Wednesday, February 15, 2023

[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-Hee Lee (39): United Nations gives ear to Keynote Speech of Chairman Lee at Invitation to UN Peace Conference during 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly


[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-Hee Lee (39): United Nations gives ear to Keynote Speech of Chairman Lee at Invitation to UN Peace Conference during 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly

Man-hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, delivers a message of peace at the 'Global Peace Leadership: Women, Youth and Interfaith Dialogue' held in Conference Room 3 of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA on September 28, 2015

After the first anniversary of the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit on September 18, 2015, the fortuitous destination that played host to Chairman Lee was New York City, USA, the location of the 20th Peace Tour (September 27-October 1, 2015). On September 28, 2015, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, around 160 leading dignitaries, including heads of state, gathered at the UN Headquarters to attend the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

Kamal Hossain, former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Bangladesh and an international legal scholar, formed a special relationship with Chairman Lee at the WARP Summit held in Seoul, South Korea. He is one of 29 signatories to the 'Agreement to Propose the Enactment of International Law for the Cessation of Wars and World Peace', which calls for the institution of an international law for the cessation of war.

Appointed as a member of HWPL’s ‘International Law Peace Committee (ILPC)’, Dr. Hossain is actively progressing Chairman Lee’s proposal for the enactment of the ‘Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)’, an international law on the cessation of war, to the United Nations.

At the UN Headquarters Summit on September 28, 2015, keynote speeches by the presidents of each country were in full swing. At the same time, in Conference Room 3 of the UN Headquarters, the 'Global Peace Leadership: Women, Youth and Interfaith Dialogue' was held with representatives from various fields, including religious leaders, heads of the UN, women's, youth, and media organizations.

In light of the crisis of religion as the catalyst behind the majority of historical conflict up until the present day, the progress made by HWPL and Chairman Lee in appealing for religious unity and achieving it through concrete steps of peace is an achievement that the United Nations acknowledges.

On September 28, 2015, 160 world leaders, including heads of state, gathered to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations at the UN Headquarters in the US

After the conference started, those who had attended the WARP Summit firsthand initially spoke and promoted the importance of the Summit.

Dr. Kamal Hossain said, “At the WARP Summit held in Seoul, religious leaders from different faiths, including Catholic priests, Buddhist monks, and Muslim imams, came together to acknowledge that the core purpose of religion is ultimately 'peace' and signed a commitment to become one.” He continued, “If conflict persists, sustainable peace will never be achieved in the global village,” and emphasized, “That's why this meeting held at the UN General Assembly is so important.”

Alvind Bora, Chairman of the Federation of Jain Associations in North America, said, “I met Chairman Lee for the first time at the UN in the summer of 2014 , and I immediately knew that this person was a messenger of peace and I was determined to help in whatever way I could.” He said, “The World Peace Summit was the most impressive event that promotes peace.”

“We need someone like Chairman Lee, who emphasised to those in attendance that we must eliminate the diseases of war and violence from humanity”, he said.

On September 28, 2015, Chairman Lee delivers a speech at the US Religious Leaders' Meeting at the Trump World Tower in New York, U.S.A.

After the vivid testimonies of participants of the WARP Summit, Chairman Lee delivered an emphatic message of peace to an audience of various organization heads, including the United Nations, women and youth.

He said, “About 80% of wars are caused by religion. Did God say to kill? If all of us become one with a repentant heart, there will be no more war and peace will come to the earth.”

He went on to say, “If our religious people do well, humanity will survive eternally.”

Immediately after the meeting, Chairman Lee appointed three people as HWPL Peace Ambassadors and entrusted them with the mission of peace: Princess Maria Torres, Founder and President of 'We Care for Humanity', Nikhil Chandra Narayanbhai Trivedi, representative of The International Society for Krishna (Brooklyn, New York), and Rashad Alkhader, Deputy Minister of Justice and Women's Rights.

On September 30, 2015, Man-hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, is taking a photo with Ernest Davis, Mayor of Mount Vernon, in commemoration of the designation of 'HWPL DAY' in Mount Vernon, New York, USA
The meeting participants expressed their “fortune” in meeting Chairman Lee, and stated that his message of peace should be widely spread to all countries.

Inderjit Singh, Founder of the South Asian Bar Association said, "Chairman Lee delivered a very important message in the name of God."

Dileepkumar Thankappan, an Interfaith Minister, said, “Chairman Lee is leading people to solve problems and pursue peace around the world. Chairman Lee’s teachings should be widely communicated to all countries, religious groups, and people who will achieve a beautiful world of peace.”

Religious leaders in New York heard the news of Chairman Lee's visit and set up a separate meeting to ask him to deliver a message of peace, while discussions with global dignitaries within the United Nations continued. The religious leaders formed a collaborative relationship with Chairman Lee and volunteered to work for peace. On the evening of September 29, 2015, a dinner to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations was held. Chairman Lee also received a formal invitation to this gathering of leaders and officials from permanent missions to the United Nations.

On September 30, 2015, the last day of the 20th Peace Tour, Chairman Lee received a special invitation to Mount Vernon, the historic birthplace of George Washington. Mayor Ernest Davis said to Chairman Lee, “The world needs someone like you who is actively working to achieve peace.”

In addition, Mayor Davis presented Chairman Lee with a plaque of appreciation in honor of his contribution to peace through HWPL, and designated September 18 as ‘HWPL Day’. After completing his schedule, New York State mobilized the police to closely guard Chairman Lee and the HWPL peace delegation so that they could safely return home.

Certificate of ‘HWPL DAY’ designation in Mount Vernon, New York, USA


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