Blood shortages due to COVID-19 are prevalent across the world. In January, the American Red Cross declared “a national blood crisis” poising a great risk to patient care. In March, a US-based non-profit organization Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) declared the blood “emergency” due to a lack of the stock of type O blood at only 1-2 day supply and appealed to the public participation in a single blood donation that can save up to three lives.
According to the Red Cross, blood is used for a variety of purposes, including serious injuries caused by accidents, surgical procedures, anemia, childbirth, and cancer treatment. But since blood cannot be artificially produced, experts say the only solution to the blood supply lies in donating blood.
In South Korea, in cooperation with Heavenly Culture, World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL), 18,000 members of Shincheonji Church of Jesus and HWPL participated in blood donation for two weeks from April 18th. This number was recorded as the largest group blood donation in the country.
Namsun Cho, head of the Korean Red Cross Blood Services, said, “When the impact of the Omicron reached its peak, Shincheonji Church of Jesus launched a large scale of blood donation. It was like rain during a drought. We are surprised that the number of donors exceeded 6,000 in 3 days and more people participated. We appreciate their life-saving dedication.”
“They did a really great job in the life-sharing movement. This scale is equivalent to one army corps donating blood for a year. The number of blood donors is nearly four times the number in a normal day, a great help in overcoming the current blood supply crisis,” said an official from the Blood Services.
“We also appreciate the members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus who participated in the nationwide plasma donation for the development of a treatment for COVID-19 back in 2020,” he added.
In South Korea, blood donation certificates are issued to blood donors. The certificate can be used when paying for a blood transfusion so that the transfusion fee to patients is deducted. All the donors of Shincheonji Church of Jesus and HWPL also donated their certificates to alleviate the financial burden of patients who need blood for treatment.
Shincheonji Church of Jesus, headquartered in Gwacheon, South Korea, is contributing to the communities through volunteer activities including plasma and blood donations, although the church suffered greatly from the initial stage of COVID-19 pandemic.
HWPL, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, is a non-governmental organization under the UN Economic and Social Council and Department of Global Communication is carrying out long-term peace projects through education, relief, and youth empowerment based on solidarity with civil society and international organizations in 193 countries.
Press-release of the HWPL
THE MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA DISCUSSED COOPERATION ISSUES
Today, on November 18, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Chung Eui-yong.
During the talks, the ministers discussed priority issues of bilateral cooperation in political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
The sides noted the traditionally friendly relations between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea, built on principles of trust, mutual respect and mutual benefit. It was emphasized that regular contacts on topical issues of bilateral agenda contribute to this.
In particular, the sides noted the fruitful cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Korea in the work of the Joint Business Council, as well as within the multilateral format “Central Asia – Korea”. In this context, the foreign ministers of the two countries discussed the agenda of the 14th Central Asia – Korea Cooperation Forum to be held on November 30 this year.
THE HEAD OF TURKMENISTAN DEFINED THE PRIORITIES FOR EFFECTIVE INTERACTION AT THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM IN SEOUL
Today, on November 18, during his video address to the participants of the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the need of further expansion of mutually beneficial dialogue in promising areas of interest.
The Head of Turkmenistan also drew participants’ attention to the most relevant issues of regional agenda and prospects of the development of mutually beneficial partnership in Eurasia. Turkmen-Korean relationship performance in bilateral and multilateral formats was underlined.
Development of effective trade-economic, energy ties, transport-transit corridors became another theme for the discussions.
In his speech the President of Turkmenistan, having noted the significance of the development of cooperation in the sphere of health protection, “green growth”, food security, emphasized the need for activation of a joint work with authoritative international and regional structures.
He also noted great prospects for multilateral activities in the sphere of humanitarian interaction. “The year of 2021 declared by the UN General Assembly on Turkmenistan’s initiative as the Year of Peace and Trust, is coming to an end. This initiative was based on the desire to attract attention of the world community to the need of strengthening of the peace culture and respectful dialogue, eliminating the trust deficit in interstate relations”, said the President of Turkmenistan.
Expanding human contacts through historical, cultural and educational ties, which were also identified as a priority of the Republic of Korea’s New Northern Economic Policy, is put forward as a solution to a common problem.
Alexander Khvtisiashvili has met with the Chairman of the Korea-Georgia Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group, Lee Won-wook
Within the framework of his visit to the Republic of Korea, the Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Khvtisiashvili met with the Chairman of the Korea-Georgia Parliamentary Friendship Group at the National Assembly of Korea, Lee Won-wook.
