Sustainable Development

The Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva with a Message for the MUNChildren’s Participants

Mr. Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva greeted the organizers and the participants of this year’s MUNChildren, with a message that was read as an introductory speech by Ms. Lidiya Grigoreva, chief of the NGO Liaison Office.

Model United Nations of Children 2016

The United Nations Office in Geneva was the venue where the Model United Nations of Children was convened on May 20th this year. 24 students coming from different countries gathered in the UN to discuss the problems that the children of the whole world are facing today. This event was organized by the Journalists and …

Conference Opens Discussions on International Family Policies

In consultation with the Focal Point on Family at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the JWF Women’s Platform organized “International Family Conference III: International Family Policies” in Istanbul on November 29-30, 2014.

Education to Play Bridging Role among Dimensions of Sustainable Development

On July 8, 2014, JWF and the Peace Islands Institute organized a discussion panel on the effects of education on the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. The panel was part of the 2nd session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Turkish-Afghan Schools Highlighted as Step Forward for Girls’ Education

In partnership with the Dialog-Institut and the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan, the UK, and Finland, the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) organized a well-attended conference concerning Afghan girls’ access to education. The event took place on June 11, 2014, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Panel Discusses Achievements and Challenges in Afghan Girls’ Education

Working alongside Peace Islands Institute New York (PIINY) and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UN, the JWF Women’s Platform co-organized a panel on the achievements and challenges of girls’ education in Afghanistan. The event took place on March 18, 2014, at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.

Education Conference Identifies Key Aspects of Teacher Training

The “Evolution of Teacher Training: International Cooperation and Integration” conference was held on October 24-25 in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. It was jointly organized by the Belarusian State Pedagogical University and the Dialogue Eurasia Platform (DAP).

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.

JWF Gains ‘General Consultative Status’ with ECOSOC

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) is the first and only organization in Turkey to gain general consultative status in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN). In an interview, JWF President Mustafa Yesil discussed the features, plans, and importance of ECOSOC.

Academics Seek Global Stability through Dialogue and Environmentalism

A recent conference in Minsk considered ways to address global problems that threaten humanity and the world. Both local and international academicians attended the event, which was organized by the Dialogue Eurasia Platform, the Belarusian State University (BSU), Istanbul University, and the Belarusian State Academy of Arts.

Workshop Proposes Steps to Eliminate Media’s Negative Influence on Children

A workshop held at Istanbul University’s Faculty of Communication on April 5, 2012, recommended ten steps for eliminating the media’s negative influence on children and teenagers in Turkey.

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.

Women Misrepresented and Misperceived in the Media

The JWF Women’s Platform and Medialog Platform organized a workshop titled “The Media’s Perception of Women: Abuse and Recruitment” on March 5 and 6, 2011. The event was held at the Bolu Gazelle Resort Hotel, bringing together journalists, writers, academics, and activists to write a final declaration on the issue.

Turkish and Syrian Journalists Unite at Workshop

Turkish and Syrian journalists met at a recent workshop organized by JWF’s Medialog Platform. The program included presentations and exchanges of ideas, noting that in spite of political divisions between Turkey and Arab countries after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, there was no alienation among the people.

Turkish and Egyptian Intellectuals Analyze EU Bid at 16th Abant Meeting

The 16th Abant Platform meeting brought together 50 prominent Egyptian and Turkish intellectuals at the Istanbul Grand Cevahir Hotel on December 15-16, 2007. The meeting, titled “Turkey: A Bridge between Civilizations during the EU Membership Process,” was comprised of closed work sessions conducted in both Turkish and Arabic.

Scholars Say Regional Stability Depends on Turkey’s EU Membership

Arab scholars participating in an Abant Platform meeting held on Saturday and Sunday noted that Turkey acts as a bridge between the European Union (EU) and Muslim countries. They praised Turkey’s performance on the path toward EU membership while protecting its own values.

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.

Education Hailed as Solution to Unrest in Middle East

The 11th Abant Platform, whose theme was “Global Policies and the Future of the Middle East,” took place in Bolu, Turkey, on July 14-15, 2006. The final declaration prepared by the Abant committee stressed the importance of education as the solution to problems in the Middle East.

Turkish and French Intellectuals Agree on Turkey’s EU Membership

Turkish and French scholars discussed Europe’s future at the 10th Abant Platform in Paris on March 31 – April 1, 2006. The event was organized with the International Council of Social Sciences (Conseil International des Sciences Sociales) and the Human Sciences Research Council (La Maison des Sciences de l’Homme).

JWF Panel Offers Faith-Based Solutions to Hunger, Poverty

JWF’s Intercultural Dialogue Platform (IDP) organized an interfaith panel on February 1, 2006, to consider different religions’ responses to hunger and poverty, which are estimated to claim a life every 3.6 seconds. The event took place at Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul, Turkey.

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.

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.