The World Alliance for Religious Peace (WARP Summit 2016) held substantive meetings for plan of action for the establishment of world peace through advocacy and development the Implementation of Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) hosted 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit to share various projects HWPL and its partner organizations have accomplished in the past years, as promised. The draft of Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War was publicly proclaimed in March 2016.
The Legislate Peace Campaign was also launched in order for youth, women and civil organizations to urge the public and the heads of state to sign their support for the further development DPCW into an enforceable law for peace building.
On the first day of the Summit, the experts in the fields of politics, religions, law and civil society, according to their sectors, participated in sessions, a total of eight different forums, and proceeded to discuss practical approaches to implement the international law compatible with the DPCW proclaimed on March 14th. They arrived at efficient means to support the document utilizing various methods.
On the second day of the summit, the outdoor event at Jamsil Olympic Main Stadium deeply touched all in attendance through the entrance ceremony, which colorfully portrayed diverse and traditional cultures of Korea and the world, and the card section performance ‘War and Peace’, performed by 11,440 youths. This outdoor peace event demonstrated to the world the exemplary culture of peace and presented opportunities to experience such culture.
The ‘Conference for the Implementation of Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War’ walked through the overall progress made during the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the September 18th WARP Summit. Everything drawn from each session is expected to yield a practical result through international peace networks and support formed during the Summit.
The September 19, marking the last day of its three-day journey to peace during the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the September 18th WARP Summit, the “Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War” was held by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) in Seoul, South Korea.
Approximately 1,000 guests from 130 countries, consisting of not only State leaders, such as former presidents and prime ministers as well as current ministers, but also experts in the field of international law, UN officials, religious leaders and international press members, took part in the conference.
During his keynote speech, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee proclaimed, “The Declaration that we drafted is a new legal framework that can bring about the cessation of war and world peace. Prime ministers and chief justices together with the National Assembly of each nation must acknowledge the value and principles of the DPCW and propel and support the development process of the DPCW. If we do it, it is possible. If we don’t do it, it won’t happen,” repeatedly reminding all the people in governmental affairs and legal experts of the significance of the legislation of the law for peace.
With definitive solutions to establish world peace, our peace delegation made up of me as chairman of HWPL, chairwoman of IWPG, and director of IPYG have gone around the world twenty-four times, meeting with various national and community leaders in both secular and religious fields.
In many occasions, I have delivered speech and pleas on behalf of students and the youth who sacrificed their lives in war. We consulted with chief justices, law makers, and lawyers for their guidance on international law to peacefully resolve present conflicts. After we expressed our intentions, many pledged to work as part of peace community.
The cessation of war and world peace is possible. Peace is not achieved by one individual or by one country or a corporation, but rather it is achieved by the combined efforts of everyone, the efforts of the global family on this earth like you.
For the rest of our lives, let us commit to the cause of world peace, the work that will be remembered in history forever. This will begin with participating at the 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit. Let us achieve world peace and leave it as a legacy for the future generations.
IWPG Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim said, “We ask the chiefs of state, judges and the United Nations to work together for advocacy of the international law for cessation of war. Also, we ask ministers of states to give the message of peace and work with governments to advocate and implement the international law. People from all walks of life are working for peace; organizations and schools are providing peace education and women and youth are taking the lead in protecting themselves.
When the public voice in advocacy of the adoption of the international law becomes greater, the power of peace transcending national interest will also be greater. Your actions today will be an exemplary model of respect for future generations and become the everlasting light recorded in heaven.”
Speakers representing various sectors of the audience, such as governments, civil organizations, youth, women and religions, presented their roles as well as concrete action plans to develop the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and implement it as an enforceable law. It provided a platform for participants to reaffirm their responsibilities to advocate for the DPCW, thus bringing about peace and cessation of war.
Seyed Reza Hosseini Nassab (Grand Ayatollah of Canada) “The world with peace is the paradise, and with war is the Hell. The foundation of peace shall be built on the important principles, such as: education, tolerance, mercy, equality, morality, religious freedom and justice. To reach this heavenly goal, we need an enforceable law, such as the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, which shall be approved and supported by all religious leaders in the world”
Karim Khalili, Senior Deputy of Afghanistan High Peace Council and Former Vice President said,”It is obvious that achieving sustainable peace is not an easy and simple task. We have to go through several political, legal, cultural, economic, managerial, psychological, religious aspects, at national and international levels so that we achieve this human idea and wish. Procedures among world nations for achieving peace that have been experienced can help us in this regard. “Declaration of peace and ending war” that has been prepared by HWPL, is considered one of the efficient, useful and valuable procedures for achieving peace and ending war.
Prof. Carlos Villán Durán, President of The Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law emphasized the collaboration and participation of civic society and governmental organizations to develop the Declaration into a legally binding document. He said, “The DPCW provides positive elements to foster the dialogue and reconciliation among religions.” He then added, “We have also learnt that international law and multilateral institutions must be more efficient to peacefully settling conflicts and to better address legitimate demands for justice and the right of peoples to self-determination”
HWPL is an international organization which pursues the goal of resolving the present armed conflicts around the world in a peaceful manner. Two affiliated organizations, International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) work side by side as left and right wings to HWPL and together, the works of peace we engage in transcend all borders, races, and religions.
In September 2014, HWPL hosted the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Former and current heads of state, chief justices, law makers, journalists and representatives of youth and women’s organizations and religious leaders from all around the world participated to show their eager support for peace works led by HWPL.
Since then, HWPL and its members have established the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Offices where an in-depth dialogue is held through comparing and understanding religious scriptures and unite them under the one that provides the most trustworthy testimony.
Since it was first inaugurated during 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit, HWPL International Law Peace Committee strenuously strived to collectively draft Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) through consecutive meetings.