The World Leader Summit of Love and Peace and Ceremony of Ringing the Bell of
World Peace and Love Takes Place in Vienna for the First Time
The 2018 World Leader Summit of Love and Peace and Ceremony of Ringing the Bell of World Peace and Love, organized by the Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL), took place at the Grand Hotel Wien in Vienna on October 10; visionary leaders from all fields were invited to exchange views on love and peace, a culture of peace, and global sustainability. The ceremony of ringing the Bell of World Peace and Love was also hosted in Vienna for the first time, uniting influential leaders to take actions for a better world; nearly 100 honorable guests from 16 nations attended the event.
The summit was made possible with the support of H.I.R.H. Herta Margarete Habsburg-Lothringen and H.I.R.H. Sandor Habsburg-Lothringen, a descendant of the famous Habsburg dynasty. Ten visionary leaders rang the Bell of World Peace and Love and made wishes for peace, including Mr. Ernst Woller, First President of the Vienna Parliament; H.H. Prince Bernard Ndouga from Cameroon; Dr. Werner Fasslabend, former Minister of Defense of Austria; H.E. Mrs. Roxanna de los Santos de Piantini, Alternate Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Austria; H.E. Dr. Hassan Wario Arero, Ambassador of Kenya to the UN and the International Organizations in Vienna; H.E. Mr. San Lwin, Ambassador of Myanmar to Austria; H.E. Mr. Paul Shihengo, Deputy Ambassador of Namibia to Austria; H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al Gheilani, Permanent Observer of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf to the UN in Vienna; H.E. Mrs. Maria Cleofe Natividad, Ambassador of the Philippines to Austria; and H.E. Mokhtar Naoun, Alternate Ambassador of Algeria to Austria.
Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, President of FOWPAL, delivered a speech, stressing, “All efforts in technology and economic development should eventually follow the laws of nature to advance human development while striking a balance between spirituality and technology as well as between yin and yang. That is the focus of sustainable development. Since ‘love and peace’ are the common aspirations of all humanity, we believe that the promotion of all human activities that are driven by ‘conscience’ will form ‘the culture of peace,’ which will benefit all world citizens.” He continued to say, “In this era, we need a ‘new Renaissance’ and a rebirth of the ‘culture of the heart.’ We need to carry forward the essence of excellent cultures and revive them with creativity.”
FOWPAL chose to host a ceremony of ringing the Bell of World Peace and Love in Vienna, spreading the messages of love and peace, because the presidency of the Council of the European Union is currently held by Austria and because Austria has been a permanent neutral country and has placed great emphasis on security, culture, and positive values. Mr. Ernst Woller, First President of the Vienna Parliament, was the first person to ring the Bell on this significant occasion as the ceremony of ringing the Bell was hosted in Vienna for the first time.
A dedicated promoter of love and peace, Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze has been admired and respected by many leaders across the globe and has been a good friend and mentor of them. H.I.R.H. Herta Margarete Habsburg-Lothringen, President of the Flame of Peace, presented the Flame of Peace Award to Dr. Hong for his tireless efforts in promoting love and peace across the planet. Dr. Hong awarded Their Imperial and Royal Highnesses Sandor and Herta Margarete Habsburg-Lothringen FOWPAL’s certificate of “Honorary International Ambassador of Peace.”
H.E. Mr. Shaikh Hussam bin Essa Al Khalifa, President of the Court of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of Bahrain, who rang the Bell of World Peace and Love in New York in 2017, especially travelled Vienna and awarded Dr. Hong the “Bahrain Date Palm Tree” at the summit. H.E. Mr. Shaikh Hussam bin Essa Al Khalifa stated that the award expressed the notion that when we show love to others, the tree of life would protect us. If we leave it behind, it would feel sad. If we walk toward it, it would be filled with joy and warmth. H.E. Mr. Shaikh Hussam bin Essa Al Khalifa congratulated Dr. Hong on his endeavors and achievements in improving the world and said that he would show his full support to Dr. Hong and that promoting love and peace is what we need to do now.
H.H. Prince Bernard Ndouga from Cameroon made a wish for world peace and thought that everyone should do his or her part for world peace. His Highness remarked that the cause of human suffering is selfishness, so he was thankful to Dr. Hong for selflessly encouraging people to work for world peace.
FOWPAL’s “2018 Love of the World Cultural Goodwill Group” presented amazing cultural performances at the summit. FOWPAL volunteers conveyed the messages of love and peace through Eastern martial arts presentations as well as rich and diverse music and dance performances. A team of young ladies from FOWPAL, in beautiful blue kung fu costumes and with long swords in their hands, presented a powerful and yet elegant sword dance, expressing love, kindness, courage, and tenderness. A group of modern-day knights-errant demonstrated confidence, vitality, and strength while performing “double staffs, ” “kung fu fan,” and “Chinese boxing.” Their performances embodied the spirit of martial arts, which is to promote goodness and stop conflicts. FOWPAL’s “angels of love and peace” spread their wings, radiating boundless energy of love and happiness to the attendees. The event also featured a graceful dance once only accessible to the ancient Chinese royal court, an auspicious lion dance, and a singing presentation in an ancient Eastern style. On top of that, a singing performance titled “Que Sera, Sera,” well-known to the locals, and FOWPAL youth’s energetic singing and dancing brought the participants closer together as all danced to the music, filling the entire room with powerful happy energy!