Shouts for World Peace and Unification of the Korean Peninsula

 A Festival of “Heavenly Culture on Earth, Onward to a World of Lasting Peace” Held in South Korea

On September 18th, leaders of the two Koreas have met in Pyongyang, North Korea, for the third meeting for inter-Korean reconciliation. With the international attention focused on the movements of the two leaders, families from around the world expecting the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula, further world peace attended a peace festival held in South Korea.

The peace festival with the theme of “Heavenly Culture on Earth, Onward to a World of Lasting Peace” was held at Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in South Korea, a spot of 2014 Asian Games. On the occasion of the 4th Anniversary of the WARP Summit, this outdoor event invited world political leaders, religious leaders, social representatives from women and youth groups, educators, media along with citizens from across the country.

Started with the trumpet sound of a marching band that signaled the era of peace has come, the daylong festival continued with the various cultural performances such as Korean folk music tradition called ‘Nongak’, 12 different peace parade, and Korean traditional dance performance.

According to the host organization, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), the peace parade contained the message about the peaceful world that the global village dreams of achieved through religious harmony, peace education, and international law for peace.

In the parade, the performances of young people who wish to spread a culture of peace through peace education followed by the performance of urging 'OK' sign to establish international law for peace based on the DPCW.

In particular, a parade featuring the desire for peaceful reunification of two Koreas with 70 years of division attracted spectators from around the world. Collecting international supports for a unified one Korean state by peaceful means is one of the HWPL’s peace initiatives.

Following the live broadcasting of the on-the-spot participants from 97 cities in 39 countries including Germany, India, Australia, South Africa, France, El Salvador, and the USA, dignitaries of international society delivered the congratulatory messages to the audiences.

In his address, H.E. Donald Ramotar, Former President of Guyana, stressed on the collaborative efforts for the world peace as well as the reunification of Korean Peninsula. “I am particularly happy that one of the emphases of your work is to get the ordinary women and men involved in the work and struggle for world peace. Many times, we have seen that it is through our collective voices and representation of progressive leaders that changes can be made and resources can be diverted to raise the quality of life and standards of living of humankind.”

“It is most gratifying to see Korean people united in sports and families are once more able to meet and greet each other. I wish to extend my support to all of you working for this unification of this great land.  I am happy to be here at this time and hope to return to see the border which now separates the two Koreas, will be turned into a line of the unity of your people and century.”

H.E. Viktor Yushchenko, Former President of Ukraine, said, “Together with you, we feel the pain of your people unfairly divided by the two great empires and pray for the unification of your country. I believe that peace is approaching every day due to the indefinite activities of Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL and his organization, as well as the genuine desire of millions of people. I sincerely thank you for the fact that your organization is carrying the peace initiatives with the concrete action plans. The DPCW is a perfect and balanced document that can be the basis of solidarity for peacekeeping in all countries of the world. I think all the leaders of the countries should support the DPCW.”

At the end of the festival, the whole stadium was filled with the lights and the chants of 100,000 attendees, shouting “We are one!” wishing for a harmonious world of peace.

Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, the host of this festival, delivered his thanks message to the attendees, saying “I have noticed that no one in this world wanted war, but everyone wanted peace. Hence, I am certain that peace will be achieved. Journalists, former and incumbent presidents, chief justices, university chancellors, ministers of education, presidents of parliaments, and mayors of different cities and nations have expressed their endorsement of the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW, and they are signing MOUs with HWPL. I would also like to express my gratitude to politicians, religious leaders, and heads of organizations for supporting the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula and the DPCW, and working together with HWPL shouting, “We Are One!”.

 

 

 

 

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UN-affiliated NGO based in South Korea hosts global leaders to collaborate for the international law for peace and the peaceful reunification of two Koreas

2018 HWPL Peace Summit is held to discuss the comprehensive development of peace-building through institutionalization and inter-Korean reconciliation

In order to discuss the ideas and implementation required to achieve peace, a peace summit under the theme of “Collaboration for Peace Development: Building a Peace Community through the DPCW” will be held in Incheon, South Korea from 17th to 19th on September. An international peace NGO named HWPL under the UN ECOSOC and UN DPI invites about 2000 social representatives from the fields of politics, religion, law, education, youth, women, press, and civil societies to “2018 HWPL World Peace Summit” that marks its 4th anniversary.

The host organization, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light(HWPL) has advocated the participation of international organizations, governments, and civil societies in achieving peace through “Establishing Collaborative Governance for Development and Implementation of the DPCW”. Based on the idea of collaborative governance, this year’s summit aims to further seek for the driving force for the enactment of the international law for peace through an all-encompassing approach involving different areas of expertise.

Participants will discuss the following agenda: 1) National and regional support for developing the DPCW into a legally binding form, 2) Future direction of the interfaith dialogue meeting to find a trustworthy religious scripture, 3) Role of educators in peace education to spread a culture of peace, 4) Practical action plans for peace-related projects led by women and youth 5) Peace network platform for journalists.

HWPL, ever since 2014, has hosted the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace(WARP) Summits with the slogan of “everyone to become messengers of peace” to discuss the realizable methods for world peace in association with the leaders from each sector of the global society. As a result of such collaborative efforts, in 2016, HWPL and world-level international law experts proclaimed the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War(DPCW) that can prevent any armed conflict at its core.

The DPCW of 10 articles and 38 clauses addresses the role of states and civic participation for peace-building through developing friendly relations between nations, prohibiting the use of the forces, fostering religious freedom, and spreading a culture of peace.

Emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL delivers his message to the people he has met by saying “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.”

HWPL announces that this year’s summit proceeds high-level meetings for the former and current heads of state and women leaders including the first ladies to advocate the support for the DPCW at the national level backed by the national solidarity statement for the DPCW from eSwatini and Seychelles as well as the agreement of the president of Pan-African Parliament (PAP) on the implementation of peace-related institutions and projects based on the principles of the DPCW throughout Africa.

 

 

 

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