The Korea Peace Appeal Campaign delegation is traveling to New York to present the results of the Korea Peace Appeal Campaign and the global citizen peace movement, which has engaged more than 200,000 people from around the world over three years, to the United Nations and the governments of the countries involved in the Korean War, in time for the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly's Committee on Disarmament and International Security. The delegation hand-delivered more than 200,000 signatures to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations (H.E. Kim Sangjin) on 4 October and to the UN Secretariat on the 5th. The delegation delivered 200,000 signatures of the Korea Peace Appeal to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in DC on 10 October, local time, and held a meeting with them. By doing so, we raised awareness of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, which is once again at a crossroads between 'war' and 'peace' after 70 years of armistice, and conveyed the voices of citizens around the world who want 'peace, now'.
Through signature deliveries and meetings, the Korea Peace Appeal Campaign delegation raised the gravity of the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula and called for proactive action by the United Nations and governments to end its "peace through strength" approach and military pressure, and to actively work to prevent armed conflict and create an enabling environment for dialogue. We also detailed the strong support and dedicated work of civil society and religious communities worldwide for the end of the Korean War and peace. We emphasized that the Peace First Approach is more important than ever. The United Nations Secretariat expressed its deep concern over the recent situation on the Korean Peninsula and its support for the global civil peace movement.
The delegation then met with U.S. Congressional representatives Michael McCaul (Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Republican), Edward Markey (former Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific), Brad Sherman (Senior Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee, H.R.1369 - Peace on the Korean Peninsula Act Sponsor, Democrat), Barbara Lee (Ranking Member, House Appropriations Committee, H.R.1369 - Peace on the Korean Peninsula Act Cosponsor, Democrat), Gerald Connolly (House Foreign Affairs Committee, Korea Caucus, Democrat), and Bill Pascrell (Ways and Means Committee, Democrat), to detail the situation on the Korean Peninsula and civil society input, emphasize the role of the U.S. Congress in bringing about an end to the conflict and peace on the Korean Peninsula, and ask members of Congress who have not yet cosponsored H.R.1369 - Peace on the Korean Peninsula Act to do so.
The Korea Peace Appeal Campaign has been running for three years, since 2020, 70 years after the outbreak of the Korean War, to "▷ Stop hostilities and improve inter-Korean and North Korea-U.S. relations ▷ End the Korean War and establish a peace agreement ▷ Create a Korean Peninsula and a world free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat ▷ Resolve conflicts through dialogue and cooperation, not sanctions and pressure.; ▷ End the ROK-U.S.-Japan military cooperation and realize peaceful coexistence on the Korean Peninsula and in Asia; and ▷ Break from the vicious cycle of the arms race and invest in human security and environmental sustainability." More than 206,629 people from over 180 countries around the world signed the petition online and offline.
Many voices responded to the peaceful actions of the citizens. Members of the National Assembly, local councilors, mayors, religious leaders, academics, and the arts and culture community signed the petition. The World Council of Churches (WCC) and leading religious leaders such as Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama have also lent their support and encouragement to our journey towards peace. Nobel Peace Prize winners (Leymah Gbowee, Sirin Ebadi, and Tawakkol Karman), representatives of awarding organizations (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War IPPNW, and the Pugwash Conference), and former UN Special Rapporteur on North Korean Human Rights Tomás Ojea Quintana have also signed the petition. Through the signature drive and other activities, the Korea Peace Appeal Campaign has helped to raise awareness of the unfinished Korean War and to educate the international community about the fact that improving hostilities and signing a peace agreement is the fundamental solution to the conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
During their visit to the United States, the Korea Peace Appeal Campaign delegation engaged in a variety of activities with Korean diaspora organizations, religious communities, U.S. peace organizations, and international peace organizations that have been dedicated to peace on the Korean Peninsula. In New York and Washington D.C., the delegation organized peace marches, rallies, and meetings with Korean diaspora organizations, delivered 200,000 signatures to the UN Secretariat and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, and met with the Permanent Missions of Sweden and Switzerland, which serve on the UN Command as a member of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC), to share their views on the Korean Peninsula situation and campaign activities.
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