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International conference in honor of the Centenary of the legendary Nelson Mandela
June 12, 2018 News

Press release

08.06.2018, Belgrade, Serbia

On June 8, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia, an International conference was held in honor of the Centenary of the legendary Nelson Mandela, organized by the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD), a non-governmental organization whose founders and numerous members are worthy and prominent representatives of the intelligentsia, scientists, diplomats and public figures from 36 countries of the world. An organization that adheres to the principle of equality and mutual respect, stands up for peace, dialogue, sustainable development, mutual understanding, people's diplomacy, promotion of multicultural values ​​and respect for the norms and principles of territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of borders, is interested in holding such important events that unite people for one goal.

Since 2007, Nelson Mandela is an honorary citizen of Belgrade, and the purpose of the conference was based on the continuation of the heritage of Nelson Mandela. The conference was held in the solemn hall of the University of Belgrade, where outstanding public figures, representatives of the intelligentsia, diplomacy, culture and science, representatives of the state, government and parliament attended. The opening took place with the sound of national anthems of Serbia and South Africa, and after that the conference moderator, Prof. Dr. and Dr. Honoris Causa Sabahudin Hadzhialich, honored professor of European and regional universities greeted the audience and gave the floor to prof. Dr. Zhivan Lazovich, Vice-Rector of the University of Belgrade.

He noted in his speech that he was proud of the fact that such a prestigious event was held at University of Belgrade, noted the importance of the issues on the agenda of the event and the role of Nelson Mandela in the national liberation movement of South African countries, his fight against racial discrimination and his great work for his country.

The welcoming speech was also addressed by the Secretary-General to the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Nikola Selakovich, who in his speech noted that it was a great honor for him to address those present on behalf of the office of the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Alexander Vučić, and also noted that such a significant conference in honor of the centenary of the day the birth of Nelson Mandela is held precisely in the Serbian capital not by chance, since in 2007 Nelson Mandela was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Belgrade. He thanked the leadership of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development for organizing such an important event.

Then the Minister of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Vladan Vukosavljevich, delivered a welcoming speech. In his speech he welcomed all participants of the conference and noted that it is a pleasure to hold such an important historical event in Serbia, in which scientists, intellectuals, diplomats, public and political figures from different countries take part. He thanked the organizers of the event and wished success in holding the conference. The minister expressed his confidence that it will be held effectively and that important decisions will be taken within the framework of the event.

The conference was also attended by the current president of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development prof. Dr. Dimitar Kostov, Founder and Chairman of the African Raising Foundation, Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mr. Ndaba Mandela, Vice President of the Foundation, Director of the Branch in the Russian Federation Mr. Mikhail Zernov, Executive Director of the Nelson Mandela Museum in South Africa Mr. Bonke Tyhulu, Vice President of the Foundation, His Royal Heritage Zolani Mkiva, Director of the Museum "Robben Island" Mr. Mava Dada and Head of the Economics and Finance Department of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of the Istanbul Aydin University professor. Dr. Sedat Aybar.

Current president of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development prof. Dr. Dimitar Kostov in his speech considered appropriate if the conference supports the resolution A/RES/72/243 of the 72-nd session of the UN General Assembly on the convening of a conference at the highest level on the eve of the 73-rd session of the GA on the topic "In the performance of Nelson Mandela's legacy, to strengthen and develop the role of the UN in the maintenance of international peace and security". Then he noted that in the country’s first multiracial parliamentary elections in history, an overwhelming majority chose the ANC to lead the country, and on May 10, 1994 Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa, with de Klerk serving as his first deputy. As a president, Mandela established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate human rights and political violations committed by both supporters and opponents of apartheid between 1960 and 1994. It was hailed as an innovative model for building peace and justice and for holding accountable those guilty of human rights violations. At the same time, it laid the foundation for building reconciliation among all South Africans. He also introduced numerous social and economic programs designed to improve the living standards of South Africa’s black population.

The founder and chairman of the Africa Raising Foundation, Nelson Mandela's grandson, Ndaba Mandela, first of all expressed deep gratitude to the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development for organizing and holding a conference in honor of Nelson Mandela’s centenary. In his speech, Ndaba Mandela said that Nelson Mandela led the struggle to abolish the apartheid regime in South Africa and was one of the most respected statesmen in the world. In 1962, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for political activities, which were considered as terrorism. Mandela was released after 27 years. Five months later, for the first time in the history of South Africa, general democratic elections took place, at which Nelson Mandela was elected president as the first black head of state in the history of the country. The main problem for Mandela as head of state was the fight against poverty. In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. His charm, his sense of humor, his ability to forgive those who cruelly treated him, and the whole amazing story of his life - all this to some extent explains the truly universal love and respect that Mandela enjoyed. ”I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die., “My grandfather said that "everything seems impossible until someone does it"“, he noted. He also informed the participants of the event about the activities of the Foundation, which he directs.

Vice President of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development, Director of the branch in the Russian Federation, Mr. Mikhail Zernov in his speech noted that the life of Nelson Mandela is an example of an uncompromising position about the world evil, which periodically sprouts on different ends of the planet, which can be as explicit as apartheid, but can take other forms. With cruise missiles and violation of the sovereignty of states, with test tubes with non-existent chemical weapons, fraudulent facts, lies, deception. Followed by a severe punishment, strict punishment to those peoples and countries that choose a selfish path of development. And the inflexibility of this great man, who was offered several times to abandon his convictions and struggle in exchange for freedom, causes deep respect and admiration. Nelson Mandela often said that he was "an ordinary man who became a leader due to special circumstances". "In my country, you first go to jail, then become president," Mandela repeated. But, standing at the helm of the country, he saved South Africa, which was standing on the threshold of civil war, from the abyss. Mandela sat at one table both his comrades-in-arms, and yesterday's enemies. The last white president, Frederick de Klerk, became vice-president during his presidency, and the leader of the militant people Zulu Buthelezi became minister of the interior affairs. Nelson Mandela was not a politician in the usual sense of the word. For Mandela, participation in the political struggle was a form of existence. He lived together with the people. Despite his high background, he was discriminated against in exactly the same way as a black worker or an illiterate peasant working for a white farmer. He was an inseparable part of the people. That's what made him so successful and so popular.

The executive director of the Nelson Mandela Museum in South Africa, Mr. Bonke Tyhulu, gave detailed information on Nelson Mandela's activities, on his participation in the national liberation movement, on the struggle for it, on people's support, on the sharp struggle against discrimination, on his state and people, and his memory among the people. He said in his speech that the Nelson Mandela Museum proudly participated in the event in honor of Nelson Mandela's centenary. Organizations such as the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development have the ethical obligation to lead societies to dialogue. It is clear that Nelson Mandela was a product of a community. Contributions made at different levels by different people and organizations gave us a fine human being.

Indeed, the next 100 years should be about production of other Nelson Mandelas of this world to help build a better world. The society has a duty to produce leaders that are capable of producing other Mandelas. These Mandelas would help sustain peace and economic prosperity.

On behalf of the famous journalist who was the last journalist to have interviewed Nelson Mandela himself, Mrs. Vesna Jugovich de Vincha, who unfortunately could not attend for valid reasons, and whose English edition of the book "Mandela's Code" was specially published in honor of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela, in a joint collaboration between the "Institute of Textbooks" and the International Fund for Sustainable Peace and Development, Mrs. Maya Manoylovich held a speech. She noted that "Mandela's unusual, difficult but exciting, above all enlightning life, as well as his principles of thinking and acting - these are the themes of this book. The book is thus, above all, a special kind of biography.

It was inspired by the last interview of the great leader I made in December 2009 on Catholic Christmas day in Mandela's house in the south of the South African Republic in the village of Kunu, near Port Elizabeth. I was then honored to have breakfast and, as a journalist of the life & style magazine HELLO!,  to talk to this exceptional man.

Shortened version of the interview was published in English and Serbian edition of HELLO! magazine. The long version of the conversation is incorporated into this book.

It was written with the idea of ​​discovering the secret of the sources of enormous strenght and power of this Spartacus of the new age, to discover and define - the Mandela's code. It's a really difficult task.

How to decode Mandela's multi-layer, complex personality and philosophy, his political activism, his sight and inner smile, the knowledge that his messages to mankind and politicians after his death still have weight and timeless value today?”

