Turkmenistan initiates strategy of joint efforts to overcome global crisis

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 15:13

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participated in Online Summit-level meeting of Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group in Response to COVID-19.

Consistently implementing the foreign policy course, based on the principles of positive neutrality, peacefulness and good neighborliness, Turkmenistan calls for the development of wide fruitful cooperation that meets the goals of well-being in the regional and global dimensions.

In order to implement its creative potential for the common good, our country also actively interacts with authoritative international organizations and structures, making a significant contribution to strengthening the constructive partnership in developing balanced solutions to address important tasks of our time.

Speaking at the Online Summit-level meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement for convening the meeting.

The President of Turkmenistan expressed belief that the Non-Aligned Movement, which includes 120 states united by the common responsibility for the fate of the planet, cannot stay out its decision. Therefore, the Online Summit-level meeting of Non-Aligned Movement provides an opportunity to exchange views and assessments of a difficult situation, and outline ways to overcome it.

In this context, the President of Turkmenistan focused on some aspects of this problem.

First, it is clear that effective pandemic response demands a coordinated global response.

In this regard, the President of Turkmenistan proposed to develop and adopt a programme document within the framework of the Non-Aligned Movement that includes the basic principles of solidarity of member states in the fight against epidemics, as well as a complex of measures aimed at preventing and eliminating them.

Touching upon the second aspect, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stated that the mutual assistance of states - organizational, moral, financial, material played a crucial role. In the provision of such assistance, any forms of its politicization, discrimination, and setting any counter conditions are unacceptable.

Thirdly, close interaction between professionals is of great importance in the fight against a pandemic and its consequences. It is necessary to fully use the mechanisms of scientific diplomacy. It includes a constant exchange of experience, knowledge and information on the methods of treatment and prevention of a disease, medical preparations and equipment, personal protective equipment. In this context, the President of Turkmenistan spoke about the advisability of creating a Council of medical scientists of non-aligned states.

Touching upon the fourth aspect, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that joint multilateral work should be carried out with the coordinating role of the United Nations and in close cooperation with the World Health Organization, which has accumulated unique experience in combating viral diseases.

Expressing Turkmenistan’s support to WHO work and sincerely thanking its leadership and staff for their dedicated and professional work, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized that our country would continue active cooperation with this important international structure and expressed the willingness to render all possible assistance to it.

According to the President of Turkmenistan, it is crucial to establish effective channels of partnership between the Non-Aligned Movement and WHO, primarily through the medical communities of our countries. Speaking about this, the Turkmen leader suggested the Governments of the member states of the Non-Aligned Movement to develop the forms of such joint activities.

The President of Turkmenistan also emphasized the importance of efficient cooperation with the United Nations and its specialized structures.

Addressing the participants of the Online Summit-level meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that, along with the urgent measures and tasks, it was important to think about the future.

It is obvious that the agenda of the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly will be substantially adjusted for the pandemic and will be mostly oriented towards the post-crisis period, during which the entire world community will have to work on restoring economy, social sphere and resolving humanitarian issues.

Therefore, today, it is necessary to create platforms for bringing the global economy onto the path of sustainable growth and the key areas should be energy, industry, transport, and trade.

“The global energy market has never encountered such difficulties as the current ones. Under these conditions, the establishment of energy supplies to world markets on fair and transparent principles, equality, recognition and consideration of the interests of states is of particular importance”, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The most important aspect of achieving this goal is the diversification of energy flows.

The President of Turkmenistan emphasized the significance to rapidly and fully restore transport links between countries and regions, transit corridors, as well as the search for new routes. This work will lead to the creation of a new infrastructure and, as a result, to the solution of many social problems, creation of new jobs.

According to the President of Turkmenistan, our states are called upon to play an important role in this area, contributing to the positive development of geo-economic processes in the world.

“We also have to join efforts to address large-scale humanitarian issues caused by the consequences of the pandemic”, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized. Assistance to migrants, refugees, vulnerable populations, especially in developing countries, should remain a priority on the agenda of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Specifying safeguarding of everlasting peace and security as the main, decisive condition for achieving all the goals set and overcoming the current crisis, the Turkmen leader stated that it was impossible to talk about the successful fight against the pandemic, overcoming its consequences against the background of wars and conflicts. “Therefore, we, the states of the Non-Aligned Movement, must resolutely declare our firm commitment to the peaceful resolution of all international disputes and contradictions”, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized.

As is well known, UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution initiated by Turkmenistan, declaring the year 2021 as “The International Year of Peace and Trust” in September last year. In this regard, the Turkmen leader addressed the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement with an appeal to actively contribute to the achievement of the goals set out in the Resolution, to contribute to the peaceful, constructive development of processes on the planet.

In conclusion, the President of Turkmenistan expressed support for the proposed draft Declaration, wishing all the participants of the meeting good health and success, and peace and prosperity to the peoples of the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.

The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement expressed gratitude to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the initiatives put forward to coordinate global efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic and ensure constructiveness in developing cooperation.

 

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

 

 

 

 

PRESIDENT OF TURKMENISTAN PARTICIPATED TO THE SUMMIT OF TURKIC COUNCIL THROUGH VIDEOCONFERENCING

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Saturday, 11 April 2020 12:52

Today, on the 10th of April 2020, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in the extraordinary Summit of the Turkic Council upon the invitation of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev who is chairing the Cooperation Council of the Turkic-speaking States.  

The Summit which was held through videoconferencing united the Heads of States of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.  The Prime Minister of Hungary, Secretary-General of the Turkic Council and the Director General of WHO also participated to the event.   

The participants of the Summit discussed the measures implemented at the national and worldwide levels on countering the coronavirus pandemic, including the development of multilateral cooperation in the area of healthcare and addressing the common challenges.  They also considered the ways of overcoming the negative effects of the given situation on the world economy.   

The President of Turkmenistan noted the necessity of working out the coordinated actions to successfully resist the given threat, as well as expressed confidence in that at current time the Turkic-speaking nations must demonstrate their best merits – humanism, mutual support and solidarity. He also underlined that being a responsible member of the international community, Turkmenistan is in active contact with the United Nations and its specialized agencies, primarily the World Health Organization.       

Assuring that the work in this regard will further continue, the Head of State has underlined that in the result of timely implemented measures, the sanitary-hygienic situation in Turkmenistan is stable and is under control. 

