Dear heads of various organizations around the world:
Greetings, I am Man Hee Lee, the peace advocate of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL). First of all, I wish to express my sincere gratitude and commend your dedicated efforts. The work we are doing now is the mission that we, who were born into this generation, must fulfill.
On 18 September 2014, at the WARP Summit, political leaders, religious leaders, and heads of various organizations from across the globe pledged to carry out the work entrusted to them in the sight of God and all people of the world. Heaven and earth, which were called as witnesses of that day, are watching us. It was indeed a great achievement that we made.
Prior to the 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit this year, all of us, heads of organizations, should send emails to political and religious leaders around the world to urge for the completion of the work they promised—the work of ensuring peace and cessation of war through international law and of achieving the unity of religion. (Their email addresses can be obtained from the International Department of HWPL Headquarters.) By doing so, let us accomplish our purpose.
This work we are doing now is being witnessed by heaven and earth, seen and heard by spirits of those who longed to see a world of peace in their lifetime. And it will go down in history forever. Thank you.
His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II express his Condolences to the President of France.
“"Your Excellency, accept my heartfelt condolences for the tragedy that took place in Nice, which has dozens of people left dead and many others left injured. It is unfortunate that today the world has become vulnerable, and when a country faces the threat of all.
Pray for peace, and extend our condolences to the victims and families of the dead pass ", - reads the letter.
300,000 people gathered simultaneously in hundreds of cities including Seoul, New York City, Sydney, and Shanghai for the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace: Legislate Peace Campaign hosted by HWPL on 25 May 2016 in their respective time zones.
This year’s commemoration at the World Peace Gate in Seoul Olympic Park highlighted the global peace advocacy movement, Legislate Peace Campaign, recently launched to bring all wars to an end by establishing an enforceable law compatible with the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
The DPCW is unique in that it includes provisions aimed at resolving conflicts, reducing war potential, repurposing weapons to benefit humanity and inviting all citizens to participate in the active promotion of a lasting culture of peace.
The Legislate Peace Campaign calls on global citizens to unite as one to voice their demand for peace by adding their signatures. According to HWPL, as of May 25th, the collected signatures have exceeded 500,000 from 154 countries in less than two months and many heads of state have written official letters of support for the DPCW. The number of signatures is expected to reach 2,000,000 by the end of this year.
“Today, marking the 3rd anniversary, at this very moment, our family of peace must be having their eyes and ears in this place…What we are ought to leave to our future generations is the common good of mankind, peace. There is no greater legacy than peace and it is not achieved by one person. Therefore, we all must become messengers of peace,” said Chairman Lee of HWPL in his commemorative address.
Since the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace on 25 May 2013, HWPL has proposed its international law initiative. It is to draft a legally binding instrument which ultimately promotes a culture of peace and ceases all wars through the DPCW so that all states would adopt it as national law. A Korean youth leader said at an interview, “The organization has already made great progress in achieving its peace initiatives. It’s exciting to see what the next work will be.”
The event in Seoul was live streamed through the HWPL homepage and real-time photos and videos have been posted on the Legislate Peace Campaign Facebook page.
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Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a UN DPI registered NGO, is an internationally recognized peace organization. It has pioneered various peace activities including the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office, as well as held peace education seminars, peace walks, and peace forums with the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and International Peace Youth Group (IPYG).
3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace is an annually and internationally celebrated event to commemorate the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace presented by Chairman of HWPL on 25 May 2013. The Declaration calls everyone to work to further the cause of world peace, making it a reality in their direct environments.
Legislate Peace Campaign is an advocacy movement in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) being developed into an enforceable law. The campaign calls on world leaders and governments to make and enforce a law based on the principles of the DPCW.
Leaders in Tbilisi take after the Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War in Korea
Tbilisi, Georgia – On March 19th, 2016, Heavenly Culture, World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL) hosted the “Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War in Georgia” in the auditorium of the Georgian National Museum. The event took after the “Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War” that took place in Seoul, Korea on March 14th. The Declaration was announced once again at the event where youth, women and leaders of each sector gathered to reaffirm their will to realize peace in Georgia.
HWPL established HWPL International Peace Committee in September last year to hold in-depth discussions for drafting a declaration that complements the existing international law that hardly prevents or resolves wars and conflicts. On March 14th this year the Declaration was publicly announced. It contains clauses about prohibition of use of force, reduction of military force, peaceful resolution of conflicts, freedom of religion and resolution of religious conflicts and dissemination of culture of peace.
There were leaders of each sectors such as Mr. Lasha Chkhartishvili from Democracy Institute, Mr. Kakha Daushviliand from Association of Young Economists Georgia(AYEG), Mr. Zaur Khalilov from Civic Integration Foundation and the Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili from the Evangelical Baptist Church. Also over 30 women & youth groups including Association Vejini and Caucasus Youth Nexus gathered at the event in Tbilisi.
In the first part of the event, six sectors of HWPL – legal experts, religious leaders, social leaders, youth, women and media – were introduced and the Declaration was publicly announced. In the second part, Ms. Mariam Bolkvadze who visited Korea to participate in the proclamation ceremony as a reporter of MIR TV and a Publicity Ambassador of HWPL shared her experience of attending the event in Korea and emphasized the roles of women and youths as the wings of peace.
