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Amidst Ongoing Global Conflicts, International Experts Gather To Discuss Institutionalising Peace

HWPL’s 8th Annual Commemoration of the
Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) Held on
March 14th

In 2023 alone, conflicts like the
Russia-Ukraine war, the Israel-Hamas war, and numerous
international disputes tragically claimed the lives of over
33,000 civilians and displaced millions. Recognising this
dire reality, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of
Light (HWPL), an international peace NGO, held its 8th
annual commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and
Cessation of War (DPCW) on March 14th at its peace training
institute in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. The
event’s theme resonated deeply: “Building the Minds of
Peace: Promoting Institutional Peace via Intercultural
Dialogue and Understanding.”

Man-hee Lee of HWPL

Since the DPCW’s
proclamation on March 14, 2016, HWPL has consistently held
annual commemorative ceremonies to advocate for the
institutionalisation of peace. This year, the event gathered
about 12,500 distinguished experts from diverse fields –
political, legal, religious, educational, media, and
representatives from women and youth sectors – both online
and in person. Among participants, about 10,000 HWPL members
moved in an orderly manner under the guidance of staff and
filled the commemorative ceremony venue.

Drafted in
collaboration with international legal specialists from 15
countries, the DPCW comprises 10 articles and 38 clauses. It
outlines the principles and tools necessary to prevent and
resolve conflicts, cultivate a peaceful global society, and
defines clear roles for individuals, communities, and
nations in achieving lasting peace.

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In his
congratulatory speech, H.E. Vidura Wickramanayaka, Minister
of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs of Sri
Lanka, said, “The commitment and dedication shown in the
pursuit of peace projects have not only been commendable but
have also laid the foundation for a more harmonious world.
The tireless efforts of individuals and organisations
working towards the common goal of ending war and fostering
understanding among nations are truly inspiring.”

President of the Daegak Buddhism Jogye Order in South Korea,
Ven. Beopsan who has been participating in interreligious
dialogue for nine years, emphasised the importance of
religious leaders’ participation in peacebuilding efforts
including comparative study of scriptures. He said,
“Intercultural dialogue and understanding can be found at
HWPL’s World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Office. The root
of religion is one and its meaning is a truly noble

Having pointed out that conflicts caused by
religion have threatened global peace, Chairman Man-hee Lee
of HWPL said, “Different religions should come together,
learn each other’s values and become one by comparative
study on scriptures. Religious communities should practice
faith based on scriptures, so they can live with humanity on
this earth. We must create a world where people communicate,
cooperate, and help each other regardless of

Lastly, the ceremony concluded with a
variety of performances depicting the journey of peace.
During the performance, there was a session where the
contents of Article 10, 38 clauses of the DPCW were
explained through performance, and expressed an image of a
paradise filled with flowers where peace was

of the 8th Annual Commemoration of the

Recently, various activities
are being carried out around the world to institutionalise
peace. In East Timor, a training course for journalists is
planned to be held in 2024 to raise public awareness of
peace. Mr. Otélio Ote, President of the Timor-Leste Press
Council, said, “I am proud to announce our collaboration
with HWPL through the signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) to implement peace journalism education.
This partnership underscores our shared commitment to
promoting freedom of expression, press freedom, and the
independence of media institutions. As we look ahead to
2024, the Timor-Leste Press Council is committed to
supporting HWPL’s endeavors for the sustainable development
of institutional peace based on intercultural dialogue and

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