UNDP Turkey celebrates its first Goodwill Ambassador Mert FıratOct 3, 2017
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Turkey appointed regionally acclaimed actor Mert Fırat, best known for his starring roles on Başka Dilde Aşk and Atlıkarınca, as its first Goodwill Ambassador in Turkey.
In this new role, Turkish actor will focus on raising awareness and support for the Sustainable Development Goals. Also known as the Global Goals, they are a universal call to action to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change.
“My main mission as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador will be to raise awareness and support for the Global Goals for a better future for all, which cannot be achieved without empowering women and protecting our planet,” said Mert Fırat at a press conference held in Istanbul.
The renowned volunteer, Mert Fırat is passionate about using his influence as an actor and advocate to draw attention to critical issues and encourage people to be agents of change.
“We are delighted to team up with Mert Fırat. His energy and commitment will help us amplify the urgent and universal message of the Sustainable Development Goals. We welcome Mert’s support to ensure that as many people as possible in Turkey know about the Goals, and can take action to help make our planet a better place for all,” said Irena Vojackova Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey.
“Mert Fırat’s background is highly compatible with what UNDP is trying to achieve in Turkey, including his involvement in social good projects and his active presence in the area of volunteerism.” said Claudio Tomasi, UNDP Turkey Country Director. “I believe this collaboration will be effective both for Mert Fırat and for UNDP Turkey, we have many things planned ahead, I wish him good luck in his new role.”
Mert Fırat has been working with the UNDP Turkey in last couple of years for various occasions such as attending Social Good Summits of 2015 and 2016. He also actively participated to “Talk for Equality” event which promoted Gender Equality in Ankara. During next two years he will be attending several UNDP events and meetings, and advocate the Global Goals in his work. For more news on Mert Fırat and UNDP stay connected!