The Istanbul World Forum to be held under the theme “Justice” on 13-14 October 2012
Istanbul will host another major event which is the “Istanbul World Forum”. The Forum will bring together the heads of governments of many countries, world’s leading academics, business executives, experts, NGO leaders, artists, authors and media personalities from around the world.
The Forum to be held on 13-14 October 2012 in Istanbul Congress Center will be inaugurated by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey.
The central theme of this year’s Forum will be justice. Considering that political and economic injustice lie at the heart of many intractable problems we face today, a comprehensive analysis and discussion of justice in the widest sense of the term will enable sharper assessment of the current challenges facing our world and the articulation of concrete, workable solutions.
The confirmed participants so far include Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, Fayez Al-Tarawneh, Prime Minister of Jordan, Mohammad Khatemi, Former President of Iran, Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mehmet Simsek, the Minister of Finance of Turkey, Haris Sladziç, Head of Presidential Council of Bosnia-Herzogevina, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of Organisation of the Islamic Conference, Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Human Rights, Rashid Al-Ghannoushi, Nahda Party Leader of Tunisia, Ibrahim Turhan, Chairman & CEO of the Istanbul Stock Exchange, Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Ibrahim Kalın, Deputy Undersecretary of Prime Ministry and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Turkey, Isil Karakas, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Fahmy Howeidy, journalist-author, Taha Ozhan, President of SETA, Yilmaz Ensaroglu, Director of SETA Law & Human Rights Research, Aref Ali Nayed, Libya Stability Group, Gehad El-Haddad, advisor to the Freedom and Justice Party in Egypt, Wadah Khanfar, President of the Sharq Forum, Gideon Levi, journalist-author, Heba Rauf Ezzat, journalist and activist, Abdel Bari Atwan, journalist, Deepak Lal, economist, Kerem Aklin, economist, Ciwan Haco, musician, Mohamed Salmawy, Secretary General of the General Union of Arab Writers, Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Isak Haleva, Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Turkey, Michael Lerner, journalist and activist, Majid Majidi, Iranian filmmaker and producer, Ahmed Maher, activist and Tom Heneghan, journalist.
The following world renowned academics will also participate as speakers: Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Mohammed Ayoob, Tariq Ramadan, Basheer Musa Mohammed Nafi, John Esposito, Alfred Stepan, Daniel Levy, Alon Ben-Meir, Moulay Hicham ben Abdullah, Fawaz Gerges, Nilufer Gole, Richard Bulliet, Bobby Sayyid, Tu Wei Ming, Hamid Dabashi, M. Shahid Alam, Sebastian Conrad, James Gelvin, Justin A. McCarthy, Walter Mignolo, Cemil Aydın, Hamza Yusuf, Nicholas Adams and J.Paul Martin.
The Forum will address the theme “Justice” under six different themes and four sessions will be held under each theme. These themes include: “Justice and Global Order”, “Justice and Politics”, “Justice and History”, “Economic Justice”, “Justice, Art and Media”, “Justice and Religion”.