Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: Episode 369
Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: A Selection of True Parents’ Speeches
Book 9: The Role of Nations in Realizing World Peace
Speech 13: The Direction for the World and the United Nations, pg 1381-1386
Construction of peace zones in all border areas
Even at this moment, more and more conflicts are breaking out across the world over disputed borders. As a result, the world is sustaining substantial loss of human life. In addition, the money poured into war-making and peacekeeping runs into the billions of dollars. So many resources and efforts are being wasted. Yet comprehensive solutions have not been fully achieved with respect to any given conflict.
To solve this problem, I would like to make some proposals for your consideration: I propose today that the United Nations and religious leaders join their hearts and work to create peace zones in areas of conflict. Whether the disputed borders pass through rivers, mountains, fields, or the sea, we can create buffer zones or peace zones along these borders.
These zones would be governed directly by the United Nations. People from around the world dedicated to the establishment of peace would be allowed to settle in these zones. The United Nations would be responsible to provide guidance to those living in these areas so that they come to embody the founding ideals of the United Nations and comply with its declarations for peace.
These peace zones would be havens that exist for the sake of peace, prosperity and reconciliation. They would be free of racial and sexual discrimination, human rights violations and war. These areas would also be ecological and environmental havens for the entire natural world.
To create such zones of peace, freedom and ecological harmony, the concerned nations would have to be willing to provide the necessary land. This is not a simple matter, for there will be resistance to the surrender of land, even for a peace zone. I have dedicated much effort toward finding solutions to this problem, particularly as it applies to my native land, Korea.
I have taught that there is a providential significance to Korea, having been a paramount victim of the Cold War. As you know, both the division of Korea and the war that followed were outgrowths of the Cold War. The Korean War, in which the youth of sixteen countries shed their blood under the United Nations flag to protect freedom, was a righteous war unprecedented in history. I remain ever grateful to the United Nations and those sixteen nations. Yet the peaceful unification of Korea remains to be accomplished. For this reason I have continually pondered about the United Nations’ solemn mission for building a world of peace and how this relates to God’s providence.
I sincerely hope that the current mood of reconciliation and cooperation between South and North Korea, which began last June, will continue. I hope the entire demilitarized zone along the 155-mile military demarcation line that crosses the Korean Peninsula can be turned into a peace zone under UN jurisdiction. I believe the United Nations will take the lead in this effort and build exhibition halls, museums, educational sites and peace parks in this zone in order to teach visitors important lessons regarding peace.
I am purchasing almost 1.2 million hectares of fertile land in South America’s MERCOSUR countries to help compensate countries for any land they may lose as a result of the establishment of UN peace zones. I have already notified leaders of North and South Korea that I am prepared to turn over to them portions of that land in South America for their use.
As I make this proposal public, it is my fervent hope that world leaders of goodwill can understand this purpose and join with me. In particular, I hope that they will join me in willingly donating their land and money for use in creating UN-supervised peace zones. These zones, under UN leadership, will give rise to ideal moral societies where nature and people live in harmony.
Preparing a fund to build a world peace zone
In December 1998, I proposed the founding of an international peace fund in an address I gave to religious leaders gathered for an international conference that had as its theme, “Realizing the Interfaith Ideal: Beyond Dialogue into Practice.” All the leaders who participated in that conference resolved to initiate a movement in which the world’s religious people would lead the way in making donations for world peace. We proposed that donations be given in amounts related to the number seven.
Because various individuals and countries face differing economic realities, one person might find it difficult to give even seven dollars, whereas someone else might be able to give as much as seven million dollars.
I believe that if all religious people on earth become one in heart, they will actively participate in this fundraising effort. The fund thus created would be used to establish peace zones and to teach the ideals of peace and the methods to achieve it.
In addition to religious people, the United Nations too could encourage all nations and their peoples to make annual contributions to this fund. These funds might be donated under the name of the “white cross fund.” Wealthy philanthropists, business leaders and industrialists, leaders in other fields, along with individuals and organizations, would be encouraged to actively participate in the construction of UN peace zones. In this way, they could lead the way in raising the necessary funds and creating an atmosphere of peace.
