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[HWPL] HWPL Held the Press Conference for the 9th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit!


[HWPL] HWPL Held the Press Conference for the 9th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit!

Korea (Seoul), September 18, 2023. “The 9th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit will be held in the Republic of Korea for four days, from September 18 to 21, with the participation of about 1,800 global leaders.

HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee emphasized that the peace deal of the world legalization is essential in this summit. The chairman emphasizes it: “We focus on solving the root causes of conflict with people from across divides. We bring people together from the grassroots to the policy level to build peace.”

The event will be hosted by an international peace NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), in UN ECOSOC special consultative status. This 9th-anniversary celebration will look back on the achievements of the past ten years and discuss the theme of “Implementation of Multidimensional Strategies for Institutional Peace Leaders in Politics, education, religion, women’s Groups, Youth Groups, and the Media from Around the World will participate in discussions aimed at implementing strategies within each sector’s initiatives. The sessions will cover various agendas, including spreading a culture of institutional peace, expanding comparative scriptural studies, building long-term stability through education, and developing policies for promoting a culture of peace.

The concept of “Institutional Peace,” proposed by HWPL, advocates for international agreements to establish sustainable peace with frameworks based on the principles outlined in the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). The DPCW is presented as a tool of peace continuum from prevention and resolving conflicts to further promoting a culture of understanding and cooperation among nations and peoples.

 HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee emphasized that the participation of people worldwide is essential to achieve peace, stating, “We (HWPL) have circled the globe 32 times to carry out the work of peace. The ultimate goal has been achieving peace. Peace is a vital need, whether it’s within families, schools, or any other organization. Not a single person has rejected the idea of peace. Therefore, I firmly believe that peace will be attained.”

In addition, HWPL is carrying out various initiatives to build sustainable peace. HWPL peace education
that fosters peace values among future generations is being conducted in 90 countries, and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), an organization under HWPL, has formed a Youth Engagement & Peacebuilding Working group (YEPW) around affiliated organizations in 119 countries seeking to maintain citizen-led peace and promote a culture of peace. It also mediates communication between conflicting parties in various disputed regions and strives to raise citizens’ awareness of peace through peace journalism research and peace media networks.

Through this event, HWPL aims to reflect on the achievements of its activities over the past decade
and propose to upgrade the “LP Project” to an “LP Program” by improving it into a more systematic,
multidimensional, and long-term strategy. In addition, the ideas on ways to strengthen the mediation between conflicting parties for dispute resolution and plan a policy discussion body for spreading a culture of peace will be shared. The participants will be able to interact and cooperate with networks closely connected to all walks of life worldwide and participate in the discussion process for establishing and implementing strategies for each initiative.

By the World Alliance of Religions Agreement signed by significant world religious leaders, the strategies for building peace in the religious community are also steadily being implemented. The HWPL World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Offices have been established and actively operated in 130 countries around the world, contributing to preventing religious disputes and promoting harmony through close dialogue and communication between different religions.

The journalists raised the role of women in peacebuilding. The summit replied, “If peace and stability are to be sustainable, women like them must be involved at every stage, from setting government strategy to carrying out projects, and from voting on laws to implementing them in the communities.”

The question continued about peace restoration from journalists; HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee answered that Peace processes involve a series of negotiated steps to end wars and build sustainable peace. All people must participate and contribute peace works with practitioners, diplomats, and officials to understand how to manage or facilitate such processes effectively. This includes how such negotiations can be structured and supported, the issues to be resolved, the trade-offs involved, and the consequences and challenges that result. From considering gender and the role of women in Colombia’s peace process to furthering a new understanding of Myanmar’s long road towards peace, USIP works to ensure that peace agreements in conflict areas are inclusive, participatory, and locally led and supported.

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