15th International Silk Road Conference was held on October 9-10, 2020
15th International Silk Road Conference was held on October 9-10, 2020. Top professionals in the fields of Politics, Journalism, Economics, History, Art, Literature, Culture, Public Administration, Law, Business, and Technology shared their ideas on global and regional challenges and perspectives.
The conference provided its distinguished participants with a unique chance of discussions on important global and regional events and urgent problems.
We had 93 papers authored by 143 researchers from 54 institutions in 18 countries: Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and United States.
Dr. Thomas Kruessmann, from the University of Graz delivered his keynote speech on the following topic: Europe-Asia Connectivity in the South Caucasus: Boon or Bane?
Inter-continental Online Conference to Discuss the Role of Peace Education
On January 24th, over 2,400 pre-registered attendees from 70 countries, including the Philippines, the U.S.A, Germany, South Africa, China, and South Korea, joined the online inter-continental peace conference to discuss the role of peace education.
The conference was organized by a Korea-based international peace NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) under the UN DGC and the UN ECOSOC in celebration of the 7th Anniversary of the January 24 HWPL Peace Day.
The January 24 HWPL Peace Day declared by the Province of Maguindanao in the Philippines has been commemorated annually since the Mindanao Peace Agreement was made by the local government and civil society leaders on January 24th, 2014.
The Peace Day was named after HWPL since the agreement was suggested by Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, known as a Korean war veteran, to overcome the 50 years of conflict that resulted in approximately 120,000 victims in the region.
With the theme, "The Role of Peace Education in Building a Peaceful World”, the celebration of this year aimed to raise awareness of peace education around the world and establish a global platform for peace educators to implement peace education in the educational system of each country.
Followed by the congratulatory messages from social, educational, religious, and political figures including President of Court of Appeal of Cairo, Former President of the UN Human Rights Council, Former Adviser of the Ministry of Education of Guatemala, Archbishop Emeritus of Davao Archdiocese of the Philippines, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL delivered his commemorative message.
“Today, Mindanao is no longer a place of conflict; rather, it has become a model of peace to which the world looks. Once, the people of this region used to point guns at each other—now, they share food while sitting at the same table, despite their differences in religion and ideologies. Students who were once being trained to kill are now learning the precious value of life and peace through HWPL Peace Education,” he said.
Dr. Ronald Adamat, Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines(CHED), who has made an effort to implement HWPL Peace Education by integrating peace education into the relevant higher education curricula, addressed the value of HWPL Peace Day and the progress of the peace education in the Philippines.
“Youth will fight for peace but are not given yet enough skills, understanding, or opportunity to talk for peace. I wholeheartedly support HWPL Peace Education. It raises the awareness for our youth to become peacemakers - the much-needed values of the youth. Future leaders must effect change for the world's positive transformation. Our children need to be educated on how peacebuilding works effectively. Through education, the building of a truly peaceful world can one day become a reality.”
HWPL Peace Education consisting of 12 lessons aims to train the educators and students with the value of peace by raising awareness of the importance of fostering a culture of peace. Since 2016, more than 200 educational institutions in 34 countries, including India, Israel, and the Philippines, have been designated as HWPL Peace Academies, and Ministries of Education from 9 countries have signed MOAs for implementation of peace education.
Ms. Firoza Muradi, an educator from Afghanistan, said, “The Mindanao Peace Agreement in 2014 became a great model for countries like Afghanistan who experience wars and conflicts. I hope that the miracle of peace in Mindanao will happen in Afghanistan, and the beginning is from peace education. Through HWPL Peace Education, students seek answers to achieve peace in various ways, including harmony with nature, the value of cooperation, and how to protect their rights. I believe all of my students receiving peace education will grow up to be a peace messenger.”
At the event, the official of HWPL presented the plan for 2021 such as Online Peace Educator Training Program, Peace Education Volunteering Program, and Online Youth Peace Love Exchange Project that mostly designed as online programs according to the pandemic situation.
Press-release of HWPL
Inter-continental Conference for Culture of Peace through Education Will Be Held Online
An inter-continental online peace conference will be held on January 24th, 2021, in attendance with about 2,000 participants from 17 countries, including the Philippines, India, Australia, and South Korea.
The host of this conference is a Korea-based international peace NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) affiliated with the UN DGC and the UN ECOSOC.
This virtual peace conference is organized in commemoration of the 7th Anniversary of the January 24th HWPL Peace Day which was designated by the Province of Maguindanao in the Philippines to celebrate the peace agreement in Mindanao on January 24th in 2014.
The agreement was suggested by Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL and signed by government, religious and civil society leaders to engage in collaboration of peacebuilding efforts to end the decades-long conflict.
Since then, the annual commemorative event such as a grand peace festival, international peace walks, exhibitions of peace in local museums, and inter-faith conferences has taken place to celebrate the peace agreement and raise awareness of peace among citizens in the region.
The event has discussed the history, current issues, and plans for long-term peace in Mindanao as a set of peacebuilding models based on the cooperation of actors in different fields with events that raised awareness of the need for securing sustainable peace.
With the theme of "The Role of Peace Education in Building a Peaceful World”, this year’s celebration, in line with the International Day of Education, aims to establish a global platform for peace educators to implement peace education in the educational system of each country.
Although the event is open online this year due to the COVID-19, more than 2,000 participants, including politicians, religious leaders, social figures, and educators are expected to attend.
The inter-continental conference will include the graduation of peace education students, the peace pledge ceremony, and various addresses regarding the value of peace education.
An official of HWPL said, “Through the 7th Anniversary of the January 24th HWPL Peace Day, we aim to raise awareness of the importance of peace education and culture of peace. It will be an opportunity to revitalize people around the world who are currently experiencing various violence and conflicts, especially since the onset of COVID 19, with a hope and spirit of peace.”