Vice President of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development, His Royal Heritage, Mr. Zolani Mkiva, in his speech thanked the current president of the Foundation prof. Dr. Dimiter Kostov for taking the important initiative of organizing the event and the Secretary General, Vice President of the Foundation prof. Dr. Eldar Hasanov for contributing to the organization and the successful realization of the event in honor of the icon of the freedom and father of the new South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and he noted that it take a leader with a foresight and a world view to do occasions of this nature. This ceremony has brought us together as people from the different hemispheres of the universe. What unites us under this roof is our common value of appreciating justice, peace, love and freedom. These are the main things that Dr Nelson Mandela lived and struggled for.

In his speech, he noted that he had known about Nelson Mandela since childhood. His name was associated with the struggle for the emancipation of the people of Africa at large. He was the symbol and embodiment of freedom. His face was banned in the public discourse and we grew up without having seen his image. Many of our people who never met him before he was incarcerated could only imagine his image as a person. To this effect, many artistic impressions were created for this freedom fighter.

Vice President of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development, famous writer Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev, who was not able to attend for valid reasons, noted in his speech that in the difficult history of mankind, many heroes and brave people challenged the authorities, battling and dying in the name of freedom, in the name of the equality of other people. But there is almost no one ready to rise above personal grievances, forget the existing contradictions and extend a hand to their opponents, calling on all to peace and reconciliation, after so many years of personal suffering and lack of freedom. The greatness of Nelson Mandela's soul strikes everyone who gets acquainted with the story of his life. Three hundred years ago the French philosopher Montesquieu brilliantly said - "To do great things, you do not have to be the greatest genius, you do not need to be above people. You need to be with them!" This is what Nelson Mandela was, he managed to rise above his personal grievances, passions, his difficult fate! He showed us the ideal of the Personality, to which every citizen living today can and should strive! He who denies freedom for others does not deserve it for himself. Speaking in court at which he was sentenced to life imprisonment, Nelson Mandela finished his speech with the words "I'm ready to die", and later this speech will become a symbol of the people's struggle for their liberation! People say that he said that last phrase looking directly at the judge. And he proved with his life that it was not just rhetoric. Refusing to leave prison in exchange for his early release, he showed an example not only of an uncompromising fighter, but also of a Person whose moral authority will prove to be a moral example for millions of people throughout the world!

But in one thing he was wrong! Such people do not die! He was ready for death, but death itself retreated before his Greatness! He was ready to die, but his name became a symbol of the struggle of all oppressed for their liberation! And that's why he is among us today. Today he is everywhere where freedom is violated: where there is no democracy, where citizens are deprived of their natural rights. And that is why he is with us. From now on and forever. And we can justly be proud that the human race created by the Creator or by nature was able to breed such Titans, of whom we can be proud forever.

Director of the "Robben Island" Museum in South Africa, Mr. Mava Dada, in his speech expressed deep gratitude for the organization and holding of the conference at a high level.

He noted that the President of South Africa announced this year, 2018 - the year of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu. Albertina Sisulu was a staunch human rights activist and wife of the late Walter Sisulu. Both would have celebrated their 100th birthday this year.

                                                                                         

The two are struggle stalwarts whose legacies have shaped the history and course of South Africa as one of the last countries to attain democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. With respect to Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 of his 27 year sentence as a prisoner at Robben Island Maximum Prison, we recognise his exemplary life, values and visionary leadership that have left a great legacy we wish to proudly share with South Africa, Africa and the World at large. His vision for humanity is alive with us in the present. Through Tata’s inspiring leadership style, South Africans envisioned a better country for all and moved together toward a shared view of the future. Many of which were born during his incarceration at Robben Island.

Head of the Department of Economics and Finance of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Istanbul Aydin University prof. Dr. Sedat Aybar said in his speech that millions of people remember Nelson Mandela as a person who defeated apartheid peacefully. „He became an outstanding politician, who made a great contribution to world democracy and struggle for human rights. During his presidency Mandela managed to carry out a number of important socio-economic reforms, which greatly facilitated the life of the population. Recently, in the begining of May this year, I have delivered a talk on the great leader Nelson Mandela at a similar event at my university, Istanbul Aydin University. That event was attended by his Excellency, the President of the Republic of South Africa Mr. Kgalema Petrus Mothlanthe and his Excellency, my Honorable Dear Friend Pule Malefane the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa in Turkey. That particular event to our pleasant surprise had attracted a lot of attention from the media and from our students. We had full house, so to speak. Overall, wide spread interest on these events signifies the relevance and importance of Great Leader Nelson Mandela’s ideas and what these ideas represent, particularly in ever challenging world of the rising racism and single minded dogmatism, an evil against which he has patiently, and relentlessly fought.„

At the conference, Mrs. Ray Monde Phillips and Mr. Jan Adamec, members of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development, presented their project "Caress the World", which through the spirit of art preserves the values ​​for which Nelson Mandela stood up.

At the end of the conference, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, Mr. Ndaba Mandela, and Mr. Zharko Tarich presented the main initiator and organizer of the conference to the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Republic of Serbia and to the Secretary-General of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development, H.E. prof. Dr. Eldar Hasanov, the Award “Razvoj” on behalf of the Serbian-African Investment Forum, and thanked him again for his enormous contribution.

At the end of the event, the Board of Directors and members of the leadership of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development decided to hold events, scientific and practical conferences aimed at the stability of mankind, peace, dialogue, sustainable development, the development of democratic values and the strengthening of dialogue among peoples on a regular basis.

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IFSPD Secretary-General met with the IFEPR President
May 02, 2018 News ,Events

Secretary-General of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) Prof. Dr. Eldar Hasanov met with the President of the International Foundation for Education Policy Research (IFEPR) Prof. Taras Finikov, on 30 April 2018 in Belgrade (Serbia).

During this meeting, each side became more familiar with the activities of both organizations, with the aim of establishing contact for future cooperation.

IFEPR, whose founders are Prof. Alexander Belohlavek (Czech Republic), Prof. Marek Kwiek (Poland), Prof. Taras Finikov (Ukraine), was founded in the spring of 2001, and the impetus for the institutionalization of cooperation was the participation of experts - professionals in the field of education management and technology training in higher education in numerous joint international projects.

Prof. Taras Finikov expressed his desire to get acquainted with the Statute of the International Foundation (IFSPD), implemented research projects and field of IFSPD activity, and he also shared possible areas for common cooperation.

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On the initiative of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) a book will be published in honor of the 100th anniversary of the legendary Nelson Mandela
February 14, 2018 News ,Events

On 12 February 2018 in Belgrade (Serbia), a meeting was held between IFSPD Secretary-General Prof. Eldar Hasanov and a well-known Serbian writer, journalist, and producer, Ms. Vesna Jugovic de Vincha, the author of Nelson Mandela's Last Message.

This meeting was also attended by IFSPD experts Ms. Sandra Bogunovich and Ms. Jovana Mojsovich, as well as by the representative of the IFSPD Balkan Branch Ms. Esma Sirbubalo.

On the initiative of IFSPD, it is planned to publish Ms. De Vincha's book in English in honor of the Mandela's jubilee.

The presentation of this book will take place at the international conference, scheduled for 8-9 June 2018 in Belgrade (Serbia).

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Statement of International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) on murder of Oliver Ivanovic
January 18, 2018 News ,Statements

17 January 2018

International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) is extremely saddened by the news about the murder of the head of the civil initiative "Freedom, Democracy, Justice", Oliver Ivanovic that happened on 16 January 2018 in the city of Kosovska Mitrovica. IFSPD condemns this terrible criminal act and expresses his condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased.

This murder is another sad reminder of the consequences of separatism and disintegration that began in Kosovo in the 1990s, and is detrimental to the peacekeeping activities of the international community on international reconciliation in Kosovo. Since any manifestation of signs of separatism and terrorism throughout the world directly violates the generally accepted norms and principles of international law such as the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states and thereby causes instability, the formation of various groups engaged in organized crime, smuggling, illegal arms and human organs trade and illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and substances, the flow of emigrants and refugees. In this regard, the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development expresses hope that restraint and tranquility will be manifested on the spot in order to prevent escalation of the situation in the region.

