III. International NGO Fair , 11/17/2018

3rd International NGOs Fair, aiming to bring international non-governmental organizations  together, was  realized on November 17-18 November  in Yenikapı Eurasia Performance and Culture Center through the cooperation of the  Union of the NGOs of the Islamic World and (UNIW) and Turkey Foundation of the  Voluntary of Associations(TFVA) and with the support of the Istanbul Great Municipality. 175 organizations and more than  ten thousands visitors from 40 countries participated to the fair.

During the fair, which is realized in the third time, participants  presented their projects and activities and shared their accumulated knowledge in different countries, regions and sectors and their institutional experience with other  organizations.

Ad. Ali Kurt, the General Secretary of the Union of the NGOs of the Islamic World, (UNIW) expressed in his opening speech that we needed to support the core dynamics and values of our ancient civilization instead of complaining of negative conditions around us and  the 3. NGOs Fair was realized in an international realm and strategic axis of meeting that would provide opportunity to sharing experience and knowledge among our NGOs within a spirit of unity, being informed about the projects and activities of each other at first hand and using our power in the most productive way.

Kurt, stated that The Union had been activated with the decision of the Council of Ministers in 2005 under the status of international NGO umbrella organization and it turned out to be an umbrella organization currently uniting 350 NGOs from 65 countries and having a very important network.

Kurt emphasized that The Union was seen as a very important and strategical  institution  since it constituted a  consultatitive ground  referring to voluntariness sincerity, brotherhood  on the axis of  voluntary and civic initiatives. He continued as follows:

“We need to accept that this geography needs  and is  obliged to recognize each other.  In this sense,  we see  the 3. International NGOs Fair as an important opportunity  to pave the way for fruitful cooperations  under the banner of  well-being of the this umma  with organizations participating from different parts of the Islamic World.  During the fair, our participants  will share  their activities  they carried out until  now,  their ongoing and future projects with other  participant NGOs and the  visitors of the fair.”

Having stated  that  meeting of the  valuable organizations through the activity, constitutes  a powerful synergy, Kurt  underlined the fact that  in order to defeat  all games  played over our geograpy in this critical period and to resist to threats, distinguished  NGOs and individuals of this umma had to come together  with the same purpose and objective.

After  the President of Turkey Foundation of the Voluntary Associations, Ad. Hamza Akbulut, the Pacific-Asian Representative and the Vice-General Secretary  Ahmet Azzam,  General Director of  Red Crescent, Ibrahim Altan,  Honorary President of the UNIW, Necmi Sadıkoglu,  President of The Unity International Lawywers (UHUB),  Previous Minister of Environment and City Planning, İdris Güllüce,   President of Women's Branch Şeyma Döğücü, Deputy Group President of Ak Parti and Istanbul PM  Hasan Turan, Chief Consultant of President of Republic, Ahmet Selim Köroğlu and  Deputy Minister of  Treasury and Finance  Nurettin Nebati  made their speeches.

NGOs coming from  almost all corners of the world with a perspective extending from  Asia- Pacific to Southern Asian countries, from Middle East to the countries of the Gulf,  from Sub-saharan Africa to  Europe and America opened stands and found the opportunity of sharing their activities and projects with other participant NGOs and visitors.

Along with  the NGOs coming different parts of the world, the Ministry of Family and Social Policies,  Ministry of Youth and Sport, YTB, Maarif Foundation, Yunus Emre Institute,  Turkey Human Rights and Equality Institution, AFAD, Diyanet Foundation, Anadolu Agency, IBB and AK Party Women's Branch  also participated to the fair.

Furthermore,   our Minister of Youth and Sport, Dear Dr.  Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu  visited our fair area, interested with all  NGOs one by one and received information about their own activities.

This activity which is organized the third time,  seriously contributed to the sustainable  cooperation  among the NGOs of the fair by ensuring participation from almost  all parts of the Islamic world.  As a result,  meeting, synergy, and serious cooperation took place among NGOs.

Free of charge transportation was  provided

Bus services from  Yenikapı and Marmaray Metro Stations were provided free of  charge in order to  offer comfortable and easy transportation to the fair area.

Visitors  received  fair booklet presenting  the participant  organizations from different regions of  Islamic world and working in different  areas, in entrance hall.

Two umbrella NGO Organizations, UNIW and TGTV

The Unity of  the NGOs of the Islamic World, which is of one the organizers of the fair, was founded out the decision of the Council of Ministers  in 2015. It carries out its activities  as an umbrella NGOs   with its 350 members from 65 countries   in order to establish  sustainable relations among  NGOs in Islamic geography Its headquarter is in Istanbul.

Other  organizer of  the 3. International NGOs Fair, which is supported by Istanbul Great Municipality,  is Turkey Foundation of Voluntary Associations, (TFVA)  is  founded in 1994 in Istanbul, again as an umbrella organization:  TFVA, which is focused  on cooperation among NGOs as to problems of the country, has currently more than 200 members.

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