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov: Our region is an energy, transport and transit centre of international significance

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Monday, 02 December 2019 12:10

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov who is currently on a working visit to Tashkent took part in the second consultative meeting of the Heads of Central Asian states.

In the afternoon, the Head of the State went to the Kuksaroy Palace, which was a place of the Summit. President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev have also come to Tashkent for participation in the Consultative meeting of the Heads of Central Asian states.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was greeted by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the hall of the Kuksaroy Palace. The leaders of two countries exchanged friendly handshakes.

After traditional ceremony of photographing against the official banner of the Summit and the State Flags of the member countries, five-sided high-level meeting in narrow format took place in the small hall of the Kuksaroy Palace.

Opening the meeting, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that current Summit reflects the intent of the nations of Central Asia to intensify partnership, to strengthen friendship and goodwill, to joitn solution of common problems, having expressed confidence that its outcomes would serve to promotion of multilateral constructive cooperation in the region.

After, the participants of the Consultative meeting have discussed the subjects of the agenda related to expansion of regional cooperation in political, trade and economic, investment, transport and communication, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres as well as exchanged the opinions of actual aspects of international problems and provision of security in the region.

Having expressed gratitude to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev for excellent conditions for joint work, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the agenda of the Consultative meeting includes number of subject, each of which is very important for the states of the region and requires taking of actual measures.

The Head of Turkmenistan expressed confidence that in this format, the sides would be able to discuss all planned subjects in constructive way and to reach understanding and to come to greed decisions.

Turkmen leader stated that in the last few years our countries made many things in the context of strengthening of cooperation in key directions of social and economic development of Central Asia, provision of stability and security in the region, establishment of partnership with other states, organizations and associations.

Five-sided consultations on the level of foreign ministries became regular. It allows coordinating the activity in the world arena and under international organizations more effectively and understanding each other’s interests and goals better. Turkmenistan welcomes such practice and considers that it has to be continued, the spectrum and subjects of such meetings have to be expanded.

It has special importance in the context of consolidation of efforts of our states for provision of stability and security in the region, creation of conditions of its rapid economic integration to the world processes, implementation of major projects with participation of foreign investors, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

Central Asia is an intersection place of Eurasian transport routes and energy flows, the world reservoir of hydrocarbon materials. Therefore, establishment of regional infrastructure of transport, logistics, energy and communication is an important subject of cooperation.

It is a strategic goal to turn the region into an integrated part and shortest and beneficial part of transport, logistic and energy routes along the East – West and Asia - Europe directions.

It is obvious that active expansion of foreign relations is an important factor in this case. They are already available. Formats like Central Asia + European Union, Central Asia + USA, Central Asia + Russia are already working. Stable dialog of our states with Japan and the Republic of Korea has been established. There is an interest in such format of cooperation with our region from other countries, the Head of the State noted.

All of these indicates the understanding of importance of Central Asia, growing interest in cooperation in different directions by foreign partners. We, being responsible states, do implement such cooperation for the interests of our nations and continental and global stability and development, the President said.

In this regard, current meeting allows specifying directions of cooperation with international structures and certain states, giving relative directions to foreign departments of the member states.

Regulation of the situation in Afghanistan is an integral factor of stable conflict free development of the region. We are all interested in soonest completion of confrontation, reaching of reconciliation and agreement in this country. it is obvious that it can be reached only by peaceful political methods, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

Being close neighbours of Afghanistan, we make big input to this process, provide significant economic and humanitarian aid to Afghan nation, which is highly appreciated by the government of this country. continuation of our efforts in this direction, cooperation with international organizations, especially with the UN, are important factors of regulation of the situation and social and economic rehabilitation of Afghanistan, the Head of the State said.

Counteraction of ecological risks through the implementation of standards of ‘green’ economy, compliance with ecological requirements in production activity are priroty vectors in five-side partnership. Turkmen leader noted that efficient coordination of joint efforts would help to preserve unique nature of Central Asia and provide high standards of life quality of the population.

Saving of Aral Sea is a separate problem in this context, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov continued. Coordinated decisions on this problem will give necessary impulses to International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea, establishment of productive cooperation between the IFAS and the United Nations Organization and other international structures.

Water resources are common heritage of Central Asian nations. The access to water resources is fundamental right of human. Weighted, responsible and far-seeing approaches, commitment to the principles of justice and interests of each other are the guarantee of our successful cooperation in water management, fulfilment of national and regional plans of sustainable development, provision of food abundance, the Head of the State highlighted.

Humanitarian cooperation, restoration and popularization of rich historical heritage of Central Asian nations, making of conditions for wide cultural exchange in the region were outlined among the main objectives. The government support of cultural, scientific, educational dialog is an important factor of intellectual development of the region and one of conditions of revealing of human potential.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that current Consultative meeting, which is held in the atmosphere of transparency, understanding and trust, reflects common intent to improve friendship, goodwill and cooperation of five fraternal countries and nations.

We have enormous human, economic and resource potential, political will and resolution to work together for achievement of common goal – turning of our region into peaceful and prosperous territory, reliable partner of international community, place of cooperation and understanding, Turkmen leader highlighted, having wished fruitful work to all delegations.

After, the Consultative meeting of the heads of Central Asian states was continued in extended format in the Big Conference Hall of the Kuksaroy Palace

The floor was given to the participants of the Summit.

Having expressed gratitude to his Uzbek colleagues for hospitality and conditions for fruitful joint work, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that current meeting marks another important stage in cooperation between Central Asian states, which is to provide necessary conditions for its stable development, establishment of effective mechanisms of cooperation between our countries, formation of models of integration of the region into the world processes as deserved and equal partner.

These objectives are vitally important for all of us and in this case, the format of High-level Consultative meetings is not just justified but also required and urgent, Turkmen leader highlighted.

Speaking of this, the Head of the State expressed confidence that constructivism, aim to joint work, understanding of similarity and sharing of fortunes of fraternal nations and states and resolution to achieve necessary results together are determining factors in the relations between Central Asian countries.

Setting high targets, we understand that firm and long peace, security and stability in the region are the main terms of their achievement, the President continued. It is worth saying that many things have been done for this recently.

Mechanisms of political consultations on the level of foreign ministries of five states of regular bases started working. Specific issues of regional agenda, especially those related to security, are discussed at these meetings. Turkmen leader noted that this format of consultations can be improved by closer and more coordinated activities for Central Asian countries in the UN and OSCE.

