Tuesday, December 5, 2023

[HWPL] Global VIP's Congratulatory Speech at HWPL World Peace Summit

             

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[HWPL] Global VIP's Congratulatory Speech at HWPL World Peace Summit


Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article from HWPL official homepage regarding congratulatory speech of the 3rd president of Romania during HWPL World Peace Summit :)

Congratulatory Remarks at 2023 HWPL Global Peace Leaders Conference – ①

H.E. Prof. Dr. Emil Constantinescu
3rd President of Romania, Romania


Hon. Chairman Man Hee Lee, Distinguished guests, Dear friends,

I am delighted that we can be together again on another anniversary of the HWPL World Peace Summit. I would like to take this opportunity to look back on the most important moments of my collaboration with our Korean partners and, in particular, highlight what I have learned from this collaboration.

9 years ago, in July 2014, on the occasion of the UNESCO Peace Conference in Paris, the Chairman of HWPL invited me, as President of the Berlin Academy of Cultural Diplomacy, to lend my signature to invitations to political and religious leaders to participate in the signing of the Agreement to Propose the Enactment of International Law for the Cessation of Wars and World Peace and the World Alliance of Religions Agreement. I saw this initiative as a welcome practical demonstration of the potential of cultural diplomacy. From my own experience, I knew just how important understanding between religious leaders is.

In 1998, I organized a major ecumenical conference in Bucharest, titled “Peace is the Name of God”, which was attended by many leading representatives of Christianity (Catholic cardinals, Orthodox Patriarchs, heads of Protestant and neo-Protestant denominations), as well as leaders of Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Budish and other Eastern religions. From the discussions at the time, I came to realize that those of strong faith can best understand the faiths of others and persuade their followers to live together in peace.

Arriving in Seoul, the impressive number of young people participating in the World Peace Walk made me realize just how strong their desire to live in peace was. I had the opportunity to speak to many of the 100,000 young people who took part in the Olympic Stadium rally on September 16th, seeing how different it was from the rallies that communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu organized in Bucharest for his own glorification in the vein of Kim Il Sung’s model. Participants in the 2014 Seoul rally, hailing from Korea or from elsewhere in the world, did not attend under either duress or threat. Nor was it political fanaticism that drove them; it was their sincere desire to build a prosperous future for themselves in a democratic society.

Because it is in wars that young men are sent to fight and die; and it is women, as mothers, sisters or daughters, who are left to grieve their deaths. As you know, the HWPL is working closely with two wings – the youth and women’s organizations dedicated to promoting peace, whose rapid expansion worldwide has confirmed the validity of this initiative.

Underdevelopment fosters civil and regional wars. I first visited South Korea in 1994, when Kim Dae-Jung, who was then running for President of Korea, travelled to Bucharest in person to invite me to an International Conference on “Economic and Social Development” being organized in Seoul by the Asia Pacific Democratic Leaders Forum. In my address at this conference, I argued that if people are just trying to survive from today to tomorrow, their ability to think and act freely is greatly limited. As long as you lack any security of life and are subject to abuse and deprivation, Peace cannot resonate with you either politically or morally.


Those of us who were born in Romania at the beginning of the Second World War, who have lived 14 years under Red Army occupation, have known displacement, bombings, famine, political persecution, deportations, crimes of the dictatorship regime and isolation from the rest of the world. From this vantage, we understand our contemporaries in Korea very well. Like us Romanians, those from the other former communist countries of Eastern Europe have also come to admire the way Korea has managed to transform a nation with precious few mineral resources and agricultural land into a technologically advanced and prosperous country that only wants to live in peace.

In 2018, when the Romanian people, with their millennia-long history, celebrated the centenary of the Great Union of our co-nationals from independent Romania with those who had been forced to live under the rule of the Ottoman, Austrian and Russian Empires, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization alongside the HWPL organized, in May, the “Solidarity of Empathy for Peace” conference in Bucharest, which was attended by the former democratic presidents of Ukraine, Belarus, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, who presented their extensive experience in the peaceful resolution of internal and inter-state conflicts.

This was doubtlessly an interesting experience for the large delegation of young Koreans, because, even today, Romanians live as Koreans, divided into two neighboring countries. Fortunately, today relations between Romania and Moldova, both democratic states, are of friendly cooperation.

