“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.

 

 

A Global Peace Festival with 200,000 People was held in Republic of Korea

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:30

A Culture of Peace was envisioned at a Peace Festival at the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit

South Korea, 18 September - A global peace festival celebrating the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit was held. Along with 1,100 international guests participating at the main venue, Hwaseong Sports Complex in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, 200,000 people in 30 countries including USA, South Africa, United Kingdom, China, and the Philippines participated in the summit by watching through live broadcasting in respective regions.

Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a global NGO under the UN ECOSOC, showed colorful parade and performances to raise awareness of peacebuilding at the second day of the summit. Despite the increased tension caused by a series of North Korea’s nuclear tests, the summit has sought ways to implement peacebuilding based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) advocating conflict resolution and development of peace as a culture. The card section performance prepared by volunteers of the summit appealed to participants with images regarding a peaceful world achieved by global cooperation.

Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, urged the active participation for the implementation of the DPCW by saying, “This precious and indispensable gift was bestowed upon the human race as a legacy from heaven. Who must protect our world? It is us, the family of the global village. Neither wealth nor power can be passed down as a heritage if we fail to stop wars. Mankind and our Earth will share a fatal destiny.”

Ms. Nam Hee Kim, Chairwoman of International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), said “We already know the solution, the answer, to achieve peace, but if we do not act upon it, what will happen to the fate of this world? The choices we make can change the world. We must unite and show the world the strong influence that peace can make.”

In his congratulatory message, H.E. Dr. Moncef Marzouki, Former President of Tunisia, delivered, “Today we are closer to each other than to people sharing with us the same nationality but not the same values, the first being the protection and promotion of peace in the world. In these conditions of fragile peace and terrible wars, the permanent effort for peace must be continuous and mobilize all goodwill in the world.”

H.E. Adrien Houngbedji, President of the National Assembly of Benin, mentioned the value and future development of the DPCW, explaining that “It (the DPCW) is a praiseworthy effort which needs to be saluted. However, the different principles of this declaration must still be operationalized through a course of action, so that our countries as well as the international community can look for the possibility of implementing these measures in their national laws and treaties, agreements and international conventions.”

Plaques recognizing dedication to peacebuilding were given to the HWPL’s International Law Peace Committee for the members’ contribution to drafting the DPCW. At the end of the event, the participants held each other's hands and marched together, symbolizing a commitment of individuals transcending borders, races, and religions to work for peace.

Global Peace Summit is Held for the Establishment of Peace Governance

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 15:20

Seeking Strategies for Peacebuilding between Government and Civil Society at the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Seoul, South Korea - An international summit to seek global governance for peace and stability of the international society is held from September 17th to 19th in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO under the UN DPI, hosts the 3rd annual commemoration of World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit, where representatives from governments and civil society groups will discuss detailed action plans for peacebuilding at local, national, and international levels.

To discuss ways to build a ‘Peace Governance’ as an international network, 1,000 participants in the summit include heads of state, ministers, members of parliament, representatives of international association in law, education, religion, press, youth and women. The theme of the summit is ‘Establishing Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development and Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), drafted by experts in the international law to advocate conflict resolution and development of peace as a culture.

Today’s international community is trying to create "Good Governance" for the implementation of the agenda such as economy, culture, and education for sustainable development. In this global trend, HWPL has actively carried out citizen-involved peace activities supported by the government.

The ‘Legislate Peace Campaign’, a citizen-level advocacy campaign for the establishment of the international law for peacebuilding with youth and women has been conducted in the form of signatures, forums, and seminars in over 100 countries since May 2016. In cooperation with local governments, Peace Day and Peace Zone have been enacted by cities including the United States and South Africa to facilitate peacebuilding efforts by citizens.

Based on the experiences of peace activities, HWPL has been holding this annual event every year since 2014 to discuss the roles and action plans of each group of society. Under the slogan of 'Together for peace as messengers of peace', Mr. Man Hee Lee, the Chairman of HWPL, emphasized the importance of the support of the international community by saying, “For world peace and cessation of war, we should create conditions for working together with youth and women's organizations in each country. I would like to ask for the support for the unification of the Republic of Korea to the officials of each country.”

