UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment Presidency Meeting

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment Presidency Meeting has been carried out in Balikesir in 23 October 2019. This has been the first meeting of the presidency after the renewal of the committee management in the UCLG-MEWA in 9-10 July 2019. Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Sanliurfa Metropolitan Municipality participated to the presidency meeting hosted by Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality.

The meeting started with the evaluation of environmental problems in the MEWA region and continued with the discussion of local government and city policies on global climate change. Participants emphasized the importance of city involvement and city to city cooperation in the efforts against climate change.

Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Yücel Yılmaz indicated that cities and citizens are the primary demand source in energy consumption traditionally driven by fossil fuels. He emphasized the importance of transitioning into the usage of high efficiency passive houses and buildings to contribute to the effort.

The needs, priorities and action areas of the committee was decided in the framework of the 2019-2022 period of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment. The necessity to involve both cities and non-city stakeholders to the process in order to increase efficiency and technical capacity was emphasized .

The structure of the task forces that operate in different thematic areas under the committee were also altered in order to improve efficiency. The task forces for the 2019-2022 period were decided as the “Task Force on Climate Change”, “Task Force on Waste Management and Pollution” and “Task Force on Water and Wastewater”.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS HOST ÜLGÜR GÖKHAN, MAYOR OF ÇANAKKALE

On Wednesday, 12 August 2020, at 15.00 (GMT+3).

 SOLIDARITY MESSAGE FOR LEBANON

The Presidency and members of UCLG-MEWA express their deep sadness over the recent tragic news about the devastating blast in the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, which caused immense material damage in the city, as well as loss of many lives.

 UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS HOST THE UNION OF CITIZENS’ ASSEMBLIES

On 28 July 2020, Tuesday at 15.00 (GMT+3)

 STATEMENT ON HAGIA SOPHIA BY PRESIDENCY OF UCLG-MEWA CULTURE AND TOURISM COMMITTEE

Members of the Presidency of UCLG-MEWA Culture and Tourism Committee made a written statement to endorse the reopening of Hagia Sophia as a mosque. Yücel Yılmaz (Mayor of Balıkesir), Rasim Arı (Mayor of Nevşehir), Volkan Yılmaz (Mayor of Silivri), Zeynel Abidin Beyazgül (Mayor of Şanlıurfa) and Iraj Shahin Baher (Mayor of Tabriz) are signatories of the relase.

 PROF. DR. ALİM IŞIK WILL BE THE GUEST OF UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVENRMENT TALKS

On 23 July 2020, Thursday at 15.00 (GMT+3)

 “TOWARDS THE LOCALIZATION OF THE SDGS REPORT TO THE 2020 HLPF”

We present to you the fourth edition of the report prepared annually by the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments

 WEBSITE ON GOOD PRACTICES OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

You can submit your municipalities’ good practices to the website which will collect projects on sustainable tourism. The web site will be led by UCLG-MEWA Committee on Culture and Tourism and opened by late 2020.

 MOHAMAD SAADIE WILL BE THE GUEST OF UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVENRMENT TALKS

UCLG-MEWA will organize an online session of UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks with Mohamad Saadie, President of Union of Dannieh Municipalities-Lebanon, President of UCLG-MEWA

 MAHMUT ÖZÇINAR WILL BE THE GUEST OF UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVENRMENT TALKS

 RASIM ARI WILL BE THE GUEST OF UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVENRMENT TALKS

Birleşmiş Kentler ve Yerel Yönetimler Orta Doğu ve Batı Asya Bölge Teşkilatı (UCLG-MEWA) Yerel yönetim söyleşileri kapsamında Nevşehir Belediye Başkanı ve UCLG-MEWA Saymanı Rasim Arı’yı konuk ediyor.

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