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Our Future Created through the Empowerment of Youth!

AUG 2017

The ‘Be involved’ camp hosted by Youth of Europe. The camp is for promoting social inclusion and tolerance among European youth in an interactive way and explores the topic of empowerment through community actions. Also, it aims to foster inter-cultural, open spaces that connect young people with each other across Europe. Participants from various distinct cultural backgrounds will gather to discuss what inclusion and social activism means today for our generation.  

 

During the two nights and three days of the camp, which took place from July 22nd to July 24th, forty European young adults from five different countries, including Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Spain, gathered together in one place. The IPYG also took part of the camp through invitation and hosted the “The IPYG Youth Empowerment Workshop” and “Korean Culture Night.” Through the orientation on Day 1, participants from various nationalities were given the chance to get acquainted with one another.

 

On Day 2, group discussions and presentations were given on the topic “What is a NGO.” Different opinions were formulated, including the importance of supporting NGOs because doing so can achieve what the government is unable to do, as well as creating something different.

At night, an IPYG staff who was present as the Korean Youth Representative hosted the “Korea Edition” of Culture Night. The host introduced the Republic of Korea as a nation of peace with a great vision, passion, and magnanimity while sharing the meaning of peace concealed within Korean history with the attendees. Everyone was actively engaged during quiz time and it proved to be a special opportunity for the European youth to learn about Korean culture, which was foreign to them.

 

On Day 3, “The IPYG Youth Empowerment Workshop” took place. First the young participants debated on the memory of not being respected and what ethnicity means to them. The young passionately took part in the debate to the point that there was not enough time. The participants shared about the discrimination and difficulty experienced by the youth of each nation and reflected on the value of one another.

 

After, the participants discussed about the topic of “Diversity of Ethnicities” and the social and governmental conflicts created from the differences and what the youth can do in order to resolve them. After the debate took place, team presentations where they were able to gain the historical background on why the conflicts begun in each nation; marking the beginning of the youth working together to resolve conflicts.

 

I want to share the voices of the young people who participated in the youth empowerment workshop with the youth around the world.

 

-Katie Bak, United States, General Supervisor of the Camp Program

“After participating in the youth empowerment workshop I became very interested in the IPYG and would like to use the material from this workshop to advance the work.”

 

-Youssef Hassan, Germany, Newspaper Journalist

“I really enjoyed the example about Yugoslavia and in general was able to gain a lot of information.”

 

-Karin Murgova, Slovakia, College Student

“Educating about peace is important and it is also important to not repeat mistakes by learning from history. I hope there will be more opportunities to discuss about culture.”

 

The IPYG will continue to collaborate with various European youth groups to host youth empowerment workshops while looking forward to the youth around the globe gaining sound awareness of their empowerment and working alongside the IPYG for peace.

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The Youth Lead the Way for World Peace

JUN 2017

The Indonesian Youth’s Walk for Peace

Indonesia, located in Southeast Asia, is an Islamic country and is the world’s largest island nation. The country’s slogan is “Unity in Diversity” (Bhinneka Tunggal Ika) and its founding idea is called “Pancasila,” with “panca” meaning five and “sila” meaning principle. The five principles are: 1. A Divinity that is an ultimate unity. 2. A just and civilized humanity. 3. The national unity of Indonesia. 4. Democracy predicated on the inherent wisdom of unanimity arising from deliberation among popular representatives. 5. Social justice for all Indonesian people. These principles take part in unifying Indonesia, a nation of multicultural society and various religions. Just like its founding idea, Indonesia is a nation of harmony, flexibility, and tolerance and pursues peace through religious tolerance and harmony. Living up to its national belief and mood, Indonesia has been one of the countries actively participating in the peace movement of HWPL and the IPYG

Peace Advocate of Indonesia

Among the several peace advocates who are doing the work of peace with HWPL and the IPYG in Indonesia are Prof. Said Aqill Siroj, a religious leader and the General Chairman of Central Board of Nahdlatul Ulama(PBNU), the world’s biggest Muslim organization, Ms. Yenny Wahid, Chairwoman of Wahid Institute, and Dr. Hj. Elza Syarief, SH, MH, Chairwoman of Himpunan Advokat Pengacara Indonesia. These advocates have participated in the 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit.

