CONSUL GENERAL OF MONGOLIA IN ISTANBUL VISITED UCLG-MEWA

Khishigsuren Sharav, Consul General of Mongolia in Istanbul, Batbold Sundui, former Minister of Justice and Internal Affairs and ex-deputy of Mongolia and current President of Mongolian Association of Local Authorities, and Ganbayar G. Harnuud, Founder and Chairman of Mongolia-Turkey Business Council, visited UCLG-MEWA on March 22.


 PALESTINIAN MINISTER’S VISIT TO UCLG-MEWA

Majdi Al Saleh, Minister of Local Government of Palestine, paid a working visit to the UCLG-MEWA General Secretariat in Istanbul on 18 March 2022.


 SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND CLIMATE ACTION PLAN TRAINING TOOK PLACE ON FEBRUARY 16

The Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) training was held by UCLG-MEWA and EU4 Energy Transition on February 16 in Kocaeli, Türkiye.


 UCLG RETREAT ‘22 WAS HELD ON FEBRUARY 21-25

The UCLG Retreat, which UCLG has held since 2017 with its governing bodies, sections and, relevant stakeholders, was held in Barcelona in a hybrid format between February 21-25, 2022.


 THE CLIMATE SHURA IN KONYA ON 21-25 FEBRUARY

The Local Administrations Commission of the Climate Shura that was held in Konya between February 21-25, 2022 by the Ministry of Environment, Urbanisation and Climate Change, was completed with the participation of the representatives from the ministry, local administrations, NGOs, universities, and UCLG-MEWA.


 AFTER THE UCLG-MEWA RETREAT ‘22

UCLG-MEWA Retreat was held in Kocaeli with the support of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality on 15-16, February 2022, with the motto of "Revitalizing the Regional Synergy".


 THE FATIH VLR ADVISORY BOARD HELD ITS FIRST MEETING

An Advisory Board Meeting on the Voluntary Local Review (VLR) to be prepared by Fatih Municipality was held on February 1, 2022 at the Fatih Municipality Library in Istanbul.


 VISIT TO EU4 ENERGY TRANSITION PROJECT OFFICE

Salim Korkmaz, General Coordinator of UCLG-MEWA, and Bükre Türksoy, Coordinator of Relations with International Organizations, visited the EU4 Energy Transition Project Office on 14th January 2022 and had a meeting with EU4 Energy Transition Covenant of Mayors in the Western Balkans and Turkey Project Leader Daiva Matonienė.


 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS COMMISSION of CLIMATE SHURA (COUNCIL) GATHERED

Local Governments Commission of Climate Shura (Council), established by the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change of Turkey, held three meetings in January. The first of the online meetings was held on January 7, the second on January 12, and the third on January 26, 2022.


 THE ACCESSIBLE TOURISM GUIDE FOR CITIES IN THE MAKING

The Accessible Tourism Guide for Cities will be published as the output of the MEWA Accessible Tourism Workshop hosted by the Kyrenia Municipality on 21-22 October 2021 in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.


 BLOOMBERG GLOBAL MAYORS CHALLENGE 2021 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Amman Municipality with its project “Amman is listening” and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality with its project “Pay-it-forward” became two of the fifteen winners of the Bloomberg Global Mayors Challenge 2021.


 TRAINING ON LOCAL MONITORING OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Following the recently completed VLRs of Izmir and Sultanbeyli, and most recently Karatay, Istanbul's Fatih district has also started its preparations for the 2022 reporting process.


 UCLG WORLD COUNCIL GATHERED ON 16-18 NOVEMBER 2021 IN BARCELONA

UCLG World Council took place on 16-18 November 2021 in Barcelona, Spain, under the theme "Smart Cities and Territories, Pillars of the Common Agenda" in the context of the Smart City Expo World Congress, of which UCLG is a strategic partner.


 ALBANIAN EDITION OF ‘TRAINING PROGRAM ON MUNICIPAL ENTERPRISES FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES’ WAS HELD

The Albanian edition of ‘Training Program on Municipal Enterprises for Local Authorities’ organized by UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector and Development (IICPSD) in cooperation with UCLG-MEWA took place online on November 23.


 VISIT OF THE FINNISH INSTITUTE IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO UCLG-MEWA

Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME) and a group of Finnish university students paid a visit to UCLG-MEWA on October 26, 2021, as part of a series of study visits that they were organizing for Finnish university students on Turkey’s foreign policy and international relations.


