The HWPL International Law Peace Committee, consisting of twenty highly respected international law experts, is to publicly present the Declaration on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace on March 14, 2016.
Over 1,000 internationally-renowned figures representing various fields: legal affairs, politics, NGOs, and media will gather at the Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace in Seoul to witness and support the Declaration - the one that will draw a new framework for an international law leading to global peace.
The host organizations of the ceremony, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) together with the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), aim to call the global community to stop wars and leave a legacy of world peace for future The Declaration on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace is significantly unparalleled in that its core elements are on the most controversial issues such as prohibition on production, sales, and supply of all weapons; renunciation of possessing war potential; and religious conflict resolution.
The proclamation ceremony will serve not only as a platform to proclaim such a Declaration to the public but also to initiate its development process into an enforceable International Law, bringing forth a world The Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace will be streamed live to the entire world.
HWPL believes that the global community should work together to create a world of peace and that they, themselves, should all become messengers of peace. Global citizens transcending nationalities, ethnicities, and religions are increasingly joining the flow of making our world more peaceful with their commitment to help establish HWPL's International Peace Law.
There was a time when there were no universal human rights. No one could have imagined but today we all take it for granted. In the same way, no one can imagine the Declaration on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace but one day our future generations will take it as a given as well.
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light Peace Forum: “Humanity on the Crossroads of Conflict and Peace, Which Way Should We Choose?”Friday, 19 February 2016 19:41
Amid rising concerns of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula from the recent nuclear tests and satellite launch by North Korea, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) hosted a peace forum on February 19 at the Grand Ballroom in Coex Hall, Seoul. The theme of the forum was “Humanity on the Crossroads of Conflict and Peace, Which Way Should We Choose?”
Attended by over 1,800 renowned figures from all sectors of the society – political and religious leaders, NGO representatives, and journalists- across 13 countries, the HWPL peace forum served as a platform to gather the hearts of leaders and civilians to join in HWPL’s work of peace and deliver the message for promoting peace in the hopes of bringing peace on the Korean peninsula and beyond. The participants pledged to take actions and collaborate on peace promoting activities.
Mr. Keun Park, a former Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations and Monk Mujin of Hwang-Ryeun Buddhist temple delivered congratulatory speeches.
“Heavenly culture is what is provided to humanity without cost just as the light, rain, and air. Today, this remarkable forum with the purpose of achieving world peace through heavenly culture offers a historical moment to awaken the urgency of the unification of the only divided nation in the world,” said Mr. Keun Park.
Soon-Hwee Jang, Doctorate in Politics and Director of the Korean Institute of Cultural Security, Young-Sook Kang, Vice President of the National Unification Advisory Council, and Ki-Chul Lee, Doctorate in Theology at International Christian Mission Council spoke on the topic of “Humanity on the crossroads of conflict and peace, which way should we choose?”
“Political leaders of major countries proclaim peace and peaceful resolution at any chance, however, in reality, we find ironies at the lack of any instrument or tool being implemented to support their proclamation. In this world of despair, it is the hope for humanity that one person makes a tireless effort to create peace by reviving the spirit and culture of peace. Through the Mindanao Peace Agreement and the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace activities, HWPL Chairman Lee has brought hope that peace can be realized,” said Mr. Jang.
In his keynote speech, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee said, “In the crossroads of conflict and peace, in order to cease conflicts, a law is needed. A law for humanity, the one that disposes of all means that initiate war and armed conflicts must be proposed to be implemented. HWPL is currently undertaking an international law initiative which signifies the big leap towards transforming armed weapons into daily instruments and resolving religious conflicts.”
IWPG Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim added, “Women leaders and students throughout the world are uniting their efforts to urge for this international law to become effectively implemented. We have come to a point of time when youth can freely pursue their dreams and their passion and efforts for peace can be guaranteed and recognized.”