In September 2018, I returned to Seoul to attend the World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit. In my address at the time, I argued that if, until now, the history of humanity has forever been the “history of war”, we now need to compose a “history of Peace”.

During the Summit, we agreed that Peace is not an abstract concept, but rather a supreme value of humanity that can generate a calm environment in which people can live without the threat of violent conflict or psychological pressure. We agreed to work towards the implementation of concrete measures, both in the short but above all in the long term, in order to fashion a new system of reference that replaces attitudes of “man against man” with “man alongside man”, expressed in the motto we adopted in 2014, “We are one.”

Just as our hopes for world peace were gaining momentum, the Russian Federation’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine, unleashed in February 2022, led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of young people and to the injury of hundreds of thousands more. It has caused the extensive destruction of both material and immaterial assets, with both immediate and long-term consequences in causing a global food and energy crisis as well as a huge involuntary migration of millions of refugees. Every single one of the human rights that the International Commission on Human Rights has pledged to protect have, by now, been violated, a development which threatens everything that has been built up by the existing world order predicated on the rule of law.

How can we explain this sudden and violent degradation of all that once seemed to have been achieved in the struggle for world peace? Have we made a mistake along the way? Have we not done enough? I do not believe that this is where the causes lie; but, rather, in the fact that we have not yet realized just how many conflicts there are in different parts of the world, and how difficult it is to resolve them peacefully.

In this light, I welcome the presence in Seoul of senior political figures from Africa, Asia and South America, who can share their particular experiences with us. However, above all else, we have not yet realized just how difficult it is to transform mentalities, to win both hearts and minds. We should have considered why the history of humanity has, for millennia, continued to be a history of war instead of a history of peace, and why, in the consciousness of humanity, our greatest heroes are lords of war, and not lords of peace.

Unfortunately, even economically developed countries with advanced democracies have problems with social violence – children and teenagers are constantly assailed by the widespread propagation of violence through cinema, television, mass media and social networks, providing a ripe environment for the orchestration of hatred.


A culture of peace can only be achieved through an educational process that rejects violence – not only in the resolution of military, political and economic disputes, but also as a way of attaining unanimously accepted values such as freedom, truth and justice, from which a just peace cannot be separated. It is necessary to recall the lessons of recent history, where, in Eastern Europe, the solidarity of enormous masses of people around the ideals of freedom, truth and justice led to their realization in practical terms, by peaceful means.

The culture of peace is not a short-term remedy. Instead, it is a lengthy journey “from darkness into light”, which can only be achieved through a complex and lengthy educational programme that spans all the way from childhood to old age, applies to society as a whole, and is taken up as a personal ideal by as many people as possible.

Over seven decades ago, at the end of World War II, the preamble to the Founding Declaration of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) warned us that, “since wars spring from the spirit of men, it is in the spirit of men that the foundations of peace must be laid.” Here, we find echoed the ideas of Lao Tse, who argued that, “in order for there to be peace between neighbors, harmony must first reign in the family; in order to have peace in the home, one must find it in one’s own heart.”

We find ourselves upon a crossroads, where the Second Cold War has taken hold of the world. We find ourselves in the presence of a deadly regional war, and under the threat of a nuclear cataclysm with global consequences. We find ourselves in a time when the escalation of military, political, ideological, economic, social and cultural conflicts in different parts of the world has reached such heights that it would appear that World Peace can, now, only be achieved by a miracle.

And yet, contrary to the European perspective that miracles are supernatural, unpredictable phenomena, an old proverb drawing upon ancient Korean wisdom, says that ‘a miracle is synonymous with perseverance’. We sorely need such perseverance in our actions, now more than ever, so that the “Miracle of World Peace” can be born from the hopes that brought us together nine years ago in Seoul.


Sunday, December 3, 2023

[HWPL] Chairperson Lee's Commemorative Speech at HWPL World Peace Summit

            

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[HWPL] Chairperson Lee's Commemorative Speech at HWPL World Peace Summit


Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article from HWPL official homepage regarding commemorative speech of Chairperson Lee of HWPL during HWPL World Peace Summit :)


Family of peace, greetings. I am glad to see you. I am Lee Man-hee, Chairman of HWPL. We gather here for a great occasion of sharing peace, marking the ninth anniversary of [the HWPL World Peace Summit].

