The International Federation of Green Crescents (IFCG), which was founded in Istanbul on 7 November 2016, takes its foundations from the Turkish Green Crescent, the oldest and most established institution for addictions in the world. With an aspiration to play a more active role in international platforms, the Turkish Green Crescent started this Federation with an aim to become an exemplary institution in the field of tobacco, alcohol, substance, technology, and gambling addiction, and to support the work of other countries in combatting their prominent forms of addiction by transferring century-old experience in the struggle with addictions.
The Turkish Green Crescent has accelerated its international organizational activities in recent years in line with this goal and has initiated the establishment of national Green Crescents in several countries. The member national Green Crescent is established independent of the Turkish Green Crescent and is a legal association of its respective country. The established association continues its work as a member of IFGC.