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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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Advocacy Forum for the DPCW Marks the Beginning of the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit

OCT 2016

Advocacy Forum: Youth Raise Their Voice for World Peace!

The WARP Summit 2016 began with the Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War which brought together heads of state, heads of UN-affiliated agencies and organizations, and representatives of civic organizations to discuss effective strategies and practical plans of action. The Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War was held to achieve two objectives. The first was to raise awareness and interest in the DPCW among intergovernmental organizations, governments, and the public. And the second was to urge each sector to support and contribute to the implementation of the DPCW.

During the first part of the forum, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee and IWPG Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim delivered keynote speeches. Chairman Lee emphasized, “Leaders must lead their people, and they must take the lead in making a better world. If we do this work, it will be accomplished. But if we refuse to work, it will never be achieved.” Also Ms. Kim said “We must achieve our purpose, the advocacy for this Declaration, to not repeat the atrocities of war for the next generation.”

While the main speakers spoke about the potentiality of the DPCW, the distinguished panels representing CSOs, NGOs, governments, youth and women’s organizations discussed what measures and efforts can be made to develop the DPCW. 

Among speakers of the forum, youth representatives also delivered speeches that conveyed important messages. Ms. Ediola Pashollari, Secretary General of the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), said in her speech, “We also believe that in order for everyone to contribute to the DPCW, the community must provide the necessary means for educating the young people in practical skills, social and spiritual values. At the same time, to achieve this, young people must also be at the forefront of efforts to promote value towards attaining of peace and justice.”

Mr. Dyego Soares, President of AIESEC Switzerland, stated that "leadership is the fundamental solution, and engaging more youth into this topic and providing space for cross countering understanding can give us the chance to connect all on the same page and unite all the same objectives.” 

Moreover, Mr. Ratanak Ou, Generals Campaigns to End Violence Against Women (UNiTE), said, “I want to call on IGO, governments, and other actors to take urgent measures to support young people as actors in preventing and transforming conflict, countering violent extremism and building peace by an alliance of the UN, international organizations, and governments.”

Mr. Richard Francis Apeh, International Secretary General of International Young Catholic Student stated that “each religious leader should keep their moral and respect one another.” Also, he said that we shouldn’t rest in peace, but live in peace.

 

The Advocacy Forum for the DPCW at the WARP Summit 2016 has its significance as it offered a detailed discussion on plans of peace making through international law based on the DPCW. The next step will be how the participants of this summit, acting as messengers of peace work together for the development of peace for our future.

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Abdul Aziz Noori, a law professor of Kateb University

OCT 2016

Abdul Aziz Noori, a law professor of Kateb University who attended the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, had an interview with a publicity manager of the IPYG on 17 September at Ibis Hotel. Believing that the DPCW is a definite solution for achieving peace in not only his own country but the world, Professor Noori is currently working as a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Afghanistan, a country that has suffered from many conflicts and needs peace more than any other nation. He collected a letter of support for the DPCW from the president of Kateb University, and held an event at Kateb University where over 1,000 supporting signatures gathered. During this interview, Professor Noori noted that he was greatly impressed by HWPL’s groundbreaking Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and that he would return to his country and work to change the hearts of people through this declaration and peace education. He also expressed his determination to spread a culture of peace in Afghanistan. 

 

Q1. Can you introduce your university and activities with IPYG?

I’m Abdul Aziz Noori, I’m a law professor at Kateb University in Kabul, Afghanistan. Kateb University is a private university located in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. It is a well-known university in Afghanistan. We have about 3,500 students and about 600 students in the law department. We have about 20 student volunteers who work with the law faculty for peace. I was introduced to HWPL about six month ago and it is my first time to come to Korea to participate in the peace summit. After I was introduced to IPYG, I tried to continue our activities and we were in contact weekly, sometimes daily. Over the six months we had some tasks with HWPL. Our main activity for the six months was the signing campaign. I, with my colleagues in Kateb University and our students, campaigned in the university and got more than one thousand signatures from the students of Kateb University.

 

Q2. Do you have any idea what you will do in your country after this Summit?

Of course, my mind is full of ideas. Actually I’m not a politician or a government official, I don’t have an NGO. I’m just working in Kateb University and I really like my job. I think that in the university we have a lot of potential to work with IPYG and HWPL and work for peace. I have especially two ideas that are very important to me.