 

[Session Program] 

 

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 for freedom of the press

(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

 

 

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.

The WARP Summit 2016 increases the awareness about the advocacy

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Thursday, 22 September 2016 15:25

People from all levels of society were gathered together at the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the September 18th World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea for the advocacy and development of peace into an enforceable, international legal foundation based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) proclaimed on March 14th of this year.
1,000 renowned leaders in every corner of the globe, as participants from 130 countries, take part in the summit, organized by Heavenly Culture, World Peace; Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO registered in the UN DPI that conducts peace-related projects and campaigns globally. The summit begins with the Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War on September 17th.
1) Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War - Plan of action for advocacy to intergovernmental organizations, governments, and the public 200 people, including members of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, ministers, representatives of organizations and civil society, attended this forum. In his opening speech, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL underlined global cooperation by stating, “For the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, we’ve come together. All family members of peace who have a strong will for peace must gather our hearts and communicate with each other for peace to be settled one day sooner, for it is what all humanity has been longing for. Religious leaders have put forth their efforts for the improvement of the unity of religions at the WARP Office meetings and advocate for the DPCW as well. Just as a leader must lead his or her followers, they are striving to make a better world at the forefront.”
Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of the International Women’s Peace Group also appealed to the participants by saying, “War only gives birth to another war, leaving fear and sacrifices to our future generations. We must achieve our purpose, the advocacy for this Declaration, to not repeat the atrocities of war for the next generation. When the public’s awareness of this issue increases, the powerful strength of peace in the world will arise, transcending national interests. All heads of state, justices, and UN representatives must work at the forefront to advocate for the implementation of international law compatible with the DPCW.” Part I commenced with "the Potentiality of the DPCW and the Possibility of its Implementation", presented by Dr. Kamal Hossain, a member of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee and Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Panel discussions ensued with concentration on the roles of different levels of society and plans of action for the advocacy of the DPCW to be developed into an international legal foundation for peace-building.
Part II opened with the speech regarding "Strategies for Advocacy to Governments at City Level" given by Mr. Mihail Guzun, Councilor of Codru City Council, Republic of Moldova. Ms. Paula Boland, Executive Director of United Nations Association said, “NGOs are well equipped to educate and advocate for the principles of the DPCW and its adoption by member states through creating alternative venues for states themselves to engage in collective action and for individuals to join with other like-minded individuals in pursuit of their goals.”
9 panels of the forum, consisting of leaders from civil society, further discussed plans for legislation and policy making for peace-building based on the DPCW while reflecting on the environment of each nation.
2) The 4th HWPL International Law Peace Committee Meeting - High Level Meeting for the Development and Adoption of the DPCW (Group I, II, III) Beginning with an introduction of the DPCW by Dr. MD Nazrul Islam, a member of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee and professor of international law, the meeting sought the capability of advocacy from civil society organizations through the "Role of States in the Adoption of the CSO Declaration by the UN" presented by Mr. Carlos Villan Duran, President of the Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law (SSIHRL).
Panels, as well as the audience, paid special attention to the speeches, and meetings with foreign ministers and education specialists in Groups II and III also discussed development plans for the establishment of peace in society with the help of governmental, intergovernmental and civil society organizations.
3) International Religious Leaders Conference 200 religious leaders from different religions, such as Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity, were gathered in one place. Also, the Most Rev. Martin de Jesús de Barahona, Archbishop Emeritus of the El Salvador Anglican Church, said, “We don't just merely continue the dialogue but amplify the Office of Alliance of Religions for peace to other communities in order to continue promoting, carrying out experiences of dialogue and inviting other sectors of the national community for the day of promise of fulfilling the peace agreement & quot;
After the press conference, reporters, editors, correspondents and presidents of media agencies from 20 different countries participated in the "Media Forum for Advocacy of the DPCW". With this, Day 1 of the summit was completed and the "Peace Festival for the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit" will be held on Day 2.

