HWPL Intercontinental WARP Office Meeting

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 11:21

During the 2018 HWPL World Peace Summit: 4th Anniversary of the WARP Summit around 100 religious leaders from 37 countries who have been participating in the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Offices up to now met on September 19th and held the HWPL Intercontinental WARP Office Meeting. The first 2 Intercontinental WARP Office Meetings were held online, but in honor of the 4th annual commemorative summit major participants from the WARP Office meetings gathered in Korea in a single location and took time to compare their scriptures.

The 1st Intercontinental WARP Office was held under the theme of ‘What is the method to eliminate evil in the scripture?’ and the 2nd Intercontinental WARP Office focused on the ‘Beginning and Origin of All Things’, so representatives of different religions compared their scriptures in these areas. The 3rd Intercontinental WARP Office focused on the founder of religion, which is one of the core topics among religions and faith communities, and a passionate discussion ensued. Also, the live online broadcasting that was streamed in 4 languages attracted the attention of many people.
Around 100 guests from Korea and abroad participated in the meeting and a panel of representatives from Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism discussed the main topic as well as responded to questions from the audience members. The focal point of this discussion was regarding “God”; however, the discussion was not limited to the god of a particular religion but rather expanded to encompass the transcendental existence of any being that is in control over all creation. In relation to the subject of “God” a number of questions were explored, such as ‘Who is he?’, ‘What is the law, cause and origin of nature?’, ‘If God exists, what type of existence does he have and what is his purpose?’, and ‘Why is there no direct communication with God?’.
This discussion first started with an O, X question being given to the panelists regarding ‘Is there a record of the existence of God in your scriptures?”. In response, the representatives of Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism answered with O and the Buddhist representative answered with X. The panelists who answered O were then given time to share about the Creator and how all of creation was first created according to their respective religions. The Buddhist panelist who had answered with X explained that in Buddhist scriptures “the origins are not explained about in terms of a Creator, but rather about human life.”

Second, the question was asked regarding ‘Is the place where God is dwelling recorded in your scriptures?’, to which all panel representatives answered O aside from the Buddhist representative who answered X as with the first question. The Christian panelist explained that at the time of Moses God dwelt in the tabernacle and at the time of Solomon he resided in the temple. Also, the scriptures record that when Jesus came 2,000 years ago he himself was God’s temple and that we are also the temple. The Islam representative stated that, “It is said that there is a throne, but there is no telling where that throne is, but the angels are supporting it. Also, it is recorded in the scriptures that God is closer to you than your jugular vein.”

Third, time was given for audience members to ask questions to the panelists. It was stated that, “in Hinduism God is understood and personified as material things that we can see, and I think there is a problem in limiting God to human thought in such a way,” so the Hindu panelist was asked about his thoughts regarding this issue. The Hindu panelist answered, “God is named by each person individually.”
The final portion of the event consisted of a concert put on by the children’s choir where they sang “Heal the world, We are the world”, showing the heart that transcends religions, races and cultures. All participants promised that moving forward they would all participate in and further develop the WARP Offices in their own respective continents and countries.

These days there are many religions all around the world and disagreements and conflicts between such religions are continuing. Amid such circumstances, many religious leaders are regretful over this harsh reality and are thus putting in passionate effort into uniting and becoming one for the realization of world peace through active discussion. So far WARP Office meetings have been held online and offline in around 200 locations all over the world during the past 4 years. In the future as well, these WARP Office meetings will become the groundbreaking tool for citizens around the world to seek the truth and spread the true value of life, which is a culture of peace.

Together For Peace: the WARP Summit 2018

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Monday, 03 September 2018 18:05

Collaboration for Peace Development:
Building a Peace Community through the DPCW

In today’s era with the need for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula and international cooperation for world peace, a summit under the theme of “Collaboration for Peace Development” will be held in South Korea from the 17th to the 19th of September to discuss the role each sector of society plays in the achievement of peace.
Around 1,000 experts in various fields from around the world with a passionate heart for peace will be gathered in South Korea and participate in the 4th Annual Commemoration of the September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit hosted by HWPL.