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to tell you a little about myself. I have traveled around the world 32 times for peace. My journey of working for peace started with my experience as a combat soldier on the frontlines during the Korean War, a tragic civil war in my nation. Words could not express the atrocities of that war.

If I may share one bit with you, brothers of one nation turned enemies and had to fight each other at such close distances in the valleys. Ammunitions from our own rained on us on the field. They were “back-up fire.” It was the same story on both sides. Could a single blade of grass survive that valley? Imagine that. Having survived that war, I looked to the heavens and prayed to God. For a while after the war, I walked out into the fields every evening and thanked God for letting me escape death and live. You can imagine how atrocious wars are. People too young to even blossom into the prime of their lives, people as young as students were driven into the valleys of death to fight in battle. This is the reality of wars. That is the reason why I travel around the world to meet with world leaders and appeal to work together to establish peace.


Having been through those times, I realized had I died back then, I would not have been able to do this work today. The thought pushed me to visit many countries and call to the leaders. Many of the leaders who have met me are joining us here today.

Such experience taught me what it is that we need to do today and what we should really leave as an inheritance for future generations. That is peace, a state free of wars. Peace without wars. That is what started this peace work. We want to leave peace for our children. To do so, I earnestly hope we can join as one and work together to bring a complete state of peace to the global community.

I speak from my heart. If I had died in the middle of the atrocities of war, I would not have lived to be myself today. This is what drives me to keep my pledge to work for the rest of my days for peace and to travel around the world to call for peace.

Not too far away from here, there is a place called Goseong. I have built a peace institute there. You can see pictures of many different people. Presidents and former presidents are in the photos that hang on the walls. When I visited leaders and asked them to work together for peace, they had signed to join the cause, and the pictures we took then are on display. Booklets that cover the talks and discussions are also there.

Now, the matter is that this work for peace should be a global cause. It is simple yet challenging at the same time. All it takes is our doing it, but it is difficult because we don’t act on it. Again, the youth who had to die before the prime of their lives – and what was that for? I believe this must resonate strongly with our leaders and political leaders. The thing about wars is that it causes more aggression. The result of wars is more violence. But now, what we must do is put an end to wars and achieve peace as a lasting legacy for generations to come. That is the task for all of us today. This is our calling. Once a war breaks out, it doesn’t take one or two lives before it ends. It takes away countless lives and takes young lives, too. And we must make sure such tragedies are not repeated. I believe this is the work worth committing to for a lifetime. What greater cause would there be? I firmly believe so.

I have witnessed such unimaginable atrocities during the war. They were indescribable brutalities. Hence, it is our job to establish peace and build a legacy of peace for future generations. It cannot be done once you are dead. This must be accomplished while I am living. This is the thought that compelled me to commit myself to this cause. It is easier said than done. I traveled around the world again and again and again to deliver this message.

Now is the time to put our thoughts into action. Yes, it is time to act. You could tell someone, “I love you. I love you,” a thousand times. Better yet, one action speaks louder than a thousand words.

Ladies and gentlemen, even if God comes, if we cannot put a stop to wars for this world, what use is it? But the people of the world must do the work for this world. For a world of peace, free of wars. It is what we must do.

As I traveled around the world for the work of peace, I once went to Romania. There, I met someone who is here with us today. It was President Emil. At that time, President Emil had already been leading a peace movement with students. It was such a pleasure. We worked together and had a joint peace statement. Since then, wherever I go and work for peace, I think of President Emil.

I wish the same for you. Once born into this world under heaven, I ask you to take it upon yourselves to work for peace to save our future generations from war and give them a world of peace. Let’s do it together.

I may be old and frail, but the word peace is engraved in my mind. Wherever I go, whatever I do, whatever I write, I never forget the cause of peace. I always think about a good world, a good world, and how to give the future generation a good world as an inheritance. Why? Because through my life journey, I have witnessed how terrible wars are first-hand. I know too well because I fought in one. In the battleground, you find that such young people, even young students, are made soldiers and sent to war. A war may start for a reason, but when you think about what those young generations are put through, it is not justifiable. What happens there, young people falling, the atrocities of wars – it is unfathomable unless you’ve lived through it. So, I firmly believe a world without wars, a world of peace must be achieved.


