UCLG-MEWA’S CALL FOR ACTION IN PALESTINE

As United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA), our main vision is to be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.

We believe that the cities are living organisms just like human beings, which grants them rights, just like that of human beings. However, at present time, we unfortunately many witness that Palestinians have been lacking decent life standards in their own cities, and they are facing forced migration, unfortunately. As it the residents that build a city, the current situation is doubtlessly full of violations of rights of not only Palestinians, but also their cities.

More than 60 Palestinians have lost their lives in the recent attacks executed by Israeli forces, and almost 3000 have been injured. We are strongly condemning these violent acts towards the people of the State of Palestine, one of the countries of our region; and underscore that these kinds of incitements create irrecoverable damages for our cities.

As UCLG-MEWA, we will continue to carry out our works for ensuring better living conditions for all, throughout our region, with a reference to the Motion on Jerusalem, adopted during the World Council that United Cities and Local Governments World Organization (UCLG) held in Hangzhou, China, in December 2017. Accordingly;

United Cities and Local Governments, gathered on the occasion of its World Council meeting in Hangzhou on 9 December 2017, affirms:

  • The recognition of the status of Jerusalem, defined by international law and conforming to different resolutions;
  • The conviction that the rights of the Palestinian people should be upheld and comprehensive solutions should be sought;
  • That any solution proposed should foster peace and cohesion for the inhabitants, and should not feed hate or division;
  • That the peace process should be protected peace process and any measure that would put it in jeopardy should be avoided;
  • That no decision on this topic should be taken unilaterally.

We, local and regional governments gathered in UCLG, reaffirm the supremacy of international law to stabilize international relations, put an end to conflict and maintain the special status of Jerusalem.

As UCLG-MEWA, in line with the principles put forward in this motion adopted by UCLG World Organization, we believe in the vital importance of preserving the unique identity of Jerusalem, the shared heritage of humanity.

We call all leaders of local governments, NGOs, international relief foundations and the relevant agencies of the UN to act in solidarity with the people of Palestine and to stop this human tragedy, in parallel with the international framework built up with the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the Goal 16 on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Mehmet DUMAN

UCLG-MEWA Secretary General

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 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

 UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL JOINT MEETING & UCLG-MEWA URBAN MOBILITY ŞANLIURFA SUMMIT

United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting and UCLG-MEWA Urban Mobility Şanlıurfa Summit will be held on 20-22 November 2018, under the auspices of Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality.

 RELATION OF SUSTAINABILITY – EDUCATION AND WAQFS

23 Ekim 2018 Salı günü saat 15.00’da UCLG-MEWA Genel Sekreterliği’nde gerçekleştireceğimiz söyleşimize sizleri de bekliyoruz.

 2018 UCLG World Council: Program and Agendas

As you know, the World Council will take place from 5 to 8 November in Madrid, back-to-back with the second edition of the World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace, at the kind invitation of Mayor Manuela Carmena.

 Save the date: UCLG-MEWA Urban Mobility Şanlıurfa Summit, 20-22 November 2018, Şanlıurfa, Turkey

As an activity of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Urban Mobility, “UCLG-MEWA Urban Mobility Şanlıurfa Summit” will be organized on 20-22 November 2018, under the auspices of Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.

 Kartepe Summit 2018: “Migration, Refugees and Humanity”

After its first edition on "July 15th and Coups D'etat," the second edition of Kartepe Summit will be held with the theme "Migration, Refugees and Humanity", in Kartepe, Kocaeli, Turkey on 26-28 October 2018.

 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.

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