During the 3 days of the 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit 12 formal meetings and 3 informal meetings, for a total of 15 conferences, along with a press conference will be held. The main agenda of these meetings will be the introduction of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to the United Nations (UN) as a binding resolution and the promotion of international cooperation among individuals from all levels and sectors of society for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula through the DPCW. In addition, plans will be discussed and established regarding how to draw support from current heads of state for the introduction of the DPCW as a UN resolution.

In order to achieve these objectives, political leaders, religious leaders, legal experts, education professionals, heads of international organizations, leaders of youth and women’s organizations and civil society actors from over 100 countries around the world will attend the meetings and discuss peace projects based on the DPCW as well as concrete methods to implement them.

HWPL’s Answer for the Realization of Peace: Law for Peace, Alliance of Religions, Peace Education

Political leaders, including former and current heads of state, ministers, national assembly speakers and Supreme Court justices, together with HWPL are currently making practical efforts towards the enactment of an international law for peace through the introduction of the DPCW to the UN. At this year’s international law session, high-ranking officials and the HWPL international law advisory committee will create concrete measures to advance the process of the realization of the implementation of an international law for peace. 

Last year the world’s top religious leaders held a meeting to discuss the elimination of pain and suffering caused by religious conflict and the creation of peace between religions. There will be 13 members in attendance for the Alliance of Religions for Peace Meeting and plans are made to come together and find a trustworthy scripture that will lead to the alliance of religions. In addition, around 200 religious leaders from both Korea and abroad will share their experiences of participating in the WARP Office meetings and the effectiveness of their current strategies and efforts, as well as make a pledge to unite their religions together under the truth.
HWPL’s peace education is already receiving more attention and support as one of the essential pillars of achieving peace. In light of this, leaders in the ministries of education and other education professionals from many countries around the world will gather at the Peace Education conference to share about the best practices and methods of implementing peace education into current curriculums. Also, they will make plans to take steps to further develop the establishment of HWPL peace education within schools based on the 12 HWPL textbooks that have recently been completed.

Spreading the News of Peace: Media, Youth, Women

There are some individuals who are always at the forefront in spreading the news of HWPL around the world so that more people can participate in the peace projects and other activities of HWPL. They are the world’s journalists. They are currently working to strengthen cooperation among all journalists of the world so that the news of peace can be spread even more effectively in terms of both superior quality and quantity. During the World Peace Press Network Conference, journalists from each country will cooperate and join the Peace Initiative in order to seek a solution for peace that will be able to overcome the conflicts and turmoil in their respective countries. 

Youth and Women’s organizations have become one with the International Youth Peace Group (IPYG) and the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) in order to advocate for the DPCW to become a legally binding international instrument through the Legislate Peace Campaign. During this year’s meeting the youth and women will share the results and successes of the peace activities held throughout the previous year as well as discuss ways to further develop and sustain these activities in a more effective manner.
As peace based on the principles of the DPCW is being witnessed in various cities around the world, more and more people are joining in the peace projects of HWPL. In particular, two countries in Africa, Swaziland and Seychelles, have made a national declaration of their support for the DPCW and now advocate for its introduction as a resolution at the UN. The number of countries supporting the DPCW is expected to expand significantly following the 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit.

The ultimate goal of HWPL and the WARP Summit is to establish sustainable peace in the world and leave it as a legacy for future generations. The 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit is a meaningful time when people from all around the world, regardless of nationality, status and religion, can come together and form a peace network guided by the core principles of the DPCW in order to further develop action plans for peace and establish peace in their respective locations.

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Young Peace Leaders Are Voicing Out the Need for Youth Empowerment in Peacebuilding

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 12:49

- Tunisian youth activists volunteered to spread a culture of peace in their community.

TUNIS, 7 October – A youth empowerment workshop titled “Peace in Children’s Eyes” was held by local youth group members along with an international youth NGO. Thirteen to Sixteen-year-old students were invited to join the discussion on how they can contribute to peacebuilding.

