the expertise I’ve worked for to make sure that peace is complete in this age of life. If your zeal, Man Hee Lee’s wisdom, and the explosive power of 3.7 billion women and youth become ONE, war will surely disappear in this world. Let’s all become messengers of peace together and achieve our goal before our eyes. Thank you.”
IPYG Card Section Performance
It is the result of 6,000 young people’s effort without any cost. Actually, it’s even more wonderful to see in person. The history of the Korean Peninsula can be seen at a glance from the founding of the country. It also gives an answer to how peace can be achieved.
At the same time in the Big Cities of Korea
Their enthusiasm is really hot. It seems that peace will be achieved right now. Then there was speeches of leaders after that, special performances of Korean traditional music and taekwondo, and a media facade as the final finale.
Speech of Giani Harpreet Singh Ji Jathedar (Head) Sri Akal Takht Sahib, the highest temporal seat of the Sikh Faith
“Greetings. I am the representative of all the Sikhs and at presently serving Sri Akal Takht Sahib, the highest temporal seat of the Sikh Faith. I, on behalf of all the Sikhs of the world, give my good wishes to HWPL for attainment of their noble objectives for DPCW to be submitted to the UN General Assembly as a draft resolution and to become a legally binding instrument. It will finally bring the true meaning of Peace in the world.
I, as the representative of all the Sikhs and at presently serving Sri Akal Takht Sahib, the highest temporal seat of the Sikh Faith, assure the esteemed assembly of highly revered ambassadors of all the great Religious Faiths that the Sikhs have always stood and will stand for world peace, mutual respect of religious faiths and empowerment of women and youth in our society so that we co-exist in a peaceful world and leave a better place for our coming generation.”
Media Facade Finale
How beautiful it can be. It was so cool. I don’t know how many months it will take to make this. That visual quality was the level of movie.
Now I’m going to go home. It would be even more touching and proud to see it in person. We have live broadcasts for each session tomorrow, so let’s take a good rest for tomorrow.
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 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. 🙂
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.