Famous Turkish Actor Mert Fırat named UNDP Turkey Goodwill Ambassador

Oct 3, 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Turkey today appointed regionally acclaimed actor Mert Fırat, best known for his movies, TV series, theaters and social responsibility projects, as its first Goodwill Ambassador in Turkey.

Istanbul, 3rd of October 2017 -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 which aims ending poverty and hunger and fighting inequalities to create a better future for all. As we all know that cannot be achieved without empowering women and protecting our planet,” said Mert Fırat at a press conference held in Istanbul.

Mert Fırat who is also known by his volunteer work on sustainable development, stated that he 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.

Mert Fırat is joining a roster of UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors such as Antonio Banderas, Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas ve Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, which includes globally celebrated actors, and athletes. For the full list of UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, click here.

 

Who is Mert Fırat

Mert Fırat, born on 1981 in Ankara, acquired his highschool education at Sweeden in the field of Radio and Television. After returning to Turkey, he studied in the field of acting at Ankara University.

He got his first leading role in the movie “Başka Dilde Aşk” in 2009 which was very well received in Turkey. Since then he starred in pieces like “Binbir Gece”, “Kapalıçarşı”, “Atlıkarınca” and “Kelebeğin Rüyası”. His works received awards in international events. He was awarded in 2014 Moondance Film Festival as the best actor with his movie “Kelebeğin Rüyası” followed by 2010 Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival where he was awarded best scenario award and 2010 Berdyansk Film Festival where he was awarded the best young artist with the movie “Başka Dilde Aşk”.

Being in the theater since his student years and being one of the founders of Moda Sahnesi, Bursa SanatMahal and DasDas, Mert Fırat is also very passionate about social responsibility projects. He is the founding partner of “ihtiyacharitasi.org” website. This website is a platform where the people with need can interact. He is also the spokesperson of the “Gönüllü İyilik Hareketi” which was founded in 2016, Ankara and SanatMahal organization which was founded in Bursa that aims to get the needy neighborhoods together and creates a common ground for art.

Media contacts and information:

Faik Uyanık, UNDP Communications Officer faik.uyanik@undp.org,

Ömer Kavuk, UNDP Communications Assistant omer.kavuk@undp.org,

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