The local host, Peace Excellency Academy members were motivated to take this event in place after participating in the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) Youth Empowerment Workshop held in Seoul on the sideline of the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit.

50 youth group representatives, including members of Peace Excellency Academy, had a discussion on practical ways to implement this global youth empowerment workshop for peace in their respective regions. Participants were from 13 countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, France, Germany, and the United States.

Mr. Yassino Bdiri, one of the Tunisian participants and the organizer of the Peace in Children’s Eyes workshop said, “IPYG workshop gave us hope that peace is possible when I saw the motivation of IPYG members.” After hosting the local workshop, he added, “The children were sensitized to the importance of peace. This makes me more believe in peace. We are planning to do other workshops in many regions with youth. We must be one heart and one voice.”

The curriculum of IPYG Youth Empowerment Workshop consists of 10 different topics under the theme of ‘fundamental rights,’ ‘diversity,’ and ‘co-existence’; all of which help young leaders to reflect upon the qualities of sustainable peace leadership.

Ms. Kate Shin, the coordinator of the empowerment workshop in IPYG Northern Seoul branch said, “We witnessed how the youth’s voices have been changing the society we live in. When it comes to resolving conflicts, we believe it is achievable if youth can gather and spread a culture of peace in each region. So, we are glad to organize this event together with Tunisian youth. We will continue it upon the strong belief that youth can empower each other to be future peace leaders with a sense of ownership.”

IPYG Empowerment Workshops for Peacebuilding are going to be held as well in Poland, Lithuania and Morocco in upcoming months.

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“We Ourselves Should be the Reality of Peace Education.” WARP Summit Seeks Solution to the Global Peace in Education

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:38

“Peace Education Development Forum for Spreading a Culture of Peace” at the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea

With the idea that a world of peace without conflicts and wars should start from classrooms, experts in education from the world discussed development of peace education on the first day of the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit on September 17 by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) under the UN ECOSOC.

As a part of “establishing collaborative governance for development and implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) drafted by HWPL in 2016 to advocate international cooperation with participation of civil society in peacebuilding efforts, the forum with education specialists as participants diagnosed the current issues of education in countries and discussed introduction and application of peace education inspired by HWPL.

Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL emphasized comprehensive application of peace education by saying, “We need peace education specifically for today. We ourselves should be the reality of peace education. Without the spirit of peace in himself, how can he possibly educate peace to students? To do this, peace education must start from family, so that the family becomes peaceful with the spirit of peace.”

Regarding the purpose and importance of peace education, “What role does education have in the diffusion of the culture of peace?” We are contributing in the promotion of the culture of peace in the world. We would help the citizens of tomorrow be more tolerant of each other and that a dialogue or discussion is the way to accept their differences and solve their conflicts,” emphasized Hon. Maria Eugenia Barrios Robles de Mejía, Vice Minister of Ministry of Education in Guatemala.

Participants discussed ways to enhance communication and network for inventing methodology and curriculum of peace education for future generations and to raise awareness of the need for teachers’ understanding the value of peace with detailed educational contents. “When we as teachers take up the responsibility to speak to our students, and be the necessary role models concerning how we speak, relationships and the adherence to order within society, we will start seeing the results in our students.” said Nancy Roussopoulos, Former Principal of Camps Bay Preparatory School in Cape Town.

Prof. Juan Carlos Torres at Don Bosco University shared his teaching experience of peace education by saying “When I applied the focus of ‘conflict resolution’ value of HWPL, with children 5-9 years old (considered problem children for the college), the result was surprising. The change in attitude in their faces and joy was drawn on the paper like in this image. This education will change and form these values within their hearts as a permanent change.”

As an action plan to develop peace education discussed at the high-level meeting with education specialists last year at the summit, HWPL has established HWPL Peace Academies with 127 education institutions in 9 countries including India, Israel, Kosovo, and the Philippines.

 

Comprehensive Approaches to Build "Peace Governance" at the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:11

Regional discussion and sectoral meetings were held to plan peace projects considering local environments

“Establishing collaborative governance" for peace-building has been discussed with world leaders at the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit held by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) under the UN ECOSOC in Seoul, Republic of Korea. On the third day of the summit, September 19th, sessions were held to focus on the region and sector-based peace projects.

