By Youri Kemp
Caribbean News Now associate editor
INCHEON, South Korea — On Monday, the second day of the 2018 World Peace Summit in Incheon, South Korea, during the fourth annual World Alliance of Religions Peace (WARP) gathering, sponsored by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), some 600-plus high level politicians, diplomats, religious figures, civil society leaders and media representatives from around the world gathered to sign a historic resolution in support of the initiative for the WARP Summit, 2018 and to advance the intention of having the ten-article “Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War” (DPCW) points adopted by the United Nations:
1. Prohibition of the threat or use of force
2. War potential
3. Friendly relations and the prohibition of acts of aggression
4. Prohibit coercion against internationally recognised state boundaries
6. Dispute settlement
7. Right to self-defence
8. Freedom of religion
9. Religion, ethnic identity and peace
10. Spreading a culture of peace
The day before the September 17 plenary session titled the “Global Conference for the UN Adoption of the DPCW”, along with the session titled “Peace Education Development Forum for Global Advancement”, there was another historic signing of a peace agreements between Baltic-Black Sea states at the Peace Palace in Goseong, South Korea, chaired and hosted by HWPL chairman, Man Hee Lee.
Important signatories to the Goseong Agreement between the Baltic States, along with Lee, were: Emil Constantinescu, former president of Romania; Gennady Burbulis, the president of the Baltic-Black Sea Forum and former Russian State Secretary; Viktor Yushchenko, former president of the Ukraine; Petru Lucinschi, former president of Moldova; Stanislaw Shushkevich, former chairman of Belarus; and Iryna Vereshchuk, president of the International Centre for Black Sea-Baltic Studies and Consensus Practices.
The ‘Goseong Agreement’ was written to conform to the joint action to present the DPCW to UN for its adoption, to support the peaceful reunification of the two Koreas, and to form the sustainable relationship to fulfil world peace.
At the Global Conference for the UN Adoption of the DPCW on Monday, several key points were raised. Notably, several speakers from the African region, key stakeholders who have been pushing for the creation and the adoption of the DPCW to be adopted by the UN, have expressed their unwavering support for the resolution and wider adoption by the UN.
Samuel Sam Sumana, former vice president of Sierra Leone, especially called for the responsibility of the global leaders to expand support for the DPCW at the national level.
“A bottom-up approach has to be employed to get states and their citizens buy into, own and lead the process. A set of people committed to global peace and security have to be mobilized to constructively engage members states in ensuring that this declaration is adopted by the United Nations. However, the essence of this declaration should not be limited to its adoption by the UN but rather to help transform mindsets and change the conversations and narratives around global peace and security,” he said.
Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, minister of higher education and cultural affairs (MOHEC) of Sri Lanka, spoke on creating an environment for arranging publicness and justification of peace education.
“I believe the duty as an educator is instructing students to be grown as leaders who respect lives and observe the rules of society and making all people live harmoniously in the world. We, with HWPL, are not just trying to change one nation or individual but to foster the population of 7.6 billion people as citizens of peace,” he said.
One of the Caribbean representatives at the WARP 2018, former president of Guyana, Donald Ramotar, also signed the September 17 resolution.
Caribbean News Now has also signed on to the September 17 resolution and has committed its media platform for the promotion of peace initiatives around the region.