Green Crescent, which is the one and only international non-governmental organization struggling with five different types of addictions simultaneously, convened with the representatives of 28 different organizations from 21 countries at the 2nd Assembly of Istanbul Initiative. The assembly, where global strategies and cooperation discussed in the struggle with addictions, was held online this year due to the pandemic.
On its 100th anniversary, Green Crescent convened with the representatives of 28 different organizations from 21 countries online at the 2nd Assembly of Istanbul Initiative. Green Crescent, which is the one and only international non-governmental organization that struggles with five different types of addictions, held the 2nd Assembly of Istanbul Initiative online due to coronavirus outbreak. The Initiative addressed the global strategies and possible cooperation models to combat addictions. The participants shared their experiences regarding the struggle with addiction which they conduct in their country.
In addition to outstanding leaders such as the Vice President of Green Crescent Ahmet Kaan, General Manager of Green Crescent Sultan Işık, President of WFAD Amy Ronshausen from USA, founder of Slum Child Foundation George Odalo Ochieng from Kenya, Head of International Relations at San Patrignano Monica Barzanzi from İtaly, representatives of the world’s leading/foremost organizations in combating addictions such as CADCA, EURAD, FORUT, IOGT, KKAWF, RUN, UTRIP, SAM, Forth Wave Foundation and Movendi also participated in the 2nd assembly of Istanbul Initiative.
In the opening statement of the assembly, General Manager of Green Crescent Sultan Işık highlighted that they are honored to promote the global advocacy on addiction prevention and the valuable collaboration and stated, “I believe that the discussions will be more than fruitful for our mutual strategies and diligence in the global struggle, recovery and advocacy issues with addiction. Moreover, I see that our struggle has had positive outcomes, particularly in CND and VNGOC and UNODC, and I expect the same development in WHO and EU advocacy work. I believe that our collaborative work in the regional and the national wise will set a good example for other civil society organizations for their local development.”