The sides welcomed the establishment of friendship groups at the parliaments of the two countries, which play an important role in strengthening and further developing ties between Georgia and Korea. The meeting focused on the opportunities to increase inter-parliamentary cooperation. High appraisal was given to the bilateral meeting between the chairman of the Parliament of Georgia and the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea within the 5th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in Vienna, from 7 to 9 September 2021.
The sides expressed their commitment for active cooperation in 2022, to mark the 30th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Korea.
Korea National Park Service and Agency of Protected Areas of Georgia, in collaboration with the Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Korea will host a photo exhibition from June 7 to June 21, at KNPS Gallery head office in Wonju city. The exhibition will display around hundred landscapes from national parks of Georgia and Korea.
According to the statement of the Georgian Foreign Ministry, this event will provide an opportunity for the people from each country to learn about beautiful nature scenery and also introduce national park’s value to become carbon-neutral society.
Georgia is a country about 2/3 of Korea‘s land area located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia in South Caucasus, Eastern Europe, characterized with excellent natural scenery and high mountains which has more than 10 peaks over 4.000 meters.
Korea’s National Parks photo exhibition will be opened simultaneously in Georgia at Algeti National Park’s visitors’ center.
KNPS will exhibit National Park Photography contest award winning photos, which will introduce four seasons of Korea.
Georgian side will exhibit eight representative national parks scenery, including Kazbegi national park, well known from the Greek mythology and a popular destination among Korean tourists. The exhibition opening ceremony will take place on June 7 with participation of the Chairman of KNPS, Mr. Hyung-kun Song, Deputy Minister of the Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. Ms. Nino Tandilashvili, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Alexander Khvtisiashvili and Ambassador of Georgia, Mr. Otar Berdzenishvili. Georgian wine tasting will be held after as a part of the ceremony. The event is being organized through continuous exchange and cooperation between Embassy of Georgia and KNPS. Future cooperation issues between two countries respective agencies also include signing of MOU, experience and knowledge sharing. Through aforementioned cooperation, KNPS follows Korean government’s policy and deepens cooperation with Georgia which is selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kora as a New Northern Policy country.
On August 28, 2020, a telephone conversation was held between the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in.
After warmly greeting each other, the leaders of two friendly countries expressed satisfaction for the opportunity to exchange views on priority issues of interstate cooperation.
In the framework of constructive conversation, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed sincere gratitude to the Leader of the Republic of Korea for the attention paid to strengthening of the Turkmen-Korean dialogue. Also words of gratitude were expressed for overall support of the neutral foreign policy pursued by Turkmenistan, including the important initiatives of the country aimed at strengthening peace, overall security and international cooperation for sustainable development.
Noting the actively developing partnership in recent years, Turkmen Leader emphasized significance of joint projects in the fields of energy, transport, ecology, healthcare and cultural-humanitarian cooperation. The sides also highly appreciated productive work of the Central Asia - Republic of Korea Cooperation Forum.
In addition, underlining the important role of the bilateral Intergovernmental Committees and Business Councils, the Presidents expressed confidence in that the successive session of Turkmen-Korean Business Council held recently will contribute to further deepening of interstate trade-economic and investment cooperation.
Moreover, the parties underlined the importance of traditional cultural-humanitarian ties. The significance of cooperation in the field of medicine and healthcare was stressed taking into consideration the present extremely serious challenge in front of the whole humankind.
In the end of the conversation, the Presidents Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Moon Jae-in expressed confidence in that interstate dialogue will further successfully strengthen for the benefit of both countries and peoples.
D. Zalkaliani expresses his gratitude towards the Republic of Korea for the support provided within the framework of the fight against the pandemicWednesday, 29 April 2020 17:12
The Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani, expresses his gratitude towards the Republic of Korea for the timely support provided in terms of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to his statement, the Republic of Korea became an exemplary case in the fight against the pandemic from the very early stages of the outbreak of the virus.
With joint efforts of Georgian Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, The Georgian Foreign Ministry and the Georgian Embassy to the Republic of Korea active cooperation takes place with our Korean Counterparts. Thus, with the support of the Korean Government, towards the end of April a Korean company, SD Biosensor, Inc. will begin to export rapid-detection tests for the COVID-19 virus to Georgia.
On December 28, about 50 prominent South Korean religious leaders issued a joint statement declaring the Presbyterian pastor Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon as a “public enemy” with sacrilege and criminal activities, as concern and controversy are coming from his hate speeches and anti-government activities.
