There is an old saying in Korea: “A word is like a seed”. Once this seed is planted it grows and bears fruit. If we plant the seeds of peace in people’s hearts and in the hearts of global citizens all around the world, this will bear fruit and emerge as peace. Let’s keep doing this with HWPL. Let’s keep working. Tell the leaders of each country to make peace for the society. We are one.
H.E. Djoomart Otorbaev, Former Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan
From 2018 March 14th through September 18th, IPYG and HWPL hosted the “Peace Letters Campaign” in 35 locations across 7 major cities in the Republic of Korea such as Seoul and Paju.
Let’s write peace letters together to become peace makers!
“Peace Letter Campaign” is mainly focused on advocating for the 10 articles 38 clauses of the DPCW, such as the peaceful resolution of conflicts, reduction of armed potentials, safeguarding freedom of religion and ethnicity, and spreading a culture of peace.
Now, around 150,000 peace letters were written and collected, and will be given to the President Moon of the Republic of Korea. These letters will make a huge voice of Korean youth to the leader.
2018 September 18th, a peace festival was held in Incheon to celebrate the 4th Commemoration of the DPCW. At the same time, North and South Korea Leaders met together for Peace Summit at Pyeongchang. The “2018 September 18th” will be remembered as the historical date to Korean Peninsula and all over the world.
Now, promoting the World Peace has become more important issue more than ever. North and South Korea met to discuss about peace, and two Koreas got the gold chance to get together. The start of Korean reunification will influence the world to establish the peaceful global. This is THE TIME for all young adults to get together. We, youth must become the PEACE MAKER.
The first step we can take together is writing peace letters to our country leaders. Let’s do it together to build the peaceful world together!
Soon after HWPL brought peace message to Africa on August, HWPL announced that ‘2018 HWPL World Peace Summit: 4th Anniversary of the WARP Summit’ will be held in South Korea from the 17th to the 19th of September .
This, the 4th anniversary of the summit, will run under the theme of “Collaboration for Peace Development: Building a Peace Community through the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).”
During the 3 days of the 2018 HWPL World Peace Summit 12 formal meetings and 3 informal meetings, for a total of 15 conferences, along with a press conference will be held.
The main agenda of these meetings will be the introduction of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to the United Nations (UN) as a binding resolution and the promotion of international cooperation among individuals from all levels and sectors of society for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula through the DPCW. In addition, plans will be discussed and established regarding how to draw support from current heads of state for the introduction of the DPCW as a UN resolution. DPCW was created by international law experts for building the peace world without the war.
Along with the discussions of the WARP Summit, the ambassadors also expressed their support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.
“If there is an answer to peace, every family of the global village born in this era should become a messenger of peace. It is our responsibility to put an end to war and make sustainable peace a legacy for future generations.”, Chairman of HWPL, religious leader and peace advocate Man Hee Lee take as a message to the people.
Since the Declaration of World Peace was first proclaimed on May 25 2013, HWPL has worked on its international law initiative to draft an instrument for all States to adopt that ultimately promotes a culture of peace and ceases all wars. This Declaration not only encapsulates and supports all of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals but also serves as a foundation for future peace activities for its implementation at all levels of society.
为了和平, 世界政治指导者认识到制定国际法的必要性, 在”支持战争终止世界和平国际法提议”上签名, 承诺积极协助制定旨在终止战争的国际法. 另外,世界宗教指导者签署了《宗教统一和平协议》,承诺通过宗教联合办公室将宗教团结为一体,消除宗教之间的纠纷.
成立由国际法专家组成的”HWPL国际法制定和平委员会”,召开了扬弃地球村纷争,预防战争的国际法制定草案会议. 此外,会议还举行了世界政治领导人和市民团体负责人聚集在一起,为和平制定实质性计划等会议. (之后2016年3月14日《地球村战争结束和平宣言》(DPCW)第10条第38项公开).
