Subregional Office for Central Asia (SEC)

UN Resident Coordinator Najam Visits Antalya

UN Resident Coordinator Shahid Najam realized a field trip to Antalya in where the UN Joint Programme “Growth with Decent Work for All: National Youth Employment Program and Pilot Implementation in Antalya took place.

On 22 November, Mr. Najam first paid a courtesy visit to Antalya Governor Ahmet Altıparmak for his strong support to the United Nations (UN) Joint Programme, together with FAO Assistant Representative in Turkey, Ayşegül Akın. Mr. Najam mentioned  that all of the strategies and activities of the UN Joint Programme is planned, prepared and implemented with a partnership of 4 UN agencies (United Nations Organisations ILO -International Labour Organization, IOM -International Organization for Migration, FAO-Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations UNDP and Turkish Employment Organization (İŞKUR). But especially in the implementation process public agencies, NGOs, academia and private sector in Antalya ,under the leadership of the governorate, become important stakeholders of the Joint Programme.

During his visit Mr. Najam also met with Antalya Commodity Exchange President Ali Çandır, Central Anatolia Ornamental Plants Exporters Union President Osman Bağdatlıoğlu, Antalya Ornamental Plants Exporters Association President Salih Durmazkan and Antalya Tarım company owner Savaş Titiz. Mr. Najam stressed the importance of agriculture sector in Antalya, and private sector’s role in generating income and employment opportunities.

Mr. Najam also made a field visit to Cut Flower Production Training Programme organized by Ornamental Plants Exporters Association in partnership with UN Joint Programme and İŞKUR Antalya under the UNJP. Mr. Najam welcomed the concrete results of the UNJP, as the successful graduates have already been offered decent work opportunities in various cut flower producing companies.

United Nations Joint Programme “Growth with Decent Work for All: National Youth Employment Program and Pilot Implementation in Antalya” (UN Joint Programme) started in 2009 and ends as of December 2012. The Joint Programme aimed at reducing youth unemployment and increasing the participation of young women in the labour force and to increase the percentage in placements of young unemployed people into decent jobs. It was funded by the MDG Achievement Fund entrusted to UNDP by the Government of Spain, in cooperation with İŞKUR and ILO, IOM, FAO and UNDP.