Expert from different field gathered for the discussingtheimplementation of the DPCW

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Monday, 19 September 2016 16:17

People from all levels of society were gathered together at the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the September 18th World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea for the advocacy and development of peace into an enforceable, international legal foundation based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) proclaimed on March 14th of this year.
1,000 renowned leaders in every corner of the globe, as participants from 130 countries, take part in the summit, organized by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO registered in the UN DPI that conducts peace-related projects and campaigns globally. The summit begins with the Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War on September 17th.
1) Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War - Plan of action for advocacy to intergovernmental organizations, governments, and the public 200 people, including members of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, ministers, representatives of organizations and civil society, attended this forum. In his opening speech, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL underlined global cooperation by stating, “For the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, we’ve come together. All family members of peace who have a strong will for peace must gather our hearts and communicate with each other for peace to be settled one day sooner, for it is what all humanity has been longing for. Religious leaders have put forth their efforts for the improvement of the unity of religions at the WARP Office meetings and advocate for the DPCW as well. Just as a leader must lead his or her followers, they are striving to make a better world at the forefront.”
Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of the International Women’s Peace Group also appealed to the participants by saying, “War only gives birth to another war, leaving fear and sacrifices to our future generations. We must achieve our purpose, the advocacy for this Declaration, to not repeat the atrocities of war for the next generation. When the public’s awareness of this issue increases, the powerful strength of peace in the world will arise, transcending national interests.
All heads of state, justices, and UN representatives must work at the forefront to advocate for the implementation of international law compatible with the DPCW.” Part I commenced with "the Potentiality of the DPCW and the Possibility of it Implementation", presented by Dr. Kamal Hossain, a member of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee and Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Panel discussions ensued with concentration on the roles of different levels of society and plans of action for the advocacy of the DPCW to be developed into an international legal foundation for peace-building.
Part II opened with the speech regarding "Strategies for Advocacy to Governments at City Level" given by Mr. Mihail Guzun, Councilor of Codru City Council, Republic of Moldova.Ms. Paula Boland, Executive Director of United Nations Association said, “NGOs are well equipped to educate and advocate for the principles of the DPCW and its adoption by member states through creating alternative venues for states themselves to engage in collective action and for individuals to join with other like-minded individuals in pursuit of their goals.”
9 panels of the forum, consisting of leaders from civil society, further discussed plans for legislation and policy making for peace-building based on the DPCW while reflecting on the environment of each nation.
2) The 4th HWPL International Law Peace Committee Meeting - High Level Meeting for the Development and Adoption of the DPCW (Group I, II, III ) Beginning with an introduction of the DPCW by Dr. MD Nazrul Islam, a member of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee and professor of international law, the meeting sought the capability of advocacy from civil society organizations through the "Role of States
in the Adoption of the CSO Declaration by the UN" presented by Mr. Carlos Villan Duran, President of the Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law (SSIHRL). Panels, as well as the audience, paid special attention to the speeches, and meetings with foreign ministers and education specialists in Groups II and III also discussed development plans for the establishment of peace in society with the help of governmental, intergovernmental and civil society organizations.
3) International Religious Leaders Conference 200 religious leaders from different religions, such as Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity, were gathered in one place. Also, the Most Rev. Martin de Jesús de Barahona, Archbishop Emeritus of the El Salvador Anglican Church, said, “We don't just merely continue the dialogue but amplify the Office of Alliance of Religions for peace to other communities in order to continue promoting, carrying out experiences of dialogue and inviting other sectors of the national community for the day of promise of fulfilling the peace agreement."
After the press conference, reporters, editors, correspondents and presidents of media agencies from 20 different countries participated in the "Media Forum for Advocacy of the DPCW". With this, Day 1 of the summit was completed and the "Peace Festival for the 2nd. Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit" will be held on Day 2.

