IMPORTANCE OF AN ENABLING LEGAL ENVIRONMENT FOR PRESS FREEDOM

25th celebration of  World Press Freedom Day 2018
“KEEPING POWER IN CHECK: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law”
A free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all. It is crucial to building transparent and democratic societies and keeping those in power accountable.  It is vital for sustainable development.  Journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told. Their services to the public is invaluable.  Laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced.  Crimes against journalists must be prosecuted.  On World Press Freedom Day 2018, I call on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists. Promoting a free press in standing up for our right to truth.”
– H.W. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

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BİRLEŞMİŞ MİLLETLER’İN KÜRESEL HEDEFLERİNDE GENÇLİK VE SPORUN ÖNEMİ

#ispescongress2018
SPORDA KÜRESEL HEDEFLER |
GLOBAL GOALS IN SPORT
SUNUM >

Bir STK/NGO Perspektifinden… | Sivil Toplum Kuruluşu

BİRLEŞMİŞ MİLLETLER’İN KÜRESEL HEDEFLERİNDE GENÇLİK VE SPORUN ÖNEMİ
Derleyen ve Sunan:  Bircan Ünver, M.A.
THE LIGHT MILLENNIUM, FOUNDER–PRESIDENT & HEAD
NGO Rep. to the United Nations Department of Public Information
(New York)
TARIH: 26 Nisan 2014  | SAAT: 11:00
YER: Nişantaşı Üniversitesi Maslak 1453, NeoTech Kampüs,
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“RURAL AND URBAN ACTIVIST TRANSFORMING WOMEN’S LIVES”

#TIMEIsNOW: RURAL AND URGAN ACTIVIST TRANSFORMING WOMEN’S LIVES |
International Women’s Day
Dated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Venue: GA Hall,UNHQ, New YorK
The Event is organized by UN WOMEN Under this year’s theme, Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives, events around the world will capture the vibrant work of activists and their mobilization for change.
Report & Photos by SHIRISH BOHARA, The Light Millennium, Youth
NGO Rep. to the United Nations Department of Public Information

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I’VE HELD ON TIGHT TO THE WINGS OF THE COSMOS…

 Autobiographic Poetic Diary

Dedicated to my dear sister Olcay Ünver and my immediate Family in Istanbul…

One half of me is from Turkey
The other half America
My country of birth – my roots and the first half of my life rests in Turkey
The second half of my life – almost thirty-years-long following it rests in America


Bircan ÜNVER

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THE FIRST SPACE NATION: ASGARDIA

Poetic Diary II.
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Following “A City in Space” titled dream, 1.5 – 2 years later, this time I am in Istanbul… 

To my son John Unver’s  21st Birthday…

It was exactly fifteen years before this event that
the Passport of World Citizenship had grabbed my attention…
I had first seen it among his prizes in the library of Sir Arthur C. Clarke
at the Barnes Place in Colombo,
during my first visit on December 20, 2002…

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A CITY IN SPACE

Poetic Diary – I. While I was in New York about one-and-a-half to two-years ago…

There is a perception that everything exists in the universe as if it has been reflected through the mind of mankind…

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I was in a forest densely filled with very tall and wide pine trees
There was a hillside at the entrance of the forest…
Just like the one at the entrance of the Forest Park by the Park Lane
which is 10 minutes from where I live
However, all the pine trees on the hillside were uprooted and carried away
The earth in the denuded open area was still very fresh and wet
As if it was fallowed that day with the purpose of farming!

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TO MANY MORE MILLENNIA DEAR SIR ARTHUR… December 16

Poetic Diary | by Bircan ÜNVER  (for the original format, click here for the pdf file).

Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s Birthday…

December 16, 1917 – December 16, 2017 

I.
Many people used to mention the impossibility of interviewing you…
Once I was influenced by your vision, I wanted to interview you…
At that time, I had read in the newspapers that you were in New York…
I had immediately found out where you were staying and called
This hotel happened to be the one where you had written the book “2001: Space Odyssey”
Much later, I also found out that in front of the hotel wall,
there is a placket in your name that refers you’ve written the “2001: Space Odyssey” there…

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NİCE BİNYILLARA SEVGİLİ SIR ARTHUR… | 100. Yaşında

Şiirsel Günce:
Sir Arthur C. Clarke’in 100. Doğum Yıldönümüne ithafen… 16 Aralık 1917 – 16 Aralık 2017
Kaynak: IŞIK YOLLARINDA ~ İçindeki ışığı arayan tüm yeryüzü dostlarına… kitabı | BIRCAN ÜNVER ŞİİRLERİ |  Sayfa 133 – 138
I.
Çoğu kimse, sana ulaşmanın – görüşmenin imkansızlığına dem vururdu…
Girmiştim bir kez vizyonunun etki alanına ve bir röportaj yapmak istiyordum…
Bir gazetede okumuştum New York’ta olduğunu o sıralar…
Hemen otelini öğrenip aramıştım ki, bu otel “2001: Uzay Macerası”nı da yazmış olduğun
Adına bir Plaket’in de duvarında asılı olduğunu da çok sonradan öğrenmiş olduğum bir otel…
Ve ne büyük bir rastlantı ki, New York’a 1990 yılında ilk ayak bastığım ve benim de kalmış olduğum oteldi, Hotel Chelsa…
Haberi okur okumaz hemen aramıştım oteli…
Maalesef o sabah ayrılmıştın Sri Lanka’ya dönmek üzere
Çok üzülmüştüm ama yapacak bir şey de yoktu o an… 

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BİR İLKLER HALKASI: ELAZIĞ FIRAT ÜNİVERSİTESİ…

Bu yazıyı, Doç. Dr. Sebahattin Devecioğlu, Doç. Dr. Fatih Özek ve Arş. Görv. ve
Edebiyat Öğrenci Topluluğu Danışmanı Sema Oruç ve Edebiyat Öğrenci Topluluğu üyelerine ithaf ediyorum.
Her şeyin bir ilki ve kendi dönüşüm halkası vardır. İletişim ağı ve kendi iç ve dış bağlantıları çerçevesinde de, bir tarihi…
Bu bir insanın doğuşundan, her bir insanın “hayatım da ilk defa” ifadesinde kendini bulan bir zincirler skalasına; o noktadan da görünen-görünmeyen ağlarının birbiriyle örtüşmesine kadar geniş bir alanı kapsar. Bu soyutlama, yer-coğrafya, mekan, tarih, olay, nitelik benzeri her biri kendi içinde ayrı bir olgu da veya kıpırdanma ile başlayan bir çok unsur için geçerlidir. Gerek coğrafi, gerek sosyal, gerek akademik, gerek entellektüel, gerek tarihsel gerekse bireysel birikimler ve olgular bileşkesinde ise “hayatım da ilk defa”ların dahi, kendi içinde—farkında olunsun ya da olunmasın—bir tarihi vardır!

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FRIENDS KNEW ÇİĞDEM TO MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE

A Tribute To ÇİĞDEM ACAR
by
  Timur AKPINAR 

It is hard to come to grips with the loss of our dear friend Çiğdem.

I knew her for a long time, going back decades.

I tried to recall one of her qualities that left the greatest impression on me and it was difficult.

She had many good traits.
Her intellect was extraordinary.

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