International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development calls upon all parties involved, firstly the representative offices of international organizations in Kosovo, to contribute to a prompt and effective investigation of the above-mentioned crime in order to identify criminals and bring them to justice.

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IFSPD Projects for 2018
December 10, 2017 News ,Projects

1.) Western Balkans: Peace and development through new jobs for youth

According to some studies and surveys, the provision of good work is seen as the most important social value, even more important than family, democracy, freedom, etc. Studies show that unemployment among young adults is three times higher than among the adults (25 and older), and the global unemployment rate is rising year by year. During economic crises, the unemployment rate among young people increases many-fold.

From this point of view, more and more young people in the world are considered hopeless, in distress and unhappy, because they do not have a job.

This problem is also relevant for the youth of the Western Balkans. In this region, where memories of wars of the past are still fresh and nationalist slogans are used from time to time, young people also suffer from a shortage of jobs.

It is a common knowledge that it is easy to manipulate with people who are poor, dissatisfied with their life and do not have a job and a perspective. On the contrary, it is rather difficult to manipulate with the national issues in the countries with strong economy. When young people have a job, their abilities and opportunities can be directed to positive activities, cooperation and creation, which ultimately contributes to peace and security.

In this regard, International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) proposes the implementation of the project, which provides for the employment of youth. Within the framework of the project a) the regions that are most in need of creating new jobs in the Western Balkans (in particular, with a diverse ethnic composition of the population) will be studied and identified, b) the opportunities that exist in these regions for entrepreneurial activity will be explored, c) the formulated proposals (for example, to create a hall for processing livestock products, etc.) will be submitted to the government and the business sector for implementation.

2.) Multiculturalism as a necessary element for the cultural component of the project One Belt, One Road

The Chinese initiative One Belt, One Road was first announced in 2013 by President Xi Jinping during his trip to Kazakhstan and Indonesia. In short, it is aimed at reviving the Silk Road, that is connecting China with Europe through the development or improvement of regional infrastructure projects.

The One Belt, One Road initiative is global in nature, and it has received the support of many states in the world. Within the framework of the initiative, there are 5 main pillars: the political component, ways of communication, barrier-free trade, capital flow and mutual cultural understanding. To support the initiative, the Chinese government has set up two financial institutions: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (100 billion) and the Silk Road Fund (40 billion investments).

Multicultural values have a very positive impact on strengthening the atmosphere of mutual understanding, trust and mutual respect, which ultimately contributes to stability, security and peace. And these factors are the most important for the successful implementation of economic projects, including the One Belt, One Road initiative.

From this point of view, International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (IFSPD) will implement a project aimed at exploring ways to promote the ideas of multiculturalism in regions and countries along infrastructure projects.

3.) Establishing a partnership with the Silk Road Think-tank Networks (SILKS)

This initiative was established on 28 October 2015 in Madrid by 43 members. The initiative to create this platform belongs to Development Research Center of the State Council of China and the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD/ Serbia). It includes 54 members and partners. The main goal of its creation is to study issues related to the Chinese initiative "One Belt, One Road", which is already described as a project of a century.

It is proposed that the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development shall establish close ties and will participate in the activities of this platform.

4.) Abuse of the principle of self-determination of peoples and the reaction of the international community

International law clearly delineates the limits of the realization of the principle of self-determination of peoples. There are a number of international documents, for example, the Helsinki Final Act of the OSCE of 1975, which clearly states that this principle will be implemented in accordance with the principle of territorial integrity of states. Unfortunately, despite the above, recently there has been an increase in separatist trends in the world. At the same time, often separatist movements appealing to such an important principle of international law as self-determination of peoples are trying to give legitimacy to their illegal actions and endanger peace and security around the globe. The International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development intends to systematize the most well-known cases when the international community opposed attempts to abuse this principle and to explore ways of effectively preventing the abuse of this principle in the future.

5.) Engaging the civil sector in the implementation of the Agenda for Sustainable Development until 2030

 

On 25 September 2013, within the framework of the UN the states adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development until 2030 i.e. 17 sustainable development goals and 169 related tasks, which are complex and indivisible. Never before have had the world leaders committed themselves to take joint actions and efforts to implement such a broad and universal strategic program. The document contains a number of goals aimed at eradicating poverty, preserving the resources of the planet and ensuring well-being for all. Each of the 17 Goals contains a set of indicators that must be achieved within 15 years. The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals requires the joint efforts of governments, the private sector, civil society and the inhabitants of the Earth. The International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development, on the basis of its statutory goals, as well as being aware of its goals, will implement a project aimed at acquainting the various NGOs in the countries represented in IFSPD with this document and exploring, together with these organizations, sector in their implementation.

6.) Analysis of the legislation of the countries represented in IFSPD for supporting and promoting energy supply and renewable energy technologies.

 Currently, developed countries of Europe are accelerating the development of the use and application of renewable energy sources (RES). This circumstance is dictated by the need to reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources, as well as environmental protection, that is, ensuring sustainable development of countries while preserving natural resources and a healthy environment for future generations. For example, Sweden continues to reform the tax legislation in the electricity sector, returning to RES a preferential tax regime. By 2040, the government of this country intends to achieve 100% production of electricity from renewable energy sources. In developing countries, the situation is different, not only due to a lack of investment but also due to lack of effective incentives for the use of such technologies. Studies show that the legislative and regulatory framework in countries plays a very important role in supporting the use of renewable energy sources and energy saving systems. Within the framework of this project, the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development plans to analyze the legislation of the states represented in IFSPD and determine the extent to which existing regulations, mechanisms, and rules encourage investments, development, and use of energy saving technologies and the use of renewable energy sources in everyday life and industry. Based on the findings, the relevant best practices in this area of developed countries will also be presented to the countries in need.

7.) Sustainable transport links as the engine of economic development in Eurasia

In the modern world, safe, reliable and affordable transport and transit corridors play an important role in the effective movement of goods and people in order to support sustainable economic growth, improve public welfare and expand international cooperation and trade between the countries of Eurasia. At the same time, there is no doubt that there is the special need of developing countries, and landlocked countries,  that are also represented in IFSPD, to create and develop efficient transit transport systems linking them to international markets.

At the moment, a number of projects on the creation or optimization of transport corridors are being implemented in the Eurasian space. These projects are well known, and among them, the most significant one  is the Chinese initiative One Belt, One Road.

As part of this study, the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development will analyze the existing and emerging transport corridors in Eurasia, the strengths and weaknesses of these corridors' functioning, their opportunities for countries without access to the sea. IFSPD will also develop proposals whose adoption will ensure the effective use of such countries of transport corridors for their development.

8.) Internally displaced persons (IDPs) and regional intergovernmental organizations

Today, the problem of displacement is more widespread than ever in the world. As of December 2013, 33.3 million people worldwide were internally displaced because of the conflict and violence. In addition, only in 2013, as a result of disasters, in this situation were about 22.4 million people. In connection with the new and current crises in 2014-2017, these indicators have increased and reached the highest level since the Second World War. The problems of IDPs should be an integral part of the development agenda for the period after 2015 and the commitments it provides to ensure a decent life for all and leave no one behind. At the same time, this issue should not remain only on the shoulders of the UN. Other international organizations should also provide the necessary attention to the issue of IDPs. In the framework of this study, the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development will analyze the attitude of   international organizations such as the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the BSEC, etc. towards the IDPs and, based on the data received, IFSPD will develop proposals aimed at optimizing the activities of such organizations in terms of assistance to the settlement of the IDP problem.

The results of the research will be published.

9.) The Development of Information Technology and its influence on Sustainable Development

 

The goals of Sustainable Development, adopted in 2013 within the UN, differ from other similar documents in the fact that they are aimed not at developing countries, as it was the case with the Millennium Development Goals, but for the future of the human generation as a whole.

What place can take such phenomena as mobile Internet, the processing and storage of a large amount of information, and other innovations in meeting the sustainable development goals defined by the UN?

Will they create opportunities for faster development or will they be used to create additional problems for mankind?

In the framework of this study, the experts of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development will try to determine how best to use information technologies and digitalization to achieve the goals defined in the document entitled the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 

10.) Eastern Partnership: the path from Prague to the 10th anniversary

 

The Eastern Partnership is a special dimension of the European Neighborhood Policy of the EU, established in 2009 in Prague. Since the first meeting in Prague in the region of its concentration, there have been many changes, including dramatic events in Ukraine in 2013-14.

