From Waste to Source-Integrated Solid Waste Management Solutions Planning for Municipalities workshop was held on 4-6 July  2017, under the auspices of Izmit Waste and Residue Treatment, Incineration and Recycling Co. Inc. (İZAYDAŞ).  Many local government representatives from Turkey and Germany participated in the event, co-organized by UCLG-MEWA and Connective Cities.

Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, Zekeriya Özak, Deputy Mayor of Kocaeli, Muhammet Saraç, General Manager of İZAYDAŞ  and Eva Prediger. German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) Program Officer for the Implementation Community Program for Sustainable Urban Development, addressed the audience during the Opening Session. 

Following the opening speeches, as keynote speakers, Hüseyin Kılıç, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Head of Waste Management Department, referred to solid waste management in Kocaeli; and Osman Şenaydın, Union of Municipalities of Turkey representative, made a presentation introducing solid waste management in local governments in Turkey.

Program Content

  With the workshop, the municipalities in Turkey also acquired the opportunity to gain a perspective on the international studies in this field.

During the workshop, the participants introduced the current Solid Waste Management practices in the two countries.  The specific causes of urban waste problems in cities and potential strategies for the solution of these problems were also identified.

Good Practices and Current Challenges

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Malatya Metropolitan Municipality, Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, Ordu Metropolitan Municipality, Karesi Municipality and Hatay Metropolitan Municipality were the Turkish municipalities that made presentations on good practices and current challenges in this field.  Later a poster was created with these presentations to be displayed in the gallery area.  Following this, a number of working groups were established on corporate environments and financing models; on retraction, transfer and sustainable disposal; and on recycling and reuse.  Lastly, the groups discussed solid waste management practices in two countries.

Technical Visit

Following the peer consultation session on the second day of the Program; the participants made a technical visit to the Incineration Plant, Medical Waste Sterilization Facility, Biogas Facility, Garbage Water Treatment Plant, and Domestic and Hazardous Storage Space of IZAYDAS.

Possible Cooperation Areas

On the third and final day of the workshop, the participants developed a strategic vision to improve solid waste management services in their respective cities.  During the drafting process of the Action Plan, the steps to be taken in the UCLG-MEWA and Connective Cities partnership have also been identified.  The participants also discussed the possibility of supporting potential projects of UCLG-MEWA and Connective Cities, within the context of the "Municipal Techniques for Host Community in the Middle East Program” by Connective Cities.  The workshop was concluded after the participants expressed that the coming process will be shaped in cooperation with the taskforces created under UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment, the Union of Turkish Municipalities and Connective Cities,  and were granted with certificates. 


 Climate Chance World Summit, 11-13 September 2017, Agadir/MOROCCO

Distinguished UCLG-MEWA Members, Following COP22 (22nd Annual Conference of the Parties) held in Marrakech/Morocco which aimed to take important steps about the tackling of climate change, Climate Chance World Summit, organized to gather climate actors, will take place between 11th - 13th September 2017 in Agadir, Morocco.


It is a great pleasure to invite you to participate in the Tehran 4th Golden Adobe Global Award, which will be held on October 31st, 2017, coinciding with the World Cities Day.

 The 2nd Int'l Conference on Urban Economy

Sizleri; Tahran Belediyesi, İran Şehir Ekonomisi Bilimi Derneği ve City Bank işbirliğinde, 11 Ekim 2017 tarihinde Tahran’da gerçekleştirilecek olan İkinci Uluslararası Şehir Ekonomisi Konferansı hakkında bilgilendirmekten memnuniyet duyarız.


United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Intermediary Cities Working Group was created in April 2014, in partnership with UNESCO Chair of Intermediary Cities and Global Urbanization.


UCLG-MEWA Committee on Development Cooperation and City Diplomacy Presidency Council Meeting was held on 10 July 2017, hosted by Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT) in Ankara.


Organized by Dubai Municipality and UN-Habitat, the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment has been recognizing excellence in urban best practices for 21 years.

 Meeting of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Tourism / 1-2 August, KONYA

The Meeting of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Tourism will be held on 1-2 August 2017 and hosted by Konya Metropolitan Municipality as the President of the Committee

  2017 UCLG World Council, 7-10 December, Hangzhou, China

we would like to confirm that the most suitable dates for the 2017 UCLG World Council meetings in Hangzhou, China, within possibilities, are from 7 to 10 December 2017. The World Council will be held at the invitation of Mayor Zhang Hongming, and in conjunction with the Forum on Smart City and Big Data organized by the City of Hangzhou and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).

 2017 International Video Production Competition - “My City, Our World Heritage”

The OWHC is proud to renew for a fourth time the International Video Production Competition entitled “My City: Our World Heritage”.

 INTERMEDIARY CITIES MIDDLE EAST AND WEST ASIA (MEWA) REGIONAL FORUM “Intermediary Cities: Key Actors of Sustainable Development”

UCLG-MEWA will organize the Intermediary Cities Middle East and West Asia (MEWA) Regional Forum in Nevşehir, on 21-22 September, 2017, under the auspices of Nevşehir Municipality