On September 18th, 2021, the 7th Anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit was held online. This year's event dealt with the progress of international efforts and the plans to promote the peace agenda in the 'New Normal' era shifting from the post-Covid to the with-Covid.
The organizer of the event, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), has been conducting citizen-centered peacebuilding activities to create “a culture of peace” advocated by the UN and international community to set up an environment of peaceful coexistence since the World Peace Summit in 2014.
This event presented the concerted action for sustainable peace with cases from various sectors such as international law, religion, education, and the media. Also, it addressed international cooperation to overcome the current crisis that threatens the coexistence and harmony of mankind, which has come to the fore during the pandemic.
Peacebuilding efforts led by HWPL to establish legal foundations and international norms for peace through connecting global actors are embodied with its effort to advocate the international law for peace by drafting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
“The DPCW Handbook enables us to systematically teach international law and the essence of peace to these students and others. It enables them to become lecturers in the following course,” said Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Chief Advisor of Asian Association of Law Professors (AALP) as well as Former Chair of National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh (NHRC-BD), highlighting the need to encourage public discourse on peacebuilding by academia.
In addition to the basic principles of peace assigned to nations to uphold, the DPCW has presented principles that should be dealt with in the present era, such as prohibiting the use of force, fostering religious freedom, and civic participation to spread a culture of peace. In particular, it states that efforts for peace come from all members of the global society by identifying not only nation-states but also international organizations and all citizens as the main actors of building peace.
“We know that it will be hard to achieve peace if we are not all working for it. This is why we need to encourage children, the youth, and adults to prevent verbal abuse and work towards reducing inequalities and eradicating disparities to achieve a more equitable, stable, and peaceful world,” said Former President of Ecuador, Dr. Rosalia Arteaga Serrano.
Hon. Octavia Alfred, Minister of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training, and National Excellence of Dominica, said that the students learn the necessity of mutual coexistence and cooperation through HWPL peace education and pass on to their friends, parents, and teachers what they have learned. She addressed it also deals with concepts that can develop psychosocial competency skills, such as respect for diversity, order, conflict resolution, and negotiation, so it is being used for teacher's training.
“Our objective is to end wars in the global village and establish peace and make it a permanent legacy for future generations. Without peace, everything that we managed to build would be destroyed. … We should not let this happen. So, to achieve peace, shouldn’t we achieve our objective with the same spirit?” said Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL at the event.
Press-release of the HWPL
The Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan hosted the meeting of Head of the Ministry Rashid Meredov with experts of consultative and technical mission of European Bureau of the World Health Organization, which is on working visit to our country.
As is known, delegation of European Bureau of the World Health Organization has come to Turkmenistan to inspect the measures and procedures taken by the country for provision of readiness and response to COVID-19.
During the conversation, Foreign Minister R. Meredov has noted constructive character of cooperation between our country and the World Health Organization and highlighted that Turkmen side strictly adheres to the WHO recommendations. At the same time, willingness to continue multilateral cooperation in combating pandemic on international and regional levels has been confirmed.
On behalf of the management of the World Health Organization, Head of the WHO country office Paulina Karwowska expressed gratitude to the Government of Turkmenistan for organization of the visit of the mission of the WHO ERB and comprehensive support. It was noted that efforts of Turkmenistan aimed at combating COVID-19, including proposal on establishment of International Council of medical scientists and joining of the country to COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP), are very significant. Head of the mission, Emergency Response Specialists of the WHO ERB Katrine Smallwood has told about particulars of the Pool.
The Head of the Foreign Ministry has noted that active implementation of National Infectious Disease Readiness, Protection and Response Plan of the country is carried out at present. The Plan of social and economic measures of Turkmenistan against coronavirus pandemic, which provides readiness of all structures to stop entry of COVID-19 to the country, has also been approved.
Vice-premier R. Meredov highlighted that Turkmenistan together with the UN agencies starts to developed the third national plan, which covers humanitarian component of measures against COVID-19.
During the meeting, special focus was made that Turkmenistan has sufficient potential and resources for operational analysis of all cases including notifications about such cases for steadfast and timely measures.
