Global Peace Summit by HWPL
Why were we taking part in
WARP Peace Summit?
On the third day, the Walk for World Peace was held at the World Peace Gate of Seoul’s Olympic Park, with a huge crowd estimated at a staggering 200 000 people from both the host nation and abroad taking part in it.
The summit, the first-ever such gathering, was hosted by the HWPL, a non-profit, non-governmental international organisation registered under the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It was also the largest ever such event where politicians, religious people and representatives of various interested organisations from around the world congregated in one place to strategies and pray about world peace.
Peace activist Man Hee Lee, a Korean war veteran and renowned peace advocate, founded HWPL after his extensive involvements with numerous volunteer associations, having seen the need for a foundation whose central focus is to unite the people of the world behind the goal of peace irrespective of any apparent differences between them.
He has completed 13 world tours, encompassing more than 60 different countries spanning all continents, to speak with opinion leaders about peace. These leaders around the world have signed their names under the Declaration of Peace, showing their support for the movement.
In the Philippines, for example, there was conflict between Catholic and Islamic groups for 40 years, which saw 100 000 people dying due to this conflict.
On January 24, 2014, Lee went to Mindanao and helped to solve the conflict, with the Catholic and Islamic leaders signing a peace agreement and agreeing to unite and put an end to their rivalry.
In a recent letter ahead of the summit, peace advocate of HWPL, Man Hee Lee implored "all family members of the global village" to work for the achievement of world peace in our generation.
Hilda Mari van Niekerk, the South African-based regional spokesperson of the Seoul summit, outlined some of the goals of HWPL and WARP as:
- To begin the process of establishing a universally applicable system of values focusing on aspects of morality and experience of life that bind us together as a global family;
- Establish a basic ideological foundation upon which a World Alliance of Religions can be built in order to bring conflicts founded on differing religious ideologies to an end; and
- To define the roles of cultural leaders, both secular and religious, in the creation and implementation of a new, heavenly culture.