Through the 4th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit that convened with the theme of Collaboration for Peace Development: Building a Peace Community through the DPCW in 2018, the following topics were discussed: 1) Plans of action to support the DPCW to be introduced as UN resolution as a national and regional level; 2) Plans of action to establish and expand peace networks with various fields in the core including politics, religion, education, media, youth, women, etc. With the youths’ Peace Letter activities that urged for a peaceful unification on the Korean Peninsula in 2018, the Peace Letter campaign expanded during March to May in 2019 for the citizens and leaders from around the world in various sectors to urge support for the DPCW. As a result of this campaign, peace letters were written and sent to the heads of state from 192 countries.
The 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit was held under the theme, “Establishing Collaborative Governance for Development and Implementation of the DPCW.”
The Summit aimed to increase awareness of the DPCW among intergovernmental organizations including the United Nations. Furthermore, the agreed upon standards for determining a trustworthy religious scripture, which is the key component of the comparative study of scriptures done at the WARP Offices, were presented and ideas for a global peace media network were developed. Overall, the Summit provided an opportunity to seek ways to establish a cooperative network among international organizations, governments, and civil societies.
At the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit in 2016, discussions were held to turn the DPCW into a legally binding form. As a result, HWPL’s “Legislate Peace” Campaign was actively promoted to advocate the DPCW and mobilize support for its implementation globally, and over a million people in 170 countries participated in a single year.
At this event, the HWPL International Law Peace Committee was officially inaugurated, and its members entered the stage of discussing an international legal instrument to settle and prevent armed conflicts. In addition, political leaders and heads of civil society organizations gathered to create concrete action plans for peace. Then on 14 March 2016, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses, was proclaimed.
The world’s political leadersrecognized the need for an international legal instrument that ensures peace and promised to cooperate with such work. They signed the Agreement to Propose the Enactment of International Law for the Cessation of Wars and World Peace. Religious leaders promised to become one according to the teachings of God through the WARP Offices and contribute to the work of peace. They signed the World Peace and the World Alliance of Religions Agreement.