If I may talk about one more thing, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light is the banner of our peace work. Wouldn’t you say it is fitting? It means that is our sole goal. On some occasions, I hosted people at the UN Cemetery to campaign for peace. During a speech, I had even told the audience, “Ask those who are lying here. I fought next to those young people at war,” at the very place, the UN Cemetery. Why did I do so? Because I am someone who had fought the war with the fallen, who knows how they were killed, who saw what it was like. For a war-free world, we need to bring the message to everyone, in households, at schools, and in society. When we share the awareness, wars will never take place again.

The current science of our world and all firearms that exist are more than enough to drive the human race to extinction. To prevent wars and to deter wars, I believe there is a need for a legal instrument specifically for this purpose in international law. That is why we made a group of respected legal experts, the International Law Peace Committee, and drafted the Ten Articles and 38 Clauses [DPCW]. When we submit the DPCW to the UN, we will have to wait and see how they decide on it. Submitting to the UN will be our next step. Eventually, instead of talking about wars, we must get rid of weapons of mass destruction. As long as weapons are at hand, how effective a deterrence could we expect? If one side starts a war, would the other side bear to lose when weapons are available? And what would happen when many lives are killed with such weapons? It may escalate into a world war and lead to destruction on a global scale.

So, such wars must not be an option. To rule out wars, the first step is to remove [weapons of mass destruction]. Isn’t it so? This is not the type of work you expect someone to do for you. Instead, we must complete the work ourselves. That is what I believe. Rather than saying “I love you” over and over again – to put it into action instead of just speaking words, I believe [weapons of mass destruction] must come to an end.

In line with such goals, the ILPC members have sufficiently drafted related content in the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW. Wouldn’t you agree that is the right direction? Speaking words only does not do any good. We see it in the current events. Why does this war have to take place? Wars should not happen. Toward this goal, let us take the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW, drafted by the ILPC, and send it to the UN so that the global village would not have to suffer any more wars. Let us get signatures of approval and build a world that is war-free as a legacy for future generations. Ladies and gentlemen, we can do it. Yes, we can do it, and we must do it.


We should not stop at talks, but we need to take action. Action. I myself registered [the group] at the UN, and it was for all of this. What good is it if I register and be done with it? We need to create an environment so that the global community can establish peace – a world of peace. It is my belief that it is the job of this generation to build such a good world, a world of peace, and pass it on to future generations. We will accomplish it. Let us do it and create a world of peace.

Now, we have traveled the world for this cause, but then COVID-19 had us tied down. Now that COVID seems to have subdued, it is time to go back on the world tour. What is it for? Since we will be submitting the DPCW to the UN, each member state needs to approve its adoption at the UN. This time, we will visit countries to share our plans and bring an invitation for cooperation. I invite all of you to work together by reaching out to leaders of nations who did not make it today. Let’s work together to have the DPCW adopted in the international community. Can we do it? We can do it.

Our peace movement will become great work. I had a model to follow. I followed the lead of President Emil of Romania. I have seen his work when I visited Romania, and we work together to this day. I hope this resonates with you. When all of us become messengers of peace at home and at school, when all of us become messengers of peace, only then will we achieve the cessation of wars.

I have grown very old, and I do not know how much time I have left on this earth. There is a saying, “A person’s life is up to the heavens.” Another saying goes, “Wealth and fortune are up to the heavens.” So, when I am called from heaven, I would have to go as anyone would. However, my wish is to see the world of peace come into being before I leave. Wouldn’t you agree?

Since we’ve started the work, I want to see peace established. Then how are we going to get there? When the clauses of the DPCW, written by ILPC members, are passed and adopted at the UN, I believe that would be a hallmark of peace setting in. I am confident it will be done, and peace will be achieved.


Yes, ladies and gentlemen. I truly believe this is the task for us. Let us work together toward this goal. We must not stop with words. We cannot ensure trust when we leave those weapons or other means of war and simply utter “peace,” “peace.” That is why we must remove weapons of mass destruction. Wouldn’t you  say that is the way to a world where you can live rest assured? When both nations have those weapons, would they let their weapons down and give up on the war? They would not. Knowing that we need to take away these weapons, let us all work together to bring the entire global community into one family of peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen, what I wanted to say is this – Let’s bring the entire world together for peace as a family of peace. Let’s put in the work so that the peace we long for will come true. Ladies and gentlemen, again, no matter how many times I say it, peace is what matters. That is the reason why we do what we do. Our goal of establishing peace at its 100% mark will require the 10 articles and 38 clauses drafted by the ILPC to be adopted. I ask for your support. Let me close with that.

