Hasan Kılca, Mayor of Karatay, attended the online session titled “Looking ahead towards the Local Common Agenda” organized on the occasion of Local and Regional Governments Day on 9 July 2021 within the context of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2021.

Speaking at the panel session attended by distinguished local government representatives from across the world, Mayor Kılca talked about the activities and projects that they had carried out within the scope of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

During his speech, Mayor Kılca emphasized that Karatay Municipality is one of the first three municipalities in Turkey to prepare its own VLR in cooperation with United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) and the Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT). He further added that the municipal staff of Karatay were trained by UCLG MEWA staff on how to draft VLRs.

He said that they were working on aligning their municipal work with the 17 SDGs as part of the preparations for Karatay’s VLR which was prepared with the support of all stakeholders based on a participatory perspective. He expressed his contentment to find out that their municipal work was in alignment with the global goals to a great extent. Mayor Kılca also underlined that they would like to develop policies and actions in accordance with the results of the VLR.

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