The signing ceremony held at the UN Headquarters for the initiative “Sports for Peace” was attended by the President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, with the participation of Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committe, M. İlker Aycı and High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Ángel Moratinos.
Turkish Airlines is continuously expanding its flight network and reaching out to different societies and communities with collaborations with leading brands, institutions, organizations, and NGOs that are prominent in various fields across the world. The global airline will be materializing its project “Sports for Peace” and collaborating closely with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) as a part of this initiative. The project was launched on the undeniable premise of the unifying effects of sports activities, their ability to promote peace, human rights, mutual respect, and ,inclusion. Within the project’s scope, an award ceremony will be organized with an international jury in order to recognize the contribution of sports in promoting peace and development objectives. This organization will bring together important figures from the world of sports, art, and business, and opinion leaders, and attract the attention of the world public to global issues.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive
Committee M. İlker Aycı said, “As the Turkish flag-carrier airline that bridges the East and the West and brings together these two ancient cultures, and the largest brand envoy on an international scale, we reach different communities and build bridges between different societies and civilizations with these connections and with our numerous collaborations with prominent brands, organizations, and NGOs. We see this as an important mission assigned to us by our unique geography. We are proud and delighted to be here today to sign this collaboration agreement for such an important project in the presence our President President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the United Nations Secretary- General António Guterres.”