In the framework of this study, the experts of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development will analyze the achievements of the Eastern Partnership, try to understand the challenges it faces and formulate concrete proposals for EU institutions in overcoming the existing difficulties associated with its implementation.

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Istanbul Declaration of the General Assembly of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development Јune 10, 2017, Istanbul, Turkey
July 03, 2017 Statements ,News


The General Assembly of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development (hereinafter referred to as the International Foundation), guided by the Charter of the International Foundation, as well as the norms and principles of international law,

Reaffirming that the main purpose of the International Foundation is to promote dialogue, mutual understanding, strengthen confidence, tolerance and multiculturalism, economic development, security, cooperation and peace between countries and peoples,

Recalling that the International Foundation in its activities aims, inter alia, to contribute  to international efforts in the fight against terrorism,

Being deeply alarmed by increased terrorist attacks in many regions of the world, including in the countries represented in the International Foundation,

Noting that against the background of the terrorist attacks in Turkey, Russia, France, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Africa, the International Foundation repeatedly expressed its solidarity with the international community in the fight against terrorism,

Being extremely alarmed by terrorist acts committed both by individual terrorists and terrorist organizations, for instance, Al-Qaeda, Daesh, PKK or Boko Haram, in various parts of the world,

Reaffirming its strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purpose, as it leads to death of innocent people, threatens international peace and security, religious and cultural intolerance and set obstacles to social-economic development,

Being concerned that the profits from illicit trafficking of arms, drug trafficking and illegal economic activities in conflict-affected areas, including exploitation of minerals such as gold, copper or oil, can be channeled into the financing of terrorists,

Expressing the desire to contribute to the fight against terrorism,

Calls upon States, in accordance with their obligations under international law, including the UN Charter, to deny terrorist groups safe haven, freedom of movement and recruitment, material and political support, and to bring them to justice or extradite on the basis of the principle of "extradite or prosecute" the perpetrators of terrorist acts or any persons who support or facilitates or participates or attempts to participate in the financing, planning or preparation of terrorist acts,

Urges States to ensure full coordination and, in accordance with their obligations under international law, to rend one another, especially to those States where or against whose citizens the terrorist acts were or are committed, the greatest assistance in criminal investigations or criminal proceedings related to financing or support of terrorist acts,

Emphasizes that terrorism can not be defeated only by military force, law enforcement measures and intelligence operations, and in this regard,

Considers it necessary to undertake a set of measures to eradicate poverty, contribute to dynamic economic growth, sustainable development, prosperity, good governance, respect for human rights, rule of law, strengthening of civil society and democracy,

Notes the importance of prevention in the future and soonest settlement of the existing protracted conflicts on the basis of respect for the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders of states,

Calls upon to redouble efforts to terminate channels of supply of weapons, explosives and ammunition,

Underlines that tolerance, respect for diversity and dialogue among civilizations are important elements in development of cooperation in the fight against terrorism and welcomes in this regard the results of the 7th Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, held in Baku on April 27, 2017 as well as presentation in Bucharest on June 8, 2017, of the Report entitled “Multiculturalism in the context of the modern globalizing world. The Romanian narrative on pluralism and diversity” drafted jointly by the Bucharest Office of the International Foundation and the Middle East Political and Economic Institute,

Calls for ensuring participation of young people in efforts to combat terrorism  and prevent violent extremism which creates a breeding ground for terrorism, as well as strengthening educational programs and ideological work in the fight against terrorism,

Reaffirms its readiness to further contribute to and calls upon other international non- governmental organizations to engage in efforts for implementation of the 2006 United Nations Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/RES/ 60/288).



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16th Board of Directors and General Assembly Meeting of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea
June 10, 2017 Board Meetings ,News

Press release,

Istanbul, 10th of June, 2017

On June 10th in Istanbul, Turkey the Meeting of the General Assembly and Board of Directors of the International Foundation for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund) took place. 

 Honorable representatives, members of the Board of Directors from the countries in the International Fund, attended the event and discussed both strategic and organizational issues concerning the further development of the International Fund.

Meetings of the Board of Directors and the General Assembly were chaired by the President of the International Fund and the outstanding writer Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev, who made a report regarding the two-year activity of the BSCSIF during his presidency. The members of the International Fund have expressed their gratitude to Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev for his two-year presidency in the organization. 

At the meeting individuals and legal entities from different countries were admitted as new full members to the International Fund.

Eight years of successful activities of the International Fund, led to expansion of the ranks of the BSCSIF to which joined the intellectuals, famous and talented people from countries such as, for example, Estonia, South Africa, China, Switzerland, Greece, India, Montenegro. Thus, the activities of the International Fund geographically moved beyond the regions of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. This process, against the background of increasing security threats and challenges in the world, even more actualized the significance and responsibility of the International Fund. From this perspective the members agreed in the previous sessions of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors upon the idea of changing the name of the BSCSIF in order to fully reflect the current objective reality. On this basis, in accordance with its Chapter, goals and objectives of the International Fund, BSCSIF, with due respect to its history and maintaining its continuity, has been renamed to «International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development» (IFSPD). 

 

Within this context, after a thorough discussion, the amendments and additions to the Statute of the International Foundation for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea have been approved.

The International Fund in its activities aims, inter alia, to contribute to international efforts in the fight against terrorism. The issue of counter-terrorism has been also reflected in the agenda of the Istanbul meeting of the International Foundation. Vice-president, Secretary General of the International Foundation professor Eldar Hasanov presented report entitled “Modern challenges and risks to peace and security” which has been followed by adoption of the Istanbul Declaration of the General Assembly of the IFSPD. It has been decided to distribute the text of the Declaration to all influential international organizations, including UN, EU, Europe Council, OSCE and OIC, government structures of the countries represented in the International Foundation as well as international and national NGOs.

 

During the meeting in Istanbul, heads of the branches and representation offices of the International Foundation for Sustainable Peace and Development, namely, Mr. Mikhail Zernov in Moscow, H.R.H. Zolani Mkiva in South Africa, Ms. Esma Sirbubalo in Balkans and Mr. Bahruz Asadbayli in Istanbul have been elected. The Vice-Presidents have been elected, and members of the Board of Directors, the Secretary General and the Executive Director were also approved.

 

At the meeting it has been also decided to continue paying special attention to the implementation of research projects as one of the main activities of this think tank, involvement of experienced experts and specialists in the strategic studies of the IFSPD and training and improvement of experts. 

 

H.R.H. Zolani Mkiva has delivered a report on the activities of the International Foundation’s Branch in the Republic of South Africa and it has been decided to support the activities of the foundation in the region.

 

Also, reports have been presented by members of the Board of Directors on the role of youth and public diplomacy as well as multiculturalism in the context of the modern globalizing world.

 

The participants of the meeting have decided to enter into negotiations to establish strategic partnership with the International Peace Bureau and University of Peace.

 

At the end of the meeting the Chairmanship in the International Foundation has been transferred from Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) to Mr. Dimitar Kostov (Bulgaria) in accordance with the principle of rotation provided for by its Statute.

  

At the meeting it has been also positively assessed the proposal to hold the next meeting of the Board of Directors in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

 

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea is an international non-governmental organization, founded on March 4, 2009 upon the initiative of outstanding scientific and public figures, well-known intellectuals, influential non-governmental organizations from 8 countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. In 2011-2015 representatives of other countries joined the Fund: Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Belarus, Croatia, Iran, Albania, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, South Africa, the Republic of San Sao Tome and Principe, China, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Greece, Hungary. In 2016, representatives from France and Italy joined the International Fund. The Central Office of the International Foundation is located in Bucharest. Its branches actively work in Istanbul, Moscow, Belgrade, Brussels, Varna, Minsk and Johannesburg.

In August 2013, the International Fund was awarded special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). The International Fund has also established cooperation with international organizations such as the OSCE, BSEC, PA BSEC, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the European Union institutions, the European Centre for Policy, International Institute for Peace (Vienna), Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law.

