On 22nd November 2016, Ambassador Dr. Ezzat Saad, the Director of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, received a delegation from the HWPL Organization branch located in Gwangju. The discussion focused on the legal position of the Organization and the scope of possible cooperation between the two sides, especially in the area of Peace-making in light of the existing regional conflicts which require intensification of efforts on both regional and international levels. Particularly, the mobilization of efforts of civil society organizations considering the increase in level of tensions and terrorist attacks as well as immigrants and refugee problems in a total absence of concerted international efforts.
On the field of activities, Dr. Yoonsug Jo, the Director of the branch, outlined that the Organization holds four Conferences on a yearly basis. A Conference takes place during the period of 16-20 December 2016 in South Korea addressing political, religious and media fields as well as youth empowerment, and everything that can have an effect on peace-making. Another Conference takes place on 14 March 2017 on Law and the Universal Declaration on Peace and Development.
On the regional level, preparations are ongoing to hold a Forum in Armenia –that convenes on a yearly basis- discussing four axis: the empowerment of women & youth and religious ideology and its influence on political changes, underlining that such conferences seek a common formula on peace-making in the framework of the International Law in light of the existing variations in its forms and concepts, asserting that people of the world who believe in Peace should encourage their leaders to achieve peace and avoid violence and conflicts.
Ambassador Saad explained that efforts should focus on setting a Universal vision that doesn’t interfere with the internal affairs of countries and protect their national security, stressing that there are countries, companies and organizations that depend on arms trafficking, and hence have interest in the continuation of armed conflicts. Ambassador Saad added that, despite being in the 21st century, we still witness an Israeli colonization of the Palestinian land, and international coalitionswith different goals; a situation that makes the purpose of creating a world without wars or destruction a difficult matter, especially in light of the existing arms race and the possession of the five permanent members of the Security Council of weapons of mass destruction employed to reinforce each one’s power and supremacy over the other.