First is the Peace Academy because we need to change the mind of people. We need to change the culture of people. We need to introduce peace to every student. We need to say to the people that they should compare society with peace and society without peace. I think it is very important for us. Peace academy is a chance for me to have a lot of students and then have them learn about peace and not just saying that peace is good. We can have a lot of deep studies about peace. For example, “What is the main source of conflicts in Afghanistan?” Religious intolerance and legal intolerance are the main cause of conflicts in Afghanistan. We can focus on that and solve the problems of legal intolerance among the religious intolerance in Afghanistan. We can focus on racial discrimination and racial conflicts because Afghanistan has a lot of racial conflicts. So I suppose that we can change the mind of students and a lot of people in society through the Peace Academy. 

Second, I would like to have a relationship with HWPL and create opportunities for students. For example, they can learn from some books about peace from a university in Korea. Other activities could be for students that have good potential. Because they are young they can learn many things, and of course they can participate in the UN for peace. Possibly even some of the students could be the leader of Afghanistan in the future. I’m sure I will see one of our students be tomorrow’s president. They have a lot of potential. We can change their mind through peace, we can do it. If we change their mind through peace, he can do it, she can do it, we can do it. We can share experiences and I’ll try to do these tasks.

 

Q3. Which article is innovative in the DPCW to you?

All articles are good and I think that the people who wrote it thought about it very much. Self-defense, it's very good. We just say we want a world without any war but sometimes it’s impossible. So every country in this world needs to have self-defense. And the freedom of religion is really good, so interesting to me. I believe that everyone has his idea and his religion. But unfortunately, one of the biggest problems in common society is the freedom of religion.

Overall, I hope that the Signing Campaign can move the Declaration to the UN General Assembly. And all the people and HWPL can manage all the countries. And after that, all the countries can accept it in the General Assembly, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For example, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was accepted with the countries and the legal system of countries has changed based on that. When we can take this to the General Assembly accepted by the nations, their legal system will change. Their political system will also be changed. And it is very good for the future, I’m sure that it will be.

 

Q4. How can youth keep the law?

I think the future is for the youth. Afghanistan youth don’t have any idea of peace. They don’t know what peace is and they can’t imagine peace. For example, people can respect each other and can go out at midnight and walk along the street and go back home without fear of an explosion. Youth can’t imagine this peaceful lifestyle. I think the role of youth is really important. 

 

Q5. Can you give youth a peaceful message?

Living in a peaceful world is your right because it is your future. 

 

IPYG hopes a culture of peace will soon blossom in Afghanistan, which has suffered long from conflicts, and many youth will enjoy peace. 

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1st HWPL Peace Education Class at Samsara the World Academy in India

OCT 2016

On 29 August, Samsara the World Academy in India, which signed a MOU with HWPL for Peace Education, offered the very first class to 35 students in eighth grade. On the topic of “Safety and Peace—Are We Safe?” the class focused on various forms of violence that people can easily experience in their daily lives. It was a time for students to realize how much they are exposed to violence and the fact that they can also become an aggressor of violence. 

During the class, students experienced factors that disrupt peace in real life through a role play. Understanding that the reality is not peaceful, the students came to have yearning for peace. After the class was over, all the students and teachers filled out evaluations assessing the class; 85.2 percent of them responded, “I learned how important my role is in achieving peace,” and 61.7 percent responded, “It was an opportunity to rethink about peace.” Also, Abhinav sharma said, “What surprised me the most was the fact that violence can exist even in classrooms. I realized that we must protect peace starting in school.” Jagjeet Kaur, HWPL Peace Academy Manager of Samsara the World Academy, stated, “The contrast between Hitler and Gandhi showed what makes a big difference in our lives,” noting that the lesson customized for Indian students had positive effects. 

Jagjeet Kaur (HWPL Peace Academy Manager of Samsara the World Academy) responded, “I hope such class will be offered at more schools, and through continuing peace education, students and teachers will take the lead in achieving peace not only in schools but also throughout the world.” 

HWPL plans to recruit more schools through pilot operation of peace education in order to guarantee a peaceful future for the youth and leave a legacy of peace to future generations. The HWPL Peace Academy in India is expected to participate more actively in the education.  

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Brahmanda Pratap Barua, Bangladesh Bouddha Kristi Prachar Sangha Youth Dhaka Secretary General

OCT 2016

Dear IPYG,

It gives me a lot of pleasure to write to you after coming back from 2nd Annual Commemoration of WARP summit 2016, Korea, which was so impressive and inspiring too.

I feel honored and fortunate that HWPL have given me a chance to be a part of the family and making me a Peace Advocate for Bangladesh. What to say? It seems how much I shall describe is less in compare to what I have observed and enjoyed at your esteemed organization and in your good hand.