At the 3rd International Religious Leaders' Conference, around 300 religious leaders who worked for interfaith dialogues gathered to promote harmony of religions. The participants shared the progress reports of interfaith meetings through HWPL’s WARP offices aiming to enhance mutual understanding and develop peacebuilding by religious leaders.

Rev. Acharya Prem Shankaranand Tirth, Hindu High Priest of Shree Geeta Ashram of Delhi, emphasized the value and importance of the interfaith dialogue based on the scriptures by mentioning, “The WARP Office taught us how to make religions one. The true discussion for harmony is not just comparing the knowledge of each other but it is a discussion in finding one complete truth.”

 In addition, Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, stressed on the role of the religious leaders in the current global situation and the importance of their mission for world peace. He urged religious leaders to take the lead in realizing religious reconciliation and religious peace through communication. “Religious leaders have to become the just and righteous scale measuring all religious scriptures. They gather all religious scriptures and work to define the trustworthy scripture with a legitimate standard at the WARP Office. Everything that religious leaders discuss must clearly be based on what is written in the scripture, which needs to be comprehensively analyzed and studied for the true alliance of religions.”

At the Region-Specific Discussion for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), experts in various fields such as government officials, civil society leaders, and media discussed how implement the peace projects in each region.

The participants conceived peace projects in accordance with local conditions, such as implementing peace education and cultural programs, activating ‘Legislate Peace’ campaigns which are supportive signing campaigns for the DPCW, establishing a peace network, and setting up a road map for peace policy during the roundtable discussion by country or continent. Also, they wrote proposals and signed agreements to implement the projects systematically in their country.

The DPCW, drafted by HWPL advocating international cooperation for global peace, appealed to the participants in terms of inventing peace-specific policy making in countries for the legal foundation to promote peace. “The DPCW serves as a framework of a robust, global infrastructure built by sovereign states on a foundation of tolerance, mutual understanding, and dialogue developed to resist conflict. I believe that we will be able to find out ways to cooperate together with all stakeholders to work toward promoting peace in each of our respective country.” said H.E. Chin Malin, Undersecretary of State of Ministry of Justice.

Representatives of women's organizations carrying out active peace movement from 53 countries shared the role of women leaders in the enactment of the effective international law for peace and the importance of networking for urging the DPCW in cooperation with International Women‘s Peace Group (IWPG) at 2017 IWPG Network Forum.

Ms. Nam Hee Kim, Chairwoman of IWPG, said “Let us all support the implementation of an international law in order to protect our children from the suffering caused by violence and aggression and instead nurture them in an environment of peace. Peace education should start from within the family. We should become the mothers who can proudly say that we work hard to inherit the world of peace.” urging for the power of the world's 3.6 billion women in achieving world peace and their role in each field for the purpose of international law enactment.

“We should be the reality of peace.” - Press Conference Transcript of Chairpersons’ Remarks of Q&As on the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 13:00

The 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit was held by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) under the UN ECOSOC from September 17th to 19th with 1,000 global leaders as participants from the globe. Facing the current issues of conflicts and wars of the globe such as the Korean crisis and refugees from Syria, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL and Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) at a press conference took questions from the media.

“Everyone in our globe can participate in this work of peace with the same heart of peace,” Chairman Lee said at a press conference.

The following is a transcript of the press conference.

Fazul Rahim (UNDP Afghanistan) : How do you plan to cooperate with the United Nations to achieve global peace?

Lee : We all want peace and that’s why we are here today. Something is needed to achieve peace and stop wars. In this regard, the HWPL International Law Peace Committee was organized with experts in international law. After a series of meetings in London, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was drafted and proclaimed. But this was not enough. The work of peace is not given to an individual or company, but to everyone in the globe. HWPL as a peace organization under both UN DPI and ECOSOC is seeking to build cooperation with the UN focusing on cessation of war and global peace in a way that everyone in our globe can participate in this work of peace with the same heart of peace.