It is necessary to establish systematic mechanisms of five-side consultation with clear priorities in these structures in order our delegations have clear targets, agreed positions on the subjects that have regional importance and defend these positions relying on support of each other and attracting supporters from other states, the Head of Turkmenistan emphasized.

Our countries have to act together in such serious subject as regional security demonstrating accountability and resolution to provide peace and stability at home, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

In this context, joint activity for support of reconciliation processes in Afghanistan receives special importance, the President stated, having confirmed the position of Turkmenistan, which has been repeatedly announced previously.

As a neutral state and close neighbour, our country is willing to provide all necessary conditions for organization of direct contacts between all parties, which are interested in peaceful and political regulation of the situation in Afghanistan, Turkmen leader noted, having expressed confidence there is no an alternative to negotiation process.

Realization of major infrastructural projects with participation of Afghanistan especially in such vital spheres as energy, transport and communication are the main terms of political stabilization, economic and social rehabilitation of Afghanistan and its successful integration to regional and world economic processes.

Steadily working in this direction, Turkmenistan initiated number of big regional projects, part of which has been successfully accomplished. We plan to continue working on realization of important projects with participation of Afghanistan, other neighbouring countries and would welcome other central Asian countries to joint this process, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

The Head of the state said that interest in central Asia form foreign economic and political centres grows every year, which is natural. Our region moves rapidly to the category of one of the energy, transport and transit centres of the world significance, presence of colossal natural resources, benefits of geographic location are objective factors, which are attractive for serious investments and implementation of major projects.

At the same time, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that economic attractiveness of Central Asia for big foreign companies, investment funds and separate states would grow with the time.

Our goal is to make everything possible in order the region to meet modern requirements of healthy economic competitions, to become an integral part of the world economic processes as equal and efficient partner.

For this purpose, Central Asian countries have to take an initiative role in establishment of modern energy, transport and transit infrastructure in the region, the Head of Turkmenistan continued, having also noted attraction of big foreign investors is required for achievement of this target.

It is important for the states of the region to build long-term strategy of cooperation with foreign partners based on commonality of interests and perspectives. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that it is good that 5 + cooperation has been significantly activated in the last few years.

There are formats of cooperation between five Central Asia states and European Union, United States of America, Russia, Japan, the Republic of Korea. There is an interest to such format from other leading countries of the world. The agenda of such meetings is quite extensive and varied, however, economics, energy, transport and logistics occupy the main place at such meetings.

In this context, importance of activation of the dialog with partners in mentioned direction, to carry it out purposefully, to prove benefits and perspectives of long-term investments to infrastructure of the region, to use the levers of specialized international structures more effectively has been highlighted.

Industry, transport and energy were the main subjects of the First Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan last august. The decisive role of Caspian region and neighbouring zones, first of all Central Asia, in formation of strategic belt of transport, transit and energy partnership in the East – West, Asia – Europe directions has been noted.

Speaking of this, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that the states of the region, which have no direct exit the world ocean, have to use capabilities of port infrastructure of Eastern Caspian region for export of their products to the markets of Europe, Russia, Caucasus, Middle and Far East. Turkmenistan is willing to provide its port facilities on beneficial terms.

In this regard, the Head of Turkmenistan stated that capabilities of regional transport communication are not used in full volume. However, there are evidences of joint implementation of number of projects in this sphere.

It is too early to speak about systematic work for turning of Central Asia into modern combined and efficient transportation hub. It is necessary to concentrate on these projects, to consolidate our efforts in development of transport and transit corridors and logistics, the President highlighted.

The Head of Turkmenistan noted that partnership in the sphere of innovative development and high technologies is a topical subject of cooperation today.

In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that there is a potential of innovative growth, excellent scientific schools, advanced technological developments in all countries of Central Asia without exclusion. It is necessary to consolidate efforts in this direction, to give expressive innovative character to the economies of our countries.

The Head of the State proposed to think of establishment of five-side Business Council for giving of systematic character to regional cooperation in trade, economic, energy, transport, logistic and innovative spheres.

Such structure could have assumed the functions of the centre for formation of unified strategy of the states of the region for priority directions of economic partnership, to make relative recommendation to the government, to develop specific proposals on investment agenda of cooperation with foreign business circles.

Provision of stable development of Central Asia, improvement of life quality of the population of our countries are directly connected with solution of ecological objectives in the region where saving of Aral Sea is one of the main, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underscored. Joint efforts in this sphere have been discussed in details and certain agreements have been reached at the Summit of the Heads of the state founders of International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea in Turkmenbashy in August last year.

Thus, important steps on the way of improvement of activity of the Fund and improvement of its efficiency have been made. It is necessary to move in this direction, to involve potential of the world community, first of all the UN and its specialized agencies more actively.

In this context, the Head of Turkmenistan spoke for continuation of the initiative about development of the UN Special Programme for Aral Sea basin and allocation of Aral Sea problem in separate direction of activity of the United Nations.

Saving of Aral Sea is not a subject of practical character. This is our duty for history and memory. Central Asian civilization, our identity have been formed up on the coast of Aral Sea, Turkmen leader noted, having expressed confidence in the necessity to make everything possible in order to bring future to Aral Sea.

In his speech, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov touched upon such topical subject for the countries of the region as protection and use of water resources. The Head of Turkmenistan highlighted the importance of consolidation of efforts on common platform, principles of provision of equal and fair access to water resources as responsibility of every state.

Secondary, local interests and benefits have to be replaced by the understanding of regional goals and priorities and development of single strategy of activities in long-term perspective, Turkmen leader said.

The position of Turkmenistan is well known. We consider that review and solution of water problems have to be based on recognized standards of international law, mutual respect and consideration of interests of all countries of the region with participation of specialized international organizations, the President highlighted.

Solving important political, economic, technological, ecological objectives, which are to provide deserved place for Central Asia in XXI century, we relies on common civilization foundation, unique type of relations between our nations, which was formed up throughout the centuries.

It includes commonality and proximity of culture, traditions, values and moral senses. Encouraging wide humanitarian contacts, developing cultural relations, we provide succession of traditions of goodwill, understanding and sympathy to each other for our nations, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

Cultural intelligentsia of the countries of the region is to play the main role in this process. It could have make an initiative of creation of prepositions for launch of regional cultural dialog on systematic and regular base, Turkmen leader said, having offered to name it as Forum of Cultural Dialog of Central Asia.