At the HWPL Forum, a total of 18 HWPL Publicity Ambassadors were appointed including Peter Kim, the head of the International Medical Volunteer Organization (UN registered). In addition, 20 HWPL Publicity Ambassadors and 7 IWPG Publicity Ambassadors from mainland China were appointed.
At the closing ceremony of the event, about 1,000 leading figures signed the World Peace Agreement to urge for the implementation of the International Law on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace. Each of them pledged on behalf of his/her people and nation, to do their best in their endeavor for the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace.
At the lobby of Grand Ballroom, Cheon-ji News’ special photo exhibition on “War and Peace” was held. Participants were able to get a glimpse of life during the Korean War and the current Civil war in Syria. This exhibit let the viewers experience the atrocities committed during war-time captured by cameras and learned about HWPL’s footsteps of peace in current conflicted areas of the world.
HWPL, through the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, consisting of prestigious international law professionals, will publicly present the Declaration on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace in March 2016. There is much attention directed at the Declaration since it will include articles on the most controversial global issues as well as solution.
The International Convention seminar for the cessation of war and achievement of world peace was held by Georgian members of International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), and affiliated organization of Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL), on Jan 25th at the conference room of ILIA University, Tbilisi, Georgia. The implementation of International convention to head off wars and armed conflicts is urgently needed, at a time when the Syrian war is dragging out and the refugee crisis is being occurred all over in Europe.
The event was opened by Olivia Jeon, the IPYG project coordinator introducing the peace movements of HWPL and IPYG. In the beginning Olivia Jeon said “the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions' Peace Summit was held by HWPL, IPYG and the International Women Peace Group (IWPG) on Sep 18 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. I’m deeply moved to see the international convention seminar held in Tbilisi, Georgia to put the peace agreement into practice today.
Mr. Luka Pertaia, a freelancer journalist of IWPR(Institute for War & Peace Reporting) who attended the seminar said “I think implementation of International convention for cessation of war and achievement of world peace is definitely essential. We are living in era of war… very few years without war. So the convention will provide new vision and new ideas for realizing ideal world.” which made him understand the significance of HWPL's activities to call for the international convention.
Other than the International law seminar, HWPL short film festival is to be held in Tbilisi on May 21st to call for two initiatives of HWPL for achieving world peace practically (Implementation of International Convention for cessation of war and World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Meeting for resolving the religious conflicts accounting about 80% of war and conflicts in the world). More information is to be updated on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HWPLShortFilmFestival/
As an International Peace organization registered under the UN DPI and umbrella organization of IPYG, HWPL has made practical peace movements in the world. Especially, chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL is visiting to the Philippines during his 24th peace tour. On January 24th and 25th Chairman Lee of HWPL participated in the unveiling ceremony of the Declaration of World Peace Monument. And designated Cotabato City State Polytechnic College as the first HWPL Peace Academy in the Philippines. Though Mindanao in the Philippines was the hot spot that shed lives of 120,000 people due to religious conflicts between Islam and Catholic for the past 40 years, the chairman Lee meditated the signing of a peace agreement between representatives of both religions’ leaders. Only after 2 years, the signing has made good examples for resolving conflicts like erecting HWPL Peace Monument in conflict zone, Decommissioning of MILF and so on.
MILF in the Philippines Firmly Committed to Peace by Erecting Peace Monument only after 7 Months DecommissioningSunday, 24 January 2016 20:13
Chairman Man Hee Lee, the Peace Advocate – his seventh visit to the Philippines
The second Peace Monument being erected at the MILF base camp, Maguindanao
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) launched the IBP Peace Committee
Philippines' first HWPL Peace Academy being established
In June 2014, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) grasped attention from the international society by decommissioning. And this January, MILF is to erect the Declaration of World Peace Monument in their base camp, demonstrating their willingness to consolidate peace activities with Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international peace organization which MILF has been constantly working together for world peace.
