Turkish Sign at the International Arena

Turkish Sign at the International Arena

Turkey’s influence at the international organizations increases day by day.

Turkey, which increases its influence at the international organizations, is now being represented at a high level at 14 different organizations. Turkish politicians, diplomats and academicians who formerly run posts like Head of the European Commission Parliamentarian Assembly (ECPA), Secretary General of the Islamic Cooperation Organization, are currently at the decision making posts of different multi lateral organizations.

According to the information obtained from the Public Diplomacy Coordinator of the Prime Ministry by the AA correspondent, Turkey increase its influence in top level organizations like the UN and NATO in one hand, and on the other hand contributes to the global stability, prosperity and peace through its representatives at the international organizations.

The final examples of these assignments are that Head of the Prime Ministry’s Investment Support and Promotion Agency İlker Aycı was elected as Head of the World Investment Promotion Agencies Union (WAIPA); lecturer of Marmara University Prof. Dr. Talip Küçükcan was assigned as the Special Envoy by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for Combating Intolerance and Discrimination Against Muslims; and Turkey’s Representative at OSCE Ambassador  Tacan İldem assigned as the Coordinator of “Conflict Cycle”.


Recently, the success of Turkish leaders at international organizations has been recognized globally when the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, whose General Coordinator is Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, won the Nobel Peace Prize. Following a successful term at the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ahmet Üzümcü has been elected for this post for the second term covering years 2014-2018.

Similar to Üzümcü, Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Kadir Topbaş has been elected as the Chairman of United Cities and Local Governments Organization for the second term in 2013.

Chairman of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) Rıfat Hisarcıklıoğlu has been elected as Vice Chairman of Union of European Chambers of Industry and Commerce (EUROCHAMBRES) for the second time in 2014.

On the other hand, former Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Retired Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan has been elected as the Head of the Advisory Board of International Development Law organization (IDLO) in 2013.

Assoc. Prof. Bahadır Erdem from the Istanbul University was elected as a member of the Management Council of International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) by receiving 49 of the 63 votes.

Assoc. Prof. Gün Kut was elected as a member of the Committee responsible for auditing the implementation of the UN Charter on Elimination of Racial Discrimination for the period of 2014-2017 by receiving 125 of the 176 votes.

Istanbul Deputy Şafak Pavey was elected as the Member of the Committee responsible for auditing the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by receiving the second highest vote as the candidate of Turkey.

Many Turkish diplomats, bureaucrats, businessmen, academicians and politicians, apart from names above, are representing Turkey in various international organizations at various levels.