Inspirational Message presented by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury at the interfaith conference at the United Nations ECOSOC Chamber

Inspirational Message presented by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations at the interfaith conference at the United Nations ECOSOC Chamber, New York on 15 June 2016 ******* Greetings of peace and non-violence to all of you! I appreciate the initiative taken for organizing this timely event at the …

UN Interfaith Iftar Dinner

The first Iftar Dinner of 2016 was given at the United Nations by Peace Islands Institute and the Journalists & Writers Foundation. The Iftar dinner gathered members of different faith communities to give a message of peace, harmony, and solidarity to the whole world. Despite conflicts and violence extremism that are happening around the world, …

UN Interfaith Conference: “The Role of Interfaith Education in Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace”

Interfaith dialogue is a broad concept comprised of many diverse understandings of religions and belief systems as a part of our common human experience. The UN Interfaith Conference entitled “The Role of Interfaith Education in Conflict Prevention and Sustainable Peace” organized by the Peace Islands Institute, Journalists and Writers Foundation in partnership with Nagasaki Intefaith …

JWF Discusses Terror at UN Headquarters in Vienna

“Dynamics of Radicalism: Why are people radicalized and why?” the second of the conference series titled “Combating Violent Extremism,” co-organized by the Journalists and Writers Foundation’s (JWF) Abant Platform and Vienna-based Friede-Institut für Dialog (Peace Institute for Dialogue) was held at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the UN headquarters in …

International Festival of Language and Culture 14: “Colors of the World”

Giving a voice to young people, encouraging the youth to promote the different cultures and world languages to build a sustainable peace is indispensable to achieve the sustainable development globally. As the leaders of tomorrow, the youth has to be provided with global competence and platforms where they can express their arts, culture, and vision …

JWF Connects with Youth in Back-to-Back Peace Programs

On May 1-3, 2015, JWF ran a peacebuilding workshop for youth as part of the Cayrus Project in Alexandria, Egypt, which was organized by the Italian NGO New Humanity and financed by the European Union. JWF also participated in the three-day Youth World Peace Forum immediately following the Cayrus Project.

First Ambassador’s Luncheon Series held in Geneva with Sri Lanka’s Ambassador

The Journalists and Writers Foundation, in cooperation with the Dialog Institute and Geneva Press Club, organized a panel event with a specific focus on Asian experiences of peace building.

African Union Commission and JWF Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Addis Ababa, 23 February 2015: The African Union Commission (AUC) and JWF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for strengthening cooperation between the two parties to facilitate the development and integration agenda of the African Union.

Journalists and Writers Foundation Condemns Deadly School Attack in Pakistan

To hear of the deaths of more than 140 people, mostly students in Pakistan, as a result of a terrorist attack is shocking and saddening. JWF strongly condemns this atrocity, which is senseless and horrific and inflicted unbearable pain on innocent people.

Peace Conference Renews Commitment against Extremism of All Kinds

At a United Nations conference organized by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) on Friday in Geneva, a wide range of participants agreed that global challenges against peace should not lead to apathy, while reiterating their commitment against all kinds of extremism.

Religion and War Culture Discussed in Vienna

The “Religious Communities in World War I” Symposium, jointly organized as part of the “1914-Peace-2014” series by the Vienna-based Friede-Institut für Dialog, JWF, and the Austrian Katholische Militaerseelsorge, took place at the Vienna Military Academy on October 16, 2014, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Turkish-Norwegian Organization Commended for Intercultural Work during Eid Celebration

Numerous institutions throughout the world work to introduce and share Turkish culture abroad. One important example is the Mangfoldhuset Foundation, located in Norway’s capital of Oslo. On October 11, 2014, they hosted an interfaith and intercultural event to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Grant Recipients Announced at Peace Projects Award Ceremony

The Peace Projects Award Ceremony, organized by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF), took place at the Zaman Daily‘s headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 30, 2014. The Peace Projects grant program supports innovative projects that focus on building peace while preventing, managing, and resolving violent conflicts.

Cardoso’s EU Vision Very Important for Turkey

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) last week hosted an extraordinary politician, Fernando Henrique Cardoso (also known as FHC), the president of Brazil from 1995 to 2002.

Interfaith Panel Explores Blessed Mary’s Example of Patience

JWF’s Intercultural Dialogue Platform (IDP), the Tevere Institute, and the Izmir Intercultural Dialogue Center organized an international panel event in Izmir, Turkey, on May 13-14, 2014. The panel was titled “The Blessed Mary’s Patience in the Holy Qur’an and the Holy Bible.”

JWF and PIINY Hosted Third Panel on African Solutions to African Problems

Ambassadors Series Africa Panel #3: African Solutions to African Problems brought United Nations diplomats from Botswana, Chad, and Burundi together with academics, experts, and civil society to discuss global issues and exchange multiple perspectives. The event was held on May 14, 2014, at the Peace Islands Institute in New York (PIINY) in partnership with the …

“Hospitality in Anatolian and Asian Cultures” Conference

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Ambassadors Series Presents 2nd Panel Focused on Africa

The Ambassadors Series Africa Panel #2: African Solutions to African Problems brought United Nations diplomats together with academics, experts, and civil society to discuss global issues and exchange multiple perspectives. The panel was hosted by the Journalists and Writers Foundation New York on April 16.

