PARTNERSHIP FORUM 2018 & POLICY FORUM ON DEVELOPMENT (PFD) TASK TEAM MEETING

Organized under the auspices of the European Commission, Partnership Forum was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 25-26 June.


 Pilot Project on Mapping the Sustainable Development Goals in Turkey: Opening and Introductory Meeting

Opening and Introductory Meeting of UCLG-MEWA Pilot Project for Mapping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Turkey was held on 3 July 2018, at UCLG-MEWA General Secretariat in Istanbul, Turkey; gathering the members of UCLG-MEWA Presidency, Committee on Local Governance, and Supervisory Board. The project is planned to be firstly undertaken in Turkey as a pilot work, which will later be disseminated throughout the MEWA region.


  June 20th, World Refugee Day

UN has set the theme for 2018 as "WithRefugees.” In line with dynamics of the region it operates, UCLG-MEWA supported and engaged in the activities and events during this year’s World Refugee Day.


 Beating Plastic Pollution Message from UCLG-MEWA

In accordance with this theme, UCLG-MEWA invited all members for taking an urgent act on plastic consumption and waste production and raising awareness on the topic with using a #BeatorEatPlastic tag in their social media accounts to focus on the importance of beating plastic production and consumption.


 STRASBOURG 2018: UCLG EXECUTIVE BUREAU & UNACLA SUSTAINABLE CITIES DIALOGUE

United Cities and Local Governments World Organization (UCLG) held its first Executive Bureau meeting of 2018, on 23-26 May 2018 in the European Parliament, under the auspices of the City of Strasbourg.


 TRAINING PROGRAM ON WASTEWATER AND MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEMS FOR THE MUNICIPALITIES OF PALESTINE

Organized for the units and departments working on water and sanitation management in the municipalities of Palestine, the Training Program on Wastewater and Municipal Water Systems for the Municipalities of Palestine took place on 1-6 May 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey.


 UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU MEETING & PANEL ON PARTICIPATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP ON THE AXIS OF GENDER EQUALITY TOOK PLACE IN BALIKESIR, TURKEY

UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau Meeting & Panel on Participation and Entrepreneurship on the Axis of Gender Equality were held on 27-29 April 2018, in Balıkesir, Turkey; under the auspices of Karesi Municipality, member of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality.


 UCLG-MEWA FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING & UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU MEETING

UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau Meeting took place on 27 April 2018, in Balıkesir, Turkey, under the auspices of Karesi Municipality. Hosting many participants from the countries of MEWA region, the meeting became the kick-off point for UCLG-MEWA's strategic plan for the 2018-2020 period.


 ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT BUILDINGS AND DESIGN PRINCIPLES

“Energy Efficiency at Buildings and Design Principles” was discussed at UCLG-MEWA, within the scope of UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks. Hosting Prof. Dr. Ümit Doğay Arınç as a speaker, the program took place with an intensive participation from public and private sectors.


 MAYORS PARTICIPATED IN UCLG-MEWA PANEL ON SUSTAINABLE CITIES POLICIES

In the Panel on Sustainable Cities Policies moderated by Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, Hasan Tahsin Usta, Mayor of Gaziosmanpaşa; Cahit Altunay, Mayor of Sultangazi; M. Tevfik Göksu, Mayor of Esenler; Adly Yaish, Mayor of Nablus and Hazem Al Naimat, Deputy Mayor of Greater Amman Municipality & President of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Smart Cities addressed to the participants.


 Training on «Public Transportation Excellence Index»

After the last meeting of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Urban Mobility, held in Istanbul, on 4 November 2017, during TRANSIST 2017, members adopted the program of activities for 2018 which included the organization of the training on «Public Transportation Excellence Index» implemented by the President of the Committee, lstanbul Electricity, Tramway and Tunnel General Management (IETT)


 UCLG-MEWA ORGANIZED CAMPAIGNS FOR ZERO DISCRIMINATION AND WORLD WATER DAY

United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) is continuing to organize awareness-raising campaigns. Within the context of 1 March, Zero Discrimination Day, UCLG-MEWA made a video with 11 different languages, using “butterfly,” the universal symbol of Zero Discrimination Day, to highlight the importance of the day, and reached wide masses on social media.


 UCLG-MEWA TALK ON LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND HEALTH

UCLG-MEWA is continuing the series of Local Government Talks in 2018. Ali Murat Duman, President of Istanbul Health Platform, became a speaker on Local Governments and Health, within the scope of its activities in the World Health Week.