“地球村战争终止和平宣言”(DPCW)为了成为具有法律约束力的法案而进行了讨论. 之后,世界各国为了传播 DPCW的实现和宣言文第10条的和平文化,更加积极地开展了应用 HWPL事业的”树脂石板和平”活动.
[1st Peace & War Story] The Unwomanly Face of War – An Oral History of Women in World War II, written by Svetlana Alexievich
We’ve seen and read many “war-themed” movies, books, and stories. Sometimes we are touched by the romantic love stories of the main characters or family love stories during wars. A man sacrificing himself to protect his loved one and a mother who died to protect her child, these are very common touching scenes in many war-related contents. However, do you really think these are such dramatic and moving scenes?
This kind of scenes is “well wrapped-up war stories”!!! The heavy and dark theme of war is embellished with the love story in any war movie, beautifully or maybe lightly.
There is a book that adds weight to the idea of, “War is terrible, heavy, and never should happen”. It is called, ‘The Unwomanly Face of War – An Oral History of Women in World War II’, written by Svetlana Alexievich. This book insists that we should remember the war seriously and remember it as it was, not distort the truth.
The War is mostly recorded by the winner rather than in the position of the loser. Thus, a war is mostly represented as a general and even positive event by the victor.
“How far did human words
have alienated us from the truth.”
– from the book
After realizing the real face of a war, it is not only destroying humans but also the global village. Human beings have been at war for a long time and the war has evolved from small fights to the world wars such as World War II. We must remember that a small fire could become a huge fire and shatter the world.
The reality, however, is to force those who tried to tell the truth about what they saw and heard during the war, to remain silent. In the book, there are women in the silent cry.
Decades later, those who fought in World War II were still suffering from the terrible memory of the war, also female soldiers with male soldiers at that terrible scene.
This book tells us the story of the women soldiers.
– TO BE CONTINUED…
Political and social representatives in Africa and Middle East were gathered to discuss international cooperation for peace building through a series of events held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia including the “Ethiopia Peace Conference” on August 15 with education experts and civil society, the “Addis Ababa Summit” with political leaders from Africa and the Middle East and the “Open Dialogue with Religious Leaders” on August 16.
This series of peace conferences is organized by an international peace NGO called HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light) under the UN ECOSOC along with representatives from various sectors and organizations in Ethiopia.
According to a statement released by the Department of Public Relations “On the 15th, groups of youth and women will talk about the ethnic or regional conflicts that have been continuing until recently and discuss the legalization of peace necessary for harmony and reconciliation among nations. The host organization, HWPL, is proposing the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) as a resolution for establishing a legally binding law for peace that can fundamentally prevent war and conflict.”
“On the 16th, there will be a forum for interfaith dialogue to promote a network among Christian denominations to be one under the meaning of the scripture and the 2018 Addis Ababa Summit to strengthen a cooperative partnership for regional stability and peace by reaffirming the importance of the implementation of an international/internal law for peace.” the statement stated.
Over 15th to 16th days, HWPL had the time to sign for the support of DPCW with participants from all walks of life. DPCW was created by international law experts for building the peace world without the war. During the two-day peace tour, participants at each event pledged to support and urge the DPCW for sustainable peace.
The Chairman Lee ManHee of HWPL, who held the summit with Ethiopian leaders during the 29th Peace Tour, emphasized the importance of peace movement to work as one in which each stratum came together, saying “If there is an answer to peace, then any family of the global village born in this era should become a messenger of peace, ending war and making sustainable peace a legacy for future generations.”
The DPCW deals with the international cooperation to institutionalize and culturally develop peace and cessation of war through the cooperation of world legal experts by HWPL. In this Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War covers the develop friendly relations between nations, prohibit the use of the forces, respect of the international law, foster religious freedom, and spread a culture of peace.
The Chairman of HWPL following a peace tour to the United Nations in May, said “We should also write a letter to the president to support the Implementation of international laws for the cessation of war. It says that the people have all the power of the state. That’s why the president has no reason to refuse what the people want.”. And the Chairman presented a role of civil society for peace and urged them to join peace activities.