World Female Leaders Urge for the Implementation of International Law for Peace and Cessation of War for
the Unification of the Korean Peninsula and for World Peace

The International Women's Peace Group (IWPG, Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim) hosted the 2016 IWPG Network Forum at the Grand Intercontinental Seoul on September 19, marking the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit.

The Forum was held under the theme, The Role of 3.6 Billion Women in Realizing Peace and Cessation of War, to promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and to urge for its adoption and development as a legally binding instrument by the UN toward advancing the global peace-building process. The Declaration was proclaimed under the initiative of HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light) last March 14.

There is growing tension felt, not only on the Korean Peninsula but also across the entire international community, brought on by acts of terror around the globe and a series of missile tests by North Korea. Given the current global situations, it is especially meaningful that approximately 1,000 international female leaders gathered in one place toward the purpose of the reunification of the Korean Peninsula and world peace.

"The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War embodies the backbones of UN SDGs."

IWPG Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim said in her remarks, "the UN and the entire international community must expand the role of women in building peace and security.... The key factors that form the backbone of the SDGs targeting 2030 are embodied in the DPCW (the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War). The best measure for women to protect women themselves is to urge for the adoption of the DPCW and the implementation of international law for peace and cessation of war."

Speakers at the 2016 IWPG Network Forum were: Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL; Edita Tahiri, Incumbent Minister for Dialogue of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo; Lee Yunsook, Former Minister of Political Affairs II (Women's Affairs) of the Republic of Korea; and Leokadiia Gerasymenko, President of Women's Union of Ukraine.

At the end of the Forum, 109 new members from 16 countries were appointed to the IWPG Peace Committee. The Committee is set to promote IWPG peace works in respective countries and campaign with women in their respective communities.

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2016 IWPG Network