Ahmad Syamsuddin, the Vice President of Central Board of Master’s Association of Nahdlatul Ulama, a youth division of PBNU, also has been working with the IPYG for the last 4 years, and Fitri Noviana, Program Director of ECPAT Indonesia, one of the branches of ECPAT, registered under ECOSOC, began actively working with the IPYG since co-hosting the Peace Walk in 2015. Along with the two youth representatives mentioned above, Hari Purwantouth, Dewirini Anggraeni, Rizki Putra Dewantoro, Abdurrahman, and Muhhamad Alfiansyah, are working as the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Indonesia. Furthermore, Islamic State University(UIN), a public university with campuses located throughout regions of Indonesia including Jakarta, Medan, and Makassar, have been hosting several peace projects like peace educational seminars in various regions of Indonesia.

 

Youth’s Peace Activity: HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee and the IPYG College members (IPYG supporters)

Many groups of people are doing the work of peace, but even among them, the IPYG supporters, International Law Peace Advocacy Committee, and the organizations joined with the IPYG are working actively together in particular.

The main reason why college students in Indonesia are able to work as peace advocates is because of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee  gathered in Jakarta. For the students in Indonesia to voluntarily participate in the IPYG’s peace movement, the committee gathered 20 students in different provinces to introduce the IPYG, and personally taught the mindset of peace and proceed with ‘TOV (Training of Volunteer)’. The committee is the pioneer of spreading the culture of peace in Indonesia.

The peace work of the IPYG Supporters started at the Peace Seminar, hosted by the IPYG. The students who participated in the seminar made the determination to continue the work of peace with the IPYG, and thus publicized the IPYG to their peers. The supporters participated in this peace work on campus by publicizing the HWPL’s DPCW and receiving signatures of support for the Peace Campaign. They also held debates with the topic of peace, and actively participated in The 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace.

Moh Zainulah and Ruslan, active IPYG Supporters, said, “I have never worked for peace with an international peace organization such as the IPYG or HWPL however, as a person who loves peace, I am experiencing many things as I work together with IPYG for world peace. Especially transcending religion, race, ideology and etc., and working together for peace culture, harmony and promoting mutual understanding is impressive. That is why from now on through the supporters, we will work to notify all of the youths in Indonesia about the IPYG and furthermore spread peace through peace seminars, peace campaigns, and other various peace activities.” They have raised expectations of the IPYG Supporters’ future work of peace by saying, “We will organize the IPYG Supporters more systematically and proceed with campaigns and debates so that more youths can work with the IPYG for peace.”

 

The 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace

Since 2015, Indonesia continued to host the Peace Walk which is the biggest event promoting peace mindset of the Declaration of World Peace. This year was no exception for Indonesia as it participated in the 4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace. The event’s theme for this year is to reject violent extremism. This event was held to show the high ranking figures that the youths and citizens desire peace. On May 14th 2017, a total of three districts hosted this event simultaneously.

In the capital city of Jakarta along with 600 participants, Dr. Hj. Elza Syarief, SH, MH and Dr. Hari Purwanto, Former president of College of National Intelligence under Indonesia’s Ministry of Justice also attended. The youth in this district worked with the ‘New Indonesia (Network for Education Watch Indonesia)’ organization to prevent school violence and for the harmony among the 6 religions in Indonesia. Dr. Hari Purwanto said, “I was extremely glad to see many people who yearn for peace participating in the peace walk. Also, to change the perception of peace, I will find diverse methods to build peace and I will put in my greatest effort to improve the society’s perspective of peace.”

The Peace Walk was taken place in Malang, known as the city of education, by the IPYG Supporters. About 600 people attended and a harmonized performance of the different religions within Indonesia took place.  13) Dewi Indra Bulqis, a student of State Islamic University Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang, attended and stated, “After attending this event I realized that it is urgent to spread peace to many people. Although a small number of people led this peace walk, through this event I was able to truly contribute to the work of peace which I have been desiring. I am filled with joy to have been able to be a part of this event.”