Internat’l Conference Sparks Discussions on Philanthropy and Peacebuilding

JWF and Kimse Yok Mu, a Turkish humanitarian aid organization, recently organized an international conference titled “Philanthropy and Peacebuilding: Classical Approaches and Emerging Trends.” The conference was held on April 11-12, 2014, at Istanbul Bilgi University’s Santral Campus in Istanbul, Turkey.

JWF Focuses on Civil Society Initiatives to Combat Religious Intolerance

JWF held a panel on Friday, March 14, on “The Importance of Civil Society Initiatives for Combating Religious Intolerance” at the United Nations Office in Geneva. Academics and diplomats attended the panel, which was organized as a side event during the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

1914-Peace-2014 Series Commemorates WWI through Dialogue

1914-Peace-2014 is an inter-religious and intercultural series of events marking the centennial anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The series kicked off its first event with a lecture by Dr. Fuat Sanac, President of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria, on February 28, 2014.

Ambassadors Series Panel #2 Discusses Relations between Balkans and EU

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) and Peace Islands Institute held the second panel of the Ambassadors Series in JWF’s New York office on February 26, 2014. The theme of the panel was intergovernmental relations among Balkan nations and the European Union (EU).

Ambassadors Series Panel Seeks African Solutions to African Problems

JWF and Peace Islands Institute in New York (PIINY) held the first panel in the African Ambassadors Series in New York on February 12, 2014. The series aims to create a space for United Nations diplomats, academics, experts, and civil society to discuss global issues and exchange multiple perspectives.

Panel Seeks Interfaith Harmony through Example of Blessed Virgin Mary

An international panel titled “The Virgin Mary in the Holy Bible and The Holy Qur’an” was jointly organized by JWF’s Intercultural Dialogue Platform (IDP), the Roma Tevere Instituto, and the Izmir Intercultural Dialogue Center on November 1-2, 2013, at the WOW Istanbul Convention Center.

JWF Shares Interfaith Experiences at UN Peace Forum

Huseyin Hurmali, Secretary-General of JWF’s Abant Platform, underscored the importance of interfaith dialogue at the High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 6, 2013.

JWF Delivers Statement at ECOSOC’s Annual Meeting in Geneva

JWF attended the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) annual meeting in Geneva on July 4, 2013, working alongside ambassadors, ministers, and other senior officials. The Foundation discussed educational institutions inspired by JWF’s Honorary President Fethullah Gulen and their contributions to sustainable development, education, pluralism, and peace building.

Africa and Turkey Pledge Further Cooperation Based on Mutual Respect

During the Abant Platform’s three-day meeting on June 28-30, participants from both Africa and Turkey agreed to intensify their cooperation based on mutual respect, goodwill, and understanding.

Panel Highlights Turkey and Italy’s Dialogue Initiatives

JWF’s Intercultural Dialogue Platform (IDP) organized a panel titled “Sharing Coexistence Experiences: The Example of Italy and Turkey.” The event took place at Santa Cecilia Monastery in Rome.

JWF Holds Introductory Dinner for Turkish Press Members in NYC

JWF officials met with members of the Turkish press for an introductory dinner in New York on April 27, 2013. Huseyin Hurmali, Secretary-General of JWF’s Abant Platform, discussed JWF’s milestones, including gaining general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in the United Nations (UN).

Turkey Urges Creation of Humanitarian Corridor in Syria to End Refugee Influx

At a recent conference, Turkish officials reiterated that in order to find a solution to the number of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-battered country for neighboring states, it is necessary to create a humanitarian corridor in Syria that would allow for the delivery of aid inside of the country.

JWF Hosts Author of Gulen Movement Book

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) and Peace Islands Institute New York (PIINY) organized a book signing event for Professor Dogu Ergil, the author of Fethullah Gulen and the Gulen Movement in 100 Questions, in Manhattan on April 9, 2013.

International Conference Considers Current Issues in Social Administration

Academics and NGO representatives recently attended an international conference in Ukraine to consider modern issues associated with social administration.

Scholars: Misconceptions of Islam Still Abound

The subject of misconceptions of Islam dominated the debates at the international conference organized by JWF and Fatih University in Istanbul on December 7-8, 2012.

Norwegian Christian Leader: Islamophobia Not Just Fear, Includes Hatred

Gunnar Stalsett, the bishop emeritus of Oslo, warned about a hatred of Islam at a joint panel discussion organized by the Abant Platform and Fountain Magazine in Istanbul on Friday, September 21, 2012.

Academic Conference Strengthens Ties between China and Turkey

Scholars from China’s top universities and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences came to Istanbul to meet with their Turkish counterparts for a symposium on May 22. The event was part of the 2012 Year of Chinese Culture in Turkey.

