Divided cities in conflict- Urban peacebuilding

I am honoured to share my vision and experience about urban peacebuilding with a delegation of Palestinians and Israelis, who were leading figures from various fields, including urban planning and architecture, journalism and academia. We discussed our learning from the divided cities of Cyprus to inspire future solutions for Jerusalem.
The project was developed by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in Jerusalem, together with a Jerusalem-based peace NGO called Israel-Palestine Creative Regional Initiatives (IPCRI), which has promoted hands-on policy and research cooperation for over 30 years.

Thanks to Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin, project director of KAS-IPCRI Jerusalem-Nicosia, for inviting me to meet with this amazing group and share my experience.
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The Famagusta Ecocity Project on the review of France 24: “Reunifying Cyprus: Hopes and fears, 44 years on (part 2)”

Thanks to France 24 for giving us part in their report. Special thanks to Raphaëlle Vivent and Guillaume Chamerat ! We are honoured to be in this review as a Eco-city Project team, who are dedicated to build a peaceful and sustainable co-existence together in Cyprus. We would also like to thank to all our supporters who have never left us alone during this process. There are a lot of things to do and we will do better with your support!

    

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Reunifying Cyprus: Hopes and fears, 44 years on (Part 2)

Barbed wire, checkpoints, abandoned buildings and military bases: all of these are common sights in Cyprus – a country that remains split in two, 44 years after the Turkish military invaded and occupied the north. In 2017, peace talks slated as the “best and last chance” by the United Nations, collapsed. Following President Anastasiades’ re-election in February of this year, our team travelled to Cyprus to unpick the biggest issues that could help, or hinder, the path to peace.

We travel to both sides of the buffer zone to meet Members of the European Parliament, who tell us what they think Europe should be doing to help its third-smallest member state; as well as the outgoing foreign minister; the Greek Cypriot chief negotiator; Turkish Cypriot officials and citizens; gas experts involved in exploiting precious offshore reserves; and some of the 1,600 Russians who’ve been granted Cypriot nationality in the last decade under a new fast-track scheme.

We bring you several reports during the show: “Turkish Cypriots: Europe or Erdogan?” by Luke Brownand “Citizens unite for Famagusta” by Raphaëlle Vivent and Guillaume Chamerat.

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Building a peaceful co-existince together

How can we empower the voice of the people for the unification of Cyprus? How can we show two communities that unlike the “deadlock”, something different, something sustainable can be done in this island? We talked about our inspirations, strategies and will to build a peaceful co-existince together in Cyprus with Raphaelle Vivent from news channel France 24. Thank you Raphaelle for including the initiatives in favor of the reunification in your review. All the initiatives’ efforts will one day bring peace in our island-

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Review on Cypriot Cities on EL PAIS

Interesting review on Cypriot cities, especially with a special focus on Famagusta and Eastern Mediterranean University through the narrative of our respectful rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam (3:30’). And final remarks from me (3:53’) on the sustainable future of the Cyprus: Famagusta Ecocity Project. Thanks to EL PAIS!

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The ‘Journey’, International Summer School

Today we talked at the International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC about how to handle the challenges caused by ecological treats, climate changes and war/conflict in specific areas. We shared our experiences from the Famagusta Ecocity Project with those international postgraduates and young professionals to inspire them to tackle these grand scale problems. We would like to thank Dr. Stelios Yiatros for inviting us.

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

 

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

International Summer School, the ‘Journey’, organised by The Cyprus University of Technology with Climate-KIC

What is  Climate-KIC?

“The Largest EU public-private initative to tackle the consequences of Climate change  KIC stands for Knowledge Innovattion Community and is effectively a Europe-wide network comprising universities, corporates, SMEs and startups aiming to tackle the hardest challenge of all: mitigate or adapt to the consequences of Climate Change through education, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Climate-KIC focuses on 4 (some-mes overlapping) themes: Urban Transi-ons (UT), Sustainable Land Use (SLU), Sustainable Produc-on Systems (SPS) and Decision Metrics & Finance (DMF).

Climate-KIC runs educa-onal ac-vi-es such for postgraduates and young professionals like the Journey as well as short masterclasses and week long courses for members of its community and other local and regional stakeholders. It also runs innovation programmes for R&D projects of different readiness levels to market (e.g. demonstrator, accelerator and scaler programmes) and idea-on and accelera-on programmes for green startups, such as ClimateLaunchpad which has been organised in Cyprus by Chrysalis LEAP.” »Source

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»More about the Journey summer school

Stories for Peace

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Amelia and Me at Walledcity Famagusta

We shared two ‘peace’ stories with the editor in chief of www.coastalseekers.com Amelia and her partner Josh. This inspiring couple created an online platform for travel video/ bloggers to share their stories. There are many ways for peace making; art, architecture, storytelling, permaculture, economy and many more. Our first story came from art in which my father talked all about the “Risky Travels”.  Second story followed as “The Famagusta Ecocity Project” which displays great potential for a peaceful co-existence. Thanks to Amelia and Josh for making us part of their stories in Cyprus.

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Me, Munise and Amelia, hanging out in Famagusta

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Josh and Amelia, interview with Baki Bogac

Interview for EL PAÍS Newspaper

We may not be close to find a permenant solution to the Cyprus problem yet. However we need to learn to cooperate together in order to provide a sustainable future to our children. No matter what, we will keep on sharing our common vision for an integrated, peaceful and ecological city and a better life for all! Thanks to María Hervás from the Spanish leading newspaper EL PAÍS for making us part of their review on Cyprus.