The objective of this Forum is in establishment of integrated comprehensive cooperation of cultural societies of our countries, popularization of rich spiritual and historical heritage of the nations of Central Asia, modern achievements in literature, art, cinematography, encouragement of wide youth contacts, the President noted.

Turkmenistan is committed to development and improvement of fraternal relations with all countries of Central Asia. We clearly see the potential and perspectives of our cooperation in political and security sphere, economy and trade, ecology, science, culture and education.

We are united by common goals, steadily move toward their implementation, Turkmen leader highlighted, having expressed confidence that current meeting would open new opportunities for this.

After, the floor was taken by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev who, having expressed gratitude President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for informative speech, noted the importance of initiatives proposed by the Head of Turkmenistan, which meet actual goals of regional cooperation and aimed at further active development for common interest.

Joint Statement has been made by the outcomes of the Consultative meeting of the Heads of Central Asian states.

On the same day, the heads of the states took part in joint ceremony of planting of trees in the park of honoured guests of the Kuksaroy State Residence, which has become an original symbol of friendship and goodwill relations connecting the nations of five countries.

In the afternoon, the heads of the states went to the Memorial Complex of the first President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov. In the solemn atmosphere, the President of Central Asian states laid flowers to the monument of prominent politician paying tribute to the memory of outstanding government official of Uzbekistan.

Upon the completion of the programme of working visit, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov went to Islam Karimov Internatioanl Airport, from where left for the Motherland.

Onboard, the Head of the State discussed aspects of solution of objectives for intensification of Turkmen – Uzbek cooperation with some Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Advisor of the President of Turkmenistan on Oil and Gas Affairs, which were discussed at the meeting of Turkmen leader with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Special attention has been paid to the agreements reached at the Consultative meeting of the heads of Central Asian states and initiatives of our country proposed at the Summit. Importance of this meeting for further development of economies of the countries of the region and establishment of discussion platform in such format where the leaders would be able to discuss subjects presenting mutual interest and propose common agenda has been highlighted.

Foreign policy of Turkmenistan, which is based on peace-loving and principles of positive neutrality, sets strengthening and expansion of beneficial cooperation as the main objective, the Head of the State noted.

Having focused on the aspects of activity of the Foreign Ministry of the country, the President pointed out the necessity to elaborate on current direction of cooperation with Central Asian states taking into account geopolitical and economic capabilities o the region for creation of prepositions of its full-scale integration to the world market.

The President stated with delight dynamic development of cooperation of Turkmenistan with neighbouring Uzbekistan including in agricultural sphere. Our country shows interest in procurement of agricultural equipment made in the Republic of Uzbeksitan.

Having noted positive practice of such cooperation, the Head of the State ordered to review the opportunity of its expansion and procurement of new models of high productive equipment, which meets climate conditions of our country.

Continuing conversation about perspectives of Turkmen – Uzbek cooperation in trade and economic, scientific, technical and cultural spheres, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave order to define the most required directions of partnership in science and education.

It is necessary to develop direct relations with scientific and research institutes of the Academy of Sciences and other educational facilities of Uzbekistan, the Head of the State noted.

The President has also highlighted the necessity to intensify cooperation in fuel and energy sphere with the countries of Central Asian region. It is important in the relation with gas line from Turkmenistan to China, part of which run across Uzbekistan.

It was highlighted that realization of joint projects in fuel and energy complex and in transport and transit section provides the development of relations between two countries and makes platform for their full involvement to the world economic system.

Having noted new perspective of cooperation in Central Asia, the Head of the State highlighted that subjects reviewed at the Consultative Meeting are current for every country participating in the Summit, which is set out in Joint Statement made by its outcomes.

Summing up what was said at the meeting onboard the aircraft, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov outlined specific objectives of the Government and wished success in their solution.

Upon arrival to Ashgabat International Airport, the Head of the State was met by officials.

 

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

A briefing at the MFA on the outcome of the XVIII Summit of the Heads of States and Governments of the Non-Aligned Movement

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 10:03

On October 28, 2019, a briefing was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan on the foreign policy course of our country.

The briefing was attended by the heads of diplomatic missions and representative offices of international organizations working in Turkmenistan, representatives of local and foreign media accredited in the country.

Besides the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan Ms. E.Panova and Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia Ms. N.German gave speeches at the briefing.

During the briefing, the head of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan R.Meredov made a special emphasis on the working visit of the President of Turkmenistan on October 25, 2019 to the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan to attend the XVIII Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.

It was attended by the Heads of States and Governments of the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement, observer states and heads of international organizations. In addition, a number of states were represented at this Summit as guests of honor. The Baku Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement made it possible to constructively consider the role and place of the Non-Aligned Movement in the modern world, to discuss issues related to the implementation of its goals and objectives, taking into account current realities and prospects for the long-term development of international cooperation as a whole. Therefore, it was not accidental that the slogan “Ensuring a joint and adequate response to the challenges of the modern world, guided by the Bandung principles” was chosen as the motto of the forum.

In this context, the Minister noted that these fundamental principles, which include respect for fundamental human rights, the goals and principles of the UN Charter, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, the promotion of mutual interests and cooperation, respect for justice and international obligations, the settlement of all international disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the UN Charter and a number of other areas, formed the basis of the foreign policy of neutral Turkmenistan in the early years of our independence.

It was emphasized that President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov attended the 18th Baku Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. The head of state made a keynote speech at this Forum, which assessed the current state of affairs in the world and announced very serious initiatives aimed at resolving a number of pressing issues on the global agenda today.

During the current high-level meeting, the Turkmen leader voiced initiatives on key aspects of global sustainable development, such as peaceful coexistence of states, countering terrorism, resolving refugee problems, achieving food security, and environmental well-being.

As the President of Turkmenistan emphasized in his speech “We are convinced that our states should act from a consolidated position in defense of the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, actively uphold justice and equality in international economic relations, and strongly oppose discrimination, unreasonable, often artificial barriers in the world trade, for the recognition of the economic sovereignty of peoples and states.”

The minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan also informed the briefing that on October 21-23, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov carried out a working visit to Japan. During the visit, the Turkmen-Japanese business forum and a number of bilateral summits were held. As a result of the meetings, a solid package of bilateral documents was signed between Turkmenistan and Japan.