 


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Financial support from the Istanbul Branch of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea in Turkey
August 18, 2016 News ,Events

On behalf of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, through the Istanbul branch office – International Centre for  Support and Coordination of the Economic Cooperation – financial support was provided to the injured people and families of the innocent people who lost their life as a result of the coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

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Statement of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea regarding the events in Turkey
July 19, 2016 News ,Events

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund) with serious concern and anxiety followed the news of the military coup attempt of the Turkish government legitimately elected by the Turkish people in a democratic way.

International Fund supports people and the elected government of Turkey in restoring social peace and stability based on respect for democratic values and the Turkish legislation.

International Fund expresses its sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

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The 15th Board of Directors and General Assembly Meeting of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea
July 18, 2016 Board Meetings ,News

PRESS RELEASE

On June 17, 2016 in Bucharest, Romania was held the 15th meeting of the Board of Directors and General Assembly of the International Foundation for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Fund). Romania, representatives of which are among the founders of the International Fund and in the capital of which the organization was established seven years ago, extended its hospitality for members and guests of the organization.

Senior officials from Romania, honorable guests from the countries in the International Fund, representatives of influential international organizations, ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in Romania, non-governmental organizations and the media attended the event.

Meetings of the Board of Directors and the General Assembly were chaired by the President of the International Fund and the outstanding writer Chingiz Abdullayev, who made a presentation on the activities of the International Fund for the past period and shared his vision on the future development of the organization.

At the meeting individuals and legal entities from different countries were admitted as new full members of the International Fund.

Participants of the event stressed a steady growth of the international authority of the organization, which demonstrates importance and effectiveness of the work of the International Fund.

At the meetings along with the topical issues related to development of the International Fund there were also discussions on the currently implemented and proposed research projects aimed at promoting peace, security and economic cooperation in the regions of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea.

The Board of Directors and the General Assembly reaffirmed that the International Fund in its activities, as it noted in its Charter, is guided by the norms and principles of international law, primarily those related to the respect of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of state borders. These principles constitute the values adherence to which is a foundation of lasting peace, security and stability in the regions of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea and beyond its borders.

During the discussion of processes in the regions of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea a particular interest sparked the presentation by Ismail Safi, a member of the Board of Director on “The efforts aimed at development of relations between Turkey and Russia”.

Mikhail Zernov, a Director of the Branch of the International Fund in the Russian Federation shared with the participants of the event the information on the first Forum “Russian world and the Turkic world in the context of the geopolitical challenges of the XXI century”.

All members of the General Assembly expressed support for the efforts of restoration and development of relations between Russia and Turkey.

Particular attention in the course of the meeting was paid to issues of economic cooperation between the countries of the Black and Caspian Seas. Notably, there was a presentation of the project entitled “Tourism as a factor of cooperation and rapprochement”.

It was also presented an international youth project «Global Emerging Leaders Community» which supposes engagement of the International Fund.

Eldar Hasanov, Secretary General of the International Fund, made a review of the important developments that take place in the regions of the Black and Caspian Seas including terrorism, migration, multiculturalism, silk road and, in this context, presented strategic research projects which are proposed for implementation by the International Fund. All members of the General Assembly expressed support for the proposed projects.

At the meeting it was also positively assessed the proposal to hold the next, 16th meeting of the Board of Directors in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea is an international non-governmental organization, founded on March 4, 2009 upon the initiative of outstanding scientific and public figures, well-known intellectuals, influential non-governmental organizations from 8 countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. In 2011-2015 representatives of other countries joined the Fund: Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Belarus, Croatia, Iran, Albania, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, South Africa, the Republic of San Sao Tome and Principe, China, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Greece, Hungary. In 2016, representatives from France and Italy joined the International Fund. The Central Office of the International Foundation is located in Bucharest. Its six branches actively work in Istanbul, Moscow, Belgrade, Varna, Minsk and Johannesburg. 

In August 2013, the International Fund was awarded special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). The International Fund has also established cooperation with international organizations such as the OSCE, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the European Union institutions, the European Centre for Policy.

Bucharest, Romania

17 June 2016

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BSCSIF PROJECTS FOR 2016
May 23, 2016 News ,Projects

1) The initiative “the Economic zone of the Silk Road”.

2) Development of index of the International Fund.

3) Multiculturalism in the context of the modern globalizing world.

4) Non-aligned countries: security challenges and how to overcome them.

5) “Azerbaijan: Alternative Energy Solutions”: the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline – Connecting Caspian and Adriatic Seas.

1) The initiative “the Economic zone of the Silk Road”.

The initiative of the Economic Zone of the Silk Road was first announced by China in 2013. Chinese Foreign Minister Wan Yi stressed that the implementation of this initiative will be the “focus” of foreign policy of China in 2015. The essence of this initiative is to search for, form and promote the new model of an international cooperation and development through the strengthening of existing regional mechanisms for bilateral and multilateral interactions involving China. On the basis of the continuation and development of the spirit of the ancient Silk Road it is planned to provide development of new mechanisms for regional economic partnership, promote the economic prosperity of the countries involved, strengthening of cultural exchanges and strengthening of relations in all fields between different civilizations, as well as the promotion of peace and sustainable development.

Currently, some of the countries participating in the International Fund (for example Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan) supported the initiative of China, while others have shown interest.

At the same time, the countries of the International Fund, for example, Azerbaijan and Turkey are carrying out important regional infrastructural projects such as the railway Baku-Tbilisi-Kars, which are aimed to create optimal transport routes connecting East and West.

As part of this research project it is proposed that the experts of the International Fund examine the contribution of each of these projects and initiatives in the trade between East and West, as well as the possibility of cooperation between them to achieve common goals.

2) Development of index of the International Fund.

In political, social and economic sciences there are a number of indices, which allow detecting and monitoring the performance, development or change of anything. As an example, you can specify the Consumer Price Index, a global index of competitiveness, global peace index (measures the so-called peace-loving between states), the index of vulnerability between states, etc. Such indexes are maintained mainly by the influential international non-governmental organizations, and such indices and rankings have always attracted the attention of the international community and the media.

This project is proposed to be a development of personal index, which will be conducted by the International Fund. As an idea it was proposed the development of “the Index of the contribution of small States in maintaining regional security and economic development”.

3) Multiculturalism in the context of the modern globalizing world.

«Multicultural» as a concept is used to define a society, that for various reasons (for example, in certain European countries due to immigration) is diverse, and a policy, that is necessary for the management of such society. This term describes the society and at the same time regulations, how to handle it. Path to multicultural society and the policies of multiculturalism of governments around the world is different.

The project envisages an international scientific seminar (conference), for example, in Istanbul or in Belgrade, with the participation of renowned experts (politicians, social scientists and international analysts), in order to review the main trends in the implementation of the policy of multiculturalism in the region and opportunities for positive experiences of these countries to build societies where without conflict and in harmony coexist diversity of cultural groups within one state.

4) Non-aligned countries: security challenges and how to overcome them.

The conflict in Ukraine, the war in the Middle East and the deterioration of Russian-Turkish relations are showing the increasing polarization of the world between the superpowers as it was like during the Cold War. Countries which do not participate in military blocs, led by these powers, and are in close proximity to the conflict regions, are with concern following the unfolding events. They prefer not to interfere and to hold someone’s side in the competition between the major centers of power. The fact that they are deprived of the collective shield of protection, for example, as it uses NATO or the Collective Security Treaty Organization, only shows that they have to rely solely on their own resources to ensure their safety. The current trend of international relations shows that the idea of Non-Aligned Movement takes on a new urgency, at the same time this movement cannot fully provide solutions to existing problems.

The project proposes to comprehensively consider the above issues and make recommendations that would help non-aligned countries (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia) to ensure their safety.

5) “Azerbaijan: Alternative Energy Solutions”: the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline – Connecting Caspian and Adriatic Seas.

The project includes analysis and assessment of the role of Azerbaijan in ensuring energy security of Europe. Project in this context will be taken as a basis for Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and its impact on economic and energy levels of security, cooperation between the Caspian region and Europe.

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The 15th meeting of the Board of Directors and General Assembly of the BSCSIF
May 23, 2016 Board Meetings ,News

The 15th meeting of the Board of Directors and General Assembly of theInternational Fund for the cooperation and partnership of the Black sea and Caspian sea is scheduled to take place in Bucharest, the headquarters of the BSCSIF, on June 16-18, 2016 where (June 16- arrival, June 17- meeting, June 18-departure of participants).

