Reaffirming solidary and collective wishes of all humanity, the sustainable solutions for world peace
The grand opening ceremony of the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit successfully took place, with over 20 world-renowned leaders and 30,000 members of HWPL and its affiliated organizations, IWPG and IPYG gathering at the Peace Gate in the capital of peace, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Stimulating the implementation of the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts, the ceremony brought the collective wishes of all humanity, the sustainable solutions for world peace. Various performances on peace including the ceremony of mixing ‘Bibimbap’, a signature Korean traditional dish, symbolizing the harmony and unity of all reaffirmed their solidarity for bringing peace.
WOMEN AND YOUTH LEADERS CONFERENCE
Committing to urging for the Implementation of an International Convention on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace
Over 100 women and youth group representatives from all over the world gathered together to sign a statement to urge for the implementation of such a convention, demonstrating their eager support. The fruitful result of the Women and Youth Leaders’ Conference demonstrated their commitment to promote the convention on the cessation of war to save all women and youth from being victimized by war.
RELIGIOUS LEADERS CONFERENCE
Presenting the progress and necessity of World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) offices in bringing forth a sustainable peace
Over 60 prominent religious leaders representing various faiths attended the Religious Leaders’ Conference. During the conference, HWPL’s grassroots experiences in peace-building, particularly in establishing HWPL’s WARP Office were discussed in depth. Chairman Lee of HWPL and Chairwoman Kim of the IWPG gave keynote speeches on the need of the alliance of religions to bring forth a sustainable peace the soonest possible. Keynote speeches emphasized an integral role religious leaders have in educating their congregations that differences in religious beliefs must not hinder the progress of establishing world peace. The leaders reaffirmed their solidarity in cooperating with HWPL for the alliance of religions.
Inspiring youths to create a culture of peace amongst their regions and sharing progress of the implementation of IPYG projects in different countries
All youth participants of the IPYG Conference, dedicating their youth to promote peace, reaffirmed their role and responsibility as the future of a world of peace. By introducing four main peace projects, the IPYG Peace Walk Festival and the Global Signature Campaign, IPYG inspired all attendees to start creating a culture of peace amongst the youth of the world. Speakers also shared about their experiences working with IPYG and reminded all youth of their critical role in peace-building and the processes of the Implementation of the Convention on the Cessation of War.
Highlighting the important role of women leaders in the Implementation of an International Convention on the Cessation of War
60 women leaders from all sectors of the society such as Ministers, First Ladies, Queens, Princesses, and Peace Group Leaders attended the session. They discussed the significant role that all women have in urging the international community to implement such a convention. The speakers underlined the importance of establishing a women’s peace network on a worldwide basis.
HWPL MEDIA FORUM
Discussing the role of media in peace-building process both locally and internationally
HWPL is actively working towards the goal of holding the media accountable for accurate reporting standards. The Media Forum was attended by 19 journalists and reporters from 17 major international press outlets. It provided an opportunity for attendees to explore peace campaigns and projects HWPL has initiated in order to motivate the whole world through publicizing various media productions. The session also highlighted the role of HWPL’s Publicity Ambassadors, consisted of international reporters, editors, and producers, as the eyes of all people, allowing the world to see, hear, and react through their coverage.
DAY 2 (SEP. 18, 2015)
HWPL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Presenting the draft of Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts
The HWPL International Conference was attended by over 300 people including international law experts as well as political, youth, women, and religious leaders from around the world. During the conference, HWPL presented the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts. The convention stresses the need to strengthen the provisions for renouncing war and other international armed conflicts and further calls on states to abide by those provisions. The convention, upon its presentation at the conference, garnered support from not only legal professionals but also youth, women, and journalists who were in attendance.
Discussing development plan for the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts and Inaugurating core legal professionals as HWPL International Law Peace Committee members
During the discussion, a panel of twelve world-renowned international law experts presented their views on the convention on the cessation of war and pledged to work together for the implementation of the convention. As the first step for this purpose, the international law experts and scholars discussed practical ways to draft the most essential provisions based on the draft convention that HWPL prepared in advance. The members of the IPYG and the IWPG were also present as the audience to the panel discussion. After an in-depth discussion on such a convention, HWPL appointed the thirteen legal professionals as members of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee. Through future discussion and modification by the committee members, the draft convention will be improved into a complete and applicable international convention.