Furthermore, one of the reasons I founded the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace was to help create an interreligious assembly to serve as a senate or council within the United Nations. To implement this plan, I propose that each nation, in addition to its current ambassador, send a religious ambassador to the United Nations to serve as a member of the religious assembly, or UN senate.
The mission statement of the representatives to this UN senate would require that they have a genuinely ecumenical or interreligious consciousness and that they have the training and ability to teach a universal, transnational ideal of peace. The nature of their purpose and mission would prohibit their promoting the narrow interests of a particular country. Rather, they would carry out their duties for the ideal of peace in the world and for the sake of all humanity in accordance with God’s Will.
The interreligious ambassador appointed as a member of the United Nations senate or council should have a global consciousness and take responsibility to represent the United Nations’ global vision and agenda. In this sense, these persons could be thought of as global ambassadors from the United Nations.
Wherever they go in the world, these ambassadors would promote movements dedicated to the realization of peace and social welfare. Moreover, in all nations, they would serve as conscientious guardians of lofty ideals such as justice, security and peace.
This will provide hope to the citizens of the world, and especially the youth. People will then have the opportunity to see with their own eyes the emergence of young people around the world seeking true love and lasting peace. Those selected as ecumenical and transnational ambassadors will also be able to help guide and supervise various UN-sponsored projects in health, education, welfare and other fields.
I have worked with many groups and organizations to educate people around the world about the meaning and value of true love and true families, transcending religious denominations and nationalities. My continuous investment in this area and ongoing efforts for dialogue and reconciliation over the last decades have demonstrated beyond any doubt that the strongest foundation for the unity of humanity is the universal and essential love generated through the ideal of the true family.
Establishment of an official United Nations commemorative day
Based on these considerations, I urge all the organizations connected to the United Nations to uphold and promote the ideals of true love and true families. For this reason, I would like to make another proposal that the senior decision-makers at the United Nations proclaim, in accordance with existing procedures and regulations, a special day to be commemorated worldwide.
I understand that the United Nations has made proclamations such as the International Year of the Family, and that it has declared various ten-year objectives such as the Decade to End Poverty. Along these lines, I propose that the United Nations establish an official commemorative day to uphold the ideal of the family, so that the world can remember and celebrate this day every year.
Specifically, I propose that True Parents’ Day be established as a day of global celebration. At the same time, I propose that True Family Day be established as a second day of global celebration. By celebrating such a day each year, transcending the barriers between races, religions and cultures, and loving and cherishing one another, we will be able to fully experience our true and common human roots and understand the preciousness of true families. Additionally, we should establish a UN Forces Day so that the sacred mission of the United Nations’ righteousness and its peacekeeping forces can be honored.
Respected world leaders, let us join our hands and hearts to improve our institutions and organizations so that the precious wisdom of religion, along with that of scholars, diplomats and people of insight and knowledge, can be mobilized to solve the serious and urgent crises of the world.
I believe solutions to world problems can come about if we establish the proposed council composed of religious leaders, in cooperation with the political leaders and diplomats of the current United Nations. The Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace will promote this ideal, for religion can offer great service in providing guidance in matters concerning the Absolute Being, the world of transcendence, our eternal life and the spirit world. For this purpose, the IIFWP will make devoted and sacrificial efforts to attain the goal of world peace. It will strive to establish the kingdom of heaven of eternal love and harmony, and the homeland of God, where the United Nations’ efforts for peace are honored and where all humanity forms one universal family as brothers and sisters under God, our Parent.
I believe that the world leaders and officers of the United Nations, who possess knowledge, experience and wisdom, can offer many recommendations for implementing the proposals I’ve presented to you today.
If the United Nations, with its origins as a government organization, cannot fulfill these, then they should be fulfilled through non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or other private organizations. If we work together and make continuous effort, peace and happiness will surely be realized on earth.
I pray that God’s blessing be with your families and your endeavors.