FOWPAL was invited to participate in the cultural exchange activities held in Rome, Bologna, and Amsterdam. During this trip, Dr. Hong met with Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican and they had a short peace talk then. Right witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people, the Bell of Peace Ringing Ceremony was solemnly held. The resonance of the Bell reverberated in the people's heart. Another focus is that Dr. Hong had peace talks with Renato R. Cardinal Martino, President of Pontificium Consilium De Iustitia Et Pace, and Comm. Dott. Tito Lucrezio Rizzo, a political advisor to Italian president and professor in Department of Law in Roman University III. They shared experience of love and peace and the idea of leading a country in economy, politics, culture, and so forth.
As a follow-up to United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004), FOWPAL initialed an global activities to endorse the Declaration on Human Rights of World Citizens in 2002. It formally started at Shin Kong Life Tower in Taipei on April 13 and aimed to have 1,000,000 persons to endorse the Declaration via both virtual internet and real world, till 2004. By spreading the Declaration and Code, it will fundamentally help all of the world citizens to get peace, freedom, and human rights.
WCA 2001 has come to a successful close; however, this is not the end. It brings us to another turning point in promoting world peace. The Peace Declaration united the consensus of people from around the world. We hope to put the Declaration into action on a global scale to further peace in the 21st century, The campaign to collect signatures to support eh Peace Declaration is on-going globally.
On April 9, 2001, Dr. K. Elaine Valdov, Chaiman Ex-officio of the Executive Committee of NGOs Affiliated with United Nations DPI, received a copy of the Declaration which contained over 3,000 signatures to present to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.