At the third largest city of Medan, the Peace Walk was led by the University of Sumatera Utara (USU).  About 250 students participated and 14) Dr. phil. Zainul Fuad,MA., the Director of Center for Peace Studies in the UIN North Sumatra of Medan Indonesia, who is continually working with IPYG, gave a congratulatory message.  After the event, he mentioned, “My perspective towards peace has changed greatly. I will actively invite my colleagues and students to peace programs hosted by HWPL, IPYG, and organizations that are national and international.”

 

The IPYG affiliated groups, the IPYG supporters and the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee  are planning to expand the movement of peace so the youths can exercise their stand for peace and the voices of the youths and citizens can be heard. Furthermore, it is currently being discussed with the distinguished guests of inviting the Indonesian government to take part in the peace walk next year.

Currently the peace movement is limited to only the major cities but efforts are being made to enlarge and advance the movement to all of Indonesia. The IPYG is looking forward to bring harmony and respect among race, nations, and religions just as the Indonesian national ideology states.

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4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk: “Talk & Walk to Prevent Violent Extremism”

MAY 2017

Seoul, Republic of Korea – Today’s global community is facing widespread extremism that accompanies violence with radical views, which has become a great concern on stability and prosperity of the globe. National governments around the world have responded to the contemporary issues of extremism by domestic policies and international cooperation on security and education. Along with the national efforts, international NGOs are organizing campaigns to raise public awareness on the need for peace and tolerance and further to prevent violent extremism.

At 85 cities in 43 countries including Beijing, New York, Paris, Seoul, Sydney, and Tokyo on May 25th, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO under the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI), co-hosted ‘4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk’ with the International Peace Youth Group(IPYG) and subtitled the event ‘Walk &Talk to Prevent Violent Extremism’ as a peace culture campaign to address the issue.

In his congratulatory speech, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL called for global cooperation on peacebuilding, saying, “Who can bring about peace while we stand still? By putting an end to war, a world of peace can be established.” He also stressed the need for civic participation to “make an end to war and establish a world of peace as a legacy for future generations, which is the very task of every one of our global family.”

In the event, through conversations on values and beliefs the participants have, the time for reflection is given to understand how their beliefs are internalized based on the peaceful values and how their actions can follow in accordance with their faiths. Sara Florian, graduate student who takes part in this event, said, “My country Guatemala suffered from internal conflict for about 30 years. I grew up listening to the stories of the war from my parents and the devastation is still widespread in many parts of the country as psychological and physical damage even today, 20 years after the end of the conflict. We need to take steps forward to transforming our ideas into communication for a world of peace in the future. That way, we can heal the scars the war left. I hope that the time for reflection like this event can continue to develop the pursuit of peace in our times.”

Hope to achieve peace and promote peaceful co-existence was furthermore stressed through sticky-notes performance organized by the IPYG. Three thousand sticky-notes containing peaceful messages have been posted by the participants and covered the wall filled with tragic scenes of battlefield with hope for peace, symbolizing their will to achieve peace through their own hands.

At the end of the event, the participants gathered together for a peace walk. Duhyen Kim, Director of IPYG, emphasized, “IPYG has been working with intergovernmental groups, NGOs, and youth associations globally undertaking projects concerning youth development and peace education. The youth of today are awakening, I myself, have witnessed the world as it is, and do not accept this as my reality. We are made for better things, the world can become a better place.” The peace walk traces back to 2013 when the Declaration of World Peace drafted by HWPL with a slogan of ‘Leave peace as a legacy to future generations’. In this year, the annual event is expected to be held from May 19th to May 28th.

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Youth Bridge the gap between religions: HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp

APR 2017

Phnom Penh – Amidst the current conflicts threatening the future of humanity as a result of wars declared in the name of religion, an event in an effort of peace-building organized by Buddhist representatives in Cambodia and an international NGO for youth from different religious backgrounds was held to commit to building a network of cooperation by youth for peace.

HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp was co-hosted by HWPL, IPYG and a group of Buddhist monks from April 1st to 4th in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. More than 40 international youth from Australia, Cambodia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and the United States discussed causes and resolutions of religious conflicts.

As a main organizer of the camp, Ven. Oeun Sam Art, Secretariat of Supreme Sangha Council / Head Office of Protocol and International Relations, explained the objective by saying, “In order to build peace, it is important to bring the peace message to all people all over the world for understanding. When people understand and accept different faiths, it will ultimately help build peace and happiness.” 

During the four days of HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp, the youth participants engaged in lectures, group discussions, and presentations to understand different religions and cultures. Also, they participated in various activities, such as candle lighting, meditation, and peace walk.

 

Day 1: April 1, 2017, Wat Ounalom, Phnom Penh

On the first day, the camp program was held on the topic of “General History of World Religions” at Wat Ounalom, a Buddhist temple in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Without understanding world religions, it would be difficult to discuss peace. This is why on the first day of the camp, beliefs, practices, and cultures of the world’s major religions were introduced to the participants so that they could better understand each other, who came from different national and religious backgrounds. A guest speaker, Ven. Penh Vibol (Lecturer at Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University and Panna Sastra University of Cambodia), spoke on the topic of “The Importance of Religious Gathering in Religious Peace” and delivered the message that now is the time to not just talk about peace but take action for peace in religion.

Day 2: April 1, 2017, Al-Serkal Mosque, Phnom Penh

On the second day, the camp program was held on the topic of “Causes of Religious Conflicts & Disputes” at Al-Serkal Mosque. It was quite exceptional for such a program to be held at Al-Serkal Mosque. Tarence Song, one of the organizers of the camp, remarked, “Opening this religious peace camp for youth was only possible because there was a profound partnership between Buddhism and Islam in Cambodia. Difficulties existed when religious practices must be respected and the mosque as a venue for the camp can be used at the same time. It was the result of a long, trust-based communication in the principle of co-existence and tremendous efforts by the Cambodian organizers.” 

The youths, who visited Al-Serkal Mosque to participate in the program, wore hijabs and had time to learn Islamic culture and experience a religion that is not their own. One participant confessed that she was unfamiliar and even frightened to wear the hijab at first, but from discussing and experiencing different religions and their cultures through the camp program, she felt all people are one global family hoping for peace and dialogue is most important in achieving peace.

Day 3-4: April 2, 2017, Picnic Campsite, Kompong Seila

The camp program of the third day took place at a picnic campsite located in Kompong Seila, which is about a three-hour drive from Phnom Penh. On the topic of “Resolution to Religious Conflicts & Disputes and the Religious Community’s Role for Peace,” the participants discussed the current situation of conflicts between religions and ways to resolve them. Although it is a tough challenge facing the international community, the participants approached it from a youth perspective that respects diversity and came up with some innovative and interesting ideas. Regarding the effort to settle religious conflicts, Ven. Ken Horn said, “Different interpretation of religious scripture can cause conflict. We don't know what the real teaching is. We got lost. We have moved so far from the original. People use their own reasons to interpret differently and claim that it is the words of God. The UN alone is not effective. We have to focus on the local level, especially young people need to take actions for peace."

On the third and fourth day of the camp, the youths took part in not only group discussions but also various peace activities such as the peace walk. The participants introduced their own cultures and histories, and got actively involved in learning folk songs of different countries. 

“To me, the most memorable part of the camp,” said Ven. Chhon Bun Thoeun, “was that I could spend the whole day with youths from different nations to cooperate and share experiences together. We all have different blood mothers, but I realized that we are one family building a house of peace together. Also, this camp helped me to seek the proper way of living in peace. I can stand with a stronger belief in this world with hearty people by mutually understanding each other.”

