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.
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.