Friday, July 7, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL Designates an HWPL Peace City in the Ivory Coast


[HWPL] HWPL Designates an HWPL Peace City in the Ivory Coast

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 :)

Bocanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Designated as an HWPL Peace City



On May 9th, an event was held in Côte d’Ivoire to designate Bocanda as the “HWPL City of Peace.” The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Reconciliation and Bocanda City Government of Côte d’Ivoire and there were about 330 people in attendance, including H.E. Kouadio Konan Bertin, the Minister of Ministry of Reconciliation, Mr. Kramo Kouassi, the Mayor of Bokanda, Prefecture of Bocanda, ethnic leaders, religious leaders, representatives of civic groups and youth groups, and the press.

In Côte d’Ivoire, ethnic conflicts within countries are rampant enough to adopt achieving ethnic harmony as a national policy. Political conflicts are also so severe that bloodshed occurs every election season.

Bocanda City in Côte d’Ivoire, however, was the only city that resolved ethnic conflicts peacefully. Therefore, HWPL designated Bocanda City as the “HWPL City of Peace” to make it an exemplary case for peacefully resolving conflicts occurring in various regions in Côte d’Ivoire and spreading peace culture nationwide.



H.E. Kouadio Konan Bertin, the Minister of the Ministry of Reconciliation said, “We have to make sure that our everyday behavior helps and contributes to maintaining this peace because Bocanda wants to deserve this appellation of the city of peace. We’ve seen over the past two years, over the past few months, that a new wind has been blowing through our country—a wind of peace, a wind of development. That presupposes that together we continue to cultivate a climate of peace. We create a behavior of peace, making a powerful appeal for everyone to behave peacefully for the peace and development of Côte d’Ivoire.”

Mr. Kramo Kouassi, the Mayor of Bocanda City said, “As a city of peace, Bocanda will become a capital city of peacemaking efforts for ethnic harmony in Côte d’Ivoire. We will immediately sign a partnership with HWPL and participate in peace activities.”

As Mr. Kramo Kouassi, the Mayor of Bocanda City, mentioned, Bocanda City signed an MOU with HWPL and promised to cooperate in peace initiatives such as HWPL Peace Education, Youth Engagement & Peacebuilding Working Group (YEPW), and dialogues for peace and coexistence of various ethnic groups. The Ministry of Reconciliation has also decided to actively support these peace initiatives. In addition, in June, HWPL and Bocanda City will complete an erection of the first HWPL peace monument in Côte d’Ivoire together.

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