Thank you.




Thursday, November 30, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL DPCW Conference

           

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[HWPL] HWPL DPCW Conference


Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article from HWPL official homepage regarding HWPL's DPCW Conference that hosted during HWPL World Peace Summit :)


2023 DPCW Conference: Joint Declaration on Conflict Resolution and Spreading a Culture of Peace


61 Pledges to Implement Peace Projects

In commemoration of the 9th anniversary of the HWPL September 18th World Peace Summit held from September 18th to the 20th, 61 discussions were held during the “Roundtable on Conflict Resolution and the Spreading a Culture of Peace,” which took place over the course of three days. Participants from 45 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe engaged in meetings that extended from morning to late in the night.


The conference encompassed discussions on conflict resolution (3 topics), the peace activities (Legislate Project, LP) required by individual countries and regions (33 topics), the MOU and MOA agreements for the operation and collaboration of peace activities (10 topics), and the national support needed for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) at the national level (15 topics). In total, 61 project goals were established, and a signing ceremony to implement these projects took place.

Haile Meskel, Head of the Social Capital Building Department of the Ministry of Peace in Ethiopia, expressed his commitment to activating peace culture in Ethiopia through the revitalization of HWPL’s LP activities, focusing on establishing a culture of peace and institutionalizing peace. He said, “It was great to communicate concrete plans to put our pre-discussed items into actions. I will do my best to bring the outcome next year.”


Additionally, Dacka Boubacar, Mayor of the City of Gao in Mali, said, “The discussion table provided an opportunity to propose concrete solutions and discuss the roadmap for further activities. It was interesting to talk to the other Malian representatives and see how everyone can contribute. The Malian representatives should get together even on their return to Mali to continue discussions on implementing the proposals.”

2023 DPCW Conference: Joint Declaration on Conflict Resolution and Spreading the Culture of Peace

After three days of discussions, the DPCW Conference held on September 20th announced the results of the discussions. At the conference, a “Joint Statement on Conflict Resolution and Spreading a Culture of Peace” was publicly released, emphasizing cooperation and a shared commitment to realizing the DPCW and implementing peace activities. A total of 166 individuals signed the joint statement.


H.E. RosaIia Arteaga Serrano, former President of the Republic of Ecuador, said in her congratulatory address, “These meetings that we are having in Korea with leaders from different parts of the world are so important. It is very inspiring to know that the results of the discussions and declarations during this time can not only help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, as proposed by the mandate and guidelines of the United Nations, but also raise global awareness for the protection of the environment and the restoration of peace.” She further added that these initiatives highlight the importance that this organization gives to peace and the message to disseminate it throughout the world.


H.E. Dr. Teodor MeIeșcanu, Professor and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, presented on the topic, “International Legal Instruments for the Cessation of War.” Hon. Peterson Jibas, Vice Speaker of the Nitijela of the Parliament of the Marshall Islands, led a discussion called, “Bikini Atoll’s Resilience: Paving the Path to Global Peace with DPCW.” He stressed the importance of the DPCW not only for conflict resolution but also for preserving the environment.

As a result, all the promised projects from the September 18th World Peace Summit 9th-anniversary ceremony will be realized through the efforts of the peace advocates. The world will continue to progress towards a peaceful society with the fruits of peace in each country and region.

 Signing Ceremony of the Joint Statement for Conflict Resolution and Spreading a Culture of Peace


Tuesday, November 28, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL's International Religious Peace Academy!

          

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[HWPL] HWPL's International Religious Peace Academy!


Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article from HWPL official homepage regarding HWPL's International Religious Peace Academy Special lectures that hosted during HWPL World Peace Summit :)


HWPL International Religious Peace Academy (IRPA) Special Lectures

At the 9th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit, which took place from September 18 to 21, 2023, the International Religious Peace Academy (IRPA) featured special lectures from representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism over three days. Following the earlier IRPA event held online in July, these special lectures were conducted offline with Q&A sessions, which allowed the audience to actively interact with the speakers. Notably, Chairman Lee Man Hee, Chairman of HWPL and the President of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, took the stage to speak to the audience as a lecturer for the IRPA special lecture on Christianity.


