First of all, I would like to express my deepest respect for all the participants on behalf of the Turkish people and government as the host of the event titled “2nd International Archive Congress on Ottoman Lands”

It is a great honor for the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization to host such a momentous global event and invite you to attend the congress to be held in Istanbul on November 20 to 24, 2017 in partnership between the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre, and the General Directorate of State Archives affiliated to the Prime Minister's Office.

Serving as a heritage from the Ottomans, the archives are of capital importance to unfold the global history in a more accurate fashion. While the majority is displayed in various institutions of Turkey, it is an important input to assess this joint heritage, which is featured all around the world, as a whole, reassess the history and uncover all the details of a massive past. In addition, gathering all respective authorities of the states that enjoy this joint heritage under the same umbrella is set to be a valuable step in building the future based on the tenets of the past. Hence, we deem the organization of 2nd International Archive Congress on Ottoman Lands as a historic duty.

On the occasion of this particular event, the globally-revered scientists, experts, researchers, directors, public and private sector authorities are going to convene to exchange their knowledge, experience and projects. This event is also intended to set forth a common Archive vision for our shared world and future. We aspire to exchange our experiences and devise a joint plan for our future by drawing strength from our past. Therefore, we have decided to designate the theme of the event as "Our Archives In Rewriting the History".

As a part of the event, the participants are poised to take part in the scientific occasions, and personally enjoy the extraordinary social and cultural heritage offered by Turkey and cherish moments to remember.

I would like to reiterate the fact that it is a huge honor for us to host such a far-reaching scientific event and invite you the distinguished guests to join us in Istanbul as a part of this event.


Minister of Environment and Urbanization