■The second Peace Monument being erected in the MILF base camp
On January 24th, Chairman Lee of HWPL and the HWPL Peace Delegation, who have been consistently working with MILF for peace in the Philippines, will participate in the unveiling ceremony of the Declaration of World Peace Monument after a meeting with Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, the Chairman of MILF at the base camp located in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
At the same time, by designating January 24th - the day when a peace agreement was conducted for peaceful resolution on the conflicts in Mindanao - of each year as the HWPL Day, citizens will annually commemorate peace in the region. The second HWPL Peace Monument will be officially erected in the Philippines; only eight months after erecting the first Peace Monument in last May in the Province of Maguindanao.
■Cotabato City State Polytechnic College will become the HWPL Peace Academy
Cotabato City State Polytechnic College will become the first educational institute in the Philippines resolving on entering into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with HWPL for peace education on 25 January. The college will also hold a designation ceremony to celebrate becoming an HWPL Peace Academy. Prior to the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College, many institutions in Israel, Kosovo, and India were already designated as the HWPL Peace Academies to incorporate HWPL’s peace initiatives into their curricular and instill the significance of peace education to students.
Also, to symbolize the agreement for the sustainable peace cooperation between Davao City and HWPL, a bronze-signboard containing the signatures of Rodrigo Duterte, the Mayor of Davao City and Man Hee Lee, the Chairman of HWPL will be hung up at the entrance of the Museo Dabawenyo (Museum in Davao city). In a section of the 2nd floor, additionally, a permanent exhibition of the HWPL peace movements will be arranged. Having a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Davao City Public Library and HWPL, moreover, Davao City Public Library will provide an exclusive shelf for HWPL, constantly supplying HWPL DVDs, books, and brochures for the citizens to easily get access to the HWPL peace works.
■ The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) launched the IBP Peace Committee
On 29 January, together with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Chairman Lee and the HWPL Peace Delegation will be holding an inauguration, including a signboard hanging ceremony for the launch of the IBP Peace Committee. IBP has voluntarily initiated the peace committee to promote the HWPL peace works to all legal experts in the Philippines. The committee is expecting to give lectures about peace movements in universities and institutes where they have been engaged as guest lecturers. Especially in this upcoming event, 93 legal experts including the current and former representatives, and the board members of the IBP, will be appointed as the HWPL Publicity Ambassadors, and soon will be initiating peace movements in the name of IBP Peace Committee.
HWPL is an international peace organization registered in the Department of Public Information of the United Nations (UN DPI) and initiating peace works together with the International Law Peace Committee, World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Offices, International Women's Peace Group (IWPG), and International Peace Youth Group (IPYG).
On their 22nd world peace tour, Mr, Man Hee Lee, Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) and Ms. Nam Hee Kim, Chairwoman of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) visited Albania to meet international heads of states, religious leaders, media, and youth to speak on the urgency of a united global commitment for HWPL’s two initiatives: an International Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts and an alliance of religions through its WARP Peace Offices.
December 9th at 6:30 p.m., (local time), News 24, Albania’s first and top rated 24-hour news channel, invited the two chairpersons to its studio to cover an exclusive and in-depth interview on their peace initiatives. Mr. Rezar Xhaxhiu, an editor in chief and journalist at TV News 24, hosted the interview.
Santa Tecla, El Salvador – On November 10th 2015, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) caught the interest of those who seek peace by unveiling a Peace Monument and establishing a Peace Park in Santa Tecla, where the scars of civil war are yet to be healed. The unveiling was followed by a Peace Rally and was attended by Mayor Roberto José d´Aubuisson Munguía, former Deputy Head of the Legislative Assembly of the state of La Libertad, along with over 1,000 citizens. The world-renowned peace activist, Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, and Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of theInternational Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) were invited to attend and graced the occasion with their presence.
This historic event in El Salvador is the fruit of the efforts of Chairman Lee, who has been traveling around the world, tirelessly calling for peace since the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace two years ago. Mayor Munguía, and the citizens of Santa Tecla, volunteered to build the Peace Monument and collaborated with HWPL to take a new leap toward bringing peace in their communities. HWPL’s Peace Monuments are being erected in many parts of the world, including the United States, the Philippines, and South Africa, and are the symbols of the realization of sustainable world peace.
