“HOW TO PREVENT THE PROLIFERATION OF HATE SPEECH WITHIN THE CONTOURS OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH…

Digital art design by Julie Mardin
“As new channels for hate speech are reaching wider audiences than ever at lightning speed, we all – the United Nations, governments, technology companies, educational institutions – need to step up our response.”
UN Secretary General António Guterres
Paper presentation by Sevgin OKTAY, Representative of The Light Millennium to the United Nations Department of Global Communications
Workshop titled: GREAT GOALS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES:  How to handle the complexity of our technology, and make true progress for our social and environmental well being
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REPORT on: GREAT GOALS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES…

“— A company can create a product, but what we use and not use is still up to us.”
—  “We should remember our power as consumers.” 
— “Hold corporations accountable, it’s as simple as that.”
—  “We need easier access to scientific studies for the regular citizen.”
– From the Interactive Session

Report by Julie MARDIN, Representative of The Light Millennium to the United Nations Department of Global Communications
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YOUTH JOURNALISTS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS: Meet UNESCO

–– Book review by Patrick SCIARRATTA*
In the Spring 2019, the Director of the Media Education Center in Belgrade introduced me to a new ‘Handbook for Journalism Education and Training’ from UNESCO (the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, in Paris). 
MEC Director Miomir Rajcevic introduced me to the ‘handbook’ that is in fact a full course workup, reviewing at first what has been called ‘fake news,’ but discusses the topic in much greater detail – and its title betrays its thoughts on the subject.
Journalism, Fake News, and Disinformation” is the actual title.  (Available free, at: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000265552)
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CANADA-BASED ALMOS GOLD, INC SHOULD END THE ECO-MASSACRE IN TURKEY NOW!

Press Release August 7, 2019
Source: http://ataturk.org.uk/joint-kaz-daglari-press-release-by-asa-and-iadd/
Joint Kaz Mountains ( Mount Ida / Kaz Dağları) press release by ASA and İADD
Nearly 200,000 trees slaughtered, water supply disrupted, ecosystem shattered
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WOMEN AND GIRLS ARE AN INDISPENSABLE AND EQUAL PART OF OUR COMMON HUMANITY.

“Women have fulfilled their responsibilities with humility and human dignity and strong spirituality. I have personally witnessed these heroic and sacrificial contributions in my native country of Zambia and Southern Africa region during decades of the fight for freedom and independence from colonial and racist domination, Victory and liberation would not have been won without the vigilant and steadfast contributions of women in these nations and region.”


Below Remarks presented by Ambassador Isaiah Zimba CHABALA, Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations and Humanitarian; Founder and President, Visionary Empowerment & Divine Empowerment Mission
during the Opening Session of the “Peace, Women, Security and Secularism” event in NYC on April 11, 2019.
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LAICISM IS TO TREAT ALL BELIEVERS AND NON-BELIEVERS EQUALLY, AND LEAVE RELIGION IN THE PRIVATE DOMAIN

Raising children with required values and as useful members of the society requires high qualities. Therefore, women, being the nation’s mothers, need to be more enlightened and progressive than men.
Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK

Presented by Mirat YAVALAR, Co-Founder & Treasurer,
ATATÜRK SOCIETY OF AMERICA
(UN – DGC – CSO)
at conference PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM


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WE AIM TO BRING BACK THE “SECULARISM” CONCEPT INTO THE DISCUSSION IN CORRELATION WITH THE UNSCR 1325 AND SDGs TO THE UN GROUND

Concept Note:
PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM
Towards the 19th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council
Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security

And
In support of the SDGs#5, #16 and #17
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Invitation: PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM – April 11

Towards the 19th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security
and
In support of the SDGs#5, #16 and #17

Invitation (pdf) | as an image

Draft Concept Note
http://lightmillennium.org/events/2019/april-11-conceptnote-1325-and-secularism.pdf

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DÜNYA ŞİİR GÜNÜ, NEW YORK’TA ATTİLA İLHAN’IN ŞİİRLERİYLE ŞÖLEN TADINDA KUTLANDI…

[TurkishLibrary.Us, New York, 3 Mart 2019] 1 Mart Cuma akşamı, Attila İlhan’ın şiirleriyle, Dünya Şiir Günü (21 Mart) 20. yıldönümü çerçevesinde New York’ta T.C. Başkonsolosluğu’nun ev sahipliğinde bir şölen tadında kutlandı..

