The 7th Global Energy Parliament was held on December 11, 2016 at the residence of the Hon. Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who also inaugurated the event. About 500 people attended the grand function.
The Hon. Prime Minister expressed a warm appreciation of the GEP’s vision of world harmony through energy balance, and also emphasized that “If we want to achieve development, we need to maintain environmental, habitat, religious and ethnic harmony.”
H.E. Sir James Mancham, the Founding President of Seychelles, GEP Founder His Holiness Swami Isa, Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero, the President of the Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka, Ven. Ittepane Dhammalankara Maha Nayaka Thero, a chief Sri Lankan Buddhist leader, Rev. Ebenezer Joseph, the General Secretary of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka, GEP Chairman Dr. A. Sukumaran Nair, the Former Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University-Kottayam also participated in the Inaugural Function.
In his Founder’s Address, His Holiness Swami Isa said, “Without knowing what it means to be human, without knowing the science of energy flows in habitat, we cannot achieve any lasting harmony—in home, society, nation or world. This is our work today.”
Sir James Mancham also received from the Prime Minister the GEP Global Best Award for Lifetime Achievement in world peace at the function. (See full story). Two books by His Holiness Swami Isa were also released at the function: “Education for Total Consciousness,” published by IVPT, and “Saphalamee Atmeeye Yatra (Fulfillment of the Divine Journey),” published by the Kerala Bhasha Institute.
This 7th session of Global Energy Parliament was conducted on the theme, “Habitat Harmony,” following the UN Habitat III conference in Quito.
The Inauguration preceded the session of parliament in which members and ministers from all sectors of society, discussed and forwarded Resolutions for a holistic, scientific and rational solutions for creating global harmony in habitat.
Sir James Mancham sat as the Prime Minister, and His Holiness Swami Isa also forwarded several unique proposals for habitat harmony, including suggested legislation in environment and building construction.
Architect Kirtee Shah forwarded the Habitat Harmony Bill, while submissions were made by many other national and international figures including Architect G. Shankar, Architect Alain Moatti, Dr. Reza Chowdhury, Dr. Christophe Dumas, Upulangi Malagamuwa, Prof. Ariyaratne, Mervyn Macallugh, Kamal Amaraweera, Dr. Pradeep Joethi, Dr. Kularatne, Dr Joy Joseph, Sarah Arumugam, Julie Cox, Dr. Punchihewa Meegahawatta, Dr. M.R. Thampan, Shiral Lakthilaka, Ranjith Pathmasiri, Hemeakumara Nanayakkara, Dr. Ravindra Galhena, Shoaib Khan, and Modi Umang.
The parliament concluded with a dazzling Cultural Performance by the Sri Lankan Navy, featuring 171 artists.
The Global Energy Parliament was conceived by His Holiness Jagadguru Swami Isa as an international assembly of volunteers who have a right and a responsibility to the world. GEP is organised by the Isa Viswa Prajnana Trust (holding Consultative Status to the United Nations ECOSOC) and this event was co-organized the Interfaith Coalition for Peace of Sri Lanka. Additional support was received from the UNESCO’s World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), EHRT Maschinenbau and Personal-Point.
We wish to thank Ven. Banagala Thero for his wonderful leadership chairing the Organizing Committee in Sri Lanka, Rev. Ebenezer Joseph, Mr. Jayaratne Ruberu, Ms. Ambapali Sikurajapathi, Mr. Gunasekera Hemakumara and others on the Committee, and Mr. Chanaka.
December 11, 2016
Held at Temple Trees (Residence of the Hon. Prime Minister of Sri Lanka), Colombo
|Procession, Lighting the oil lamp, National Anthem|
|Welcome Speech||: Rev W.P Ebenezer Joseph|
|(Secretary General of the Interfaith Coalition for Peace)|
|Introduction to the GEP||: Dr. A. Sukumaran Nair|
(Chairman of the Global Energy Parliament & Former Vice Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India)
|Keynote Address||: Ven. Banagala Upatissa Nayaka Thero|
|(Chairperson of the Interfaith Coalition for Peace)|
|Founder’s Address||: His Holiness Swami Isa|
|(Founder of the Global Energy Parliament and Founder, Isa Viswa Prajnana Trust, India)|
|Release of Books||: Ven. Ittepane Dhammalankara Maha Nayaka Thero|
|a. “End of the Divine Journey” by H.H. Swami Isa|
|b. “Education for Total Consciousness” by H.H. Swami Isa|
|GEP Global Best Award|
|Presented by||: Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe|
|(Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka)|
|Presented to||: Sir James R. Mancham, KBE|
|(Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles)|
|GEP 2016 Habitat Harmony Award|
|Presented to||: Arch. Kirtee Shah|
|(Architect and Founder, Ahmedabad Study Action Group, India)|
Address by Guest of Honour
: Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe
(Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka)
|Vote of Thanks||: Mrs. Ambapali Sikurajapathi|
|(Director, Yoshida Foundation, Sri Lanka)|
