UCLG-MEWA Committee on Culture and Tourism

The UCLG-MEWA Committee on Culture, which was initially carrying out its activities as a working group, was established with the decision taken during the UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting held in December 2013 in Konya. UCLG-MEWA Committee on Tourism was established during the UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting on November 13, 2015. During the UCLG-MEWA Congress to be held on 9-10 July 2019 in Amman, Jordan, these two committees were merged.

UCLG-MEWA and Cultural Policies

At the Bilbao Meeting of 18-20 March 2015, representatives of cities and local governments from all over the world were invited to the meeting by the UCLG World Organization adopted “Culture 21: Actions” at the first Cultural Summit.

The UCLG-MEWA Committee on Culture and Tourism, as a platform for its members in the initiation and implementation of programs and policies highlighting the role of culture in sustainable development; works to put forward the importance of the integral relationship between culture, tourism and sustainable development. It aims to promote culture, cultural diversity and tourism, which is one of the basic steps of sustainable development in spreading “Agenda 21 for Culture”, locally and internationally.

Priorities of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Culture and Tourism

The priorities of the UCLG-MEWA Culture and Tourism Committee are as follows;

Sustainable Development Goals; Making cities and human settlements embracing everyone, safe, strong and sustainable (Goal 11); Increasing efforts to preserve and protect the cultural and natural heritage of the world (Goal 11.4); It supports the promotion of peaceful and inclusive communities for sustainable development (Goal 16).
• To advocate for all committed areas of “Agenda 21 for Culture” and monitor the implementation by local authorities.
• To support the protection of and defense cultural diversity, which is the main heritage of humanity.
• To emphasize the importance of historical centers and their environment in the development of the region in the protection of cultural heritage in their programs and projects.
• To promote and defense cultural rights.
• To advocate the need for the development of Sustainable Tourism, which interacts with cultural ecosystems.
• To understand the roles and duties of local administrations in tourism, to develop common tourism policies and to establish common standards and collaborate.
• Travel and tourism is an advocate of the Global Ethics Principles in Tourism, which covers the economic, social, cultural and environmental components and is the main framework of sustainable tourism.
• To support the active participation of local people in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public cultural policies.
• To encourage the culture of peace among its members by considering a peaceful solution to the internal and external conflicts of cities.
• To encourage committee members to refer national and international special days for the establishment of culture and peace in their activity programs.
• Since culture is in close interaction with the environment, social inclusion and governance; to develop policies and strategies in cooperation with the Committees on Environment, Local Governance and Social Inclusion.

President and Secretariat: Girne Municipality (TRNC)

Co-Presidents:

Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey)
Nevşehir Municipality (Turkey)
Silivri Municipality (Istanbul, Turkey)
Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey)
Tabriz Municipality (Iran)
Beit Jala Municipality (Palestine)

Committee Documents
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 THE 2ND WORLD FORUM ON INTERMEDIARY CITIES WILL BE HELD IN KÜTAHYA

Forum will be held under the auspices of Kütahya Municipality in Turkey on 5-8 October 2021.

 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between UCLG-MEWA and Asian Mayors Forum (AMF)

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between UCLG-MEWA and Asian Mayors Forum (AMF) to providing a general framework in promoting the localization of the Urban Global Agendas and increasing the membership base of both organizations.

 UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL TO CONVENE IN BALIKESİR, TURKEY

United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting and the Global Taskforce on Migration (GTFM) End-of-Year Reflection Meeting will be held on Thursday, 11 November 2021 under the auspices of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality as UCLG-MEWA Co-President.

 UCLG CULTURE SUMMIT IN IZMİR: REGISTRATION & PROGRAMME

The Summit will send strong messages on the role of culture in development, and its programme will emphasize that culture is an integral part of sustainable cities and communities.

 UCLG WORLD SECRETARIAT EXTENDS SOLIDARITY TO TURKEY

Saiz: “We would like to express our solidarity with the people and local governments of Turkey that are affected by the situation, in particular in the area of Marmaris.”

 CALL FOR SOLIDARITY

As UCLG-MEWA Presidency and members, we express our solidarity with the Turkish people and local governments over the ongoing wildfires, which have had devastating effects in particularly southern Turkey.

 CALL TO HOST UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL MEETINGS

Our Organization is planning to hold UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau and Council Meetings, which will last for two days between 25-30 October or between 17-20 November.

 WEBINAR ON RIGHT TO THE CITY UNDER OCCUPATION: THE CASE OF PALESTINE

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, Turkish, Arabic, French and Spanish.

 HIRING PROJECT ASSISTANT

We are looking for colleagues to be employed as a Project Assistant as part of the Organization's Committees and Projects Department

 4th Smart Tehran Congress

We would like to inform you about the 4th Smart Tehran Congress which will be held virtually on July 5th -6th, 2021.

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