The event was hosted by the Christian Federation of Anti-Corruption and Sponsored by Pan-Religion Association. In the statement the religious leaders “denounce Rev. Jun for the sins committing social conflict and division” due to his remarks including “God, if you mess around, I’ll kill you.”, “Islam and homosexuality are diseases,” and “Women say Satan’s words.”
“Tell a young female believer take off her panties and say, ‘I want to sleep with you.’ If she accepts, she is a believer. If she refuses, she is a shit,” said Rev. Jun in a training program for pastors to explain a way to distinguish a “true” follower of church.
Criticism against Rev. Jun from the religious world was triggered when he said, “Those who believe Buddhism should go to prison or uninhabited island.” In his inaugural speech as President of the CCK in February, he stated that his major task is to “block homosexuality, Islam and Anti-discrimination law.”
Back in October 2019, calling the South Korean President Moon Jae-In “a son of bixxh”, Rev. Jun has led an anti-government demonstration and insisted that President Moon is a spy and there are 500,000 followers of North Korea to “drive the country to ruin” by taking it away from the United States. After the event, he added, “Hallelujah. The most pleasant time has come. Time to collect offerings.”
Massimo Introvigne, an Italian sociologist and the director of Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) as the largest international organization studying new religious movements, noted that “the activities of the CCK and Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon are causing international concern. In addition to their radical political activities, the CCK and Rev. Jun are spreading religious intolerance in Korea and abroad through hate speech and discrimination against groups they label as ‘heretic.’”
“The growing concern of the CCK and Rev. Jun is coming from the question the Constitution of South Korea that mandates the separation of religion and state. Over the political activism the Western media pointed out, Rev. Jun’s anti-social, anti-religious, and anti-national remarks and behaviors are something to be called a “public enemy,” said Ven. Hyewon, South Korean Representative of World Buddhist Summit.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Moon Jae-in examined the polymer plant in Kiyanly. The director of the plant told the heads of states about the organization of work at this large industrial facility.
This state-of-the-art gas chemical complex was built at the request of the Turkmengaz State Concern by LG International Corporation and Hyundai Engineering (Republic of Korea) with the participation of TOYO Engineering Corporation (Japan).
Hyundai Engineering used the latest software to model the construction of the polymer plant in Kiyanly and monitor all the works.
As is known, the polymer plant in Kiyanly received the certificates of international organizations: “Innovative Technologies” of the Julius Kühn Institute (Germany), “Sustainability and Efficiency” of the Paul Scherrer Research Institute (Switzerland), as well as the certificate of the Environmental Health Trust (USA).
The President of the Republic of Korea highly evaluated the technological capacities of the enterprise. Thanking for the opportunity to get acquainted with the work of the gas chemical giant, Moon Jae-in focused on the great prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation in the oil and gas sector.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Energy, transport and water diplomacy are outlined as an important vector of Turkmen – Korean cooperationThursday, 18 April 2019 12:55
Following its foreign course, Turkmenistan focuses on three main directions – energy, transport and water diplomacy, the President of Turkmenistan said at the talks with the Head of the Republic of Korea. The selection of these priorities is not occasional, all of these are important component of global strategies and concepts, which have been adopted by the UN and aimed at sustainable development.
It was mentioned that targeted work for creation of fundamentally new international legal mechanism, which is to provide balance in the relations between producers, transporters and consumers of energy, is carried out under the U by the proposal of Turkmenistan.
Our country consider transport sphere as an important directions of joint efforts of the members of the world community. The first global UN Forum on sustainable transport, which outlined the main directions of development of international relations in this sector, was held by the initiative of Turkmen side in Ashgabat in November 2016. Based on the decisions taken during the forum, Turkmenistan makes and develops new transit corridors together with different states. In this regards, the gratitude for support of this activity has been expressed to the Head of the Republic of Korea.
Turkmenistan pays great attention to the environment protection emphasizing the subjects of protection and rational use of water resources in global and regional scale. Speaking of the position of our country in water range of issues in Central Asia, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that solution of relative problems has to be implemented on the base of international law taking into account the interests of all Central Asian countries under wide support of international organizations. This is the meaning of modern water diplomacy, about which Turkmenistan said at the World Water Forum in Tegu, South Korea in April 2015 for the first time.
It was mentioned that energy, transport, water resources and ecology ae the subjects, which can be efficiently elaborated by the sides under the Forum on cooperation of Central Asian countries and the Republic of Korea. This forum, which was made by the initiative of Korean side more than 10 years ago, is an actual platform for the implementation of the projects of multilateral partnership in the region. Our country highly appreciates the contribution of the Republic of Korea to the development of regional cooperation in Central Asia, Turkmen leader highlighted.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan