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Football for Peace Co-Founder offers ‘Radical solution’ to deal with Youth Extremism at UN Conference in Istanbul

20-21st October 2016

British Pakistani Professional Footballer Kashif Siddiqi presented the Football for Peace story at the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) on “the Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE): Holistic Approaches, from Education to De-radicalization” from the 20-21 October 2016 in Istanbul.


Massilimiliano Montanari, Sergey Danilenko & Kashif Siddiqi


Mr Siddiqi was joined by Ex-Turkey International captain Emre, who played for Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid & Newcastle. He was named as one of the top FIFA 150 players by Pele. The panel was also hosted by the chairman of Beşiktaş JK – Football Club, Fikret Orman and Sergey Danilenko, Secretary General of Kyrgyzstan.

This followed Kash providing the opening speech at the Sport & Humanity conference at the Vatican last week.

Football for Peace, since 2013, have provided real deliverables in the effort to create radical solutions to deal with increasing religious, cultural and social tensions worldwide.

Last year, HRH Prince William joined Mr Siddiqi to celebrate a City for Peace programme in Birmingham. A return to Birmingham is planned along with 10 more Cities for Peace over the next 3 years.

“Football is the one universal language that evaporates language, cultural and religious barriers the world over,” Kashif Siddiqi says.


President of Besiktas FC – Fikret Orman


“It is fundamentally the greatest way to diffuse tensions and turn down the heat between competing factions”.

“Role models from the world of football speak volumes using the power of sport. Seeing their favourite players saying ‘we need to foster change’ provide greater examples and show unity for our future generations, ‘get out on the field and kick a ball’ is a key way to speak to young people.

The event in Istanbul has been organised by the Turkic Council (Turkish Kenes) and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

Representatives attended from over 30 different countries. 200 Youth leaders discussed strategies for dealing with youth extremism. Representatives joined the debate from Government, Non-Governmental Organisations and Academics from Africa to Central Asia.

Attendees were the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN’s high-level representatives from other specialized organisations, including the OSCE.


HE Mohammad Hanzab, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (UN High Rep for the Alliance of Civilisations) & Kashif Siddiqi


Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Tugrul Turkes, the High Representatives of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and Turkish Kenes Secretary General Ramil Hasanov.

The event was to explore Youth’s critical role in emphasising the 2250 Council Decision and the UN Secretary General’s Violence Varanda Prevention of Extremism Action Plan provisions.

The first session took place on Thursday 20th October about ‘Sports as a Means to Prevent Violent Extremism’.

The conference results will be held in Bishkek on 18 November 2016 and the theme of ‘Youth and Sport’, which will be submitted to the Turkish Kenes 6th Summit of Heads of State.


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