Peace Festival for the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit

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Monday, 19 September 2016 16:13

Seoul, South Korea- On the 18th, at Seoul Jamsil Olympics Stadium, the Peace Festival for the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit -- hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee), the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG, Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim) and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG, Director Du Hyen Kim) – was opened. About 1,000 former president, international law experts, current nation’s ministers, religious leaders, 100 international media, youth and women's group leaders from 130 countries filled the stadium to the brim with 100,000 participants in an effort to advocate for the cessation of war and world peace.
The parade, reminiscent of the Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony, proceeded with various themes, countries' national flowers, world traditional dances, royal procession, language masks, etc. Each performer dressed in a variety of costumes and colors according to their theme, and performed various acts like going around the tracks, while the spectators stood up from their seats and danced.
In his commemorative address, Chairman Lee of HWPL said, “Here today at the Peace Festival for the 2 nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, the spirits of heaven and people of the earth are gathered, as well as the eyes, ears, and hearts of the global community. Let us urge them (heads of state and religious leaders) to sign their support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and let us sign our support as well.
This is the way to love the world and all the people, like the light, rain, and air of the heavens. This is true politics and true religion; this is true love and peace.” IWPG Chairwoman Kim said, "To speed up the advancement towards an era of peace, I propose a code of conduct to the global community. First, heads of state around the world should become one for peace and support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. Second, all the religions of the world should transcend denominations and doctrines to become one for peace. Third, all women and youth of the world should join the IWPG and IPYG in promoting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and urging support for the Declaration. Fourth, peace education should be implemented throughout the world," urging the involvement of all people.
The highlight of the event was the card section performance by 11,440 IPYG youth members. Their  performance was the outcome of roughly 5 months of sweat-stained efforts in scorching weather combined with a genuine longing for peace that resulted in all the spectators being moved to tears.
One of the youth volunteers of the card sections, Min Ji Song, said, "Many of the card section participant were able to be gathered by their efforts for achieving peace. I hope this kind of heart can become a seen planted in the hearts of people and inspire a sincerity for pace.” She said she wants to give hope to all the people in the world who have suffered from wars and conflicts.
The performance was split into 3 scenes: the history and pain of world wars I and II, the peace activities of HWPL for the cessation of war, and the peaceful unification of the two Koreas, all seeking for peace. The IPYG card section, even from an artistic perspective, received much interest and became a trademark of the WARP Summit.

2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit by HWPL in Seoul

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Monday, 29 August 2016 13:19

Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) is hosting its “2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit” from September 17th through 19th. At the 2nd Annual Commemoration, many of the world’s political and religious leaders, as well as women and youth leaders, will gather.
The participants will include over 1,000 figures from different fields in 120 countries around the world, including figures such as: the former President of Croatia, Ivo Josipović; the Minister of Justice of Sri Lanka, WijeyadasaRajapakshe; President of the Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law, Carlos Villan Duran; the Youth Representative of The United Nations Association of New York, Juan Pablo Celis Garcia; along with various ministers, chief justices, high level government officials, and former presidents. During the event, participants will partake in various meetings, mentioned above, for the implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
The meetings that will be held on the 17th and 19th in Seoul will cover important topics such as the role of the legal system to resolve religious conflicts, and the current role of the International Court of Justice of the United Nations in resolving armed conflicts. The meetings will consist of: Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, Media Forum for Advocacy of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, the 4th HWPL International Law Peace Committee Meeting, International Religious Leaders Conference, Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, and the 2016 IWPG Network Forum.
On the 18th, there will be an outdoor event at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. This event will mark its beginning with a parade, bringing in participants from around the world. The parade will be followed by a synchronized card performance by 12,000 members of the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) with the theme of world peace and cessation of war.
HWPL has been advancing its goal of peace first through the 2014 WARP Summit, in which HWPL gathered world leaders and they together signed the Agreement to Propose the Enactment of International Law for the Cessation of Wars and World Peace. In September of 2015, HWPL launched the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, which consists of prominent international law scholars, professors, and chief justices to draft the Declaration to be later developed into a legally binding document. In the following March of 2016, HWPL proclaimed the DPCW along with international law experts from various countries in order to appeal to all nations.
Following the Declaration, the “Legislate Peace” Campaign (a global advocacy movement aimed at establishing international law consistent with the DPCW) has been conducted worldwide. Since its beginning in March, 535,493 people from 167 different countries have signed their support for the DPCW.
All this continuous effort is being supported by international press, such as the public broadcasts of the Philippines (PTV), “As a reporter, the pushing of the international law is really aggressive step in a request for Peace. It will be the best gift for humanity..”said reporter Elizabeth Kachin.

