Contrary to responding from hardline stances to the 6th North Korean nuclear crisis, 1,000 leaders in the field of government, NGO, religion, media, women, education from 121 countries with 150,000 Korean citizens participated in a summit for peace building in the Korean peninsula and globe.
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO under the UN ECOSOC, hosted the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit from September 17th to 19th with the theme of “constructing collaborative governance for development and implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
Along with the main venue of the event with 35,000 people held at Hwaseong Sports Complex in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, 200,000 people from 30 countries including USA, South Africa, United Kingdom, China, and the Philippines participated in the summit through live broadcasting on September 18th.
“The work for peace and the cessation of war spans national borders, ethnicities, and religions. Who must protect our world? It is us, the family of the global village. North Korea is posing threats against the world and all humanity by their nuclear tests. But we, messengers of peace working with HWPL for the cessation of war, for world peace, and for the restoration of light for all, meet at this summit. We must be givers of grace and build a peaceful world as an everlasting legacy for our future generations” said HWPL Chairman, Man Hee Lee in his opening remarks,
With the 10 articles of the DPCW drafted by HWPL to advocate international cooperation for peace building with participation of governments and citizens, colorful culture performances demonstrating the hope of a peaceful world was the focus of the attention from the participants.
The tragedy of the Korean War was shown when performers taking the role of student soldiers from the two Koreas held guns pointing each other to kill. Clapping and cheering resonated when the performers dressed in child soldiers held their hands and began to sing a song “Our Wish is Reunification”. The 35,000 participants responded by singing the song while holding hands together.
Lubna Albadawi who joined the summit as CEO of Shams Radio from Syria, said, “When I saw the soldiers’ performance of the representation of war and violence between the two Koreas, I immediately remembered the war in my country, and then when the flowers appeared from the guns and the singing began to express nonviolence and peace, I was touched and cried and wished from my heart the peace for my country "Syria" also,”
“I think that the performances mixed with the Korean culture were amazing. Also, the speech of Chairman Lee had this bright side that he targeted not only a peace and cessation of the conflicts worldwide, but the issues with North Korea and the idea of getting the two countries reunited as they were before. Different speeches from political and religious leaders showed how everyone was concerned about making a better place on earth,” commented Boris Kouomogne Dangu, an international student from Cameroon at Hanyang University in South Korea.
“The performance showed Koreans from the divided countries desire to become one family and nation. I was inspired by the idea that the unification should reflect people’s will from the two countries, rather than reflecting national interests in international relations. I’m looking forward to having more fruitful results from peace activities conducted by HWPL” emphasized Yun Hee Jung, a Korean citizen from Gyeonggi province of South Korea