Kyrenia, TRNC, Cyprus / Eastern European Time
Why Join Our UN SDG Project?
I think that I have come a long way personally and professionally in areas where everyone interested in sustainability would like to advance at different stages of this whole process. I had the opportunity to meet and work with successful professionals in many different parts of the world and learn from their expertise and personal experiences.
Uzun is the Co-founder of a new initiative, SUS TALKS, a publication organization working on sustainability through various approaches. Very passionate about writing, she has written articles in Turkish, Chinese, and English for different magazines and organizations. Currently, Derya is preparing to launch her first website, named United Stories, which tells stories about sustainability for children.
This storytelling effort is a continuation of her early social responsibility awareness and action with the “Book Reading Club” that she established at age eleven. She pioneered the procurement of books not found in her city from outside the city so that all children could read them. This project spread throughout the city and children started to obtain the books they could not have, from the city’s National Education Directorate for free. In addition, she carried out personal projects and campaigns to recognize the right to education of the girls around her. She continues to take part in projects and communities related to SDG 5 Gender Equality, which has great meaning for her.
Derya is a Young Member and she has been appointed to the United Nations Standing Committee in the years (2021-2024) of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) which develops the professional, leadership, and business potential of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill-building, and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world. She is an alumna member of the Turkish Women’s International Network (TurkishWIN), which is a global member network empowering women with cultural, family, or professional ties to Turkey with chapters in Istanbul, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and London.
Derya is also active on several Social Responsibility Projects engages in a variety of volunteer and community activities, such as a Volunteer for International Day of the Belt and Road (一带一路国际日志愿者), an Ambassador for SDG 5 in Sustainable mPact. She is taking place in Maya Idea Club, Learning Designs, a social enterprise that supports all actors in designing quality education. She is a Middle East Climate Ambassador in JDFMediaUKTV which is an independent Climate Change News and digital/social media networking platform. In her private life, she loves writing and drawing. She has started to write a storybook for children in the near future that she will personally draw.
She always thinks the real miracle is in the seeds. As a girl who grew up on a farm since childhood, she had the opportunity to see this. She was surrounded by trees and animals growing with her. Still, whenever she has the opportunity, she takes great pleasure in spending time in the garden, with the soil, and with the animals. She has a little girl named Kuzu (she is a cat) who loves jumping and disturbing Derya while she is working, and playing with insects. And as a show of her love, Kuzu even gifted Derya with some of them.
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