Istanbul World Political Forum

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World Political Forum
Formation 2010 - World Political Forum
Type Non-profit organization
Legal status Foundation
Headquarters Istanbul, Turkey
Region served
Ahmet Eyüp Özgüç
Website [1]

The World Political Forum (also called Istanbul Forum) is a non-profit foundation, based in Turkey, best known for its annual meeting in Istanbul. The forum takes place with the participation of statesmen, CEOs, opinion leaders, bureaucrats and the business elite as well as renowned figures from reputable universities.


Nobel Peace Prize recipients Kofi Annan and Al Gore were among the speakers of the 2011 summit.

Ahmet Eyüp Özgüç is the current President of the Foundation which originally started the preparations for the summit in 2010 and sought to broaden its vision further to include providing a platform for resolving international conflicts.[1]

The first was held on 13–14 March, 2011, in Istanbul and was hosted by the Turkish Foundation and supported by the Turkish Prime Ministry. The theme was “Changing to meet, meeting to change”, emphasizing the radical changes in policymakers’ thinking now taking place and the importance of sharing new ideas to address the urgent problems facing particularly the Middle East. The summit was the first of what Turkish Foundation President Ahmet Eyüp Özgüç planned to be an annual forum supported by the Turkish Foundation. Just as the G8 is losing out to a more representative G20 in global economic decision-making, the Turkish organizers intend that such summits provide a more democratic platform for voices of change.[2]

The second World Political Forum was held on May 17-18, 2012, with the theme of "Building a New World".

Third summit is to be held in June 2013 with the theme "A New and Righteous World Order".


The two-day event called the “Leaders of Change Summit” opened March 13, 2011. It consisted of nearly 100 speakers:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A model for the Arab World". Euronews. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Walberg, Eric (23 March 2011). "Summit: 'Meeting to Change'". Al-Ahram Weekly. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • [2], World Political Forum's official website