Tuesday, July 2, 2024

[HWPL] HWPL holds an Environmental Webinar



[HWPL] HWPL holds an Environmental Webinar

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 Environmental Webinar online.

Understanding the Impact of Water on Peace and Security in Uganda: Exploring Challenges and Solutions

On April 19th, HWPL’s global 12 branches held an environmental webinar titled “Understanding the Impact of Water on Peace and Security in Uganda: Exploring Challenges and Solutions”, aiming to promote global peace and prosperity through water management and cooperation.

HWPL & Bio Vision Africa MOU Signing Ceremony

The event was attended by around 50 participants from various sectors in Africa, including representatives from the Buganda Kingdom’s Ministry of Community, Environment, Water, and Gender (acting on behalf of the Minister), Uganda’s Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, the Khmer Youth Association, and teachers from Kenya. Additionally, an online MOU signing ceremony between Biovision Africa, which continuously monitors environmental and water resource management in Ugandan communities, and HWPL, which engages in various international peace activities, was conducted.

Many countries, including Uganda, face significant challenges in water quality and soil management due to rapid urbanization, deforestation, population issues, and other environmental problems. Rural areas, in particular, struggle with water scarcity and the management of purification facilities and technologies, posing potential risks for conflicts with neighboring regions.

In this context, HWPL’s 12 Global Branch organized the webinar to share the realities of climate change and environmental issues, and to discuss solutions with citizens from Uganda, Kenya, and Cambodia.

Congratulatory Speech by the Deputy Minister of the Buganda Kingdom

The first part of the event included a congratulatory address from various dignitaries and the MOU signing ceremony between HWPL and Biovision Africa, which pledged to create practical and sustainable activities for local communities.

The second part began with a presentation by Monirath Prak, President of the Khmer Youth Association, a Cambodian NGO. He emphasized, “To address climate change, youth-led projects must be activated and supported to bring about positive changes.”

Patrick Katagata, an officer at the Science, Technology and Innovation Secretariat under the President’s Office in Uganda, stated, “Water is a significant issue both nationally and globally. It can become a problem for all of us, and we can solve it. Raising awareness and preserving watersheds to ensure proper utilization and protection of water should be a top priority to prevent environmental pollution and destruction and their adverse impacts on socio-economic and political stability. Strengthening cooperation with cultural and religious institutions locally and globally will be helpful.” He presented on ‘The Impact of Water Stress on Peace and Security in Uganda.’

Thomas Kim, team leader of International Law at 12 Global Branch, discussed ‘War and Climate Change,’ saying, “As stated in Article 2 of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), gradually reducing war and weapon production will decrease greenhouse gas emissions. These changes will provide more benefits to humanity, including a clean environment and good climate.”

Presentation by the Executive Director of Biovision Africa

Finally, Geoffrey Kamese, Executive Director of Biovision Africa, highlighted ‘Challenges for Climate Change, Peace, and Security in Uganda,’ stating, “We must build the capacity of communities to respond to numerous climate challenges without causing conflicts. Efforts should be made to establish a national climate change fund, lobby for climate finance, demand climate justice, and gradually phase out fossil fuels while striving for 100% renewable energy.”

Teddy Navakuza, Deputy Minister of the Buganda Kingdom’s Ministry of Community Self Help, Environment, Water, and Gender, expressed, “I was impressed by the overall content of the webinar. I hope the practical activities proceed well in the future. I also congratulate the MOU signing between HWPL and Biovision Africa and look forward to cooperating with the Buganda Kingdom.”

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