|PANEL 1: Contributions of Civil Society|
|Secretary General of Kimse Yok Mu|
Savas Metin is the Secretary-General of Kimse Yok Mu. He leads the organization’s international relations department and works to create unity among corporations, NGOs, and international organizations. Kimse Yok Mu is a humanitarian aid organization based in Turkey with 40 branches throughout the country. In addition, Kimse Yok Mu expands its humanitarian relief to over 110 countries through tens of thousands of volunteers around the globe. Mr. Metin, as an educator, advances peace education through language integrated into curriculums designed by Kimse Yok Mu volunteers. With an integrated learning environment that teaches children to accept one another regardless of race, religion, or social standing, they will advance the post-2015 agenda and stymie civil war one person at a time. Mr. Metin graduated from Middle East Technical University with his Bachelor’s in Statistics in 1997. He heads a dedicated fleet of Kimse Yok Mu volunteer doctors, teachers, disaster teams, and hundreds of staff in our branches worldwide.
SAVAS METIN, the Secretary General of Kimse Yok Mu, opens his speech by introducing the non-governental humanitarian aid organization based in Turkey. Kimse Yok Mu has taken significant steps in the process of integrating itself with global partnerships in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals in an efficient and productive way. Metin proceeded to discuss the topic of sustainable development, stating “sustainable development offers a better life for each person without depleting vital resources”. He indicated that the Sustainable Development Goals will offer a plan for each country, and will offer a process, which will integrate local and global movements with short and long-term objectives concerning economic and environmental issues and human rights and development.
Metin stated that Kimse Yok Mu creates programs in order to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs ranging from hospitals, schools, orphanages, social complexes, and water wells. On the other hand, he also emphasized the importance of education, in particular education for refugee children, as well as the organizations last project on agricultural training in Niger. According to Metin, the human rights approach designates universal education as a basic human right that must be exercised everywhere. Education is particularly important for those who have been displaced from their homes. Savas Metin stated importance of recognizing that despite this fact, the actual implementation of this education has not been organized in many countries that desperately require it. There must be better institutional organization of education for refugee children. This is the responsibility of civil society. Kimse Yok Mu has opened two schools in Turkey, which is densely populated by refugees. Another project organized by Kimse Yok Mu has been implemented in Niger, Niamey, and focuses on agricultural training and development for farming families.