At the meeting, in a traditionally friendly atmosphere characteristic to our organization,  current and strategic objectives related to the development of BSCSIF will be discussed.

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BSCSIF in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), since 1st of August, 2013
May 23, 2016 News

The Economic and Social Council at its Substantive Session of July 2013 adopted the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations to grant Special consultative status to BSCSIF.

It was informed with the letter, that includes the privileges and benefits, responsibilities and obligations that the special consultative status with ECOSOC confers on the BSCSIF within the NGOs Branch, duly represented by Mr. Andrei Abramov, Chief, NGO Branch/ UNDESA, as well as the definition of the consultative status that our organization will be required to meet under this relationship: “Consultative status for an organization enables it to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies in a number of ways.”

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Opening of the branch of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in Africa
January 04, 2016 Events ,News

On October 4, 2016, in Johannesburg city of the Republic of South Africa there was held opening ceremony of the branch of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (International Foundation) in Africa.

The event was attended by prominent public figures of the South Africa, members of the Board of Directors, the Secretary General and the staff of the Central Office of the International Fund.

The head of the branch of the International Fund in Johannesburg, Mr. Zolani Mkiva, spoke at the event and thanked all members of the Board of Directors for their support to his initiative on opening of the branch for the African region. He expressed confidence that activities of the branch would contribute to implementation of the goals of International Fund in Africa, i.e. strengthening of dialogue, promotion of mutual understanding, cooperation among peoples, peace, security, sustainable development and stability.

At the event representatives of the Central Office made a presentation on the International Fund. They gave comprehensive information to participants of the event about origins of establishment of the International Fund and results achieved so far by its activities. It was noted that within seven years of its existence, the number of countries represented in the International Fund has grown from 8 to 34, including 3 states from the African continent. This fact along with granting a consultative status to the  International Fund in 2013 by the UN Economic and Social Council as well as establishment of partnerships with other well-known international think-tanks were assessed as increasing interest to the organization and a sign of its effective work.

Mr. Eldar Hasanov, the Secretary General of the International Fund during his speech conveyed greetings of members of the Board of Directors and the President of the organization Mr. Chingiz Abdullayev to the participants of the event. Assessing opening of the branch in South Africa as a significant event in the life of the organization he shared his ideas on the future activities of the branch in Africa. In this regards, the Secretary General underlined that experts of the International Fund together with their colleagues from South Africa could realize joint research projects related to settlement of conflicts, put forward joint initiatives on a number of important issues of the international agenda. He also mentioned that some of the countries of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea have rich traditions of multiculturalism, peaceful coexistence of different ethnic groups and confessions and are initiators of processes on dialogue among civilizations and in this context spoke about positive experience of Azerbaijan. The Secretary-General proposed to study experience of the countries with established effective system of multiculturalism.

The proposals made were approved by participants of the event.

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The Balkan branch of BSCSIF finalized the first research project on the topic “The issue of strengthening bridges of trust among the youth of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia as a condition for regional stability”
August 20, 2015 News

At present young people play an essential role in the approximation, reconciliation and strengthening of ties between the peoples of the region. The aim of the study is to examine the views and opinions of young people on the topic of post-conflict reconciliation and tolerance among the peoples of the above-mentioned Balkan countries, to facilitate lasting peace and sustainable development in the region and enhance the role of mutual trust in the Balkan societies under the current circumstances.

The goal of the project was achieved primarly due to the diligent work of the experts: Natalia Popescu, Kirill Borschev and Lubichich Maria. The well-known researchers, scholars and analysts from the region also considerably contributed to the overall outcomes of the research paper.

Within the given study the following actions have been taken by the project experts:

-  assessment of the “factor of trust” among young people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia in the current conditions;

-   definition of main directions in creating trust-building measures among the young generation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia,

-   submission of recommendations for strengthening trust among the peoples of the region.

The research project, written in Russian and English languages, contains the basic statistics and recommendations on applicable measures for achieving the interethnic consent and cooperation among peoples of the region and building confidence among young people at the national and regional levels.

This project brings its especial value through the views and opinions of young people interviewed on the ground, their analysis and recommendations provided in the research.

This reserach paper is of particular importance for the countries of the Balkan region, taking into account the fact that it aims to promote peace, dialogue and cooperation between young people living within the region, which is in line with the main objectives of the BSCSIF, being another step ahead on its way of becoming one of the leading think tanks in the Black sea – Caspian sea and Balkan regions.

The outcomes of the research have been dessiminated among all the members and partners of the BSCSIF, as well as among the most influential regional and international organizations, like the United Nations, Council of Europe, OSCE, European Policy Center, OIC etc.

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Executive Director of BSCSIF attended the Fifth Conference of the Civil Society Organizations in the Islamic World
February 08, 2014 Events ,News

On 14-15 December 2013 Mrs. Curpedin-Balgi Alev, Executive Director of BSCSIF attended the Fifth Conference of the Civil Society Organizations in the Islamic World that was held in Istanbul.

The Conference was attended by about 400 members representing 230 civil society organizations.

H.E. Cevdet Yılmaz, Turkish Minister of Development, delivered the keynote speech at the inaugural session. He commended the role of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in sponsoring and coordinating the meetings of the civil society organizations in the Muslim World. He also highly appreciated the role of these organizations in performing their respective duties towards the Muslim peoples and called for consolidating the concepts of cooperation among the countries and the civil society organizations towards the achievement of security, development and social peace. The inaugural session was also addressed by H.E. Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, OIC Secretary General, who deputized Assistant Secretary General, H.E. Amb. Atta Al-Manan Bakhit, who highlighted the efforts exerted to establish the Department of Humanitarian Assistance at the OIC and the successful steady efforts taken at all levels for the Department to commence its tasks until it has become one of the most important OIC components. In its various sessions, the Conference discussed in detail a number of themes and subjects on its agenda in terms of the issues and affairs of civil society organizations in the Muslim World. The papers submitted to the Conference covered the following aspects: most important political, economic, and social challenges that civil society organizations encounter; impact of 9/11 on the relation between humanitarian organizations and governments in the Muslim World; role of humanitarian organizations in complex emergencies; and review of some successful experiences in the area of urgent and emergency relief. The Conference also discussed the themes related to the current humanitarian situation and its challenges and the humanitarian efforts of some countries at three sessions that addressed the cases of Syria, Gaza (Palestine), and South Kurdfan (Sudan).

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The executive director of BSCSIF attended the second annual forum on Business and Human Rights under the patronage of United Nations
December 19, 2013 Events ,News

On 2-4 December 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland Mrs. Curpedin-Balgi Alev , the executive director of BSCSIF attended the second annual forum on Business and Human Rights under the patronage of United Nations.

The Forum was established by the Human Rights Council and is under the guidance of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. The Forum provides a global platform for the promotion and implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These Principles, unanimously endorsed in 2011 by the Council, are the first globally accepted standards on the responsibilities of States and businesses for preventing and addressing business-related human rights abuse.

The second Forum focused on progress in the implementation of the Guiding Principles, highlighting the emerging challenges for States, business, and civil society, and identifying and discussing good practices.

More than 1,400 people from 100 countries attend the second United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva in 2013.

She participated to the side event named: “Business, human rights and conflict: challenges and good practice (from conflict prevention to operating in a conflict-affected area)”.

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Adviser to the BSCSIF President for Economic Cooperation attended the Eurasian Business Forum in Turkey
December 15, 2013 Events ,News

On 12-15 December 2013 Mr. Mammadov Orhan, Adviser to the BSCSIF President for Economic Cooperation attended the Eurasian Business Forum in Turkey.

Eurasia Economic Relations Association (Eco Eurasia) and Full Black Sea Industrialists’ Businessmen’s Associations (TÜKSİAD) organized the Eurasian Business Forum in Gebze, with the support of International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF),  Gebze Municipality, Gebze Chamber of Commerce and East Marmara Development Agency (MARKA).

The businessmen, bureaucrats, ambassadors, deputies, chairmen of the chambers of commerce and industry and high-level officers notably from Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Albania, Nakhcevan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, TRNC, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mongolia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Crimea, Greece and Turkey attended the “Eurasian Businessmen Forum”.