On the first day, special lectures on Sikhism and Islam were conducted. Dr. Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa, Ambassador of the Sikh Religion of the Western Hemisphere delivered his lecture on the philosophy of Sikhism. In his lecture, he explained,“Today, we live in a world that is involved in countless wars and unrest due to a lack of compassion.” He also emphasized that misinterpretations of religion have led to terror and communal disharmony in society. He conveyed that the Sikh faith teaches us to be compassionate to others.


The Islamic speaker, Sheikh Haji Ibrahim Tufa, President of Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council, deliberated on the significance of security in Islam and its role in promoting peace.


In the lecture on Hinduism held on the second day of the peace summit, Swami Vedanand Saraswati, the spiritual leader of Arya Samaj in South Africa, said, “The ultimate goal Hindus strive for is the highest good and the welfare of all; to promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of all beings.” He highlighted that no one should be content with their own welfare alone but should consider the welfare and well-being of all.


On the last day of the summit, special lectures on Buddhism and Christianity were held. Venerable Phra Sithawatchamethi, Vice-Abbot of Royal Monastery Wat Pa Lelai, underlined Buddha’s teachings on the equality of all individuals. People are to be judged and determined by their own actions and speeches, not by birth, nor by color, nor by race. He stated, “We are one as the same human beings without distinction of race and color.”


Chairman Lee Man Hee, the speaker at the special lecture on Christianity, explained the prophecies and their fulfillments as written in the Book of Revelation, and emphasized the need for unity by stating, “We must all become one. To achieve this, the World Alliance of Religions Peace Offices were established, and all religious individuals are encouraged to come forward with their scriptures to discuss and compare the scriptures. To see which is trustworthy, and which has valuable content.”

Finally, Swami Vedanand Saraswati Singh, the speaker for the special lecture on Hinduism, also expressed satisfaction in dispelling misconceptions about Hinduism during his lecture and the subsequent Q&A session. He observed that attending lectures from different religions helped him realize the various expressions of truth that ultimately convey the same message. Through this experience, there was heightened confidence that different religions can be understood, respected, and unified.



Sunday, November 26, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL's Peace Education Conference!

         

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[HWPL] HWPL's Peace Education Conference!


Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article from HWPL official homepage regarding HWPL's Peace Education :)



Global Peace Education Conference


Since 2017, HWPL has been collaborating with education ministries and institutions to provide peace education to children and young adults. HWPL has been pouring in efforts to promote institutionalizing peace to ensure that peace takes firm roots. In particular, the Global Peace Education Conference of the 9th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit held in Incheon, South Korea, served as an opportunity to discuss sustainable and effective means to spread a culture of peace and firmly establish peace.

To transit toward peace from today’s era smeared by war, what should we show and teach to the younger generation? HWPL proposes the direction for peace education with peace-related materials that will help foster peace.

Peace education is a crucial process to institutionalize peace and help with its settlement. That is why each government should be responsible for promoting the institutionalization of peace by implementing a system to effectively implement peace education. The first part of the conference presented the direction in which the education sector should move forward to promote the institutionalization of peace.


First, Dr. Ronald L. Adamat, a Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines, gave a speech. CHED is an organization under the Philippines government that manages and oversees universities across the Philippines. After signing a peace education MOA with HWPL in 2018, it has been implementing peace education in all universities in the Philippines.


The next speaker was Mrs. Aurora Simona Spirescu, a teacher from Scoala Gimnaziala Ferdinand I in Romania. She has been adopting HWPL’s peace education at the school since 2021, and in 2022, she completed all courses under HWPL’s program for peace educators. After experiencing and learning peace education, she has been at the forefront of spreading a culture of peace by teaching peace education.

In the second part, there were roundtable discussions on two main topics: “Promotion of Institutionalization of Peace through Education” and “Reconstruction and Prevention of Conflicts through Peace Education.” Through these discussions, participants shared various cases and opinions on how HWPL peace education is being implemented worldwide and how it is contributing to the establishment of peace through education. There was also a session where the opinions and outcomes from each table were presented.