News of Substantial Peace Activity of HWPL
Resolving Conflicts and Spreading a Culture of Peace through the DPCW: Realizing Peace on the Korean Peninsula
The 5th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration o World Peace was hosted on 25th May 2018 in Seoul, Korea and other cities around the globe. The 5th Annual Commemorative event was titled ‘Resolving Conflicts and Spreading a Culture of Peace through the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCw). Various peace events for the commemoration were mainly hosted by member NGOs of the IPYG Network in 50 countries. In particular, the event held in Seoul, Kora reflected the recent thawing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the outcomes of the Inter-Korea Summit. It focused on calling for a citizen-led peace movement for the realization of peace on the Korean Peninsula through the implementation of the concepts laid out in the DPCW.
On 25 May 2013, HWPL proclaimed the “Declaration of World Peace” in front of 30,000 young adults at the Peace Gate in Seoul, Korea and subsequently launched a peace movement led by the public garnering support from various youth organizations In working for the common goal of peace, the “Declaration of world peace” urged for combined efforts from all members of society, calling for all individuals to work as peace messengers. It presented a goal of devising a legal instrument recognized by the international community for establishing peace and promotion the cessation of war and highlighted the leading role of the youth as the future leaders of society. This declaration was then further developed into a more concrete set of codes that became the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW.
Since that initial event every year on May 25th, IPYG(International Peace Youth Group), an affiliate group of HWPL(Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), mobilizes a worldwide network of youths who advocate for global peace in their respective communities through peace walks and various peace activities to commemorate the proclamation of the Declaration of World Peace on the 25th day of May every year.
DPCW Article 5 “Self Determination” and Article 10 “Spreading a Culture of Peace”
At the core of the DPCW, which aims at building a world of peace, is the notion of a transition from the ‘rule of power (force)’ that is existing in the current international order to the ‘rule of law’ that is bosed on universal values, including peaceful coexistence and respect for one another.
Article 5 “Self-determination” in the DPCW deals with an efficient approach to matters pertaining to state boundary related issues, such as independence and the prohibition of the annexation of any territorial unit. Since a state may draw a line between respecting and limiting the rights of an individual, the same concepts are applied to the relations between both states and peoples. The DPCW stipulates the principle of the right to self-determination as the international norm.
The application of the right to self-determination for a peaceful world is incomplete in its current stage. The korean Peninsula is not the only place where nation-states and its peoples are froced into making decisions regarding actions ranging from secession or annexation to independence due to a heavy influence from the outside rather than being able to make the decision for themselves. The lessons taught through history show that decisions which lack autonomy breed conflict.
Recent developments, including the widening channels of discussion with neighboring countries, the hosting of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and the Inter-Korea Summit, are changes that heighten expect actions for governments and non-governmental organizations alike. With such current developments in mind, this year on May 25th, HWPL hosted the citizen-oriented peace campaign revolving around the values captured in Article 10 of the DPCW, “Spreading a Culture of Peace” and the slogan, “Every Global Citizen Must be a Peace Messenger” HWPL will continue to promote the ideals of free travel and vibrant inter-Koran exchange, as well as laying the grounds for reducing the risk of conflict and establishing global peace, so as to bring progress in terms of World Peace and Restoration of Light as reflected in the NGO’s name.
The peace campaign that was first hosted in the divided nation, Republic of Kora, soon spread to other locations around the glove, calling for an active role to be taken by citizens to break away from the post history of wars and build a new future of peace. States will also discuss efficient measures to be taken to apply the values contained in Articles 5 and 10 of the DPCW.