Anyone interested in the event can join by signing up at https://tinyurl.com/HWPLPeaceDayZoomReg until the 23rd of January. The event will be live-streamed through https://www.facebook.com/hwplph/ from 16:00 (KST) on the day of the event.
Turkmenistan participates to the 2020 Afghanistan Conference
On the 23rd of November 2020, a two-day 2020 Afghanistan Conference has started in Geneva in the online format under the chairmanship of the Governments of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Finland jointly with the United Nations.
The given Conference has united the high-ranking representatives of more than 100 countries and international organizations. Turkmenistan is represented at the Conference by the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov.
The Conference stands as an efficient mechanism and active platform for the discussion by the international community of the overall recovery of Afghanistan and unification of efforts in the process of socio-economic development of the country. The matters of peace and security are in the focus of discussions.
Speaking at the High-level meeting in the framework of the Conference entitled the “Regional Cooperation on Afghanistan,” R.Meredov noted that Turkmenistan attaches great importance to the overall reestablishment of Afghanistan and strives to contribute to the international efforts aimed at the strengthening of statehood, economic integration and well-being of the people of Afghanistan. He added that Turkmenistan makes concrete practical steps in this regard. The cooperation of two neighboring countries is based on large projects and programmes of socio-economic and humanitarian scope.
It was stated that being aware of the importance of such sectors of economy as energy, transport and communications for the overall development of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan actively works on the promotion of a number of large-scale international infrastructural projects. The commitment of the Turkmen side to the advancement of the construction of the gas pipeline TAPI, power and fiber-optic communication lines on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan route, building of the railway lines from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan was underlined.
Turkmenistan actively develops partnership with Afghanistan on a wide range. A lot of Afghan students are studying in Turkmen institutions of higher education, while those who already completed their studies, work in various state entities of Afghanistan, thus making an input into the development of the country.
The Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan told about the key activities of Turkmenistan within the Action Program on Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan for 2020-2022. The Government of Turkmenistan renders assistance of humanitarian scope to the fraternal country, including the construction of a number of social facilities. The Government of Turkmenistan has built a school in Balkh province, a health center in the province of Faryab and a maternity hospital in Herat province. In the coming future, the mosque for 500 people is planned for inauguration which was also built by the Turkmen side and is located on the territory of Afghanistan.
All of this was presented as an example and call for strengthening of multifaceted cooperation in support to Afghanistan which is firmly moving forward to the peace, stability and sustainable development.
The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held an International online Conference dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan and the 75thAnniversary of the UN
On October 2, 2020, the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held an
International online Conference dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan and the 75thAnniversary of the UN.
The Conference was attended by representatives of Diplomatic missions and International Organizations accredited in Georgia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Georgian Technical University, Grigol Robakidze University, Georgian mass media.
Ambassador of Turkmenistan in Georgia Mr.Dovletmyrat Muratov, the UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia Dr.Sabine Machl, President of Georgia Red Cross Society and the Governing Board Member of IFRC Ms.Natia Loladze, Head of Delegation of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in South Caucasus Ms.Olga Dzhumaeva, Head of Delegation of International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in Georgia Ms. Severine Chappaz,
Director of the Center for History, Geopolitics and Economic Research of the Caucasus of the Georgian Technical University Mr.Nikoloz Metreveli, Executive Director of TV 24, Professor, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Political Scientist, Honored Journalist of Georgia Mr.Badri Nachkebia were addressed the conference.
Speakers congratulated Turkmen people on the significant date - 25th Anniversary of the Permanent Neutrality of Turkmenistan. They noted that having declared itself to be a neutral State, Turkmenistan adheres to the principles of good-neighbourliness, mutual respect, justice and equality and implements a foreign policy aimed at universal peace, security and well-being throughout the world. It was highlighted that Turkmenistan strongly believes in the future of the UN and will continue to strengthen and build up strategic partnership with this organization, thereby making its contribution to unlocking its inexhaustible potential in the interests of global peace, security and progress.
During the conference, it was also noted that another book of the President of Turkmenistan “Spiritual world of Turkmens” that has been published, will be interesting and useful to a wide readership.
Conference’s participants were shown a video dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of Turkmenistan’s Neutrality.
Turkmenistan representatives take part in the talks to modernize the Energy Charter Treaty
Representatives of a number of ministries and departments of our country, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the Ministry of Justice, as well as the “Türkmengaz” State Concern take part in the first round of negotiations on the modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), held in videoconference format by the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels (Belgium).
Earlier, the states - members of the Energy Charter Conference submitted their proposals for updating the Treaty. During the current meeting of the working group on the modernization of the ECT, the parties continued to discuss the main provisions of the draft of this document.
Among the main topics of discussions are the protection of investments in the energy sector. The meeting participants discussed a wide range of issues, including the role of the Energy Charter Treaty in creating an international investment regime, the specific features of investing in a new transit cross-border energy infrastructure, legal and commercial aspects of regulating partnerships between countries and other participants in energy projects.
In particular, it was underlined the importance of adapting the ECT to the modern requirements of the global energy sector, developing uniform rules that are obligatory for all participants and minimizing the risks associated with financial investments and energy trade.
In this context, it was emphasized the constructive nature of the initiatives put forward by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with the aim to establish a new global architecture of energy security, which today stands as the most important factor in the sustainable development of states, global peace and stability.
Currently, the ECT that unites dozens of countries in Europe and Asia, is the only multilateral agreement that addresses complex political, economic and legal problems associated with energy transit, including through interstate gas pipelines and power lines.
For Turkmenistan, which has initiated a number of major international projects in this area, these issues are of great importance.