Civil Diplomacy Meetings – I

06 Mayıs 2013 at 16:16




International Women and Family Association (IWFA-UKADER) held the first session of its Civil Diplomacy Meetings by hosting the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Somalia H.E. and member of UKADER’s High Adviser Council  Dr. Cemalettin Kani Torun at Malta Kiosk in İstanbul. The meeting brought together senior representatives of Turkish diplomacy who gained widespread praise in view of recent foreign policy activism across the globe and the senior representatives of women and family associations from across Turkey.

dsc4The meeting started with the welcoming speech of Fatma Genç Ünay, the President of UKADER.  Then H.E. Ambassador Dr. Cemalettin Kani Torun made a presentation summarizing Turkey’s intense efforts in Somalia for humanitarian assistance, medical support, distribution of food, education and social services. He emphasized that in contrast to Western governments and international humanitarian organizations such as the ones associated with the UN, Turkey and Turkish NGO’s followed a direct approach through which funds and facilities devoted for assistance to Somalian people were delivered on the spot to the most needy groups. H.E. Ambassador Dr. Cemalettin Kani Torun emphasized that “the Turkish model” of humanitarian assistance was appreciated in Somalia and throughout Africa for its accuracy, direct and efficient manner. He stressed that various state institutions and NGO’s were collaborating to provide humanitarian assistance to social groups in need and Turkey’s assistance capacity has increased considerably over the course of the recent years. He advised that the most important areas of humanitarian assistance in Somalia concerned the construction facilities and education services including the education of educators for technical personnel, construction workers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters etc. H.E. Ambassador Dr. Cemalettin Kani Torun stressed that education services needed to be given in Somalia but the main educators could be educated in Turkey.



The meeting continued with the presentation of Professor Mehmet Akif Kaygusuz, member of the Governing Board of Doctors Worldwide, who made a speech concerning medical assistance activities provided by this NGO.



DSCN1348The programme was moderated by Nevin Aykut. The meeting continued with the Q&A session during which the presidents of women and family associations including Dr. Gülsen Ataseven from GİKAP, Yasemin Sezgin from TGV, Fatma Çalıkavak Kutbi, UKADER Governing Board Member Esma Alp, Dr Rabiye Babalıoğlu and other distinguished participants voiced their comments and questions and H.E. Ambassador Dr. Cemalettin Kani Torun gave them detailed answers. Hatice Görmez, the spouse of Prof. Mehmet Görmez, Director of Religious Affairs in Turkey, sent a telegraph and delivered her good wishes to the participants. At the end of the meeting UKADER President Mrs. Fatma Genç Ünay presented gifts to H.E. Ambassador Dr. Cemalettin Kani Torun and Prof. Mehmet Akif Kaygusuz on behalf of UKADER’s governing board.

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