Ms. Va Srey Deth, a student of pannasastra university of Cambodia, sent a letter to the IPYG headquarter office to express her impressions of the camp. In the letter, she said, “It was my pleasure to have an opportunity to participate in this camp, spending three days with Korean people and Cambodian people as well as monks to raise awareness of religious issues. As a youth, I lost attention to religion which promotes peace and connects people under one roof of eliminating war. After joining the camp, I realized that religions have different philosophies and principles, but they work for the same purpose—peace. I would like to express my appreciation for your religious peace camp and HWPL. Your team (IPYG) has worked very hard. It was very effective for the youth and myself. I have figured out the role of religion in this society, and of myself in development and creating peace in mind. I hope I can join or organize this kind of amazing camp or event.”

The 1st HWPL Religious Youth Peace Camp in Cambodia showed the potential of the youth who transcend nationality, race, religion, and culture to bridge the world and peace. The Cambodian monks making sincere efforts to understand the cultures of youths who participated in the camp showed that world peace is the responsibility of not just leaders of one religious group but everyone, especially the youth who are the leaders of the future. Like this camp, the IPYG will continue to organize events in which youth around the world can discuss peace by overcoming misunderstanding and prejudice among religions, cultures, and ideologies and respecting diversity.

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Moving Forward together for peace

MAR 2017

The peace of light shines to the Black Town

On the 19th of February 2017 in Blacktown, Sydney, a peace event called “Harmony Walk” was held by the organization, Moving Forward Together and various other peace organizations including IPYG & IWPG who participated with the support of Blacktown Council. This event was well organized with many peace organizations participating, and was also carried out successfully through the cooperation of the citizens.

Diverse peace activities were held by different peace organizations and through this event we witnessed the passion for the achievement of peace in Australia.

In this event, IPYG and IWPG prepared an activity for hand printing to show the hope that peace will truly come. Ray Williams (NSW Minister of Multiculturalism) and Moningder Singh (Blacktown City Council) also participated in the hand printing for true peace. Ray Williams said,” what a great idea this is, it’s beautiful and represents Australia and the multiculturalism very well! Good Luck! “What makes this activity more meaningful is that many people participated with one heart for peace. The diverse hand colours on the map represents the multicultural aspect of Australia and the handshake image represents a hope for harmony.

The peace signing campaign for the DPCW was held in the same place. The citizens listened to the explanation of the DPCW carefully and they agreed to support for DPCW (Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War).

Moreover, the staff of IPYG from the various countries of the world volunteered for the event and their beautiful smile and service made the participants happy. The members of IPYG have been making great efforts to bring world peace to the global. One of the IPYG member said, “I believe that if we put our hearts together for peace, we can definitely make it happen in our generation. So I’m glad to participate in this event and volunteer for the community. I hope the light of peace is always present in Blacktown.

This kind of peace event will be continuously held to guide the community to communicate and deliver the peace message into people’s heart.

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Arabian Jewel’ Morocco, opens the chapter of harmony for the IPYG peace activity

FEB 2017

IPYG Meeting in Morocco for making world peace a reality

Morocco, located in north-west Africa, has approximately a thousand-year history and that is called the ‘Arabian Jewel’. Morocco is well known for being a peaceful country, even in the region of Africa. On February 12th, HWPL representatives and IPYG members got together at the office of ‘International Observatory for Media and Parallel Diplomacy’ in Casablanca to discuss the exact direction of activities for peace and understanding the DPCW.

Through this meeting, the representatives, as members of HWPL and IPYG, formed solid friendships with the community. They heard the details of what happened at the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit with the help of Mr. Mustapha Lamrani, the Chairman of Madinati Larache Association, and Mr. Zakariae Ben Cheikh, the Education Activate of Nosom Association. In particular, since Mr. Lamrani had a distinct understanding of the DPCW, he explained it to the other members so they would understand. Also, they talked about how this DPCW can be applied to Morocco. After they shared the vision and goal for peace activities of HWPL and IPYG, they promised to proceed to the second meeting in the near future for planning activities related to said vision and goal.

Furthermore, they agreed to introduce HWPL and IPYG to more organizations in Morocco, and have regular gatherings to discuss peace activities in Morocco based on the DPCW. Finally, they decided to achieve peaceful results and spread positive news to other countries to fulfill world peace. 