Prior to his trip to El Salvador, Chairman Lee visited Los Angeles and attended ‘Advancing the Light of Peace: HWPL Peace Event’. He met with international heads of state, religious leaders, media, and youth to speak about the urgency of a united, global commitment for HWPL’s two initiatives: an International Convention on the Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts and the Alliance of Religions through its WARP (World Alliance of Religions’ Peace) Office meetings. Educators and community leaders in LA presented the importance of including religious dialogue into school curriculum, expressing their commitment to work with HWPL to incorporate HWPL’s peace-building initiatives into their classroom.
The 12-year civil war that took the lives of over 80,000 people, ended with the peace agreement between the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) and governmental forces in San Salvador in 1992. However, human rights violations and increasing violent incidents continue to plague the region, making it known as the number one city in the world for homicides.
Moving forward from the pain and suffering of the past, El Salvador, meaning ‘Savior’, is taking this unprecedented event as an opportunity to be at the forefront of leading the WARP Office events and supporting the implementation of the Convention on the Cessation of War. The City Council of Santa Tecla have also designated September 18th as HWPL Day to annually commemorate the momentous 1st Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit in Seoul, South Korea - which produced the finalized first draft of the International Convention by the HWPL International Law Peace Committee.
Chairman Lee and the HWPL Peace Delegation will travel to London, UK to hold further discussions on the 2nd draft of the International Convention with renowned international law scholars and experts.
IWPG to Urge for the Implementation of the International Convention on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World PeaceTuesday, 10 November 2015 17:02
“Let peace first be realized in the Korean Peninsula to protect our children”, Ms. Nam Hee Kim, Chairwoman of the IWPG1,000 Women Representatives join the Peace Agreement Ceremony.
Seoul, Republic of Korea- On 5 November 2015, the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) hosted the ‘2015 IWPG Network Peace Forum’ to urge the ‘Implementation of the International Convention on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace.’ The forum mainly discussed the role of women in the Implementation of the International Convention for the Realization of World Peace and was attended by about 1,000 women from Korea and abroad.
The participants signed the Statement to Urge for the Implementation of the International Convention which strengthened their resolve to continue to oversee and develop the adoption process for each state to abide by the provisions of the Convention presented by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL).
“The implementation of the Convention will bring forth world peace when women of the world unite as one with the heart of a mother and urge for it. We, women, are the start of world peace,” said Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of the IWPG. She appealed to the audience to “work together with the IWPG until the day when 3.6 billion women become united.”
The speakers included Yun Sook Lee, Former Minister of Political Affairs (II) of the Republic of Korea, Rosario T. Setias-Reyes, National President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and Jiang Lin, Chairman of World Chinese Union General.
Known for his initiative of the International Convention, the global peace advocate – Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL said in his congratulatory message, “Peace already dwells in us as many women representatives are gathering here today.” He added, “Let us all unite in the work of peace transcending borders, ethnicities, religions, and ideologies.”
President Setias-Reyes expressed her gratitude towards Chairwoman Kim. “She has paved the way for all women to work for the purpose of the cessation of war and world peace. The worldwide network of the IWPG has served as the foundation of a world of peace.” One of the Korean participants expressed her thoughts by saying, “As a mother who has to raise her children in the only divided country in the world, I was comforted and encouraged that war can actually be ceased. It is possible and hopeful.”
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The IWPG, the host of the forum, is an international women’s peace organization actively working through over 700,000 members from 179 branches in 40 countries worldwide. As an active supporting organization of HWPL’s peace movement, the IWPG is currently leading the way to support women’s peace activities worldwide, including various volunteer services, academic education, and cultural and artistic exchanges.