The first day I was welcomed from the Airport with a nice garland. The Hotel was really nice and all IPYG members those were sitting at the lobby were so much cooperative and helpful. I really felt so special and worthy of being a part of HWPL family.

The welcoming and opening show “Peace Festival” in Olympic Stadium on 18th September was breathtaking.  It is first time in my life that I walked through any Olympic track along with the IPYG team with the flag.

The placard show was so nice along with the video at the screen. It made me cry when I saw the video of First World War, Second World War and Korean War and the performance of HWPL members who created Korean map and described Korean War through their activities. It would be so much difficult even for any Government to arrange such a program. More over our Chairman’s speech was so much inspiring as always. Hon. Chairman explained what he experienced on Korean War and why the youths must not engage themselves in to violence. His speech was also filled with enough guidelines for the youths.  

The fireworks were amazing and finally the drum playing was excellent. I saw how the VIP’s were dancing, they were so happy to be a part of the whole program.

The forum was so fruitful, speakers from around the world spoke on how to make the declaration successful and how to solve existing problems in light with the declaration. We had a very less time so may be all speakers could not speak but all have given their consent at their best.

The Conference was also fruitful one, Our Chairman Mr. Man He Lee was the main attraction with his bold speech. I became surprise how a man gives examples from so many religious scriptures. It seems he reads a lot. He also said "We have seen First World War, Second World War, Korean war, Gulf war, Middle east war, Syrian war and we are thinking that war is over but in fact it’s not over. We are still living in war zone, world now has become a war zone. It’s time to sign the declaration for the sake of humanity, for the sake of our own existence. Why world leaders are not signing the declaration. If they think, they are President or Prime Minister and they don’t have to sign it than they are wrong. They are not holding this position for whole life. Tomorrow they will be former President or former Prime Minister, than who will save them? Can’t they understand how important it is to sign it even to save their own existence? The declaration is made by taking a lot of time, with a lot of meeting, discussion and enough knowledge. There is no point that is harmful for any beings, than why they are not signing. If they do not sign it, one day their future generation will ask them and accuse them for not taking this opportunity".

It was really so much inspiring. Our Chairman is the leader of the leaders, that day he proved it once again. Because I saw how all leaders were listening to him and our Chairman was just instructing them. It was pin drop silent all the way. Our Chairman never writes his speech, he never even reads his speech from any written script but he speaks instantly whatever he feels from inside. Our Chairman also said he heard from heaven, he got orders from God to make this earth free from suffering. But he was not sure about how he will start the job, as he doesn’t have enough money and enough knowledge, so he had confusion but God have given him instruction, showed him ways, about how he can start the work with a simple way. He always talked simply with all world leaders wherever he went and everyone listened to him like elder brother. He instructed us too to behave simply and start the work at our home and abroad with a simple manner. I must say our Chairman is the most charismatic man I have ever met or seen.

At the final day our Chairman has extended his invitation to me at his peace palace with a wonderful dinner. All foods were selected by judging everyone’s taste. Even at that day our Chairman have given his short speech and instructed us how to proceed and do the work at our best. I must say the overall meeting was great success and all guests were so happy to receive so much respect from HWPL.

It’s been two years since I’m working with IPYG and HWPL. Every time I went for a meeting, I learnt new things from our Chairman’s speech. That’s why I always try to give my best support to IPYG so that our Chairman’s effort does not go in vain. Even at the age of eighty plus he is working like a young man. This is because of his mental strength and love/responsibility for mankind.

Sometime I think, if our Chairman would have made this declaration before First World War, may be, we wouldn’t had to see any of the wars on history. It’s already late but even now if we do not follow it or adopt it to United Nations, it would be foolish and shameful as well.

We are trying our best to get signatures from head of the state. Already more than 20,000 students from College and Universities have signed in favor of declaration and all the political leaders, teachers, advocates, lawyers, doctors, engineers, judges we met were given their positive consent in favor of the declaration.

My message to the world youth will be very simple. “Dear brothers in mankind, please do not sit idle at home, it is time for us to wake up and awake others and work for society. If you are selfish and do not want to spend time for others than no problem please work for yourself, your own family, your future children. Make this earth safe enough so that your daughter can walk on green grass and your son can run up to your lap safely. Be a candle, light up yourself and spread the light to other candles as well. The declaration is a guideline that is prepared, let us all spread the declaration to the person next to us. Let us say no to Hatred, let us say no to Lie and Let us say no to War”.

 

Thanks and best regards

Brahmanda Pratap Barua.

Peace Advocate IPYG

Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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