R.Meredov also noted that on October 27, 2019, meetings were held between the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, who arrived in the capital of Turkmenistan on an official visit.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov participates in the XVIII Summit of the Non-Aligned

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Monday, 28 October 2019 10:01

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left on a working trip the Republic of Azerbaijan for participation in the XVIII Summit of the heads of states and governments of the member states of the Non-Alignment Movement in Baku.

At present time, the organization, which was founded in 1961, unites 120 states located in different region of the world on the principles of non-participation in military and political blocks and peaceful coexistence of countries and nations. 17 states as well as number of competent international organizations including the UN, ICO and other have an observer status under this big association.

The main goal of the Non-alignment Movement is to support peace, security and sustainable development on the planet. As is known, these are the criteria, which put in the base of the state policy of Turkmenistan, which is provided by its permanent neutral status and firm commitment to ideals of creation and humanism. In this regard, it is necessary to highlight that our country invariably takes an active position in development of balanced solutions of current issues and problems, formation of the most effective formats of partnership required by time.

Having made a flight to Baku, the aircraft of the President landed in Heydar Aliyev International Airport where Turkmen leader has been met by officials. According to good traditions, high-rank guest was welcomed with bread and salt.

From the airport, the President of Turkmenistan went to the Baku Congress Centre, which was a venue of the Summit. Azerbaijan hosts this forum as a country that takes chairing in the Non-Alignment Movement in 2019 – 2022.

Upon arrival to the Congress Centre, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was cordially welcomed by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Having exchanged friendly handshakes, the heads of two neighbouring countries took photos on the background of official banner of the Summit.

After traditional photographing ceremony of the heads of the delegation against official banner of the Forum, opening ceremony of the XVIII Summit of the Non-Alignment Movement took place in the Big Hall of the Baku Congress Centre. In general, heads of the states and government, high-rank representatives from around 160 countries and big international organizations including the UN, the Group of 77 and other organization took part in the high-level meeting.

The agenda of the Forum included wide spectrum of current subjects of regional and global issues including joint counteraction against modern challenges and threats, further measures for strengthening of positive political dialog, stimulation of fruitful cooperation in economic and humanitarian spheres.

The Summit was opened by Acting Chairman of the Non-alignment Movement – President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro.

The chairmanship in the Non-alignment Movement was handed over to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

After, Chairman of the Non-alignment Movement, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan addressed the participants with a speech.

Chairman of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has also made a speech for the participants.

Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo has read the message of the Un Secretary General to the participants of the Summit.

The floor was given to the participants of the Forum.

Speaking at the Summit, the President of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for organization of the meetings, hospitality and cordiality, atmosphere of cooperation and constructive dialog.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that serious changes have taken place, new tendencies have appeared in international politics, alternative geopolitical and geo-economic situations have emerged since previous high-level conference of the Non-alignment Movement in Venezuela.

Today, the country members of the Non-alignment Movement need consolidated and concentrated efforts aimed at the achievement of the main goal – protection and support of universal peace, strategic stability and security. This is what has to determine the intentions and actions of responsible countries on the level of global solutions as well as on local and regional directions.

- Turkmenistan is confident that despite all challenges and threats of recent time, together, we are able to find efficient tools for counteraction to these, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

Special role in this is given to the Non-alignment Movement. Principles and ideals of the Movement, which were put into its foundation several decades ago, are specially required today, Turkmen leader said. They objectively match the requirements of the most pople on the planet.

- Based on them, we, state members of the Non-alignment Movement, together with other members of international community have to give new strong impulse to strengthening of universal security, having filled our activity in this direction with specific political and legal content and world outlook meaning, - the Head of the State said.

- In our opinion, restoration and assertion of trust and predictability as a base for building of constructive and balanced solution on international arena, making of weighted decisions are the key conditions for this, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov continued.

- Understanding our responsibility for the situation in the world, Turkmenistan proposed an initiative on declaration of 2021 as International Year of Peace and Trust by the United Nations General Assembly, - Turkmen leader highlighted, having focused that the General Assembly with co-authorship of 73 UN member states has adopted the above-mentioned Resolution several weeks ago on September 12.

Taking opportunity, the Head of Turkmenistan expressed gratitude to the members of the Non-alignment Movement especially to the states, which co-authored the adopted Resolution, for support and solidarity in realization of this important initiative.

Continuing his speech, the President noted that combating of international terrorism is an important objective under provision of global security.

- Supporting the efforts of the world community for creation of effective international mechanisms of combating this threat, Turkmenistan stands for full realization of the UN Global Counter-terrorism Strategy, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted.

Having noted that this work has to be carried out all around both in the world as well as on regional and national levels, the Head of Turkmen state expressed confidence that this objective is very urgent for the countries of the Non-alignment Movement, number of which directly face real or potential terrorist threat.

As is known, neutral Turkmenistan makes significant input to the strengthening of international cooperation in this direction, having determined the combating against terrorism as an integral component of strategic partnership the UN and cooperation with other competent organizations.

Turkmen leader stated in his speech that refugees are another global problem concerning many member states of the Non-alignment Movement. Many of the refugees are nationals of the member countries of this organization.

- In an effort to seek for realistic solution of refugees’ problem and having initiated wide international cooperation in this sphere, Turkmenistan in close cooperation with the UN and Islamic Cooperation Organization held international conference dedicated to this issue in May 2012, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

- Only for the last few years, our country gave citizenship to more than 20,000 refugees on national level. At the Tehran Summit in 2012, Turkmenistan proposed to include the refugee problem as an independent direction of activity of the Non-alignment Movement, - the Head of the State highlighted, having given proposal to come back to detailed review of this matter in this context.

In this regard, it is worth to mention that humanitarian direction is defined as one of the key component of home and foreign policy of the country. Turkmenistan was one of the first states in the region to pay close attention to this problem, standing for further consolidation of common efforts in solution of refugees’ and stateless persons’ issues.

Addressing the members of the Summit, the President highlighted that global economy is an important sphere of activity of the Non-alignment Movement.

- We are confident that our states have to act from consolidated positions to protect legal rights and interests of developing countries, activity protect justice and equality in international economic relations, resolutely stand against discrimination, unreasonable, sometime artificial barriers in the world trade, for recognition of economic sovereignty of the nations and states, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted.

- In this case, the voice of the Non-alignment Movement has to sound firmly and strongly; we have to promote own global economic agenda responsibly, - the Head of Turkmenistan highlighted.

