Thursday, March 14, 2024

[HWPL] HWPL's 8th Annual Commemoration of the DPCW!



[HWPL] HWPL's 8th Annual Commemoration of the DPCW! 

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 regarding HWPL's 8th Annual Commemoration of the DPCW on March 14th 

HWPL's 8th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)!

Building the Minds of Peace. Promoting Institutional Peace via Intercultural Dialogue and Understanding


HWPL’s 8th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) will be held in South Korea on 14 March 2024. In this event, global citizens embodying the spirit of peace will closely engage in communication and exchange with the theme of intercultural dialogue and understanding, and will seek solutions to establish institutional peace on this earth.

While the global community is collectively overcoming the colossal threat of COVID-19, ongoing conflicts continue to cast a dark shadow on the world’s prospects. Conflicts such as the Russia-Ukraine war, Israel-Hamas war, and disputes worldwide resulted in the deaths of over 33,000 civilians and the displacement of millions in the year 2023 alone. Economic recovery remains elusive, and the resolve to address climate change is fading. It is a critical moment to establish an institutional foundation for ending the era of war and opening an era of peace, for the sake of progress and security.

To open an era of peace institutionally settled, the collective will of citizens worldwide is essential. Each individual’s spirit of peace serves as the fundamental unit in creating a peaceful world. Proclaimed on 14 March 2016 at 3:14 p.m., the 10 Articles and 38 Clauses of the DPCW encapsulates the practical and clear roles of individuals, societies, and nations in achieving the grand goal of peace. This declaration, structured upon the core principles of the international society to achieve a peaceful world, has conveyed the responsibility and role in opening an era of peace as a mission bestowed upon each and every individual citizen, transcending nations.

HWPL has been promoting international collaboration in intercultural dialogue and understanding. Intercultural dialogue serves as a starting point for deriving consensus to address the most challenging global issues of conflict and violence. The substantial differences in perspectives among global citizens, such as nationality, ethnicity, religion, and gender, can be resolved through dialogue and understanding. Violence and brutality stemming from misunderstandings and ignorance can also be prevented through dialogue and understanding. The interfaith dialogues such as HWPL World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Office Comparison of Scriptures and HWPL International Religious Peace Academy share and spread knowledge about the spiritual world, alleviating indiscriminate mistrust and conflicts among each other. Above all, the leadership of religious leaders in such activities is contributing to the expansion of mutual respect and a sense of coexistence among different religions.

Intercultural understanding forms the fundamental basis for communication and exchange. From this, a collective awareness of peace among the public develops, leading to a global peace movement. HWPL collaborates with UNESCO National Commissions, governments, schools, and educational institutions worldwide to promote peace education that fosters understanding and communication. HWPL’s peace education, as part of global citizenship education, cultivates peace values in future generations.

The Human Rights Seminar has become a platform for international discussions aimed at creating a just society where human dignity and universal rights are protected. The Youth Engagement & Peacebuilding Working Group (YEPW) was established to unravel the threads of reconciliation amidst conflicts, ultimately working towards fostering a peaceful environment. Currently, it is sharing cases involving youth and the media worldwide related to this theme, brainstorming collaborative actions based on these experiences.

HWPL will continue to engage in international discussions in 2024 for the sustainable development of institutional peace based on intercultural dialogue and understanding.

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