Turkish Media Creates Negative Perceptions of Non-Muslims

Intellectuals and journalists who gathered at a workshop for a debate on how the Turkish media treats non-Muslims said that the media has had a crucial role in imposing an official ideology on society.

Arabs, Turks Attempt to Redefine Arab Uprisings, Political Trajectories

Turkish and Arab intellectuals discussed the uncertain political trajectories of post-revolution Arab states in a southeastern Turkish city on the border with Syria, a country that has put Turkey’s assertive foreign policy to a difficult test during the unrest that has been rocking the Middle East for nearly a year.

Student Workshop Advocates Cross-Cultural Coexistence

South Korean, Turkish, and Indonesian youth commissions attended the “Coexistence and Overcoming Prejudices” workshop hosted by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) Women’s Platform on July 23, 2011, at Maltepe Coskun Private High School in Istanbul.

Minister Discusses Turkey’s ‘Very Special Place’ in Afghanistan

A top Afghan official has praised Turkey’s efforts to boost education and help in restructuring Afghanistan, saying Turkish assistance to the country was unparalleled.

Kurdish, Turkish Journalists Call for Dialogue

Kurdish and Turkish journalists met in Istanbul on Saturday to discuss the role of the media and put forward suggestions for eliminating misconceptions and prejudices that exist both among Iraqi Kurds and Turks.

17th Abant Platform to Discuss Kurdish Issue

The Abant Platform, a think tank supported by the Journalists and Writers Foundation, will convene to discuss Turkey’s long-standing Kurdish issue on July 4-5, 2008, at the Abant Palace Hotel in Bolu, Turkey.

‘Abant Spirit’ Lends Support to Democratic Constitution in Turkey

This reflection focuses on the ‘Abant spirit’ of love, tolerance, dialogue, and sincerity, tracing its development from the first Abant meeting in 1998 to the 15th Abant meeting in November 2007.

Abant Platform Brings Together Intellectuals from France and Turkey

Organized by JWF’s Abant Platform, the second “Turkey-France Conversations,” the first of which was held in Paris in 2006, began yesterday at the Istanbul Hilton. During the two days of meetings, participants discussed important issues concerning the media, economics, identity problems, education, secularism, politics, and history.

Middle East Democracy and Security Considered at 11th Abant Platform

The 11th meeting of the Abant Platform, a leading civil society initiative, focused on the future of the Middle East. Platform participants gave weight to the issues of security and democracy, emphasizing that the region could not be united and stabilized without settling the Israel-Palestine crisis.

Graduates Praise Turkish Schools During International Peace Program

On October 16, 2005, the Journalists and Writers Foundation organized a program titled “Towards Universal Peace,” which featured young people of different cultures and faiths. The event took place at the Hilton Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.

Conference Seeks Interfaith Solutions for Global Peace

Spiritual leaders came together at an international conference with the theme “From Terror to Universal Ethics: Religions and Peace,” which was organized in Moscow’s “Koloniy Zal” (Hall with Columns) on June 7-8, 2005, and included more than 200 attendees.

Georgia Symposium Stresses Need for Dialogue in Caucasus

JWF’s Intercultural Dialogue Platform co-organized a symposium titled “Globalization and Dialogue between Civilizations” in Tbilisi, Georgia, on September 30 – October 1, 2004. Attendees included scientists and journalists from the USA, Russia, Iran, Australia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, France, Poland, the United Arab Emirates, and Italy.

Religious Leaders Meet in Mardin for Peace

Organized by JWF’s Intercultural Dialogue Platform, the second International Symposium of Religions and Peace in the Light of the Common Ancestor Abraham (also known as the Harran Meetings) begins in Mardin today.

Interfaith Harran Symposium Traces Footsteps of Abraham

On April 13-16, 2000, JWF organized an international symposium to foster interfaith dialogue about Abraham, the common ancestor of the three monotheist religions. The event began in Sanliurfa in Turkey’s Harran region and concluded in Istanbul.

Gulen Meets with Christian and Jewish Leaders to Advocate Dialogue, Tolerance

Over the years, Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, honorary president of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF), has demonstrated the value of interfaith dialogue by meeting with respected religious leaders, including the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Catholic pope, and the chief rabbi of Israel.

Dialogue Symposium Challenges Clash of Civilizations Theory

In contrast to Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” thesis, JWF believes that in the relations among societies, dialogue is fundamental while conflict is an exception, depending on rulers’ objectives. To answer the question of “Why not dialogue?”, JWF organized an international symposium titled “Intercivilizational Dialogue” in Istanbul on June 6-7, 1997.

Conference Rallies Support for Intercultural Tolerance and Dialogue

On September 30, 1996, the Journalists and Writers Foundation organized an international conference titled “Hand-in-Hand for a Happier Tomorrow” at the Lutfi Kirdar Convention Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Soccer Match Raises Money for Children’s Education in Bosnia-Herzegovina

By the time the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina ended in 1995, more than 100,000 people had lost their lives, and moral and material destruction was widespread. In the wake of this tragedy, the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) organized a project that would make a long-term contribution to peace.