Regarding national economy, it received strong impulse in its development in the last years due to successful implementation of the Government strategy of Turkmen leader demonstrating stable and dynamic growth. Steadfast implementation of large-scale reformation programmes, fundamental reformation of branches of national economy provide stable progress and prosperity of our country.

Diversification and industrialization, transit to market relations, comprehensive support of private sector, active implementation of advanced information and digital technologies are priority directions of development of Turkmen economy. For example, relative Concept designated for fulfilment in 2019 – 2025 has been developed and is implemented at the request of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for digitization of the economy. All of these including major infrastructural project initiated by Turkmen leader open big opportunities for beneficial cooperation with all interested foreign partners.

Continuing his speech at the Forum, the Head of Turkmen state noted that in this context, active participation of non-aligned states in formation of global system of energy security based on fair and transparent principles, equal access to energy sources and means of its transportation, recognition and accounting of the interests of suppliers, buyers and transports of energy resources.

As is known, Turkmenistan has been taking serious measures for establishment of wide international partnership in the sphere of comprehensive energy secrutiy.

- During the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, our country plans to present Draft Resolution, which is aimed at reliable and stable transit of energy carriers and its role in sustainable development and international cooperation, - the President said.

In this regard, it is highlight that while making considerable input into creation of relative diversified infrastructure, Turkmenistan, having colossal reserves of hydrocarbon resources, initiates major projects including integrated modernization of national fuel and energy complex and formation of multidimensional pipeline system of export of energy carriers to the world markets.

Construction of transnational energy route, which transport Turkmen gas to China, as well as current project of construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas line, which is to support the intensification of effective cooperation between the countries in the region and to enhance their economic potential, are specific examples in this case. Opportunity to deliver Turkmen natural gas to European direction is under consideration.

At the same time, transport sphere is undoubtedly one of the basic segments of the world economy, which make direct influence on stability and balance of the world economic relations. Taking strategic geographic location and confidently strengthening its positions as important transit and transport hub and logistic centre of regional and continental significance, Turkmenistan made proposed number of initiatives in this direction, which currency and requirement have been confirmed in relative Resolution of the UN General Assembly.

Speaking at the Summit, the Head of Turkmenistan noted that solidary work of the states of the Non-alignment Movement in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals including its part about food safety may also be effective.

- We need solidarity, resolution and firmness of non-allied countries during review of the subjects of provision of access of the states and regions to food resources, guarantees of nutrition as an integral right of any individual, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

Strengthening of food security is one of priorities of the government policy of Turkmenistan. Great importance is paid to fundamental reformation of agricultural complex, modernization of food industry, realization of adopted government programmes for import substitutive production and increment of export volumes in solution of set objectives for satisfaction of the populations’ demand for quality food products in wide variety.

Integrated reforms in this direction brings results. Activity and achievements of our country in food abundance have been highly accessed on international level including by Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN. Having significant practice in this sphere, Turkmenistan is willing to share its practice with the world community being always open for fruitful cooperation with foreign partners.

Addresing the participants, Turkmen leader noted that our country also stands for more focused cooperation of member states of the Non-alignment Movement on the issues of the climate change.

- In this regard, consolidation of our efforts aimed at fulfilment of 2030 Global Agenda and Paris Treaty receives special importance, - President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted. 

Turkmen leader said that being in the capital of one of Caspian states, he cannot help saying about universal significance of protection of Caspian Sea, its ecology and unique biological diversity.

- At the first Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan this August, our country proposed an idea of establishment of new Caspian ecological programme as a complex of natural protection measures for provision of rational use of rich natural resources of Caspian Sea, the Head of Turkmenistan highlighted. – We are planning to initiate wide dialog on this subject and looking forward to comprehensive support of the Non-alignment Movement.

Addressing the participants of the Summit, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also informed that next year, Turkmenistan would celebrate one of important dates of in its modern history – the 25th anniversary of international recognition of neutral status of our country. however, there is also another remarkable event related to this date. This is 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan membership in the Non-alignment Movement.

- These dates are closely connected to each other and we would never forget and always highlighted with gratitude that it was at the Summit of the non-alignment Movement in Colombian Cartagena in October 1995 when the intent of Turkmenistan to be a neutral state received an unanimous support of non-allied countries, - the President noted. – We consider by right that this is a milestone event in promotion of the idea of neutrality of Turkmenistan and its further securing on the UN level.

- Year after that memorial event have shown that principles of our neutrality and its deep world outlook are consonant with goals and values of the Non-alignment Movement, meet expectations and intents of all nations and states who share ideals of peace-loving, equal rights, non-alignment, respect of every country, its sovereign right for own way of development, - the Head of Turkmenistan said.

Our country is the only state on the planet, which neutral and legal status based on peace-loving humanistic principles, which are inherent to Turkmen nation from ancient times, was recognized twice by the United Nations, which was set forth in the Resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly. Adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution on declaration of December 12 as International Neutrality Day is an evidence of recognition of huge contribution of Turkmenistan to strengthening of relations of peace, goodwill and harmony between the countries and peoples.

Finishing his speech, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that number of big international events dedicated to anniversary date of Turkmen neutrality would be held in Ashgabat on December 12, 2020. It includes International Conference for Peace, Security and Sustainable Development. Taking opportunity, Turkmen leader invited all heads of the states and delegations of non-aligned countries to take part in these events.

Speech of the Head of the State was listened with interested attention and met by applauses of the members of the Forum.

On the same day, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with the President Ilham Aliyev in the Baku Congress Centre.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

HWPL Intercontinental WARP Office Meeting

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Sunday, 18 November 2018 11:21

During the 2018 HWPL World Peace Summit: 4th Anniversary of the WARP Summit around 100 religious leaders from 37 countries who have been participating in the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Offices up to now met on September 19th and held the HWPL Intercontinental WARP Office Meeting. The first 2 Intercontinental WARP Office Meetings were held online, but in honor of the 4th annual commemorative summit major participants from the WARP Office meetings gathered in Korea in a single location and took time to compare their scriptures.