|Induction of Members by the Speaker||: Dr. Reza Chowdhury|
|(Director, Greenheart Medical University, Guyana)|
|GEP Prime Minister's Address||: Sir James R. Mancham|
|(Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles)|
|Motion of Thanks to Founder’s Address||: Deputy Speaker|
|Introduction of the Bill||: Arch. Kirtee Shah (Architect and Founder, Ahmedabad Study Action Group, India)|
|Response to the Bill||
: Arch. Alain Moatti (Founder of Moatti-Riviere, France)
|Amendments & Passing of the Bill||: All Members|
|Administration Minister||T. Haridas (Officer at the Indian High Commission to the UK)|
|Agriculture Minister||Hemakumara Nanayakkara (Governor of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, Former Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Sri Lanka)|
|Architecture Minister||Prof. G. Shankar (Founder, Habitat Technology Group, India)|
|Communications Minister||Dr. Danushka Meegahawatte (Head of Technology - Solutions at Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka)|
|Culture Minister||Dr. M.R. Thampan (Former Director of the Kerala State Institute of Languages, India)|
Dr. A. Sukumaran Nair (Former Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, India)
|Finance & Economy Minister||
Dr Joy K Joseph (Professor of Business Studies, Glyndwr University, London)
Dr Pradeep Jeothi (Managing Director, Vasudeva Vilasam, India)
|Law & Justice Minister||
Shiral Lakthilaka (Secretary Coordinator of the President of Sri Lanka, Attorney-at-Law , Sri Lanka)
|Women & Child Welfare Minister||Sarah Arumugam (Programme Director of the YWCA , Sri Lanka)|
|Science & Technology Minister||
Dr. Christophe Dumas, Engineer, France
|Sustainable Development Minster||Ranjith Pathmasiri (Deputy Director General (Operations) at Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, Sri Lanka)|
|Religious Affairs Minister||Father Ebenezer Joseph (Secretary General, National Christian Council of Sri Lanka)|
|Speaker||: Mrs. Upulangi Malagamuwa|
|(Vice Chairperson, Rana Viru Seva Authority, Sri Lanka)|
|Youth Speaker||Shoaib Khan (University of Delhi, India)|
|Submission on Agriculture||: B. Wijayarathne (Secretary of Agriculture, Govt of Sri Lanka)|
|Submission on Health 1||: Dr. Lalth Kularatne (Researcher, National Rasa Medicine Council, Sri Lanka)|
|Submission on Health 2||: Dr.Sujakshi Haridas (Ret’d Physician from UAE)|
|Submission on Sustainable Development||: Modi Umang Champaklal (Researcher (India)|
|Debate & Discussion||: All Members|
|Submission on Science Education||: Prof. Widanapathirana (Professor of Microbiology, Sri Lanka)|
|Submission on Communications||: Clement Pasquet, Independent Journalist (France)|
|Submission on Media||: Ajith Venniyoor, Journalist (India)|
|Debate & Discussion||: All Members|
|Submission on Culture||: Prof. Ariyaratne Kaluarachchi (Vice Chancellor of Sri Lanka Performing Arts College)|
|Submission on Peace & Diplomacy||: Mervyn Macullagh (Strategy and Partnership Consultant, National Christian Council)|
|Submission on Child Welfare||: Jo Manuel, Founder of Special Yoga (UK) and Julie Cox, Co-Founder of Holistic Special Education Foundation (Sri Lanka & UK)|
|Final Debate||: All Members|
|Discussion & Voting on Resolutions||: All Members|
|Concluding Address||: His Holiness Swami Isa|
Dance performance by Russian Cultural Centre
Dance and Musical Show by the Sri Lankan Navy
Vote of Thanks by Jayaratne Ruberu, Coordinator, GEP Sri Lanka
Sustainable Development GoalsThe organizer of the Global Energy Parliament--the Isa Viswa Prajnana Trust--supports and promotes the United Nations agenda, and inparticular, the Sustainable Development Goals. IVPT holds Special Consultative Status to the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
The Isa Viswa Prajnana Trust (IVPT) is a charitable organisation with the mission to empower every human to attain total consciousness, peace and happiness. IVPT was founded in India by His Holiness Swami Isa in 2000, and presently has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Global Energy Parliament is one of IVPT's primary international projects, with centres around the world.
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is a 'programme unit' within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a specialized agency under Article 63 of the Charter of United Nations.
The Mahabodhi Society of Sri Lanka was founded in 1891 by Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala to protect and promote Buddhist heritage, and currently works to foster peace and dialogue in all communities.
The National Christian Council of Sri Lankais the national branch of the Christian Council of Asia, and pursues the causes of justice and peace; to respect, protect and nourish all creation; and to celebrate the diversity of all persons and promote reconciliation among diverse communities.
The Interfaith Coalition for Peace is a secular non-profit organization enabling people achieve the full realization of their rights as human beings, attaining & sustaining equitable and dignified life. Simultaneously involved in non-formal interfaith, academic courses and advocacy of community care.