 WORKING VISIT FROM THE FOUNDER OF GREEN REFUGEES PROJECT TO UCLG-MEWA

Dr. Chaden Diyab, Founder of Green Refugees Project and certified coach and consultant for EU climate change and food security, paid a working visit to UCLG-MEWA on November 9, 2021 to explore cooperation possibilities with UCLG-MEWA regarding the Green Refugees Project.


 UCLG-MEWA PARTICIPATED IN THE WORKSHOP ON BASELINE EMISSION INVENTORY METHODOLOGY

UCLG-MEWA participated in the “Workshop on Baseline Emission Inventory Methodology” that took place on 27-28 October 2021 within the framework of the EU4 Energy Transition Project: Covenant of Mayors in the Western Balkans and Turkey.


 UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL MEETING

Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting and GTFM Annual Review Meeting were held in Balıkesir, Turkey.


 KYRENIA TRAINING PROGRAM ON THE LOCALIZATION OF THE SDGS

Training Program on Sustainable Development: Localization and Monitoring was held on October 18-19, 2021.


 VISITS OF UCLG AND UCLG-MEWA IN KUTAHYA

The delegations of UCLG and UCLG-MEWA paid working visits to Ali Çelik, Governor of Kütahya (Turkey), and Prof. Alim Işık, Mayor of Kütahya.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 6TH TEHRAN GOLDEN ADOBE AWARD HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED

The 6th Tehran Golden Adobe Award, organized by Tehran Municipality in cooperation with United Nations Human Settlement Program (UNHABITAT), will be held in Tehran on 31 October-1 November. The Award will focus on “People-Oriented Development, Social Dynamism and Cultural Inclusion in City.” The project entries can be submitted to the website until 7 October. .

 NEW ISSUE OF MEWA AGORA: DECENTRALIZED COOPERATION

The second issue of the UCLG-MEWA quarterly magazine MEWA Agora is out. The issue with the main focus on Decentralized Cooperation includes the Feature on cities’ development cooperation in the MEWA Region, the Opinion piece by Sogen Moodley from the Durban University of Technology, the Interview with Tayseer Abu Sneineh, the new president of UCLG-MEWA, and "Wastewater and Municipal Water Systems Management" good practice on decentralized cooperation.

 SUMMER SCHOOL ON URBAN MANAGEMENT IN IRAN

Tehran Municipality’s initiative Asian Mayors Forum, cooperating with Allameh Tabataba’i University from Iran, will be organizing its first international Summer School on Urban Management.

 UCLG-MEWA WILL BE IN GIRNE WITH GENDER EQUALITY AGENDA

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality will organize its first program with the new committee presidency after UCLG-MEWA Congress’22. The program will be held on 5 August 2022, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) under the auspices of the Municipality of Girne

 CALL FOR ACTION: EARTHQUAKE IN AFGHANISTAN

UCLG-MEWA expresses grave concern and sympathies towards the families of the victims of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan that hit the country's Paktika Province on June 21 and resulted in more than a thousand deaths and many more injuries.

 Iran Smart City Expo 2022

You are all invited to the 3rd Iran Smart City Expo & Conference, which will take place between July 3-5, 2022. The program, hosted by the help of the Ministry of Interior of Iran, aims to develop participants’ networks and provides capacity building opportunities on “Smart City Policies/Practices”.

 Tehran Twin Cities Festival

Tehran Municipality invites its Twin Cities to participate in the 1st Festival and Exhibition of Sister and Twin Cities of Tehran between 5-9 July 2022, to share experiences and display their capabilities and opportunities for joint projects and bilateral or multilateral cooperation.

 UCLG-MEWA CONGRESS WILL BE HELD IN KONYA ON MAY 25-27

The UCLG-MEWA Congress, which takes place every three years, will be organized on May 25-27, 2022, under the auspices of the Konya Metropolitan Municipality. After the first day, the Governing Bodies and the Presidency will be updated, and Congress will continue with thematic sessions.

 UCLG-MEWA WILL ATTEND THE EKO-IKLIM SUMMIT

The EKO-IKLIM (Economy and Climate Change) Summit, which will host the world’s first economy and climate change fair, will be held at the ATO Congressium, Ankara on March 30-31 under the leadership of the Ankara Chamber of Commerce. Within the scope of the summit, Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, will moderate the session titled “Green Transformation”.

 UCLG-MEWA CONGRESS WILL BE HELD IN KONYA ON MAY 25-27

UCLG-MEWA Congress, which takes place every three years, will be organized on May 25-27, 2022, hosted by Konya Metropolitan Municipality. After the first day, in which the Governing Bodies, the Constitution and the Presidency will be updated, the Congress will continue with thematic sessions.

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