The 1st Intercontinental WARP Office was held under the theme of ‘What is the method to eliminate evil in the scripture?’ and the 2nd Intercontinental WARP Office focused on the ‘Beginning and Origin of All Things’, so representatives of different religions compared their scriptures in these areas. The 3rd Intercontinental WARP Office focused on the founder of religion, which is one of the core topics among religions and faith communities, and a passionate discussion ensued. Also, the live online broadcasting that was streamed in 4 languages attracted the attention of many people.
Around 100 guests from Korea and abroad participated in the meeting and a panel of representatives from Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism discussed the main topic as well as responded to questions from the audience members. The focal point of this discussion was regarding “God”; however, the discussion was not limited to the god of a particular religion but rather expanded to encompass the transcendental existence of any being that is in control over all creation. In relation to the subject of “God” a number of questions were explored, such as ‘Who is he?’, ‘What is the law, cause and origin of nature?’, ‘If God exists, what type of existence does he have and what is his purpose?’, and ‘Why is there no direct communication with God?’.
This discussion first started with an O, X question being given to the panelists regarding ‘Is there a record of the existence of God in your scriptures?”. In response, the representatives of Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism answered with O and the Buddhist representative answered with X. The panelists who answered O were then given time to share about the Creator and how all of creation was first created according to their respective religions. The Buddhist panelist who had answered with X explained that in Buddhist scriptures “the origins are not explained about in terms of a Creator, but rather about human life.”

Second, the question was asked regarding ‘Is the place where God is dwelling recorded in your scriptures?’, to which all panel representatives answered O aside from the Buddhist representative who answered X as with the first question. The Christian panelist explained that at the time of Moses God dwelt in the tabernacle and at the time of Solomon he resided in the temple. Also, the scriptures record that when Jesus came 2,000 years ago he himself was God’s temple and that we are also the temple. The Islam representative stated that, “It is said that there is a throne, but there is no telling where that throne is, but the angels are supporting it. Also, it is recorded in the scriptures that God is closer to you than your jugular vein.”

Third, time was given for audience members to ask questions to the panelists. It was stated that, “in Hinduism God is understood and personified as material things that we can see, and I think there is a problem in limiting God to human thought in such a way,” so the Hindu panelist was asked about his thoughts regarding this issue. The Hindu panelist answered, “God is named by each person individually.”
The final portion of the event consisted of a concert put on by the children’s choir where they sang “Heal the world, We are the world”, showing the heart that transcends religions, races and cultures. All participants promised that moving forward they would all participate in and further develop the WARP Offices in their own respective continents and countries.

These days there are many religions all around the world and disagreements and conflicts between such religions are continuing. Amid such circumstances, many religious leaders are regretful over this harsh reality and are thus putting in passionate effort into uniting and becoming one for the realization of world peace through active discussion. So far WARP Office meetings have been held online and offline in around 200 locations all over the world during the past 4 years. In the future as well, these WARP Office meetings will become the groundbreaking tool for citizens around the world to seek the truth and spread the true value of life, which is a culture of peace.

Together For Peace: the WARP Summit 2018

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Monday, 03 September 2018 18:05

Collaboration for Peace Development:
Building a Peace Community through the DPCW

In today’s era with the need for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula and international cooperation for world peace, a summit under the theme of “Collaboration for Peace Development” will be held in South Korea from the 17th to the 19th of September to discuss the role each sector of society plays in the achievement of peace.
Around 1,000 experts in various fields from around the world with a passionate heart for peace will be gathered in South Korea and participate in the 4th Annual Commemoration of the September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit hosted by HWPL.

During the 3 days of the 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit 12 formal meetings and 3 informal meetings, for a total of 15 conferences, along with a press conference will be held. The main agenda of these meetings will be the introduction of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to the United Nations (UN) as a binding resolution and the promotion of international cooperation among individuals from all levels and sectors of society for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula through the DPCW. In addition, plans will be discussed and established regarding how to draw support from current heads of state for the introduction of the DPCW as a UN resolution.

In order to achieve these objectives, political leaders, religious leaders, legal experts, education professionals, heads of international organizations, leaders of youth and women’s organizations and civil society actors from over 100 countries around the world will attend the meetings and discuss peace projects based on the DPCW as well as concrete methods to implement them.

HWPL’s Answer for the Realization of Peace: Law for Peace, Alliance of Religions, Peace Education

Political leaders, including former and current heads of state, ministers, national assembly speakers and Supreme Court justices, together with HWPL are currently making practical efforts towards the enactment of an international law for peace through the introduction of the DPCW to the UN. At this year’s international law session, high-ranking officials and the HWPL international law advisory committee will create concrete measures to advance the process of the realization of the implementation of an international law for peace. 

Last year the world’s top religious leaders held a meeting to discuss the elimination of pain and suffering caused by religious conflict and the creation of peace between religions. There will be 13 members in attendance for the Alliance of Religions for Peace Meeting and plans are made to come together and find a trustworthy scripture that will lead to the alliance of religions. In addition, around 200 religious leaders from both Korea and abroad will share their experiences of participating in the WARP Office meetings and the effectiveness of their current strategies and efforts, as well as make a pledge to unite their religions together under the truth.
HWPL’s peace education is already receiving more attention and support as one of the essential pillars of achieving peace. In light of this, leaders in the ministries of education and other education professionals from many countries around the world will gather at the Peace Education conference to share about the best practices and methods of implementing peace education into current curriculums. Also, they will make plans to take steps to further develop the establishment of HWPL peace education within schools based on the 12 HWPL textbooks that have recently been completed.

Spreading the News of Peace: Media, Youth, Women

There are some individuals who are always at the forefront in spreading the news of HWPL around the world so that more people can participate in the peace projects and other activities of HWPL. They are the world’s journalists. They are currently working to strengthen cooperation among all journalists of the world so that the news of peace can be spread even more effectively in terms of both superior quality and quantity. During the World Peace Press Network Conference, journalists from each country will cooperate and join the Peace Initiative in order to seek a solution for peace that will be able to overcome the conflicts and turmoil in their respective countries. 

Youth and Women’s organizations have become one with the International Youth Peace Group (IPYG) and the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) in order to advocate for the DPCW to become a legally binding international instrument through the Legislate Peace Campaign. During this year’s meeting the youth and women will share the results and successes of the peace activities held throughout the previous year as well as discuss ways to further develop and sustain these activities in a more effective manner.
As peace based on the principles of the DPCW is being witnessed in various cities around the world, more and more people are joining in the peace projects of HWPL. In particular, two countries in Africa, Swaziland and Seychelles, have made a national declaration of their support for the DPCW and now advocate for its introduction as a resolution at the UN. The number of countries supporting the DPCW is expected to expand significantly following the 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit.