In this contest, it was highlighted that taking into account scientific studies confirming possibility of spread of new type of coronavirus by smallest aerosol drops, which stay for a long time in air, active informational campaign is carried out now for awareness of the population about the risks and methods of health protection.
On the same day, delegation of the WHO European Regional Bureau had a meeting with the officials of the Ministry of Health Protection and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, during which measures taken on national level for response to acute infectious diseases have been discussed.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Peace Media education at Cervantes Gymnasium Aia-Gess in Tbilisi, Georgia on June 7th was hosted by an international peace NGO called Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) in cooperation with Cervantes Gymnasium Aia-Gess. Cervantes Gymnasium AiaGess and HWPL have been builing their partnership peace education and peace camp.
Mr. Avtandil Otinashvili, the Chief-in-Editor of Newsday Georgia gave a lecture to the students in regard to “Peace Journalism”. As it was a participation-based lecture to learn the subjects of “Media Literacy” and “Peace Journalism”, the students got involved with giving presentations of their thoughts regarding the articles given. Ms. Tamar Lolishvili from Cervantes Gymnasium Aia-Gess said, “Broadcasting news prepared by the students can help reaching people in different areas, even with different languages more easily that will be a model example for our young generation.”
As a global project for peacebuilding with a network of educators, peace education by HWPL has been conducted in collaboration with 214 education institutions in 23 countries. To further nurture students and citizens with the value of peace such as coexistence and respect, peace education at a national level has also been sought by national governments in 7 countries including Guatemala, Iraq, the Philippines, and Cambodia.
Switzerland – Within the framework of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani held a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Paraguay, Luis Castiglioni.
Discussions focused on issues relating to co-operation in bilateral, multilateral and regional formats. The sides highlighted the importance of intensifying the format of political consultations, exchanging high-level official visits and business missions and providing mutual support for each other’s candidates in international organizations.
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.
Collection of sport achievements of our country was supplemented with bronze medal on the first day of the World Sambo and Combat Sambo Championship in Bucharest.
Charymyrat Annagurbanov, numerous prize winner of big international tournaments, winner of V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Honoured Master of Sports of Turkmenistan went up the third step of the triumph podium. Sambo wrestlers from Ukraine and Bulgaria were the best in addition to our sportsman among twelve sportsmen competing in the weight category up to 100 kg.
The competitions are continued.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Social and Cultural Centre of the Olympic village hosted the closing ceremony of the World Weightlifting Championship and the award ceremony of the winning men and women teams.
The event was forestalled by official ceremony of the flag of International Weightlifting Federation conferment to representative of the country, which would host the world tournament in 2019 – the Kingdom of Thailand. As it was said it would be difficult to surpass Turkmenistan by the level of organization of the championship as everything was on top level in this place.
It is great honour and big responsibility to hold the events of such level, however, Turkmenistan, having again been the host of big sport competitions, which gathered numerous guests from all over the world, managed this excellently. It was said by the sportsmen who came to Ashgabat from hundred countries, their coaches, journalists of leading world media, specialized magazines and TV channels and representatives of the International Weightlifting Federation.
According to titled athletes, sport experts and heads of the delegation, Ashgabat deserves not only to host the world tournaments but the Olympic Games as well. There are all conditions for it, which meet the requirements of such level including super modern sport infrastructure of the Olympic village of our capital.
Fiery contests and bright emotions continued for 10 days in the Martial Arts Complex. One world record holder was replaced by new. The records were like fierce hailstorm with every hit of the weight on the podium.
All sportsmen contested vigorously for the medals throughout the first decade of November, however, despite strong competition, the intent for open and trustful communication and friendship united them all.
At gala dinner organized for the delegates of Ashgabat 2018 World Weightlifting Championship, the gratitude was expressed to the team of the International Weightlifting Federation as well as to the personnel of Turkmenistan Weightlifting Federation, volunteers and to all who made input to the success of this grandiose event, which became new platform for future dialog and further cooperation.
It was excellent opportunity for us to study the practice of number of the countries and national federations in development of weightlifting and to gain useful knowledge, which would be used in the future.
Rich cultural programme has been prepared for the guests of the country. It helped them to know Turkmen history and rich national heritage, its ancient original traditions, to taste and fall in love with Turkmen cuisine, to see the attractions of white-marble Ashgabat.
Current championship was held with outstanding success not only by the number of records but also because the best technical and organizational conditions were created for this in order the satisfaction with the competitions would be received by athletes and fans, President of International Weightlifting Federation Tamas Ajan said in his speech congratulating everybody on such big sport festival.
Every sportsman represented his country and the flag of his homeland with pride. They give positive charge to numerous spectators by their performance and wrote new page in the history of the weightlifting, which literally started from new page. This history started in Ashgabat.
Award ceremony of men’s and women’s team who won in team count took place afterward. The awards were also conferred to Turkmen sportsmen who distinguished themselves at the World Championship.
The team of the People’s Republic of China is on the first position by total medal count, Thailand is on the second and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the third place.
Representative of Turkmenistan also received commemorative souvenirs from International Weightlifting Federation.
The best volunteer and excellent employee also received presents. Their smiles, affability, help and immaculate performance of their duties make the stay of thousands of people in the Olympic village to be comfortable and pleasant. This is the way they continued the traditions of hospitality inherited from the ancestors since the time of the great Silk Road, which historical phenomenon is restored in modern Ashgabat as a bridge connecting the countries and nations.
The World Championship is over, having become an excellent festival, which gave unforgettable impression and joy to all of us. Many people simply fell in love with the weightlifting due to its strong emotions, which charged everyone with intent to sport victories. Yet, the country improved the pride of all Turkmenistan citizens for their country.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
Turkmen capital hosted the opening ceremony of the World Weightlifting Championship. This event became another evidence of turning of Ashgabat to recognized international sport centre and wide support of targeted strategy implemented under the leadership of the Head of the State for development of physical training culture and sports by the world community.
Game Sports Complex, which is the part of the infrastructure of the capital Olympic village, was the place of the opening ceremony. Festive atmosphere reigned at the stands, which gathered numerous spectators. Everybody was waiting impatiently for the beginning of the ceremony marking the beginning of the competitions, which would be watched by wide audience of fans in different countries of the world.
Long-awaited moment came. In the solemn atmosphere, soldiers of the Guard of Honour brought the State flag of Turkmenistan to the arena. National anthem of Turkmenistan was played, under which magnificent sounds emerald canvas was hoisted above the stands. Traditional Turkmen ornament emerged on the arena filled with green light.
After, bright theatre literature and music performance expanded at the arena of the complex. Countdown of the last 10 seconds until the beginning of the event was started. The figures were displayed on the arena replacing each other and all participants counted down it loud.
The field of the sport complex lit with bright beams of the spotlights, is filled with sky blue colour and the map of our country with ancient caravan routes appeared on it. This part of the performance was named “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road. Big image of the book of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov appeared on the arena. Use of modern laser equipment allows lying moving caravan of camels, which seemed to be floating above the hall.
The book is opening and the field turns into star sky with the Great Bear or Edigen as it is called by Turkmens appears in front of the eyes of delighted spectators. Little boy and legendary wise man and spiritual guide of the nation Gorkut Ata speaking of the universe, its set up and the Milky Way appeared on the stage.
At this moment, the field is filled with young participants of the show – the children from dance ensembles and gymnastic sections. They hold glowing balls symbolizing stars and planets. The ‘tagma’ symbols of the ancestor of the nation Oguzkhan are displayed on the arena by laser beams. Gorkut Ata tells to the boy that the way of Turkmen nation is as light as the Milky Way and these roads are connected with the route of the Great Silk Road.
Next part of the show – “Music of Peace, Music of Friendship and Brotherhood” starts. This is the name of the book of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, which content is filled with the feeling of unbreakable relation of times and generation, history and presence of Turkmen culture. Outstanding Turkmen musician Shukur-bakhshy appeared on the arena, which slowly is coloured in gold colours like the colour of magnificent Karakum desert, and started to play dutar. Boys and girls in national dress were around him. Charming sounds of dutar seemed to fly through the time, space and distances, urging the peoples of the planets to peace, friendship and brotherhood.