Sarah Mostafa (Middle East News Agency) : What is the HWPL plan to achieve peace between South and North Korea in the context of North Korea's nuclear test and war?

Lee : Chairwoman Kim of IWPG often says that the work of peace puts a period at North Korea as the final destination of peace. The country does not listen to anyone, and even any powerful countries cannot make influence; the country does not even blink an eye. How can we deal with this reality? We should resolve the issue through communication. HWPL has left steps in every part of the globe, from Cape Town to England, and from the America to Chile. The purpose was for cessation of war and peace in the global community. Through the visits, we met heads of state, government officials, and journalists to communicate and promised to work together for peace. I believe the ice frozen until now can be melt as we start to talk with the people in North Korea.

However, this should not be said carelessly. Those who live in the country are also human beings. We should turn their hearts, let them feel peace is good and necessary for them, and work for unification. Everyone, the people in this Korean Peninsula share the same language, the same ground. We are the same people, but divided into north and south. Do you think Korea was divided by the intention of our people and our ancestors?

Think about this with wisdom. All the citizens in both the North and South want unification. Why should the two be divided? We should turn our guns away from each other. It is an irony that we go to other countries, but cannot go to a place of people with the same identity. When we begin to come and go, that is unification. Leaders in both sides should begin to discuss the work of unification. Why should we invest in the military spending? The unification will be possible through talks.

Marilie Bomediano/Radio Rizal of Australia : How can women's ability to raise and protect children from extreme violence be improved?

Kim : Maternal love, the heart of mothers, is the noblest value, which protects people from every threat. As an example, when I visited a refugee camp in Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan, I talked with every woman there. What I came to know is that the power that sustains themselves in the face of the deathly desperate situation in the refugee camp, displaced, and separated from their country and family comes from the maternal love that made them feel responsible for protecting their family.

I said to them that they will overcome every challenge and go back to the arms of their homeland again. At that time, I thought the fundamental spirit of IWPG is to protect our children from wars with mother’s hearts. I delivered a message saying with confidence that peace can be achieved in our generations when women become one with the motherly heart and advocate international law for peace. When I said this, the people were full of hope. The power to protect from extreme violence and wars, and all kinds of difficulties is the heart of mothers. With this slogan “the hope of humanity is mothers” as a weapon to achieve peace, I have met women leaders and appeal to them to have one voice for peace. 

Thiptawan Teeranaipong (Thai PBS) : What outcomes can we anticipate from this the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit?

Lee : The purpose of this event is to awaken and better recognize the idea of peace. This event is not being held just in Seoul, but in many countries. It’s not just one venue in South Korea. You will see. This is global event with many countries in the world, not just Seoul.

When we read news articles, it is all about this ground burnt with the sea of fire that threatens the global society as a whole, which everyone worries about. I see we are from many different countries for the reason – peace and cessation of war. And to get rid of weapons to kill life. Do you think peace can be achieved without eliminating such weapons? I ask you again.

When a war breaks out, who is going to the front line? Your children. So many people are born in the same world, the same ground, at the same time, but they have to be sacrificed in battlefields. Did laws in countries compensate this? The real compensation should be “turning things into the original condition.” Is the policy perfect for compensation? Am I wrong about this?

We should have values as human beings and do something as human beings. Look at the infinite universe. Is there something like the earth? Our globe with life is given to us, so we are responsible for protecting the globe.

Thinking about our world, there are weapons to get rid of a few planets like the earth. With this condition, can we actually say to our children, “I hope you have a good life?”

This is why the DPCW with 10 articles and 38 clauses was drafted – to stop wars and establish peace. We can do this. Why do we have to refuse? If journalists can contribute to peacebuilding, thoughts of people especially politicians will change. So I have high expectation in journalists.

Igor Shevyrov (Izvestia in Ukraine) : What is the standard of a culture of peace? Is there a way to spread peace culture in the most effective way?

