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About International Volunteer Day

``Volunteers Build Resilient Communities``

In 1985, the United Nations General Assembly declared that ‘5 December’ of each year shall be observed as the International Volunteer Day to promote volunteer work and benefits worldwide and to increase engagement in volunteer programmes. December 5 is celebrated as International Volunteer Day in 123 countries, including Turkey. Thanks to the UN General Assembly’s proclaiming 2001 as the Year of International Volunteer to further mainstream and promote voluntary services; relevant works and actions have gained more importance and momentum.

To this end, on IVD, a number of diverse activities and celebrations, where knowledge and experience are shared, and voluntary activities are encouraged and appreciated, are held to introduce, promote and mainstream volunteerism, thus, directing individuals to become more responsible, act together and volunteer for the society in which they live.

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Participants and Speakers

Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu

Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu

Minister of Youth and Sports of Republic of Turkey

Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk

Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk

Minister of Family, Labour and Social Services Republic of Turkey

Alexandra Solovieva

Alexandra Solovieva

Chief of UN Volunteers Headquarters External Relations and Communications Section

Mesut Kamiloğlu

Mesut Kamiloğlu

Director of Center for European Union Education and Youth Programmes (National Agency)

Huzeyfe Yılmaz

Huzeyfe Yılmaz

Director General of Education, Culture and Research, Ministry of Youth and Sports of Republic of Turkey

Sadi ERGİN

Sadi ERGİN

Head of Civil Defense Department, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Internal Affairs Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD)

Karl Kulessa

Karl Kulessa

UNFPA Representative and UN Resident Coordinator Ad Interim

Prof. Dr. Ali Haberal

Prof. Dr. Ali Haberal

President of the Başkent University

Prof. Dr. Zeliha Eser

Prof. Dr. Zeliha Eser

Executive Manager of EKİN Pre-Incubation Center, Başkent University

Michel Le Franc

Michel Le Franc

Founder of the France Bénévolat

Suat Özçağdaş

Suat Özçağdaş

Founder of the Center for Social Innovation Turkey

Tevfik Başak Ersen

Tevfik Başak Ersen

Third Sector Foundation (TÜSEV) Directorate General of Foundations and National Volunteering Committee Member

Ravdanur Cuma

Ravdanur Cuma

Syrian Activist

Founder and Chairman of Ravdanur Foundation

Cem Seymen

Cem Seymen

Journalist

Agenda

07 December 2018

Moderator: Cem Seymen, Journalist

TIME THEME SPEAKERS
09:00 -09:30 Registration
09:35 -09:45 Welcoming

Speeches

Karl Kulessa

UNFPA Representative and UN Resident Coordinator ad interim

Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk

Minister of Family, Labour and Social Services of Republic of Turkey

Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu

Minister of Youth and Sports of Republic of Turkey

09:45- 10:45 State of  World Volunteering Report 2018 Turkey Launch Alexandra Solovieva

Chief of External Relations and Communications Section, UN Volunteers Headquarters

Tevfik Başak Ersen

Third Sector Foundation (TÜSEV) Directorate General of Foundations and National Volunteering Committee Member

Sadi Ergin

Head of Civil Defense Department, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Internal Affairs Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD)

Mesut Kamiloğlu 

Director of the Centre for EU Education and Youth Programmes, (Turkish National Agency)

Huzeyfe Yılmaz

Education, Culture and Research Director General,  Ministry of Youth and Sports of Republic of Turkey

10:45 – 11:00 Inspirational Story Ravdanur Cuma

Syrian Activist, Founder and Chairman of the Ravdanur Foundation

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:15 UN Volunteers & Baskent University

‘Senior Volunteerism and Intergeneration Project’

Certification Ceremony

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Panel

Prof. Dr. Ali Haberal

President of the Başkent University

Prof. Dr. Zeliha Eser (Moderator)

Executive Manager of EKİN Pre-Incubation Center, Başkent University

Micky Le Franc

Founder of the France Bénévolat

Dt. Zerrin Tüfekçi

Volunteer

12:15 – 12:30 Closing Remarks Suat Özçağdaş

Founder of the Center for Social Innovation Turkey

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