World leaders, UN, participants from 120 countries to discuss global peace in South Korea in September

Antonio Guterres
Antonio Guterres

Amid global tension, world leaders, United Nations officials and participants from about 120 countries will in September converge on Seoul, the South Korean capital, to discuss cooperation for global peace building under the auspices of the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit.

The event, which holds from September 17 to 19, is being organised by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a non-governmental organisation under the UN Department of Public Information, in association with International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG).

The annual peace summit since 2014 brings together political and religious leaders, heads of women’s and youth groups, civil society, and the press from around the world and provides a platform for discussion and cooperation for peace.

A statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by Jackie Kim, the press officer of the Seoul-based HWPL on Thursday, said during the 2017 summit “more than 1,000 global figures from 120 countries are expected to participate in discussing establishing collaborative governance between governments and civil societies for implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), development of education as a culture of peace, and promotion of interfaith harmony.”

It added, “Former presidents, ministers, UN officials, justices, heads of civic groups, leaders of women, youth, and religions, and journalists will have in-depth discussions in groups on the topics: the direction of peace education for sustainable peace, the role of media in spreading a culture of peace and ways to build a global media network, and the way to foster peaceful harmony amongst religions.

“Region-specific meetings are also planned for the implementation of peace projects in collaboration between governments and civil society groups. Each representative from each sector discusses ways to develop action plans for peace-building that can best reflect the cultural and social environment in the region.”

Speaking on the significance of the peace education, the statement quoted the Chairman of HWPL, Man Hee Lee, as saying that “In order for everyone to become a messenger of peace, spreading a culture of peace and peace education by the development of peace materials and training of peace leaders are important.”

The Chairwoman of IWPG, Nam Hee Kim, also highlighted the power of women for achieving peace saying “3.6 billion of women, half of the world’s population, have the power to lead humanity to the world of peace. If we cannot use our potential, we can never achieve a peaceful world.”

The world women leaders, the statement said, are expected to make one voice to transform the DPCW into a legally binding form for the cessation of war in ‘2017 IWPG Network Forum’.

It said along with various sessions, a peace festival with 100,000 participants and local citizens would also be held on the second day of the summit.

With the slogan ‘Together for Peace as Messenger of Peace’, cultural performances by 8,000 youth will be shown to convey the core messages of peace as a culture in the global community.


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  • Francisco Linares

    We have to recognize the outstanding contributions that have been done for world peace and continue to make efforts to achieve it. So glad to hear that nations are uniting to make it happen. Good article!

  • Alex Park

    Wow, this is crazy, but great! It’s so encouraging to see the UN finally on board with this stuff. I’ve been with HWPL ever since they had the first summit, and truly great things start from a small thought that required a lot of time and effort and hope.

  • Christina Johnson

    I love that something like this exists today. This is so unique but with all these leaders from around the world gathering for the same purpose, I’m excited to see what will happen. I love how it speaks of spreading a culture of peace~ it’s something the world needs!

  • Justine Kay

    It’s so amazing to see so many leaders gathering from all different countries. It shows how successful HWPL has been. I truly believe that HWPL has the plan that is needed to achieve world peace!

  • Patricia Barolo

    Seeing how far this work of peace is spreading is truly amazing. So many leaders coming together for the work of peace shows that this is what the world truly wants.

  • Jasmine Anderson

    It is very heart-warming to see all the leaders are coming together for the work of peace!!

  • Melina

    Being able to see leaders come together for the work of PEACE is so encouraging today!

  • Melina

    Seeing leaders get together for the work of Peace is so encouraging in todays time! Lets Shine the Light of Peace!!

  • Kaden

    This kind of event is definitely needed with everything going on in the world. So glad this is happening

  • Grace Trinidad

    WOW! It is absolutely amazing to see that leaders can even gather together for this work of peace to happen. This work is HWPL is doing is truly beautiful

  • Martha Ghirmay

    Finally the work of peace is being moved into action through HWPL.

  • Timothy Lee

    Amidst a time when conflict has scarred so many nations, I’m so glad HWPL has sprouted up to gather people to work for peace!!