UNICEF Launches a Business Advisory Board in Turkey

23 June 2021
Generation Unlimited

23 June 2021 - Leveraging the knowledge, innovation and market sharing power of the private sector is key to accelerating the realization of rights for children and young people, both in Turkey and globally.  In recognition of this, UNICEF Turkey has established its first Business Advisory Board, which conducted its inaugural meeting online on June 23, 2021. The meeting was hosted by Regina De Dominicis, UNICEF Representative to Turkey, with the presence of Alvaro Rodriguez, the UN Resident Coordinator in Turkey, Inci Haseki, the UNICEF National Committee Executive Director, and the participation of Directors and senior management representatives from a range of companies and business confederations including AB Holding-Torku, CarrefourSA, DELL, Doğan Holding, Esas Holding, Endeavor Turkey, Garanti BBVA, Microsoft, Sabancı Holding, SAP, Turkcell, TUSIAD and Unilever.  Board members were selected based on their experience with and ongoing commitment to education, skills development, and employment of young people.

The focus of the Board’s first meeting was to address the urgent need to strengthen education, training and employment opportunities for adolescents and young people in Turkey, in order to ensure they have the right 21st century skills for meaningful engagement in work, civic and social life. The Board members also heard from representatives of youth organizations on the importance of this issue and the need for innovative and at-scale solutions.

As a contribution from Turkey to the global Generation Unlimited (GenU) initiative, the Business Advisory Board proposed an ambitious target: mobilizing the capacities of multiple stakeholders, projects and programs to provide 2 million young people throughout the country access to skills development for learning, personal development, active citizenship and employability, both in and beyond school settings. The initiative also aims to create opportunities for 20,000 of these young people to enhance their employability and make successful school-to-work transitions through provision of certified workplace training, advanced technical training, apprenticeships, internships, entrepreneurship support, and start-up grants. The Board members discussed the importance of ensuring the full inclusion of girls and young women, as well as refugee youth and those living in economically marginalized geographic regions of Turkey.

About the UNICEF Turkey Business Advisory Board:

The UNICEF Turkey Business Advisory Board is a high-level advisory body comprised of private sector entities with inclusion of selected leaders from multi-lateral organizations, as well as young people themselves that will provide strategic direction and guidance to promote the objectives and planned results of GenU Turkey, as well as other areas of strategic importance to child rights.  The Advisory Board in its first years of work will leverage the breadth of practical experience and technical expertise available in Turkey, connect stakeholders with interest and capacity to support the skills development, employment, and empowerment of young people at-scale, and mobilize and enable collaboration and contributions to the GenU goals in Turkey.  Current Board members were selected based on scale and regional distribution of companies, commitments to equity and gender empowerment, and past experiences with corporate social responsibility activities and sustainability projects.

Media contacts

Sema Hosta
Chief of Communication
UNICEF in Turkey
Tel: +90 533 622 8346


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