Kim : I think the standard of a culture of peace is having a passionate heart with the love of peace that can embrace everything transcending nationality, ethnicity, religion or specific culture. As the light shines and rain comes down to everyone without discrimination, peace should also be permeated naturally in our lives. We ourselves should be the reality of peace. We do the work of peace with conviction that we accumulate efforts step by step so that a world of peace comes.

When it comes to ways to spread a culture of peace, you are the ones who play a significant role. Rather than just watching, you yourselves should take the leading role with the mission to deliver the news of peace. The best news that people desire to see is the news of peace. Such a work is the most valuable thing to do.

I hope that you who are gathered here today understand the answer to peace and deliver the news to the world. Methods include social media, campaigns and other tools. But all these things can be delivered by people, which is why we as people should be the reality of peace. I ask you to have the spirit of peace and work for peacebuilding by delivering messages of peace to every individual in the globe.

Mourad Sellami (Dune Voices of Tunisia) : We hear a lot about terrorism and other violent activities occurring throughout the world. Through what methods can we let the world, especially religious groups, hear the voices of peace and respond to the culture of peace?

Lee : Religion should be the light in the world and lead the world in a good way. Then why should the war caused by religions account for 80 percent? That’s why the name is the WARP Summit. In the summit we promised something in front of the people in the world; politicians shall work for international law for peace and religious people shall be one not to divide and bring conflicts. And leaders of civil society shall urge cooperation to implement peacebuilding.

To do this, HWPL has established the WARP offices to have meetings for religious leaders around the world. What do you think is the reason that religions are broken apart? Different teachings from scriptures. (that guides people’s way of thinking) So religious leaders get together to find out what can be the standard of trustworthy scripture. This work in the WARP offices is in operation.

Juliana Golloshi (Balkan Web) : What is the most important thing for women representatives to promote HWPL's peace education globally?

Kim : Chairman Lee’s work for peace is the real example of peace education. He is a live material for peace. When you look at the spirit of peace, thoughts and achievements that Chairman Lee has, you feel education should be based on the real example (of Chairman Lee’s work). Many educational institutions around the world have been designated as HWPL Peace Academies. I suggested 4 action plans. To become a member of society, peace must be the number one requirement as a basic education.

People from early childhood should understand the importance of peace. Through mothers, an environment of peace should be made to teach children. This is why Chairman Lee emphasized the role of 3.6 billion women in peacebuilding with motherly hearts. Peace education should start from family to government and be the requirement course from elementary school to university. International organizations like the UN and UNESCO should cooperate with HWPL to carry out peace education to end wars in our lives.

 

 

Peace Summit Held in South Korea on Constructing Collaborative Governance for Building Peace

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Monday, 18 September 2017 12:08

3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit Discussed on the Practical Approaches to Peace-Building Based on the Declaration of the Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)

Seoul, 17September - A 3-day peace summit to discuss the implementation of peacebuilding projects at local and national levels began with 1,100 representatives of states, IGOs, NGOs, and experts in international law, education, and media from approximately 120 countries on September 17th in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO under UN ECOSOC, the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit addressed global peace-building measures through the establishment of collaborative governance among governments, civil society, and international organizations. Development in peace campaigns and projects was endorsed in many parts of the world through the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) proclaimed in 2016 to advocate international cooperation to establish peace as a norm and culture.

To develop this agenda, four planning sessions: 2017 Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, 5th HWPL International Law Peace Committee Meeting, Peace Education Development Forum for Spreading a Culture of Peace, and Conference for Global Peace Media Network were held on the first day of the event on 17th.

Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, emphasized strengthening the international law for peace advocated by the DPCW. “The most urgent need is cessation of war. The DPCW drafted by experts in international law offers practical approaches to preventing conflicts. If leaders love their people, they should work together to implement peacebuilding measures.” He added, “A world without wars applies to every person in the globe, which means that every individual’s dedication as a messenger of peace to peacebuilding will make a peaceful world.”

At the ‘5th HWPL International Law Peace Committee Meeting’, Rt. Hon. Hrant Bagratyan, Former Prime Minister of Armenia, said, “Not only this declaration and HWPL’s peace work are beneficial to a specific level of society but are definite tool to bring peace to all of us. Without having the limit to one sector, more people raised their voice for urging what is necessary at our time”, calling for the cooperation of every sector of the society to implement the DPCW into a legally binding document.