The ultimate goal of HWPL and the WARP Summit is to establish sustainable peace in the world and leave it as a legacy for future generations. The 4th Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit is a meaningful time when people from all around the world, regardless of nationality, status and religion, can come together and form a peace network guided by the core principles of the DPCW in order to further develop action plans for peace and establish peace in their respective locations.

http://hwpl.kr/en/news/view/180825329

Young Peace Leaders Are Voicing Out the Need for Youth Empowerment in Peacebuilding

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 16:07

- Tunisian youth activists volunteered to spread a culture of peace in their community.

TUNIS, 7 October – A youth empowerment workshop titled “Peace in Children’s Eyes” was held by local youth group members along with an international youth NGO. Thirteen to Sixteen-year-old students were invited to join the discussion on how they can contribute to peacebuilding.

The local host, Peace Excellency Academy members were motivated to take this event in place after participating in the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) Youth Empowerment Workshop held in Seoul on the sideline of the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit.

50 youth group representatives, including members of Peace Excellency Academy, had a discussion on practical ways to implement this global youth empowerment workshop for peace in their respective regions. Participants were from 13 countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, France, Germany, and the United States.

Mr. Yassino Bdiri, one of the Tunisian participants and the organizer of the Peace in Children’s Eyes workshop said, “IPYG workshop gave us hope that peace is possible when I saw the motivation of IPYG members.” After hosting the local workshop, he added, “The children were sensitized to the importance of peace. This makes me more believe in peace. We are planning to do other workshops in many regions with youth. We must be one heart and one voice.”

The curriculum of IPYG Youth Empowerment Workshop consists of 10 different topics under the theme of ‘fundamental rights,’ ‘diversity,’ and ‘co-existence’; all of which help young leaders to reflect upon the qualities of sustainable peace leadership.

Ms. Kate Shin, the coordinator of the empowerment workshop in IPYG Northern Seoul branch said, “We witnessed how the youth’s voices have been changing the society we live in. When it comes to resolving conflicts, we believe it is achievable if youth can gather and spread a culture of peace in each region. So, we are glad to organize this event together with Tunisian youth. We will continue it upon the strong belief that youth can empower each other to be future peace leaders with a sense of ownership.”

IPYG Empowerment Workshops for Peacebuilding are going to be held as well in Poland, Lithuania and Morocco in upcoming months.

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Young Peace Leaders Are Voicing Out the Need for Youth Empowerment in Peacebuilding

Published in World
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 12:49

- Tunisian youth activists volunteered to spread a culture of peace in their community.

TUNIS, 7 October – A youth empowerment workshop titled “Peace in Children’s Eyes” was held by local youth group members along with an international youth NGO. Thirteen to Sixteen-year-old students were invited to join the discussion on how they can contribute to peacebuilding.

The local host, Peace Excellency Academy members were motivated to take this event in place after participating in the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) Youth Empowerment Workshop held in Seoul on the sideline of the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit.

50 youth group representatives, including members of Peace Excellency Academy, had a discussion on practical ways to implement this global youth empowerment workshop for peace in their respective regions. Participants were from 13 countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, France, Germany, and the United States.

Mr. Yassino Bdiri, one of the Tunisian participants and the organizer of the Peace in Children’s Eyes workshop said, “IPYG workshop gave us hope that peace is possible when I saw the motivation of IPYG members.” After hosting the local workshop, he added, “The children were sensitized to the importance of peace. This makes me more believe in peace. We are planning to do other workshops in many regions with youth. We must be one heart and one voice.”

The curriculum of IPYG Youth Empowerment Workshop consists of 10 different topics under the theme of ‘fundamental rights,’ ‘diversity,’ and ‘co-existence’; all of which help young leaders to reflect upon the qualities of sustainable peace leadership.

Ms. Kate Shin, the coordinator of the empowerment workshop in IPYG Northern Seoul branch said, “We witnessed how the youth’s voices have been changing the society we live in. When it comes to resolving conflicts, we believe it is achievable if youth can gather and spread a culture of peace in each region. So, we are glad to organize this event together with Tunisian youth. We will continue it upon the strong belief that youth can empower each other to be future peace leaders with a sense of ownership.”

IPYG Empowerment Workshops for Peacebuilding are going to be held as well in Poland, Lithuania and Morocco in upcoming months.

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“We Ourselves Should be the Reality of Peace Education.” WARP Summit Seeks Solution to the Global Peace in Education

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:38

“Peace Education Development Forum for Spreading a Culture of Peace” at the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea

With the idea that a world of peace without conflicts and wars should start from classrooms, experts in education from the world discussed development of peace education on the first day of the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit on September 17 by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) under the UN ECOSOC.

As a part of “establishing collaborative governance for development and implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) drafted by HWPL in 2016 to advocate international cooperation with participation of civil society in peacebuilding efforts, the forum with education specialists as participants diagnosed the current issues of education in countries and discussed introduction and application of peace education inspired by HWPL.

Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL emphasized comprehensive application of peace education by saying, “We need peace education specifically for today. We ourselves should be the reality of peace education. Without the spirit of peace in himself, how can he possibly educate peace to students? To do this, peace education must start from family, so that the family becomes peaceful with the spirit of peace.”

Regarding the purpose and importance of peace education, “What role does education have in the diffusion of the culture of peace?” We are contributing in the promotion of the culture of peace in the world. We would help the citizens of tomorrow be more tolerant of each other and that a dialogue or discussion is the way to accept their differences and solve their conflicts,” emphasized Hon. Maria Eugenia Barrios Robles de Mejía, Vice Minister of Ministry of Education in Guatemala.

Participants discussed ways to enhance communication and network for inventing methodology and curriculum of peace education for future generations and to raise awareness of the need for teachers’ understanding the value of peace with detailed educational contents. “When we as teachers take up the responsibility to speak to our students, and be the necessary role models concerning how we speak, relationships and the adherence to order within society, we will start seeing the results in our students.” said Nancy Roussopoulos, Former Principal of Camps Bay Preparatory School in Cape Town.

Prof. Juan Carlos Torres at Don Bosco University shared his teaching experience of peace education by saying “When I applied the focus of ‘conflict resolution’ value of HWPL, with children 5-9 years old (considered problem children for the college), the result was surprising. The change in attitude in their faces and joy was drawn on the paper like in this image. This education will change and form these values within their hearts as a permanent change.”

As an action plan to develop peace education discussed at the high-level meeting with education specialists last year at the summit, HWPL has established HWPL Peace Academies with 127 education institutions in 9 countries including India, Israel, Kosovo, and the Philippines.

 

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