PREVIEW of the WARP Summit 2017 
Establishing Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development and Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
- On 17-19 September 2017, the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit will be held in Seoul, South Korea. This Summit, held annually since 2014, brings together political and religious leaders, heads of women’s and youth groups, civil society, and press from around the world and provides a platform for discussion and cooperation for peace.
- This year’s Summit will be held to discuss establishing collaborative governance between governments and civil societies for the following objectives: to transform the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) into legally binding form; to develop education and culture of peace; and to foster harmony amongst religions. There will also be a peace award ceremony for those who have been working in their respective fields for world peace.
1. Press Conference for the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the September 18th WARP Summit
- Journalists abroad will receive updates on HWPL peace work and attend a Q&A session on "Establishing Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development and Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War", the underlying theme of the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the September 18th WARP Summit.
2. 2017 Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War: Development and implementation of the DPCW through the establishment of peace governance
- There will be many inspiring speeches that complement the theme this year, ‘Establishing Peace Governance for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War’. As the largest conference within this summit, all participants will come together and unite for the one goal of peace and cessation of war, as proclaimed in the DPCW.
- Each sector within society has a specific role in the peacebuilding process, and only when all fulfill their roles can the goal be achieved. This conference will show all participants how they can get involved in the peacebuilding process, as well as the necessity of collaborative governance and the implementation of the DPCW for the success of that movement. At the end of the session, HWPL Peace Award will be awarded to individuals in each sector who have shown remarkable commitment toward bringing peace.
3. 5th HWPL International Law Peace Committee Meeting: Legislate Peace Together
- After giving updates on the development of the DPCW, 8 panelists will discuss the ways of implementing the DPCW for peace in both the present and the future. The first half will be dedicated to discussing ways of promoting collaboration between the government and civil society to construct peace governance, and the ways of solidifying HWPL peace education to spread a culture of peace. The second half will be dedicated to the development of the DPCW for legislation and strategies to implement inter-governmental agreement.
4. Peace Education Development Forum for Spreading a Culture of Peace
- After Hon. Maria Eugenia Barrios Robles de Mejia, Current Deputy Minister of the Education Department of Guatemala delivers her presentation on "the Significance of Education and Schooling for Spreading a Culture of Peace", the participants will examine important features that peace education offers based on the case study of HWPL’s peace education. They will also look for ways to improve its development and implementation.
5. Conference for Global Peace Media Network: Freedom of the Press and International Peace Media Community Initiative
- 100 renowned journalists will discuss the outcomes of peace projects and the exemplary cases as well as find ways to secure freedom of expression in journalism and establish a global peace media network. Also, a web space called ‘Special Focus’ to offer in-depth news reports on contemporary issues of peace-building that require special attention from the global community will be introduced.
6. 3rd International Religious Leaders’ Conference: Cooperation for the Realization of Religious Peace
- 300 religious leaders and representatives of various faiths will gather to discuss better management of WARP offices and the standards of trustworthy scriptures with the overarching theme of "the role of religious leaders to achieve interfaith harmony". Ven. Sumiththa Thero will deliver his keynote speech on “Trustworthy Scripture and the task of Religious Leaders”, Rev. Acharya Prem Shankaranand Tirth will deliver his on "Necessity of Discussions for True Harmony", and last but not least, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee will deliver his speech on "Alliance of Religions in Truth and the World of Peace."
7. Region-Specific Discussion for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
- To establish ‘Collaborative Governance for Sustainable Development and Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War’, government officials and civil actors will gather according to their countries and continents to form a network and discuss ways of the implementation of the DPCW in those regions.
8. 2017 IWPG Network Forum
- Under the theme of ‘The Role of 3.6 Billion Women in Realizing Peace and Cessation of War through International Law’, 300 women leaders will discuss the ways to support peace work as well as the HWPL peace law initiative by sharing case studies. Women leaders such as Woo Sow Pheng, President of Johor Women’s League and Mervat Tallawy, President of Arab Women Organization will deliver keynote speeches during the session.