There are about 20 IPYG-affiliated organizations in Morocco. Even though those organizations aren’t always together, we believe there will be more active discussions for peace.

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To Family of Peace

JAN 2017

 

To Family of Peace

The New Year 2017 has begun, and the IPYG members around the world are stepping up their peace activities. HWPL Chairman Lee sent a message of peace, along with warm greetings for the New Year 2017, to the members who are working tirelessly for world peace in their respective countries. After receiving Chairman Lee’s message, the IPYG members have sent their replies. Here is a message from Benjamin, a teacher of the Forum for Congolese Refugee Students who has volunteered to interpret English into Kinyarwanda at HWPL peace events.

 


Good Morning,

I am very honored to read your email and card wishing us a Happy New Year.

In fact, we have to rejoice and feel proud of the work we are doing in our everyday peace initiatives. I personally will continue to make a contribution since I am well convinced that peace struggle should not be undertaken by one single person, country or organization. What we are doing will remain a legacy for the future generations and it is the mission that the Creator Himself will reward.

I fail to express my feelings to you, thank you so much for thinking about me. I just want to seize this opportunity to wish all peacemakers the very happy and prosperous New Year.

Please extend my regards and gratitude to the Chairman and tell him and the whole team in South Korea that they have started a very good job and you will never walk alone,

Thank you.

Benjamin


 

Again in the year 2017, the IPYG will take the initiative in working for peace and happiness of the youth all around the world by carrying out effective peace activities. The IPYG members are firmly convinced that their peace movement will surprise the world once again.

 

 

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Steps IPYG and HWPL Have Taken Together Towards Peace in 2016

DEC 2016

IPYG and HWPL Become One for Peace

 In 2016, the IPYG has worked with HWPL in building a world of peace. Here are some key events that took place throughout the year.

 At the 2014 World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit, HWPL and political leaders pledged to work towards achieving world peace and cessation of war through international law. After that, the International Law Peace Committee was established in 2015, and finally on 14 March 2016, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was proclaimed. This Declaration is unique in its aim to root out the causes of war and to spread a culture of peace.

After the DPCW was proclaimed, on 25 May, the Peace Walk was held in 105 cities of 52 countries to commemorate the third anniversary of the Declaration of World Peace, and over 300,000 people participated. As stated in the Declaration of World Peace, youth around the world are becoming one with the IPYG. In just three years since the IPYG was founded, the IPYG has gained about 800 affiliate organizations.

Before the fever cooled down, in September, the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit was held. Renowned political leaders, heads of civic groups, women, youth and religious leaders, and journalists gathered in one place to discuss action plans for presenting the DPCW to the United Nations and achieving adoption. The IPYG and youth representatives also held a meeting to discuss effective ways to advocate the DPCW.

 HWPL and the IPYG are actively engaged in peace initiatives. In the year 2017, the IPYG will continue to work with youth all around the world for peace of the global community. 

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Religious Leaders Unite under Peace and Truth

NOV 2016

Religious leaders meeting for solidarity in truth

 Religious causes account for many conflicts around the world. Even if attempts to prevent wars and conflicts are made through international law, it would be difficult to achieve complete peace on this earth if these deeply rooted religious disputes are not fully resolved.

Today, religion has failed to resolve or mediate political, economic and ethnic factors leading to conflicts but rather has intensified them into bloodshed and wars. The United Nations and countries around the world have strongly called to take a strong stand against violent extremism committed in the name of religion.

HWPL has come to a point where religion can be discussed, and where we can search for the truth which follows the teachings of the Creator, uphold and promote the true values of religion such as love, respect, harmony and peace.

At the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit in 2014, religious leaders signed the Unity of Religion Agreement and pledged before the Creator and people of all nations to bring all religions into one. Afterwards, the HWPL WARP Office was established to discuss fundamental aspects of religion and solutions to create peace based on inter-religious understandings on a wide variety of topics.

During this year's summit, over 200 leaders representing 16 religions gathered to discuss the necessity of seeking trustworthy scriptures, and reaffirmed their solidarity to be active proponents of achieving peace as religious leaders.

