FRIENDLY HEADS-UP: UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

The Light Millennium organization being always on the lookout for the future well-being of humanity for current actions, once again shed light-pun intended- on some of the good intentions of the bold United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) that were discussed at the 68th UN Civil Society Conference that was held in Salt Lake City  during 26-28 August 2019. 
Report by Sevgin OKTAY, Representative of The Light Millennium to the United Nations Department of Global Communications

• RUN-DOWN and Welcoming • PHOTO Album of the Workshop | • BOOKLET with Bios (Abstract included) | • FLYER • MEDIA Release (Updated on August 19, 2019) | • Photo Album

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“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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GREAT GOALS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES:  How to handle the complexity of our technology…

GREAT GOALS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES:  How to handle the complexity of our technology, and make true progress for our social and environmental well being
Immediate Media Release | August 7, 2019 (updated on August 19, 2019)
www.lightmillennium.org | www.turkishlibrary.us
Workshop Date:  On Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | Venue: Salt Lake City Palace,  Utah
Room# 151 DEF | Time: 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
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In Memoriam THE LAST ARMENIAN

by Abdullah Ayata
(translated by Emre Serbest)

Inspired by a true story, an epic story of individual and communal love and respect accompanied by  tragedy of people of different ethnicities living side by side and together in central Anatolia facing the elements of life that challenge the ying & yang of life. 

Book Review by: Sevgin OKTAY

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I TOO NOW STATE THAT I AM A FEMINIST WITH THE HOPE THAT MANY OTHERS WILL ALSO FOLLOW

CONFERENCE ON
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 SDGs #5, #16 and #17
by Sevgin OKTAY, Representative of The Light Millennium to the UN Department of Global Communications
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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION FOR A TEACHER: HAYDAR GÖFER


I had a ball visiting my home country Turkey last month- mostly the schools where I had spent perhaps the happiest times of my life.  What prompted the trip was the end of the centennial and the beginning of the 101st birthday celebration of one of my favorite teachers at Tarsus American College (TAC), Haydar Göfer. I had missed the beginning of the 100th year in February of last year. 
by Sevgin OKTAY TAC’54

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A GIANT PASSES ON – ŞÜKRÜ SERVER AYA

Obituary
“Ben giderim adım kalır
Dostlar beni hatırlasın
Düğün olur bayram gelir
Dostlar beni hatırlasın
Can kafeste durmaz uçar
Dünya bir han konan göçer
Ay dolanır yıllar geçer
Dostlar beni hatırlasın
Can bedenden ayrılacak
Tütmez baca yanmaz ocak
Selam olsun kucak kucak”

– A poem by Aşık Veysel (1894 – 1973)
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NEW YORK’TA SANATLA BEZELİ BİR DÜNYA ANA DİLİ KUTLAMASININ ARDINDAN…

Ya da Sanatla Bezeli Bir Cumartesi’nin Ardından…
23 Şubat 2019, Cumartesi gününü sanata ayırmak ve kitap dostlarıyla buluşmak isteyenler Ny Atatürk okulunun kütüphanesinde Bircan Ünver ve kitapları; ‘Işık Yollarında”, “Sanatın Labirentlerinde ” ve “En Kutsalı Yaratmak” ile buluştular. Günün, 21 Şubat Dünya Anadil gününü kutlamak gibi değerli bir başka hedefi daha vardı.
Yazı ve Fotoğraflar:  Demet DEMIRKAYA

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NY’ta BİRLEŞMİŞ MİLLETLER’İN (UNESCO) DÜNYA ANA DİLİ GÜNÜ KUTLAMASINA DAVET

Amerika Türk Kadınları Birliği Sunar:
SANATIN LABİRENTLERİNDEN ~ IŞIK YOLLARINA…
Birleşmiş Milletler’in (UNESCO) Dünya Ana Dili Günü’nü
Bircan Ünver’in iki kitabıyla birlikte kutlamaya davet ediyoruz.

• Gün: 23 Şubat 2019, Cumartesi
SAAT: 14:00 – 16:00
• Yer: Atatürk Okulu
45 East 81st Street, New York, NY 10028
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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…]

“BİR YILDIZ TOZUYUZ!” New York’ta bir Kitap Söyleşi’sinin ardından…

Etkinlik Foto-Albümü için yukarıdaki fotoğrafı tıklayınız!

SANATIN LABİRENTLERİNDEN ~ IŞIK YOLLARINA…  kitaplarının New York’taki ilk Tanıtım, Söyleşi ve İmza Gününe katılanlar, bu içerikte programların bir kereye mahsus değil bir çok yerde ve çok daha sık yapılması teklifinde bulundular…
Benzer talepler katılımcılardan bir kaç kişi tarafından yinelendi. Bu içerikteki taleplere, Ünver, özellikle 2009 yılından itibaren ve Türk Evi’nin de kapatılmasını takiben, Manhattan’da Türk-Amerikan toplumunun bir araya gelebileceği benzer etkinlikler için mekan temini konusunda ki devam etmekte olan güçlüklere değindi. Bu konuda gönüllü bir STK/NGO olarak, The Light Millennium”a ilişkin girişim ve tecrübeleri çerçevesinde mekan tahsis ve temini konusu biraz sancılı olmakla birlikte, bu mekanın tahsisi çerçevesinde, bir projenin, bir fikrin uygulanmasının %50 sinin güvenceye alınmış olacağını vurguladı.

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Kitap Söyleşi: SANATIN LABİRENTLERİNDEN ~ IŞIK YOLLARINA…

Etkinlik Kitap Söyleşi & Imza Günü
Medya Bülteni | Tarih:  24 Eylül 2018

13-ekim-davetiye-kitap-soylesi-renkli (pdf)

Etkinlik Tarihi: Cumartesi, 13 Ekim  2018, New York
SANATIN LABİRENTLERİNDEN ~ IŞIK YOLLARINA…
Sanat üzerine Söyleşiler ve Denemeler (2016) & Şiir ve Şiirsel Günceler (2017);
Kitaplarının New York’taki ilk Tanıtım, Söyleşi, ve İmza gününe davetlisiniz…
Bircan Ünver’in IŞIK YOLLARINDA ~ İçindeki ışığı arayan tüm yeryüzü dostlarına… adlı kitabı, “Dünya Şiddetsizlik ve Barış” için “pasif direniş“in babası olan Mahatma Gandhi’nin doğum gününde 2 Ekim 2017 tarihinde çıkmıstır!
Bu etkinlik, aynı zamanda, IŞIK YOLLARINDA kitabının 1. basım yıldönümü olacaktır.
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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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"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.