HWPL Holds Conference on the International Convention on the Cessation of War

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Sunday, 20 September 2015 23:27

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.  

HWPL’s Grand Opening Ceremony of the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit

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Saturday, 19 September 2015 17:32

The opening ceremony of the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit successfully took place at Olympic Peace Plaza in Seoul, Republic of Korea over the course of two days. The host organization, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), is a non-governmental peace organization registered under the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). It is at the forefront of peace-building in direct response to international disputes and armed conflicts. The co-organizers of the commemorative event are the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), both affiliates of HWPL.

Exactly one year ago, on September 18th 2014, HWPL provided a platform where numerous world leaders gathered in one place to sign a pledge in support of a draft for a ‘Proposal to Implement an International law for the Cessation of War and World Peace’. While last year’s Summit included in-depth peace discussions covering various sectors of society, the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit will feature the presentation of the first draft of the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts. 

To mark the first day of the event, colorful booths were set up with various programs and exhibitions that explore Korean traditional culture and food tasting. In his opening speech, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL stated, “One year ago, at the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit, we called heaven and earth as witnesses and pledged to implement an international convention and the alliance of religions in the sight of God, all people of the world, and the Peace Advocate.” He continued to speak with emphasis that “This is the eternal light which will cease all wars, achieve peace, and leave it as a legacy to future generations,” urging to become messengers of peace.

Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of the IWPG expressed her gratitude towards all the global family of peace who are joyfully celebrating the first anniversary of the WARP Summit at the site. She stated, “The world has been changing since the WARP Summit last year,” mentioning the efforts of the implementation of the international convention and the alliance of all religions. Chairwoman Kim emphasized HWPL’s efforts towards the unifications of the Korean Peninsula and that “countless peace organizations and media around the world joined forces with the IWPG and IPYG, the two supporting wings of HWPL, in committing to the peace movement.”

Mr. Khil Raj Regmi, former Chairman of Council of the Ministers and Former Chief Justice of Nepal, delivered a congratulatory message. “The initiatives of HWPL are exemplary to the entire world, as the activities of HWPL for advocating peace is unique and effective in all spheres. I have a firm belief that HWPL has been able to continue its activities for global peace with inspiring guidance, motivation, and the leadership of Chairman Lee. I appreciate the idea of Chairman Man Hee Lee who expressly emphasized it and determined that a separate convention for peace is a need of the present world. I am optimistic that the conference will serve as an impetus for the codification and declaration of the international convention for peace.”

Over the course of two days, the Summit will feature the presentation of the first draft of the Convention on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace prepared by members of HWPL’s Peace Advisory Council and International Law Committee. As these legal professionals will continue to carry out the project based on the convention drafted at the event, expectations are high for its outcome.

On behalf of the international community and nongovernmental organizations, HWPL is taking the lead in peace-building in response to a world rife with disputes and armed conflicts. Such efforts are evident from not only the upcoming commemorative event but also with the peace activities of the two affiliated organizations of HWPL—IWPG and IPYG. HWPL is striving to promote world peace and prosperity of mankind by presenting the most peaceful solution to the structural problems that our society is currently facing. 

The 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit is now on air! Click the link below. (From 10AM on September 18th through 3PM on September 19th Korea Standard Time) http://warpsummit.org/

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