 Part I – Religious Leaders Meeting for Solidarity in Truth

During the first part of the conference, participants saw the progress on scripture dialogue through the WARP Office meetings and were reminded of the role that religious leaders play. People are urging harmony among religions and emphasizing the role of the leaders in bringing an end to wars and achieving peace in our generations. Scripture dialogues at HWPL interfaith peace meetings are taking place all around the world to truly create the alliance of religions.

 Part II Dialogue Scripture

Around 167 religious leaders who had previously participated at HWPL's WARP Office meetings in their respective countries held panel discussions. Religious leaders representing various faiths such as Greek Orthodox, Anglican Church, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism participated in panels. Each member of the panel discussed their religion to find out what constitutes a trustworthy scripture.

Religious leaders raised their united voices to call for a search for trustworthy scriptures and become one under the truth to bring peace among interfaith societies. They all agreed that 'Prophecies and fulfillment' recorded in religious texts constitutes the basis of trustworthy scriptures.

This accomplishment is more significant as religious leaders from various backgrounds have come to this conclusion through collective agreement. Part II of the International Religious Leaders' Conference examined the necessity and validity of scripture comparison during the WARP office meetings.

Participating at WARP Office meetings to bring forth the alliance of religions based on the comparison of scriptures would be a top priority task for religious leaders. Based on today's discussions, we anticipate participants will engage in WARP offices in more active inter-religious dialogue.

 Overall Outcome of the HWPL International Religious Leaders Conference

  • The importance and need for religions to solidify under a trustworthy scripture was realized.
  • The need for religious leaders to engage in discussions to establish standards to help people of all faiths entrust their hopes in the scripture was agreed upon by the six panelists and audience members from PART II: Dialogue of Scriptures.
  • “Prophecy and fulfillment” was agreed upon by six religious leaders as a defining attribute that helps validate a scripture to be trustworthy and true.
  • Religious leaders' committed to help HWPL find a scripture with a unifying truth to bring an alliance of religions.
  • Wars and conflicts on all levels can only truly come to an end when religious disputes cease to exist, and religions come to an alliance in solidarity under a unifying truth.

The HWPL International Religious Leaders Conference was a time for religious leaders to reaffirm the necessity of finding a trustworthy scripture and its attributes. HWPL strives to continue the search to find the cause that divides the religions within the scriptures. Why do the Hindus study the Vedas? Why do the Christians put their faith in the Holy Bible? Why do the Muslims base their life on the Quran? What makes a Scripture a holy text - a book humanity puts their faith in?

In search of these answers, HWPL aims to work with the local religious leaders throughout all parts of the world to set an unbiased standard that makes religious texts holy and true. What are the attributes that believers and non-believers alike expect scriptures to provide? Which scriptures provide such aspects? These are questions HWPL WARP Offices will work together with religious leaders to find answers to through future Dialogue of Scriptures.

There are various religions in the world, and each religion has its own beliefs and practices. But through the efforts to advance understanding and mutual respect among religions, all the people around the world hope for a lifelong dream, world peace, to be realized soon.  

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2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit Peace that We Build Together

OCT 2016

On 17-19 September 2014, HWPL hosted the World Alliance of Religion's Peace (WARP) Summit for the sole purpose – world peace and cessation of war. To resolve the root causes of conflict, HWPL has focused on an international legal document that would prevent the outbreak of war and on the alliance of religions. In 2015, at the 1st Annual Commemoration of WARP Summit, the HWPL International Law Peace Committee was launched and began in earnest to draft the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) proclaimed on 14 March this year. The WARP Summit 2016 has motivated global citizens to acknowledge the valuable principles delineated in the Declaration and actively advocate for its future adoption by all people and States. The spirit of peace surrounded by the culture of heaven brought together the collective wishes of all humanity, the sustainable solutions for world peace.

 

Saturday, 17 September 

 

Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War: Plan of Action for Advocacy to Intergovernmental Organizations, Governments, and the Public.