In the Peace Education Development Forum for Spreading a Culture of Peace, Hon. Maria Eugenia Barrios Robles de Mejía, Vice Minister of Ministry of Education in Guatemala, said, “We could contribute in the promotion of the culture of peace in the world. We would help the citizens of tomorrow be more tolerant of each other and that a dialogue or discussion is the way to accept their differences and solve their conflicts. You and I are responsible for promoting the culture of peace to the next generations.”

Also, the ‘Conference for Global Peace Media Network’ with 90 journalists from about 50 countries sought freedom of the press in relation to the role of journalism in the foundation of a global media network for peacebuilding. “Journalism plays a significant role in delivering the collective voice of the global community for the same, common goal of peace. Now is the time for connecting the local and the national by the governance of peace.” said Mr. Ian Seo, Chief Manager of International Press Department of HWPL HQ, introducing the initiative of the peace media network platform of HWPL. 

3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:47

Discussion on the Establishment of Collaborative Governance for the Development and Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)

The 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit will be held in Seoul, South Korea to seek global cooperation for global peace-building. Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a peace NGO under the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) hosts this event on September 17-19 in association with International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG).

 This annual peace summit since 2014 brings together political and religious leaders, heads of women’s and youth groups, civil society, and the press from around the world and provides a platform for discussion and cooperation for peace. This year, more than 1,000 global figures from 120 countries are expected to participate in to discuss establishing collaborative governance between governments and civil societies for implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), development of education as a culture of peace, and promotion of interfaith harmony.

 Former presidents, ministers, UN officials, justices, heads of civic groups, leaders of women, youth, and religions, and journalists will have in-depth discussions in groups on the topics: the direction of peace education for sustainable peace, the role of media in spreading a culture of peace and ways to build a global media network, and the way to foster peaceful harmony amongst religions.

 The Chairman of HWPL, Mr. Man Hee Lee, emphasizes the significance of the peace education by saying, "In order for everyone to become a messenger of peace, spreading a culture of peace and peace education by the development of peace materials and training of peace leaders are important.

 Region-specific meetings are also planned for the implementation of peace projects in collaboration between governments and civil society groups. Each representative from each sector discusses ways to develop action plans for peace-building that can best reflect the cultural and social environment in the region.

 The Chairwoman of IWPG, Mrs. Nam Hee Kim, highlights the power of women for achieving peace saying 3.6 billion of women, half of the worlds population, have the power to lead humanity to the world of peace. If we cannot use our potential, we can never achieve a peaceful world." The world women leaders are expected to make one voice to transform the DPCW into a legally binding form for the cessation of war in ‘2017 IWPG Network Forum’.

 Along with sessions, a peace festival with 100,000 participants and local citizens will also be held on the second day of the summit. With the slogan ‘Together for Peace as Messenger of Peace’, cultural performances by 8,000 youth will be shown to convey the core messages of peace as a culture in the global community. 
 
 
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DATE

PROGRAM

TOPIC

9/17

2017  Conference  for  the  Implementation  of  the Declaration of Peace andCessation of War

Development  and  implementation  of  the  DPCW  through the establishment of peace governance

9/17

5th HWPL  International  Law  Peace  Committee Meeting

Seeking ways to make the DPCW a reality for the peaceful present and future

9/17

Peace Education Development Forum for Spreading a Culture of Peace

Seekingways to develop peace education forthepromotion ofa culture of peace

9/17

Conference for Global Peace Media Network

(1) Building a peace network forfreedom ofthepress

(2) Planning region-specific press activities for peace

9/19

Region-Specific Discussion for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War

Discussingregional  projects  fortheimplementation  of  the DPCW

9/19

3rd International Religious Leaders Conference

Cooperation for the realization of religious peace

9/19

2017 IWPG Network Forum

The  role  of  3.6  billion  women  in realizingpeace  and cessation of war through international law

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