UNICEF Türkiye Business Advisory Board launches its second term to renew its commitment to reach millions of children

After reaching more than 4.9 million young people between 2021- 2023, UNICEF Türkiye Business Advisory Board launches its second term to continue its support to youth and their future

22 February 2024
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22 February 2024, İstanbul – Today, UNICEF Türkiye Business Advisory Board convened to launch its second term (2024-2025) with a meeting led by Paolo Marchi, UNICEF Representative to Türkiye, and the participation of the Board Members, including a Youth Representative and representatives from Anadolu Torku, CarrefourSA, DELL, Doğan Holding, Endeavor Türkiye, Garanti BBVA, SAP, TOBB, TUSIAD, Unilever.  

Paolo Marchi, UNICEF Representative to Türkiye said: “Partnerships yield and amplify results. The results attained during our first term together are a tangible proof of it. I am grateful for the continued commitment of Business Advisory Board members to make a positive impact on the lives of children and young people, and I share the excitement of launching the new term of the Board with an ambitious agenda built on the progress of the past two years. The Board has been instrumental in mobilising multisectoral collaborations to meet the changing needs of emergencies; by adapting our programmes, while continuing to work towards our collective goals.” 

The successful work of the past two years has proven how the Board has served to be an enabling multi-stakeholder engagement platform to co-craft programmes in line with its joint priorities and advance the agenda for children and young people. Over 4.9 million young people were reached between 2021-2023 by UNICEF and public, private and NGO partners. The year-long Skills Pledge Campaign contributed to an increase of 1.4 million more students attending training at vocational training centers.

Building on the achievements, the Board members endorsed the collective target for the next two years – to empower 2 million adolescents (14-18 years) at the upper-secondary level with green skills and competencies. This would include the establishment of Green Competency Labs for upper secondary education students and the organization of ideathons with young people as solution developers for the problem areas identified by the private sector. 

The UNICEF Youth Leadership Council invited the Board members to sign the Youth Business Compact which defines four pillars for businesses’ commitment: meaningful youth engagement, implementation of green skills in the workplace, promotion of sustainability, creation of measurable social impact projects. The Board members also agreed to continue to contribute to the recovery in the earthquake-affected regions.

Media contacts

Sema Hosta
Chief of Communication
UNICEF in Türkiye
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Can Remzi Ergen
Communication Officer
UNICEF in Türkiye
Tel: +90 532 315 56 87

About the UNICEF Türkiye Business Advisory Board

The UNICEF Türkiye Business Advisory Board is comprised of private sector entities, including 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 Türkiye, as well as other areas of strategic importance to child rights.  The Advisory Board leverages the breadth of practical experience and technical expertise available in Türkiye; connects stakeholders with interest and capacity to support skills development, employment, and empowerment of young people at-scale.

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