Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War

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Thursday, 22 September 2016 15:31

On September 19th, marking the last day of its three-day journey to peace during the 2 nd Annual Commemoration of the September 18 th WARP Summit, the “Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War” was held by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) in Seoul, South Korea.
Approximately 1,000 guests from 130 countries, consisting of not only State leaders, such as former presidents and prime ministers as well as current ministers, but also experts in the field of international law, UN officials, religious leaders and international press members, took part in the conference. During his keynote speech, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee proclaimed, “The Declaration that we drafted is a new legal framework that can bring about the cessation of war and world peace. Prime ministers and chief justices together with the National Assembly of each nation must acknowledge the value and principles of the DPCW and propel and support the development process of the DPCW. If we do it, it is possible. If we don’t do it, it won’t happen,” repeatedly reminding all the people in governmental affairs and legal experts of the significance of the legislation of the law for peace.
IWPG Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim said, “We ask the chiefs of state, judges and the United Nations to work together for advocacy of the international law for cessation of war. Also, we ask ministers of states to give the message of peace and work with governments to advocate and implement the international law. People from all walks of life are working for peace; organizations and schools are providing peace education and women and youth are taking the lead in protecting themselves. When the public voice in advocacy of the adoption of the international law becomes greater, the power of peace transcending national interest will also be greater. Your actions today will be an exemplary model of respect for future generations and become the everlasting light recorded in heaven.”
Speakers representing various sectors of the audience, such as governments, civil organizations, youth, women and religions, presented their roles as well as concrete action plans to develop the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and implement it as an enforceable law. It provided a platform for participants to reaffirm their responsibilities to advocate for the DPCW, thus bringing about peace and cessation of war.
Seyed Reza Hosseini Nassab (Grand Ayatollah of Canada) “The world with peace is the paradise, and with war is the Hell. The foundation of peace shall be built on the important principles, such as: education, tolerance, mercy, equality, morality, religious freedom and justice. To reach this heavenly goal, we need an enforceable law, such as the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, which shall be approved and supported by all religious leaders in the world”
H.E. Karim Khalili, Senior Deputy of Afghanistan High Peace Council and Former Vice President said, ”It is obvious that achieving sustainable peace is not an easy and simple task. We have to go through several political, legal, cultural, economic, managerial, psychological, religious aspects, at national and international levels so that we achieve this human idea and wish. Procedures among world nations for achieving peace that have been experienced can help us in this regard. “Declaration of peace and ending war” that has been prepared by HWPL, is considered one of the efficient, useful and valuable procedures for achieving peace and ending war.
Prof. Carlos Villán Durán, President of The Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law emphasized the collaboration and participation of civic society and governmental organizations to develop the Declaration into a legally binding document. He said, “The DPCW provides positive elements to foster the dialogue and reconciliation among religions.” He then added, “We have also learnt that international law and multilateral institutions must be more efficient to peacefully settling conflicts and to better address legitimate demands for justice and the right of peoples to self-determination”
On the 17 th , experts in the fields of politics, religions, law and civil society, according to their sectors, participated in sessions, a total of 8 different forums, and proceeded to discuss practical approaches to implement the international law compatible with the DPCW proclaimed on March 14 th . They arrived at efficient means to support the document utilizing various methods.
On the 18 th , the outdoor event at Jamsil Olympic Main Stadium deeply touched all in attendance through the entrance ceremony, which colorfully portrayed diverse and traditional cultures of Korea and the world, and the card section performance ‘War and Peace’, performed by 11,440 youths. This outdoor peace event demonstrated to the world the exemplary culture of peace and presented opportunities to experience such culture. The ‘Conference for the Implementation of Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War’ walked through the overall progress made during the 2 nd Annual Commemoration of the September 18 th WARP Summit. Everything drawn from each session is expected to yield a practical result through international peace networks and support formed during the Summit.

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