Members of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment Gathered in Konya, Turkey

3rd Meeting of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment took place on 7-8 August 2018, under the auspices of Selçuklu Municipality at Selçuklu Congress Center in Selçuklu, Konya, Turkey; with the participation of more than 200 participants from 10 different countries.

During the thematic sessions held on the first day of the event, panelists discussed the preparation of carbon inventories and climate action plans processes; involving to international climate and energy agreements, the role of waste, wastewater and solid waste management strategies of the cities and urban resilience in fighting against climate change.

“Take Action, Build Resilient Cities, Fight Against Climate Change!”

Held with the main theme “Take Action, Build Resilient Cities, Fight Against Climate Change,” the event became a gathering platform, underlining the determinative role of environmental problems in many areas from economy to development or energy to health, and the effective solutions on global problems to be provided by local authorities, as the closest level of government to the people.

During the thematic sessions of the meeting, participants discussed the preparation methodology for the sustainable climate action plans, challenges encountered during these preparation processes and the role of waste management in fighting against climate change; and the event was concluded with a presentation on the ways to fight against the negative effects of climate change in cities.

New Requests Increased the Number of Committee Members to 65

During the Administrative Meeting of the Committee that took place in the second day of the event, committee members reviewed the report of activities and evaluated the requests for the membership, and decided on the host of the next committee meeting. Within this regard, the total number of committee members, consisting of local governments from Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Syria, Yemen, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Jordan, increased to 65. 

Water and Wastewater Task Force was also established in the meeting, in addition to the six other task forces, namely, Waste Management and Pollution, Fighting Against Climate Change, Energy, Green Spaces, Urban Agriculture, Biodiversity and Environment-Friendly Transportation Systems, that were formed previously under the Committee. Presidency of the new task force will be carried out by Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration (ISKI).  Committee members also decided to establish a Consultative Board, in order to be able to technically and academically support the projects and activities of the task forces. In the meeting, the draft text of the Position Paper, which will consolidate the positioning of the Committee on climate issues, was also among the main agenda items.  Before its launching, the document will be finalized with the inputs of the Committee members in the forthcoming period.

This meeting was organized as a “carbon-free meeting” during which all the carbon released was zeroed by the Energy Management Unit of Istanbul Environmental Management Industry and Trade Inc. (İSTAÇ). The program was concluded with the technical visits on packaging waste collection and separation plant and electricity energy production from methane gas facility.


You can find the meeting pictures here.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 4th UCLG Culture Summit 2021: Call for candidacies

Since the founding Congress of Paris, culture has been at the heart of UCLG’s policy agenda

 UCLG-MEWA CONGRESS

UCLG-MEWA Congress to be held in Amman, Jordan, on 9-10 July 2019, UCLG-MEWA will hold elections to determine its governing bodies and Presidency for the period 2019-2022

 STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), 48 municipalities from countries such as Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Afghanistan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and many international organizations will gather together in Amman on June 30, 2019.

 "No city is a party to any war"

Today is the 16th of May, United Nations International Day of Living Together in Peace. Until 2019, our world has faced many periods making difficult to live together.

 UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS "Human Capital, Qualified Education and Development"

UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks" "Human Capital – Qualified Education and Development”" 21 March Thursday 2019

 UCLG-MEWA Committee on Development Cooperation and City Diplomacy & UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment Meetings

2nd Meeting of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Development Cooperation and City Diplomacy and the 4th Meeting of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment will be held on 15-17 April 2019, in Ramallah, Palestine.

 FOLLOW-UP WORKSHOP FOR REFUGEE-FRIENDLY MUNICIPALITIES ON SOCIAL COHESION

The event will take place on 12-15 February 2019, in Berlin, Germany.

 UCLG Annual Retreat 2019 & Meeting of UCLG Committee on Statutory Affairs

2019 edition of UCLG Annual Retreat will take place on 11-15 February 2019, in Barcelona, Spain.

 Local Economic Development in Host Communities Workshop

“Ev Sahibi Topluluklarda Yerel Ekonomik Kalkınma” başlıklı, Ev Sahibi Belediyeler öğrenme ağı toplantısı, Alman Uluslararası İşbirliği Kurumu (GIZ), Gaziantep Büyükşehir Belediyesi, Dünya Bankası Grubu’nun ortaklığında, Dünya Bankası Güney-Güney Programı, Birleşmiş Kentler ve Yerel Yönetimler Orta Doğu ve Batı Asya Bölge Teşkilatı (UCLG-MEWA), CIHEAM Bari ve Uluslararası Çalışma Örgütü (ILO)’nün desteğiyle Akdeniz Entegrasyon Merkezi tarafından 19-22 Kasım 2018 tarihleri arasında Gaziantep'de düzenlenecektir.

 The 5th Asian Mayors Forum General Assembly "Smart, Resilient and livable Asian Cities"

The 5th Asian Mayors Forum General Assembly "Smart, Resilient and livable Asian Cities" 29 November - 2 December 2018 Gaziantep, Turkey

TWITTER