On the first day of the Forum the businessmen came to Gebze and participated in the forum where the commercial and economical activities, investment opportunities, investment incentives in the region were shared. Adviser to the BSCSIF President for Economic Cooperation, Mr. Mammadov Orhan held a speech about the  International Center for Support and Coordination of Economic Cooperation, that was founded at the initiative of BSCSIF. He highlighted the importance of the Center as a significant body for the development of the Economic Cooperation in Black Sea – Caspian Sea region.

On the second day, the productive facilities, factories and organized industry sites in İzmit and Gebze, where the bilateral contacts have been realized, were visited.

Nihat Ergün, the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology participated at the Gala Diner, and he gave important information about the business opportunities in Turkey.

On the last day of the program, a cultural trip was organized for the businessmen in and around Gebze.

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From the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea – a strategic view
December 12, 2013 Events ,News

On December 2, 2013, in the Gala Hall of the Marmara University, Istanbul, has been held the opening ceremony of the symposium “From Caspian Sea to the Black Sea – a strategic view”.

The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea has been represented at the festive opening by Dr. Ismail Safi, President, and Prof. Dr. Eldar Hasanov, Secretary General and Vice-President.

The organizers of this significant symposium, in which many analysts and scientists from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and other countries have taken part, is the Eurasia Economic Relations Association (EkoAvrasya) and Marmara University.

Among the honorary guests of the ceremony were the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Turkey, Mr. Zhanseit Tuymenbayev, the representative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Mr. Samir Jafarov, the deputy secretary general of Entrepreneurs Council of Turkish speaking countries, Mr. Darhan Kydyrali, the rector of the Marmara University Mr. Zafer Gül and other renowned scientists and public figures from the Caspian Sea – Black Sea region.

In his opening speech, Prof. Dr. Eldar Hasanov, Secretary General of BSCSIF, emphasized the significance of the Caspian Sea both for Europe and Asia, and the many problems that it has ahead. The Caspian Sea still does not have a definitive legal status. The position of the rich in energy resources Caspian Sea is very important as an international transport route which continues the old Silk Road. Mr. Eldar Hasanov has expressed his hope that, with the uncovering of the problems and contribution to their solving, by means of scientific research, and in conformity with the international law, the Caspian Sea will be given a legal status. As well, the Secretary General has introduced to the participants of the symposium the activity and the strategy of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea.

At the end of the festive opening ceremony, the Head of Eurasia Economic Relations Association (EkoAvrasya), Mr. Hikmet Eren, has granted honorary medals and Association Awards to Dr. Ismail Safi, Prof. Dr. Eldar Hasanov and Ambassador Zhanseit Tuymenbayev.  

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What exacerbates Karabakh conflict today? – Opinion by European expert – INTERVIEW
December 10, 2013 Events ,News

 interview with Alev Curpedin-Balgi, Executive Director of Black Sea and Caspian Sea International Fund

- Share, please, your thoughts on the prospects of Azerbaijan’s integration to Europe

Azerbaijan’s geostrategic location enables it to engage in major regional initiatives and projects of global significance. Since, geographically Azerbaijan is located in a close neighborhood it serves as a gate and corridor for Europe to Central Asia. Therefore, it is impossible to imagine European policy towards its neighborhood by putting away Azerbaijan. On the other hand, the aspirations of Azerbaijan for European integration are natural and commendable. As you witness, European Union which constitutes a political and economic gravity center of Europe is constantly developing its policy towards its partners. Eastern Partnership is a tailored and specific initiative which offers wide range of cooperation. It envisages visa facilitation, free trade and association agreements with partner countries. Democratic civil society building is a key domain which EU would like to work with Azerbaijan in the years ahead. These are common values that Europe should keep on sharing generously and without any prejudice with Azerbaijan. In its turn, Azerbaijan demonstrates that it is indeed willing and capable to absorb European values without becoming necessarily a European. I think this is the major point of which European partners mostly run ignorant either unintentionally or deliberately. Since I am closely working with countries in Black Sea-Caspian Sea region I can infer and distinguish the rationale and pace of European integration in the concerned countries. The rationale behind the EU initiatives should not be devised and promoted as “one-size fits all”. Individual needs of partner countries should be analyzed thoroughly before pushing them all together into one destination. These countries face different challenges which require a solemn involvement. Without doing so, EU itself may become a “loser” though initial strategy is designed for win-win purpose.

- It is clear that energy is the more productive direction of the cooperation of Azerbaijan with the European Union.  But what you can say about the prospects of the interaction between Baku and the united Europe in the other fields?

Both Europe and Azerbaijan should not define their future relations solely on energy security, which the latter has made huge steps in this regard namely through TANAP and TAP. Azerbaijan’s significant contribution to Europe’s energy security should not be ignored. There is a big space for cooperation, mainly in the field of building democratic civil society and fostering trade. Fatigue and lack of enthusiasm is an undesired situation which both parties should avoid in the future of relations.

- What do you think about Karabakh problem and its settlement?

The basis of settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is unambiguous – UN Security Council resolutions adopted in this framework retain its legitimacy. Documents and decisions of other international organizations adopted in this framework so far do not question the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty of conflicting states. Peaceful means remains a unique and common accepted way by world community in resolution of the conflict. The roadmap should be developed on this legal background. It is embarrassing that 20 years of “status-quo” adds more pressure to the current situation. Generations substitute each other and I guess neither Armenians nor Azerbaijanis would wish to inherit this burden from their predecessors. Idle time is a good remedy to relieve the pains but certainly not effective to change the reality. The reality in our case is an ongoing occupation and lack of necessary international engagement to help to restore peace in the region.

- What kind of role may international organization play in the reconciliation of belligerents?

In order to emphasize the need for earliest resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in European public opinion and garner adequate attention to the graveness of the situation we, Black Sea – Caspian Sea international fund for cooperation and partnership have developed a project analyzing the background and consequences of all conflicts in the Wider Black Sea region. As you might be aware, the cost of conflicts prevails mostly on the lives of mere people which usually politicians are either unaware or ignorant. We believe that these people especially those who are direct victims of dreadful conflicts deserve a chance to voice their agony over the conflict. They can send a serious signal to their respective politicians or governors to seriously engage in conflict resolution. Our experts are already on the track with a view to contribute to confidence-building between both communities of Nagorno-Karabakh and we are determined to succeed in our project despite some hurdles.

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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University is taking its place in the international arena.
November 10, 2013 Events ,News

n 7-8 November 2013, the Black Sea – Caspian International Fund brought together in the city of Rise rectors and academics representing universities from the countries of Black Sea basin.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University is taking its place in the international arena.

This important event was organized under the signature of Dr. Ismail Safi, Istanbul Deputy and President of BSCSIF.

On 7-8 November 2013, in the city of Rise, was signed a protocol between Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University and Black Sea University Network (BSUN); on this occasion, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University became a member of the network.

„Recep Taiyp Erdogan University becoming a member of BSUN will contribute to the recognition of the university in the international arena in one hand, and on the other hand, the university will have the opportunity to use the experience and knowledge gathered by BSUN since 1998, when was created this network, which today has as members 177 universities from the region”, said Dr. Ismail Safi.

At this ceremony participated 30 rectors and academics from 12 countries. As well, a workshop will be organized on „The role of tourism industry in the development of the Black Sea basin”.

At the end of the program, was organized a cultural trip from the guests.

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Meeting between the representatives of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea and European Policy Centre.
October 28, 2013 Events ,News

On November 27, 2013, in Brussels has been held a meeting between the representatives of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea (BSCSIF) and European Policy Centre (EPC). The delegation of BSCSIF, consisting of Mr. Eldar Hasanov, Secretary General, Ms. Alev Balgi, Executive Director, and Ms. Julia Akhunova, Project Coordinator, has been invited by EPC representatives, Mr. Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive and Ms. Amanda Paul, Chief EPC Analyst, with the aim of discussing the perspectives of cooperation and implementation of joint projects. On this occasion, a partnership agreement has been signed between BSCSIF and EPC, aiming at strengthening peace, dialog, mutual understanding and cooperation among the countries of the wide Black Sea – Caspian Sea region in the following areas: expansion of the democratic processes, consolidation of the civil society, economic development, science, education, cultural diversity, tolerance and dialog of civilizations.