 Blood Donation Campaign of UCLG-MEWA to Turkish Red Crescent in the World Health Week

Within the context of the World Health Week, United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) organized a blood donation campaign on 5 April 2018.


 Mapping Workshop in Urla, an Outstanding Brand Intermediary City in Turkey

Co-organized by UCLG Intermediary Cities Forum and UCLG-MEWA Intermediary Cities Working Group, the mapping workshop took place on 15-18 March 2018, in Urla, the brand intermediary city of İzmir, Turkey.


 The contribution of sustainable tourism to economic development has been discussed in Eyyübiye.

Co-organized by the UCLG-MEWA and the Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT) and held under the auspices of Eyyübiye Municipality, President of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Tourism, UCLG-MEWA Forum on Sustainable Tourism and Local Development took place with the participation of nearly 250 representatives from various countries including Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Morocco, Iran, Syria and Libya.


 UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talk on Gastronomy Tourism and Brand Cities

Gürkan Boztepe, President of Gastronomy Tourism Association (GTD), gave a talk on Gastronomy Tourism and Brand Cities, within the scope of the first UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talk in 2018.


 MAPPING WORKSHOP AT NEVŞEHİR, A MODEL I-CITY IN THE MEWA REGION

UCLG World Organization and Regional Sections are continuing to organize programs on intermediary cities (i-cities), which are expected to host 50% of the world population in 2030. As one of the regional preparatory meetings on the way to I-Cities World Forum to be held on 5-7 July 2018, in Chefchaouen, Morocco; I-Cities MEWA Regional Forum, took place on 21-22 September 2017, in Nevşehir, a model i-city of the MEWA Region; with a wide participation and a comprehensive program.


 Presidency Handover Ceremony of the Union of City Councils of Turkey Held in Eskişehir, Turkey

9th Meeting of the Union of City Councils of Turkey was held on 17-18 February 2018 in Eskişehir, Turkey, with the theme "Rethinking Cities.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 III. MEETING OF THE UCLG-MEWA COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT

The 3rd Meeting of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment will take place on 7-8 August 2018, under the auspices of Selçuklu (Konya) Municipality.

 GREEN SPACE SUSTAINABILITY IN METROPOLISES

UCLG-MEWA is organizing Local Government Talks on the axis of Sustainable Development Goals since 2017. The Talks are continuing this month by hosting Mr. İsmail Gülal, Member of the Advisory Board of Istanbul Tulip Foundation!

 EXECUTIVE BUREAU IN STRASBOURG: REPORT ON KEY DECISIONS

Following the UCLG Executive Bureau held in Strasbourg, France, on 23-25 May 2018, we are pleased to enclose the Report on Key Decisions.

 UCLG Committee on Culture OBS: a global website on culture, cities and SDGs

Our network has accumulated fifteen years of specific practices and experiences. We have carried out a work of capitalization of these experiences and we are happy to announce that the Committee on Culture of UCLG recently launched a new website on “culture, cities and SDGs”, with good practices on culture and sustainable local development. The observatory, also called “OBS”, is a unique practical website in the world, it includes more than 120 good practices available in the 3 languages of UCLG (English, French and Spanish) that describe cultural projects, programmes and policies coming from cities and local governments from across the world.

 World Refugee Day Joint Event

On World Refugee Day, celebrated every year on June 20th since 2001, we commemorate and honor the people around the world, who had to flee their homes and to escape cruelty, due to violence and oppression they faced. Picking a different theme for each year, United Nations has set the theme of this year as "WithRefugees."

 MECHELEN DECLARATION ON CITIES AND MIGRATION

 UCLG WORLD FORUM ON INTERMEDIARY CITIES (I-CITIES), 5-7 JULY 2018, CHEFCHAOUEN-MOROCCO

UCLG World Forum on Intermediary Cities will take place on 5-7 July 2018, in Chefchaouen, Morocco, where participants will discuss many thematic areas such as global environmental agendas, citizens’ participation, local development strategies, providing a fair regional order, and prosperity culture in i-cities.

 UCLG-MEWA’S CALL FOR ACTION IN PALESTINE

“Jerusalem is More Than A City”

 14th ANNIVERSARY of UCLG-MEWA

 Energy Efficiency at Buildings and Design Principles

UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks "Energy Efficiency at Buildings and Design Principles"

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