Wednesday, July 6, 2022

[HWPL] HWPL Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Black Sea Baltic Council


[HWPL] HWPL Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Black Sea Baltic Council

A signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) between HWPL and the Black Sea Baltic Council is a statement of serious intent by the two organizations to collaborate on the basis of dialogue, trust and mutual understanding for the implementation of specialized and specific activities for the cessation of war and the realization of peace

In 2018, a contingent of former Eastern European presidents and heads of state visited the small East Asian nation of South Korea, in response to a ‘solution to peace’ proposed by Chairman Man-hee Lee - a Korean who is the Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) and who was approaching 90 at that time - during a peace tour throughout Europe that was uncharacteristically made by someone from a distant land. Leading politicians within each country were inspired by the work of Chairman Lee, who also showed strong spiritual leadership, and subsequently came to believe that a path to peace could be established.

The steps of Eastern European heads of state were directed to the Korean Peninsular, where they participated in the 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP (World Alliance of Religions' Peace) Summit. On September 16, 2018, a special peace conference was held in Goseong county (Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi province), home to the HWPL Peace Institute, where a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the Black Sea Baltic Council, whose advisory team is comprised of former and current Eastern European presidents and heads of state, and HWPL. A clear statement of intent was made that the two organizations would work closely together to end war and achieve a world of peace.

From left, the then Member of Parliament of Ukraine and President of the Black Sea Baltic Council Iryna Vereshchuk, former President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, HWPL Chairman Man-hee Lee, former First Deputy Prime MInister of Russia Gennady Burbulis, former Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich, former President of Romania Emil Constantinescu, and former President of Moldova Petru Lucinschi take a commemorative photo after the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) during the HWPL-Black Sea Baltic Council conference (Goseong Peace Forum), held at the HWPL Peace Institute in Goseong county (Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi province) on September 16, 2018

The memorandum of understanding signed by the two organizations stated their intent “to carry out specialized and specific activities for the cessation of war and realization of peace through cooperation based on dialogue, trust and mutual understanding.”

HWPL and the International Centre for Black Sea Baltic Council (Baltic Black Sea Council) agreed to collaborate by mobilizing professional infrastructure within each field to achieve peace. The MOU detailed the commitment by both sides to forecast, assess, and prevent risk factors that can trigger potential conflict and threaten global peace and the hope of a prosperous future. They agreed to form a consultative body comprised of humanities scholars, sociologists, dispute resolution specialists, mediators, and legal experts.

They also agreed to participate in and collaborate on various activities and projects that would draw on their own experiences and networks, in order to research and disseminate ways of fostering constructive relationships based on the values of peace, harmony, tolerance and responsibility.

In addition, both organizations agreed to practise the universal values of peace, tolerance and mercy that transcend generations and create a platform for the expression of diverse worldviews, cultures, civilizations, and nationalities. They agreed to jointly implement this in the form of a specific international peace education project.

Furthermore, the two organizations also agreed to cooperate on the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsular through a concrete and sustainable mutual understanding of activities, including collaborative round-table meetings, talks, conferences, thematic meetings, public lectures, and discussions on pending issues, with the support of influential public figures, scholars and leading experts in relevant fields.

A decision was made to actively inform domestic and international media outlets and broadcasters of all their peace activities, including the launch of the “World Peace Movement for All” project. HWPL also pledged to carry out various activities to progress the global ‘Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War' (DPCW: 10 Articles, 38 Clauses)’, which was declared on March 14, 2016, for the purpose of developing it into a legally binding form.

The implementation of the objectives of the MOU means that programs of global influence, academic meetings and talks can be held, and its impact forecast due to the stature of the Baltic Black Sea Council members who signed the MOU. While HWPL is just a civil organization, the Advisory Committee of the Baltic Black Sea Council includes former president and heads of state.

Those who visited the HWPL Peace Institute and signed the Memorandum of Understanding included ▲ Gennady Burbulis, former First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia (1991~1992) ▲ Emil Constantinescu, former President of Romania (1996~2000) ▲ Petru Lucinschi, former President of Moldova (1997~2001) ▲ Stanislav Shushkevich, former Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Belarus (1991~1994) ▲Viktor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine (2005~2010).

Following the signing of the MOU, four of them were appointed as HWPL advisory committee members.

The Goseong Peace Conference, where the MOU was signed, covered the following: ▲ a fundamental solution to end global conflict ▲ a collaborative plan to develop the DPCW into legally binding law ▲ a collaborative plan for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula ▲ discussion of HWPL's collaborative inclusion within the Baltic Black Sea Council's 'World Peace and Order' project, which resulted in a joint agreement being adopted on the subject.

In this regard, the then President of the Baltic Black Sea Council and Member of Parliament of Ukraine, said, “HWPL is working hard to resolve disputes through peaceful means and shares the recognised consensus that communal collaboration is necessary to resolve armed conflicts. We have adopted an agreement for global cooperation in the Korean Peninsula and the Baltic Black Sea region.”


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