The melody subsided and turbulent invigorating spring appeared in the centre of the field and turned into water surface. Boys and girls performed original dance and the image of Water horse appeared on the arena coloured in blue. Inspiring words from book of the Head of the State “Rapid Pace of the Horse” were sounded.
Not a single celebration is held in Turkmen society without ahalteke horses from ancient time until our days. One of the best representatives of this famous breed – excellent Akhan dressed in decorated harness and traditional horse decorations, appeared in the centre of the arena. As is known, this horse from Ahalteke Equestrian Complex was listed in the Guinness Record Book as the winner of absolute world achievement.
Prancing with lightness and pride, Akhan left the arena, which turned into blooming spring field as by magic. This part of the performance was named after book of the President of Turkmenistan “Worshiping of Mother – Worshiping of Sacred Thing” and dedicated to wise original traditions and customs of Turkmen nation carefully passed from generations to generations. Under the sounds of guydduk and gopuz, ‘lyale’ girl songs were performed and the field is covered with beautiful Turkmen carpets and with the elements of national ornaments afterwards. Folk and dance ensembles of the country demonstrated their bright performance skills.
Undoubtedly, no celebration is held without ancient rite ‘kushtdepdy’ dance! Being original embodiment of unbreakable tie of times and generations, it became integral part of not only national but also the world cultural heritage. Therefore, ‘kushtdepdy’ dance was entered to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural heritage by the UNESCO.
Celebration was continued by the plot dedicated to Amul – Hazar 2018 rally, which was held in our country in September this year. Sport vehicle drove to the field, which is coloured again in gold colour of the Karakums, and made symbolical drifts, the route of eco-rally-raid, which brought together the racers from all over the world, run along legendary Great Silk Road, which is restored in new historical conditions this time.
The next part of the performance was held under slogan “Sports – The Way toward Friendship, Health and Beauty”. Turkmen athletes representing various sports appeared under energetic music accompaniment on the arena lit up by the spotlights and rainbow colours. The sportsmen includes field and track athletes, cyclists and of course the weightlifter who imitated the moment of lifting the weight demonstrated the determination to contest for the medals of the championship.
Original laser and light show was the top event of theatrical performance. Owing to modern multimedia equipment, the arena seemed to start moving and 3D images of the State Symbol and Flag of Turkmenistan, the Earth and flags of the countries participating in the World Weightlifting Championship appeared on its surface. Dynamic symbols of various sports emerged on the field replacing each other. Symbolical image of the weight and the emblem of the World Weightlifting Championship in Ashgabat was projected to the arena.
Laser beams picture the image of Ashgabat 2017 Games – friendly and faithful Vepaly, the alabay, which lifts the weight, ahalteke horses riding like a wind, caravan of camels going through Turkmen land. Slogan of the current year “Turkmenistan – the Heart of the Great Silk Road” appeared on the field.
“Go, Go, my Lovely Motherland, Turkmenistan” and “Ashgabat. The World Weightliftign Championship” emerged on the arena.
After laser and light show, the ceremony was continued by retiring of national Flags of countries participating in the world tournament, which appeared in alphabetic order. as per tradition, this original parade is completed by the State flag of the host of the championship – Turkmenistan.
After, the greeting of the President of Turkmenistan to the participants of the World Weightlifting Championship was read in solemn atmosphere. The greeting of the Head of the State was listened with great enthusiasm and met with loud applauses.
After, the floor was given to President of International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Tamas Ajan, who addressing the participant highlighted that he is sincerely glad to see everyone in Ashgabat - beautiful capital of Turkmenistan, on the opening ceremony of 2018 World Weightlifting Championship. It was mentioned that there are several reasons for this tournament to be important. For example, the world weightlifting tournament would be held in 20 weight categories for the first time in the history.
The Head of IWF expressed the hope that new records would be set during these competitions and that these records would be distinguishing feature of the tournament. It was mentioned that this championship is the first step in the qualification for coming Olympic Games in Tokyo. It is also the first championship in Olympic sports that is held in Ashgabat.
