As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues for more than 50 days, the international community is seeking and proposing ways to end the war from various angles.
On April 21, 2022, the Ukraine branch of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) and Business Woman Magazine co-hosted the “International Conference on the Restoration of Peace in Ukraine” online with around 500 participants from 15 countries in attendance. The conference was held to share the results of humanitarian aid and call for collaborative efforts by the international community to restore peace in Ukraine.
HWPL is a Korea-based international peace NGO associated with the UN ECOSOC and the UN DGC. Since 2013, HWPL has carried out various peace activities for global peace and cessation of war. In 2016, HWPL announced the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to enact international law for peace which received support signatures from 176 countries worldwide.
The Business Woman Magazine was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Ukraine with 30 overseas branches. The magazine features stories of women entrepreneurs worldwide and is certified as the only Ukrainian international magazine by the European Parliament and the European Commission.
At the conference, leaders from all walks of life in Ukraine in a state of war, professors, and journalists cooperating with HWPL, made presentations accusing the inhumane realities of the current war. It included Maryna Popatenko, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine who gave a speech on the topic of “The current situation in Ukraine and requests for international community support,” and Hanna Krysiuk, Founder of Business Woman Magazine, Professor Rommel Santos Diaz, and journalist Igor Shevyrov.
HWPL introduced the ongoing refugee assistance projects of its partner organizations, international assistance headquarters for Ukrainians, NGO “Poruch”, charitable foundation “SWAN”, Women’s Union of Ukraine, and encouraged attendees to raise funds for humanitarian aid.
Prof. Rommel Santos Diaz, President of the Dominican Federalist Foundation and Professor of international law at the Universidad INCE said, “HWPL has discovered the document that best complements the charter of the United Nations, also with the charter of the Organization of American States (OAS), and the OAS’s Statute of International Court, is the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)”. He announced the value of DPCW as ‘a transcendental document that, at this time, would exert a very positive influence as a foundation for the search for solutions in Ukraine’.
“I would like to emphasize that there are now about 8 million young people left in Ukraine, of whom 2 million have become internally displaced, many are in hostilities, many have lost their homes, many have lost their jobs, businesses and forced to suspend their studies. They all need special attention and support,” said Maryna Popatenko who is Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine.
Maria Zakharchenko, coordinator of HWPL’s Ukraine branch said, “Through this event, HWPL shared humanitarian support and campaign activities to restore peace in Ukraine and will continue to carry out peace activities with the spirit of DPCW. We expect more attention and aid from the international community to support the Ukrainian people.”
HWPL emphasized the need for international support for Ukrainian citizens as the war became protracted. HWPL has created a Facebook page containing all fundraising information of its partner organizations: https://www.facebook.com/ngo.HWPL.cis/.
Meanwhile, HWPL Ukraine branch sent groceries to help the students of HWPL Peace Education suffering from food shortages since April 1st. Through the funds raised by HWPL members from overseas, about 300 people including faculty and staff of the schools located in Kherson and Donetsk Provinces received the relief supplies.