The best highly qualified experts of both organizations will be coopted in the implementation of the joint projects. Within the framework of the projects, conferences, symposiums, round tables will be organized in the above mentioned activity areas.

Led by the rich experience of EPC, in its capacity of EU think center, the cooperation between these two influential organizations will contribute to the promotion of the democratic values and EU views not only toward the Eastern Partnership countries, but also toward other countries represented in BSCSIF.The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea is a nongovernmental organization, established on March 4, 2009, in Bucharest, on the initiative of Romania and Azerbaijan, and as well, of other countries from the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions. The founders of the organization are distinguished scientists and public figures, renowned intellectuals and diplomats from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Turkey, and Ukraine. Later on, during the years 2011 – 2013, our International Fund has been joined by the representatives of other 12 countries: Russian Federation, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Croatia, Iran, Albania, Swiss Confederation, Republic of South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.

The headquarters of the International organization is located in Bucharest, and other five branches actively operate in Istanbul, Moscow, Brussels, Varna and Belgrade.

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Baku International Humanitarian Forum
October 06, 2013 Events ,News

On October 31- November 1 2013, the Executive Director of the BSCSIF Mrs.Curpedin-Balgi Alev participate to the third Baku International Humanitarian Forum.

7 former Presidents, 13 Nobel Prize laureates, 7 Emeritus Professors, 107 world-famous public and political figures , 794 participants, representing 65 countries and 5 international organizations, took part in the Forum.

The Forum featured roundtable meetings on the following topics:

Converging Technologies and Outlines of the Future: Landmark Challenges of the 21st Century, Humanitarian Aspects of Economic Development, Scientific Innovations and their Transfer into Education, Multiculturalism and Originality: in Search of Value Consensus in Society, National Identity in the Postmodern Era Sustainable Development and Ecological Civilization Achievements in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: from Theory to Practice ,The Topical Issues of Mass Media in the Globalizing Information Network

Wide range of programs had been prepared for the participants in order to acquaint them with rich Azerbaijani cultural heritage and art, make them familiar with Baku and other regions of the country.

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THE GRAND BSCSIF PRIZE FOR THE YEAR 2012 AWARDED TO H.E. BARONESS CATHERINE ASHTON
September 03, 2013 Events ,News

On August 30, 2013 Mr. Marius Opran, Director of the BSCSIF Brussels branch, has paid an official visit at the European External Action Service (EEAS) headquarters in Brussels in order to grant the Grand Prize for the year 2012 to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, H.E. Baroness Catherine Ashton, by the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea.

The BSCSIF’s Board of Directiors decision, taken unanimously on the 14th of April, 2013, in Instanbul, represents an acknowledgement of the major personal contribution brought by H.E.

Baroness Catherine Ashton as a High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, in the development of two grand programms of EU- Eastern Partnership and Black Sea Sinergy, of which several BSCSIF member countries are benefiting.

On this occasion,  Mr. Opran had an open discussion with Mr. Edward Bannerman, member of the Cabinet and the adviser on economic issues of the High Representative of the Union, taking into consideration the ways in which BSCSIF could cooperate with EEAS and the European Commission’s General Directorate, supporting the implementation of theabove mentioned programmes, the Commission’s programme Eastern Neighbourhood Partnership, as well as the development of new subjects on common fields of interest.

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Visit of Prof. Dr. Eldar Hasanov in Minsk, Belarus
August 05, 2013 News

In July 2013, Prof. Dr. Eldar Hasanov, Secretary General of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, made a visit to Minsk, Belarus, where, accompanied by Mr. Vitalie Buzdugan, the representative of Belarus in our Fund, has participated in a range of meetings with influent high officials: Mr. Igor Voytov, Minister, Member of the Government of Belarus, President of the Science and Technology Commission; Mr. Boris Batura, Governor of the Minsk Province, President of Minsk Province Executive Committee; Mr. Aleksandr Radkov, first Head Deputy of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus; Mr. Vsevolod Yanchevski, Head of the Central Ideology Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus, Advisor of the President of the Republic of Belarus.

In the course of these meetings, it was touched upon a range of important issues regarding the perspective of implementing joint projects with the participation of Belarus, aiming at strengthening the position of this country among the states of the region.

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The 4th International Black Sea Development Congress, Regional Development Plan for the Eastern Black Sea Region, Regional Development Plans Symposium, October 31 – November 1, 2012, Rize, Turkey
February 15, 2013 Events ,News

The 4th International Black Sea Development Congress, DOKAP (Regional Development Plan for the Eastern Black Sea Region) and Regional Development Plans Symposium have been held in Rize between 31 October and 01 November.

Many politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, members of non-governmental organizations and media representatives have attended the Symposium, which was organized by the Association to Conserve Properties of the Black Sea Region (KÖK), founded and headed by former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Murat Karayalçın, and whose mission is “preserving, improving and enriching the cultural values of the provinces of the Black Sea Region, dealing with the economic progress of these provinces entirely, contributing to levelly achieving this matter with the country development, preserving the natural wealth of these provinces, benefiting from the power of people who were raised in the Black Sea Region and succeeded in various areas, promoting relations with other Black Sea Countries for sake of the region and carrying out the joint works”.

On behalf of our organization, Secretary General Tuğrul Veli participated in the Symposium and presented his paper entitled “ Development Goals in the International Arena, Experiences and DOKAP Example”.

In the Symposium, deliberations about the other issues of the regions and the solutions have been conducted with the participants and the ideas have been exchanged.

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“The Contemporary World Multilateral Dialogue: The Changing World And China In Development”, November 27-28, 2012, Beijing, China
February 15, 2013 Events ,News

Secretary General of the BSCSIF Branch in Istanbul, Mr. Tuğrul Veli, represented Turkey and our organization in the international meeting “The Contemporary World Multilateral Dialogue: The Changing World And China In Development”, which was held in Beijing in November 27-28, in cooperation with China Center for Contemporary World Studies and China Peace and Development Fund that are affiliated to Central Committee of Communist Party of China and are among the effect think-tank organizations in China.

Mr. Veli participated in the meeting with his paper named “The Renascent Silk Road Diplomacy in Eurasia and China in the 21st Century (The Geopolitical & Geo-economic Approaches)”. The thoughts concerning the importance of the Renascent Silk Road, which has significant historical background and a rich heritage, and how the contribution of this common value of the countries of the region and local community to the peace, stability and sustainable development in the region can be redefined in accordance with today’s Eurasian realities by the countries constituted the main line of the paper. In the strategy which is reformulated today, it was dwelled on the key role of China, the starting point of Silk Road and Turkey, the endpoint of Silk Road in Asia and mutual analyses concerning what both countries need to do were carried out.

Bilateral and multilateral talks were held with Communist Party of China, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China, administrators of brain center, which carries out studies about foreign policy, NGO managers and academics.

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The Contemporary World Multilateral Dialogue: The Changing World And China In Development”, November 27-28, 2012, Beijing, China
February 15, 2013 Events ,News

Secretary General of the BSCSIF Branch in Istanbul, Mr. Tuğrul Veli, represented Turkey and our organization in the international meeting “The Contemporary World Multilateral Dialogue: The Changing World And China In Development”, which was held in Beijing in November 27-28, in cooperation with China Center for Contemporary World Studies and China Peace and Development Fund that are affiliated to Central Committee of Communist Party of China and are among the effect think-tank organizations in China.

Mr. Veli participated in the meeting with his paper named “The Renascent Silk Road Diplomacy in Eurasia and China in the 21st Century (The Geopolitical & Geo-economic Approaches)”. The thoughts concerning the importance of the Renascent Silk Road, which has significant historical background and a rich heritage, and how the contribution of this common value of the countries of the region and local community to the peace, stability and sustainable development in the region can be redefined in accordance with today’s Eurasian realities by the countries constituted the main line of the paper. In the strategy which is reformulated today, it was dwelled on the key role of China, the starting point of Silk Road and Turkey, the endpoint of Silk Road in Asia and mutual analyses concerning what both countries need to do were carried out.

Bilateral and multilateral talks were held with Communist Party of China, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China, administrators of brain center, which carries out studies about foreign policy, NGO managers and academics.

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