Biz bu yolculuğa böyle başlamıştık…
“nasıl doğmakla başlarsa ölüm
ölmekle başlar öyle hayat
bil ki dünyayı sarsan sıçramalar
birikmiş şuurlarla gelir” 

Attila İlhan

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Event: PEACE, WOMAN, SECURITY & SECULARISM – on April 11, NYC

Event on Thursday, April 11, 2019
Draft Concept Note
Towards the 19th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution
S/RES/1325 (2000) & In support of the SDG#5, SDG#16 and SDG#17

INTRODUCTION:
This event aims to support and create awareness on the United Nations Security Council Resolution #1325 (2000) in correlation with the concept of “Secularism”, which is the missing key component of the #1325 framework. It also aims to introduce the SDGS#5, 16 and 17 to the general public in conjunction with the #1325 towards the attainment of the 2030 Development Agenda.
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2019, İNSAN OLMA VE İNSANLIĞI GELİŞTİRME YILI OLSUN…

“Tek bir kimse geride kalmasın!” Ban ki-Moon, 
– (Eski) BM Genel Sekreteri
“Bilgi, Işık’tır.”
– Damon T. Berry, “The Knowledge of the Forever Time

2019 yılından bütün zamanlardan çok daha ümitliyim! Çünkü, İNSANLIK artık bir dönüm noktasındadır…
Ya ahmaklıklarımıza teslim olup kendimizi ve yeryüzünü topyekün infilak ettireceğiz!
Ya da…
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WHITE HELMETS: NEITHER NEUTRAL AND NOR VOLUNTEER

Some governments have been and are still willing to pay billions of dollars to invest in terrorism, in order to destroy Syria and spread chaos.”
– H.E. Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic the United Nations
[TurkishLibrary.Us] “The White Helmets Activities in Syria: The Fact-Checking By EyeWitnesses and Former Volunteers” titled side event with the provided Facts and Figures and Testimonies presented at the United Nations in Conference Room# 7 in New York on December 20, 2018.
Maxim Grigoriev, Director, Foundation for the Study of Democracy, provided extensive evidence on the “White Helmets” activities in Syria such as engagement and operation forced the removal of human organs, stealing and all forms of corruptions.
The first page of the slide stated the following:
Methods of FACT CHECKING
• members of the White Helmets, also known as the Syrian Civil Defense;
• former fighters from illegal armed groups and terrorist groups;
• people living in the areas where the White Helmets operated.
Presented testimonies by the Eyewitness and Former Volunteers pinpointed the following: “The White Helmets Neither Neutral and Nor Volunteer”
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“OUR EARNEST DESIRE TO BUILD A WORLD WITHOUT CONFLICT…”

 On December 11, 2018, Kazakhstan Celebrated its 27th Anniversary in New York City
“Our earnest desire to build a world without conflict, terrorism, and nuclear weapons, and we set the target date as 2045 – the UN’s centennial.”
— H.E. Kairat Umarov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations
“The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty has an essential role within the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime. It fosters international peace and security by constraining the development of nuclear weapons. Our collective security demands that every effort should be made to bring this essential treaty into force.”  — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
“The only sure way to eliminate the threat posed by nuclear weapons is to eliminate the weapons themselves.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres

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UDHR AT 70 & UN NGOs

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AT 70 & UN NGOs
by 
Harvey TORDOFF

It is 70 years this month since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights became enshrined in the conscience of the world.  In human terms, it is a life-time.  Has it been a life well lived, and can we now sit in our rocking chairs content in the knowledge that we have achieved our goal?
Progress has been made, of which we can be proud, but no-one can believe that there is no more to be done.  There are still far too many places in the world where systematic abuses of these fundamental rights take place in the name of culture, religion and politics.  Wars have continued throughout the last 70 years.

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“EMPATHETIC SPEECH” PROPOSAL AS THE 18th GOAL IN THE 2030 AGENDA

2018 NGO REPORT

By SEVGIN OKTAY, The Light Millennium
NGO Representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information

I am pleased to report that during my first year as a Light Millennium NGO Representative to the UN/DPI, not only did I learn quite a few things from my attendance of several conferences, but I hope I was also able to contribute some ideas for the benefit of the United Nations as well as public at large. [Read more…]
"The U.S. Turkish Library & Museum For Friendship and Peace" project joined, and has been produced under the umbrealla of The Light Millennium Organization effective on October 15, 2015.