HWPL, one of the biggest international non-governmental organizations, played a decisive role in ending the 40-year religious and political conflict of Mindanao, Philippines by implementing a Peace Agreement last January. The organization hosted the 1st Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit in September 2015, which provided a platform to present the first draft of the Convention on the Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts through its International Law Peace Committee. HWPL is at the forefront of accelerating the implementation of such a Convention.
On the second day of the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) held 2015 HWPL International Conference: Presentation of the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts. At the conference held in the main auditorium of Yongin Elysian Learning Center, HWPL presented the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts.
This convention is a product of cooperation among international law experts from various countries, which began since the signing of the Agreement to Propose the Enactment of International Law for the Cessation of Wars and World Peace at the 2014 WARP Summit. The convention stresses the need to strengthen the provisions for renouncing war and other international armed conflicts and further calls on states to abide by those provisions. This project began with the intent to settle armed conflicts only by peaceful means. The convention, upon its presentation at the conference, garnered support from not only legal professionals but also youth, women, and journalists who were in attendance.
Chairman Lee of HWPL addressed, “We have greeted a new era and everyone here are the leading characters in opening the new era,” emphasizing that the Implementation of an International Convention on the Cessation of War is a brilliant work in the history of the achievement of the cessation of war and world peace and will be remembered for eternity. Chairwoman Kim of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) stated at the conference, “the 1st Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit is the platform provided for the implementation of the international convention which is the core business of HWPL” and added that the presentation of the first draft of the convention is an unprecedented work that drew a stroke in the history of peace.
Dr. Fathi Kemicha delivered a keynote speech. “The Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts will bring us closer to a more peaceful and prosperous world. The collective might of the people here, of the women and youths that HWPL represents, could be what is needed to bring about such change.…HWPL has an important role to play in developing and implementing a legal framework that protect women and children and which create a more just and peaceful world. When one imagines a world in which states have ratified this convention, one cannot help but be filled with hope.”
The conference was attended by over 300 people including international law experts as well as political, youth, women, and religious leaders from around the world. Among the attendees were Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, the chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, who signed a peace agreement with the Philippine government, and Dr. Fathi Kemicha, former member of the UN International Law Commission. Also, former and current heads of state and many UN officials joined them in the work for peace.
Dr. Kamal Hossain, the vice-chair of the International Law Association, who also signed the peace agreement at the 2014 WARP Summit, conveyed his congratulatory message to Mr. Man Hee Lee and everyone who attended the 1st Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit. Dr. Hossain said, “We must make our children and our grandchildren free from the scourge of war,” emphasizing the importance of the international convention on the cessation of war and achievement of world peace. “I would appeal,” he added, “particular to youth and women that we must go back to our countries and continue with the same commitment that you have shown.”
After the conference, a panel discussion on the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts took place at 1 pm. During the discussion, a panel of eleven world-renowned international law experts presented their views on the convention. After the panel discussion on the convention, HWPL appointed the eleven world-renowned scholars of international law as members of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee. The members of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee will return to their respective countries and continue with the work of developing the convention.
World’s youth and women organizations support the international convention on the cessation of war
On the 19th, members of the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) were in the audience of the conference and panel discussion on the international convention. On the previous day, members of the IPYG and IWPG signed the statement to urge for the implementation of an International Convention on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace. This convention, drafted by the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, addresses the tragedy of lives lost in the midst of wars and conflicts and further states that the majority of those affected are the youth and women. Moreover, it emphasizes the role of the youth and women in achieving peace.
Mr. Man Hee Lee, the chairman of HWPL, and Ms. Nam Hee Kim, the chairwoman of the IWPG (an affiliate organization of HWPL), stressed that drawing up provisions that prohibit the use of armed force in any circumstances is fundamental to achieving world peace. Through his worldwide peace movement, Mr. Lee is calling on people all over the world to transcend all borders and join the efforts for the implementation of the international convention on the cessation of war. As a result, legal professionals, politicians, and religious leaders around the world are joining the cause. The 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit showed the efforts and achievements made to leave a world of peace to the future generations through the international convention on the cessation of war.