The Istanbul Action Plan is one tangible outcome of the world youth congress 2010. It contains thoughts and suggestions concerning the “Millennium Development Goals” which where set up by the United Nations in the year 2000. In order to mobilize “material and institutional support” for “youth-led development” projects, it highlights several key focus areas of global challenges – added by a list of hundreds of concrete projects which participants of the congress are about to start working on…
It is Sunday, the eighth of August, I am sitting next to the Blue Mosque on the old hippodrome – the ancient horse running arena. My eyes are wandering up and the down the old Egyptian obelisk – a huge piece of marble stone, in the sharp shape of a clear crystal – pointing to the sky. The Hieroglyphs – which were carefully carved into its surface – are thousands (millenniums) of years old. They look perfect, exact, clean and abstract. They show symbolic images, telling a forgotten story.-
Three snakes – woven into a spiraling upright copper pillar – stand next to the obelisk. Their heads are missing. The origin of the sculpture is Delphi – the old greek mystery center. Originally it was dedicated to Apollo – the god of light. I walk around it, following the snakes with my attention – a settle movement of constant transformation.-
My way leads me to Hagia Sophia – church of the holy wisdom. For one thousand years this church has been the most influential centre of Eastern Christianity. Built with marble stones from all over the ancient Roman Empire – just before its fall – it preserved the atmosphere of the antique world and wisdom – Sofia – all through the middle age. With the Turkish invasion of Constantinople in the 15th century, the antique wisdom reached northern Italy – the begin of the Renaissance.Today, most christian mosaics are gone, crosses are replaced by islamic ornaments. A giant Seraph still looks down from the ceiling.-
The sun became the centre of the world. European powers conquered the whole globe and installed huge empires. A global economy started to emerge.- The ancient order of society was no longer accepted and finally overthrown. National states were formed and the individual – capable of thinking for himself – was proclaimed as the new sovereign. After long struggles and with the help of technological innovation old europe succeeded in destroying itself in two disastrous wars, the answer: The United Nations. Then: The cold war, the fall of the Berlin wall.
And finally, by the end of the twentieth century: The rise of a global civil society movement starting to unite beyond economic interest and national boundaries. The history of humanity is our history – what is our future?