Having highlighted that Turkmen side created optimum favourable conditions for this tournament including excellent sport facilities, Tamas Ajan expressed the gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan for big support and significant input to the development of the weightlifting.
The culmination moment came and the World Weightlifting Championship was announced to be opened!
Song “Go, Go, my Mother land, Turkmenistan!” written by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and performed by national art masters was the bright final chord of sport festival.
Fire of the torch built above the head of giant horse decorating the dome of the capital Olympic village was lit up again in honour of the opening of the World Weightlifting Championship as a symbol of the triumph of sport, peace and friendship, invariable commitment of Turkmenistan to ideals of international sport movement.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
A Festival of “Heavenly Culture on Earth, Onward to a World of Lasting Peace” Held in South Korea
On September 18th, leaders of the two Koreas have met in Pyongyang, North Korea, for the third meeting for inter-Korean reconciliation. With the international attention focused on the movements of the two leaders, families from around the world expecting the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula, further world peace attended a peace festival held in South Korea.
The peace festival with the theme of “Heavenly Culture on Earth, Onward to a World of Lasting Peace” was held at Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in South Korea, a spot of 2014 Asian Games. On the occasion of the 4th Anniversary of the WARP Summit, this outdoor event invited world political leaders, religious leaders, social representatives from women and youth groups, educators, media along with citizens from across the country.
Started with the trumpet sound of a marching band that signaled the era of peace has come, the daylong festival continued with the various cultural performances such as Korean folk music tradition called ‘Nongak’, 12 different peace parade, and Korean traditional dance performance.
According to the host organization, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), the peace parade contained the message about the peaceful world that the global village dreams of achieved through religious harmony, peace education, and international law for peace.
In the parade, the performances of young people who wish to spread a culture of peace through peace education followed by the performance of urging 'OK' sign to establish international law for peace based on the DPCW.
In particular, a parade featuring the desire for peaceful reunification of two Koreas with 70 years of division attracted spectators from around the world. Collecting international supports for a unified one Korean state by peaceful means is one of the HWPL’s peace initiatives.
Following the live broadcasting of the on-the-spot participants from 97 cities in 39 countries including Germany, India, Australia, South Africa, France, El Salvador, and the USA, dignitaries of international society delivered the congratulatory messages to the audiences.
In his address, H.E. Donald Ramotar, Former President of Guyana, stressed on the collaborative efforts for the world peace as well as the reunification of Korean Peninsula. “I am particularly happy that one of the emphases of your work is to get the ordinary women and men involved in the work and struggle for world peace. Many times, we have seen that it is through our collective voices and representation of progressive leaders that changes can be made and resources can be diverted to raise the quality of life and standards of living of humankind.”
“It is most gratifying to see Korean people united in sports and families are once more able to meet and greet each other. I wish to extend my support to all of you working for this unification of this great land. I am happy to be here at this time and hope to return to see the border which now separates the two Koreas, will be turned into a line of the unity of your people and century.”
H.E. Viktor Yushchenko, Former President of Ukraine, said, “Together with you, we feel the pain of your people unfairly divided by the two great empires and pray for the unification of your country. I believe that peace is approaching every day due to the indefinite activities of Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL and his organization, as well as the genuine desire of millions of people. I sincerely thank you for the fact that your organization is carrying the peace initiatives with the concrete action plans. The DPCW is a perfect and balanced document that can be the basis of solidarity for peacekeeping in all countries of the world. I think all the leaders of the countries should support the DPCW.”
At the end of the festival, the whole stadium was filled with the lights and the chants of 100,000 attendees, shouting “We are one!” wishing for a harmonious world of peace.
Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, the host of this festival, delivered his thanks message to the attendees, saying “I have noticed that no one in this world wanted war, but everyone wanted peace. Hence, I am certain that peace will be achieved. Journalists, former and incumbent presidents, chief justices, university chancellors, ministers of education, presidents of parliaments, and mayors of different cities and nations have expressed their endorsement of the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW, and they are signing MOUs with HWPL. I would also like to express my gratitude to politicians, religious leaders, and heads of organizations for supporting the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula and the DPCW, and working together with HWPL shouting, “We Are One!”.