Youth fostered sustainable development goals in Halfeti Youth Camp

Oct 12, 2017

Şanlıurfa – 12 October 2017 - Halfeti Youth Camp in Halfeti, Şanlıurfa within the scope of the “Strengthening Social Stability in Southeast Anatolia” project, financed by the Government of Japan and carried out with the technical support of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with GAP Regional Development Administration has completed. Through organizing two camps with the participation of about 130 Turkish and Syrian students, it was aimed to strengthening the social cohesion between youth and to develop ideas together for sustainable development goals.

The youth camp organized in Halfeti, where history and nature meet, stands out as an important social activity supporting the exchange of experiences and ideas among university students from Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay, the regions mostly populated by Syrians. Within the scope of the event, organized between the dates of 3-6 October and 9-12 October 2017, workshops on Sustainable Development Goals as well as social and cultural activities were realized.

GAP Regional Development Administration Vice President Mehmet Açıkgöz and UNDP Country Director Claudio Tomasi attended the closing ceremony held on the last day of camp. In his speech Tomasi said:

“Within our project, UNDP’s response serves to both host communities and Syrians, noting the need of both population groups and aiming to enhance peaceful coexistence. Yet competency development programs like these social activities particularly for youth and women play key role in promoting social cohesion between Syrians and host community members. These activities remind us the need for host communities and Syrians to thrive, not just survive. We will continue to work closely with the government, national and local partners to deliver on building resilience for the individuals, communities and institutions most affected by the Syria crisis.”

The themes of workshops on camps where many activities such as concerts, boat trips, games and city trips took place, were Sustainable Development Goals, otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The young people participating the camps developed ideas through workshops in areas such as responsible consumption and production, accessible and clean energy, gender equality and partnerships for goals.

The project aims to provide economic and social stability in the Southeastern Anatolia Region stands out with its activities supporting social cohesion, cultural exchange and solidarity.

For the detailed information about the project:

http://www.gapgenclikevleri.org/halfetigenclikkampi/

http://www.tr.undp.org/content/turkey/tr/home/ourwork/syria-efforts.html

For media queries, please contact:

Kıvanç Özvardar, +90 312 456 11 37, UNDP Communication Assistant, Ankara.

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