The WARP Summit 2016 began with the Advocacy Forum the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War to discuss effective strategies and practical plans of action to raise awareness and interest in the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War among intergovernmental organizations, governments, and the public and to urge each sector to support and contribute to the implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. In one session, a representative of the youth, Ms. Ediola Pashollari from the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), gave a speech where she expressed her determination to advocate the implementation of the DPCW and emphasized the youth’s role in achieving peace.

The 4th HWPL International Law Peace Committee Meeting

For the purpose of introducing the Declaration of Peace of War (DPCW) to United Nations, the 4th HWPL International Law Peace Committee Meeting was held simultaneously. Built on mutual respect and cooperation for the international coexistence in a community of peace, the meeting gathered the world’s leaders, who were separated into three groups based on their respective areas of expertise. All HWPL International Law Peace Committee Meetings began with an explanation by committee members regarding the core principles of DPCW, as well as a presentation of the possibility of developing the Declaration. At the Panel Discussion, specifically, the necessity of multi-level cooperation by international leaders, nations, and civic society for the introduction of the DPCW to the UN was emphasized. A lively discussion followed on spreading a culture of peace through the DPCW and peace education. 

International Religious Leaders Conference

During Religious Leaders Meeting for Solidarity in Truth, over 200 leaders representing 16 religions gathered to discuss the necessity of seeking trustworthy scripture and to reaffirm their solidarity to be active proponents of achieving peace as religious leaders.

Media Forum

The Media Forum for Advocacy of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War was attended by journalists from about 30 media outlets, including Al Jazeera of Qatar, United Nations Correspondents Association, and CCTV of China. During the forum, the journalists discussed how to effectively promote the DPCW in each continent. 

 

Sunday, 18 September 

Peace Festival for the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit 

On the second day, the 18th, a large-scale peace festival was held at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, with 100,000 in attendance. The festival began with an opening ceremony, followed by commemorative addresses of HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee and distinguished guests. Special performances caught the eyes of the audience, and the highlight was the Card Section performed by 11,440 youth members of the IPYG on the theme of “War and Peace.” Also, athletic events were held to celebrate the Olympic peace, the spirit of cessation of hostilities, and a mass game performance demonstrated the yearning for peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula. The peace festival presented the audience with spectacular moments that cannot be witnessed elsewhere. 

 

Monday, 19 September 

Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War

On the last day of event, the 19th, at Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, while being attended by nearly 1,000 participants, including heads of state, decision-makers, IGOs, NGOs, and faith-based organizations, the presentation of the precise plan of action for all sectors drew a practical approach to this year’s Summit’s goal: Advocacy of the global legislation of peace inspired by the DPCW. The tangible results gained from the various sessions held on the 17th were thoroughly discussed and people were reminded of their astonishing experiences of the spirit of peace at the Peace Festival at Seoul Stadium the day before. Juan Pablo Celis Garcia, Delegate to the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations, said “International, national and local communities must find ways to effectively channel, strengthen, support, and expand young people’s desire to contribute to constructive change and to offer meaningful service to the global society. I encourage you to participate, join the discussion and be part of the decision-making process. Contact your Government, advocate for peace in your communities, and participate in the work of international organizations.”

2016 IWPG Network Forum

The 2016 IWPG Network Forum was held, where over 1,000 women leaders in South Korea and abroad gathered and united in their determination to urge for the implementation of the DPCW.  

 

HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee, the host of the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, emphasized that peace cannot be achieved by a single individual but everyone should put their hearts and minds together to create a peaceful world that is free of war. Chairman Lee also said, “Let us urge heads of state and religious leaders around the world to fulfill their promises. Let us urge them to sign their support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, consisting of 10 articles and 38 clauses, and let us sign our support as well. This is the way to love the world and all the people, like the light, rain, and air of the heavens. This is true politics and true religion; this is true love and peace.”

Voices calling out for peace over the three days in Seoul have touched the hearts of people not only in Korea but throughout the world. In hopes of opening an era of peace and cessation of war quickly, the family of peace is actively advocating the implementation of the DPCW.  

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