HWPL is an international peace organization that mobilizes leaders of countries around the world and women and youth who are at the center of the public. In September, 2014, HWPL hosted World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit with about two thousand world leaders in attendance and carried out ‘Signing of the Agreement for Implementation of International Law.’ It later launched HWPL International Law Peace Committee comprising international law experts. A year later, first draft of the International Law was announced and six months later on March 14, 2016, announced Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. At the event, about a thousand guests from 58 countries (including ministers of law from Palestine and Lebanon) gathered.
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.
The grand opening ceremony of the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit successfully took place, with over 300 world-renowned leaders gathering in the capital of peace, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Stimulating the implementation of the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts, the ceremony brought together the collective wishes of all humanity, the sustainable solutions for world peace.
Family members of the global community, greetings. It is my sincere pleasure to stand before you today. My name is Man Hee Lee, and I am the Peace Advocate of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light. I would like to take this moment to thank everyone for all the efforts and hard work. Today marks the first anniversary of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit. Just like a year ago today, spirits of the heavens are here with us. HWPL and its two wings, the IWPG and IPYG, are soaring powerfully. Let us all work together to make this 1st Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit successful and achieve our purpose. A year ago today, I said if we undertake this work, it would be done. Our work has been promoted and made known around the world through HWPL Publicity Ambassadors and journalists in various countries. Former and current politicians and chief justices are making a united effort towards the implementation of an international convention on the cessation of war. And for the unity of religions, religious leaders are gathering at HWPL World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Offices to compare and study religious texts. All of these efforts are to keep the promise that was made at the 2014 WARP Summit. Monuments of peace are being erected in various locations around the world in celebration of our achievements. Dear beloved family members of peace, we were specially chosen and entrusted with the mission of achieving peace in this generation. We, HWPL, are working with the help of our Peace Advisory Council comprised of heads of state and chief justices, of our two wings the IWPG and IPYG, and of our Publicity Ambassadors comprised of heads of various organizations and journalists. All the news reports made by the media are being documented and kept on record, and are being sent to family members around the world. This work of bringing all wars on earth to an end and establishing peace as an inheritance for our future generations will become everlasting light and life. There is nothing greater or more valuable than this. God the Creator, who left this world 6,000 years ago, will return and reign over the world, and our hopes will be fulfilled.
We are one family, one in peace. Let us all become messengers of peace and achieve our purpose. I sincerely pray that grace and love be abundant upon all of you.
As part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the General Assembly today began a two-day debate to draw lessons from the experiences of the past seven decades in the area of peace and security and take stock of present challenges.
"Today our world continues to be re-shaped by globalization, urbanization, migration, demographic shifts and other seismic trends. New threats have emerged, from climate change to cyber-crime and pandemics.
"In many respects, the world is shifting beneath our feet. Yet the Charter remains a firm foundation for shared progress.”
"He highlighted a number of threads that run through the activities of the Organization, from human rights and peacekeeping to humanitarian assistance and sustainable development.
"These include a greater emphasis on prevention, mediation, and the peaceful resolution of disputes and grievances, as well as strengthening peacebuilding in order to sustain peace and keep post-conflict societies from repeating cycles of disaster.
"He also highlighted addressing the roots of conflict, including through heightened attention on violations of human rights – often the warning signs of worse to come, as well as providing adequate and predictable resources.
"Let us take inspiration from the good news of the past week,” Mr. Ban said, highlighting in particular the adoption of the new global sustainable development agenda; tangible support for UN peace operations; momentum on climate change; high-level commitments to gender equality; and encouraging steps to address the refugee crisis.
"Alongside despair in many corners, there remains great hope in the power of working together. That is the founding spirit of the United Nations – and in this 70th anniversary year, in the face of grave and global challenges, it is the spirit we must summon today.”
General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft noted that over the past 70 years, the UN’s approach, capacity and responsibilities in the area of peace and security have undergone major changes.
“Yet today, with unsolved conflicts in many parts of the world and with millions of women and children greatly affected, it is clear that the UN has much more to learn and much more to do, to fulfil its mandate.”
Preventing conflict from breaking out in the first place is “the epitome of success” in this field – and by far the best investment in maintaining peace and security, he said.
Also, since the UN was founded and the Charter adopted, the nature of security challenges, conflicts and threats have continued to change, he said, noting that the UN has responded and continues to adapt to these ever-changing challenges.
In this regard, he pointed to the report of the high-level independent panel on peace operations, which the General Assembly will take up on 12 October, as well as the ongoing 10-year review of the peacebuilding architecture, which will enable the UN to “face head on” the uncertainties of building and sustaining peace and the ever-present risk of lapse or relapse into conflict.
Mr. Lykketoft added that, in the same vein, the global study on Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security allows for taking stock and devising ways to better address this key aspect of international peace and security.
“A UN that is truly fit for purpose is in our common interest,” he stated. “It is our responsibility to ensure that the UN can respond in a timely, well-calibrated and effective manner.
“This requires a concrete, sustainable, and more effective budgetary framework for special political missions. And this also includes the longstanding issue of Security Council reform, which will continue to receive attention during this session.”