Amid growing ethnic and politico-religious conflicts across the globe, several world leaders gathered here today to seek peace as they called upon governments to back a UN treaty on cessation of wars. The gathering of religious, political, social and cultural leaders marks the commemoration of the second anniversary of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) summit which aims to promote global cooperation for enactment of an international law for world peace.
Meeting under the aegis of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international body engaged in global peace building, the leaders discussed ways to strengthen legislative activities by NGOs, governments and international organisations for bringing world peace by putting an end to ongoing wars.
The assembly was marked by a grand cultural festival of peace organised at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in south Seoul, where thousands of youth, women, elderly and children joined hands to send a message of peace to the world.
The event assumes significance as it comes close on the heels of a nuclear test by North Korea which is attracting fresh UN sanctions.
The event saw several religious leaders debate the cause of conflicts and ways to address differences arising from these conflicts including from the ones rooted in religion.
They also dwelt on the oneness of religions and the peace seeking elements that bind together all faiths.
Former President of Croatia Ivo Josipovic, former Prime Minister of Armenia Hrant Bagrotyten, Great Supreme Patriarch of the Kingdom of Cambodia Tep Vong and many other religious heads also spoke and pledged their support for world peace and a treaty to stop wars.
On the occasion, children and youth carrying placards mounted an impressive show that brought out the history of the Korean war, Vietnam war as well as World Wars and their consequences for the mankind.
The event sought to bring different religions together by highlighting the high points of scriptures of each and calls upon faith leaders to use their influence to foster peace.
The International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), woman and youth specific organisations working in the area are also part of the event.
In his commemorative address, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee said, “people of the earth are gathered, as well as the eyes, ears, and hearts of the global community. Let us urge them (heads of state and religious leaders) to sign their support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and let us sign our support as well”.