12 November 2020

Opening Session

10.30 – 11.30

Fatma Şahin, President, Union of Municipalities of Turkey; Mayor, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality

Anders Knape, President, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities – Council of Europe; Vice President, Committee of Regions (CoR) (video message)

Prof. Dr. Şükrü Karatepe, Chairman, Local Administration Policies Council, Presidency of the Republic of Turkey

Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, Ambassador, Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey

Faruk Kaymakcı, Ambassador, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs


11.30 – 12.00

Town Twinning Between Turkey and the EU Project: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Bülent Özcan, Director General for Financial Cooperation and Project Implementation, Directorate for EU Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Time to meet of Miniature Arts

12.00 – 12.30

Taner Alakuş, Miniaturist Artist


12.30 – 13.00

Local Diplomacy for Liveable Cities

Tunç Soyer, Mayor, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality; Vice President, CittaSlow International; Vice President, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities – Council of Europe; Executive Board Member, UCLG World Council; President, Union of Ege Municipalities; President, Association of Social Democrat Municipalities

Time to Discuss

13.00 – 14.00

The COVID-19 and Its Aftermath: International Networks for Local and Regional Diplomacy

Moderatör: M.Cemil Arslan, Ph.D. Secretary General, Union of Marmara Municipalities

Frederic Vallier, Secretary General, CEMR – Council of European Municipalities and Regions (video message)

Emil Boc, Mayor, Cluj-Napoca Municipality; Member, National Delegation to the Committee of Regions (CoR)

Hasan Akgün, Ph.D. Mayor, Büyükçekmece Municipality; Member,UCLG World Council; Member, National Delegation to the Congress – CoE


14.00 – 14.30

EU Enlargement, Turkey’s Accession and the Role of Regional and Local Authorities

Jens Christian Gjesing, Chair, EU – Turkey Working Group, Committee of Regions (CoR); Member, Haderslev Municipal Council

Guest Speaker

14.30 – 15.30

Nature and Green Cities

Güven İslamoğlu, Journalist

Time to Discuss

15.30 – 17.00

Combating COVID-19: Importance of Cooperation Among Local and Regional Authorities

Moderator: Nuran Talu, Ph.D. Political and Environmental Scientist

Magnus Berntsson, President, AER – Assembly of European Regions; President – Vastra Götaland Region Council

Mehmet Çakın, Mayor, Uşak Municipality (to be confirmed)

Dr.R.Galip Vidinlioğlu, Mayor, Kastamonu Municipality

13 November 2020

Guest Speaker

10.30 – 11.30

Being a World Citizen

Ayhan Sicimoğlu, Programme Producer, Musician, Gourmet


11.30 – 12.00

Council of Europe: Best Practice Programme for Local Governments

Cezary Trutkowski, Ph.D. Expert, Council of Europe

Time to Discuss

12.00 – 13.15

Sustainable Cities: Why the International Organizations and Networks Matter?

Moderator: Prof.Dr. Osman Balaban, Middle East Technical University

Ivo Cré, Director, Policy & Projects, POLIS- Cities and Regions Transport Innovation

Peter De Franceschi, Director, ICLEI Europe Brussels Office, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Miriam Eisermann, Communications & EU Policy, Energy Cities

Music Recital

13.15 – 14.00

Tuluyhan Uğurlu

Time to Discuss

14.00 – 15.05

Associations of Local Authorities (LAs) and Collaboration for Future

Moderator: Bülent Boztuğ, Director, Strategy Development Department, Union of Provinces in Turkey

Dubravko Bilić, Mayor, Ludbreg Municipality; Vice-President, Association of Cities in Croatia (AoC)

Cemal Baş, Director, Projects and Finance Department, Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT)

Alina Tatarenko, Head of Centre, The Centre of Expertise for Good Governance, Council of Europe

Video Message

15.05 – 15.10

Time to Message from UCLG

C2C Cooperation and Local Diplomacy

Emilia Saiz Carrancedo , Secretary General – UCLG World Secretariat, United Cities of Local Governments -UCLG

Time to Discuss

15.10 – 16.30

New Urban Agenda

Moderatör: Eleftheria Pertzinidou, Deputy Head, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey; Minister, Counsellor

Monika Kosinska, Programme Manager, European Healthy Cities Network, World Health Organization (WHO)

Asya Varbanova, Turkey Country Director, UN Women

Ebru Ölmez, Representative of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, United Nations Habitat Executive Board

Evolution and Closing Speech

16.30 – 17.00

A.Hakan Atik, Head of Department, Project Implementation Department, Directorate for EU Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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