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    MMU BECAME THE VOICE OF MUNICIPALITIES AT UN IN GENEVA18.06.2018

    Ahead of 5th Formal Consultation on the Global Compact on Refugees, a side event was held at United Nations in Geneva with the participation of refugee-led and other civil society organizations as well as Marmara Municipalities Union representing the local governments in host countries.
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    GENDER RESPONSIVE BUDGETING ON THE AGENDA OF NALAS 22.05.2018

    NALAS Task Force on Fiscal Decentralisation and the Gender and Youth Group meet 16-17 May 2018 in Tirana, Albania to discuss the progress of fiscal decentralisation, NALAS Annual Fiscal Decentralisation Indicators Report, gender indicators and gender responsive budgeting. On behalf of Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU), MMU Legal Affairs Coordinator Ms. Gamze Guler attended the meeting.
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    Visit from Gostivar Municipality to MMU17.05.2018

    The delegation consisting of municipal representatives from Gostivar, Macedonia, led by Dr. Arben Taravari, Mayor of Gostivar and Former Minister of Health paid a visit to the Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) on 10th May 2018 in Istanbul and welcomed by MMU Secretary General Mr. M. Cemil Arslan.
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    ALDA BROUGHT TOGETHER ITS MEMBERS FOR LOCAL DEMOCRACY04.05.2018

    The General Assembly of ALDA 2018 took place on 4th May in Brussels, hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Over 130 members and friends of ALDA participated in the event, committed to shaping more resilient communities all over Europe.
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    THE 13TH NALAS GENERAL ASSEMBLY DISCUSSED IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN SOUTH-EAST EUROPE20.04.2018

    Over 70 representatives of local governments and local government associations from the whole South-East Europe (SEE) met in the Brdo Congress Centre in Slovenia on 18 April 2018 for the 13th General Assembly of their umbrella organisation, NALAS.
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    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS MUST GO LOCAL AND LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND18.04.2018

    What are the challenges in bringing 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) closer to community level, how to achieve social inclusion and what is the way forward – all these questions were in the focus of the “Regional conference on social inclusion and (re)integration through 2030 Agenda and SDGs”, that took place on 17 and 18 April 2018 in Brdo, Slovenia.
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    GLOBALIZATION AND WORLD CITY NETWORK GATHERED THE ACADEMICS25.02.2018

    Meeting of the Minds: Globalization and World City Network was held on 23 February 2018 in Istanbul with the participation of the academics and experts who work in the field of globalization in terms of economy, technology, spatial development, social dynamics, real estate market and architecture.
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  • from-local-to-global-migration-s-challenge-with-civilization-conference-was-held-in-istanbul

    FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL: MIGRATION’S CHALLENGE WITH CIVILIZATION” CONFERENCE WAS HELD IN ISTANBUL18.01.2018

    “From Local to Global: Migration’s Challenge with Civilization” Conference organized by Marmara Municipalities Union in cooperation with SOS Malta was held on 16 November 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey in the frame of LADDER Project, with the participation of 20 international experts from 16 countries and representatives from 17 municipalities from the Marmara Region of Turkey. In the conference, policies and practices in the light of the largest mass migration influx and humanitarian crisis after the Second World War discussed in three sessions addressing local, national and regional levels.
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    TOWN TWINNING ACTION BETWEEN TURKEY AND THE EU GRANT SCHEME (TTGS)05.01.2018

    Town Twinning Action Between Turkey and the EU Grant Scheme, aims at strengthening sustainable structures between local administartions/authorities in Turkey and EU Member States, was announced on 4 January 2018.
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    THE THIRD MARMARA SEA SYMPOSIUM WAS HELD IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY19.12.2017

    The third of the Marmara Sea Symposium organized by Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) in cooperation with the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South - NALAS was held on the 21st of November 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey with the theme of "Regional Cooperation on Danube."
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    MAKING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THE ONLY POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT – LADDER FINAL CONFERENCE18.12.2017

    The final conference of the project LADDER was held in Strasbourg on 21-22 November 2017, and constituted a key opportunity to create new bonds and strengthen existing partnerships for the localisation of SDGs in the next years. On behalf of Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) Ms. Burcuhan Sener, International Cooperation Coordinator and Ms. Merve Agca, International Cooperation Expert attended the meeting.
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    MMU JOINED TO THE NETWORK OF ALDA23.10.2017

    Marmara Municipalities Union–MMU has joined to the network of Association of Local Democracy Agencies–ALDA which consists of over 250 members, including local authorities, associations of local authorities and civil society organizations, as well as individual members, coming from 40 countries. ALDA represents a great networking and informative platform facilitating cooperation and sharing knowledge among its members and other partners.
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    YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN SOUTH-EAST EUROPE DISCUSSED IN BELGRADE18.10.2017

    Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities gathered LADDER Project representatives and LDAs from South-East Europe, in the capital of Serbia for the Special initiative of SEE Path held from the 10th to 12th October within European Local Democracy Week. On behalf of Marmara Municipalities Union Ms. Merve Agca, International Cooperation Expert attended the meeting.
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    TOWARDS THE REGIONAL DECENTRALIZATION OBSERVATORY FOR SOUTH-EAST EUROPE03.10.2017

    The first workshop on operationalizing the Regional Decentralisation Observatory for South-East Europe was co-organised by the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) and the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 12-13 September in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Over 30 participants from 12 countries took part in the workshop, including members of NALAS Advisory Concilium, other NALAS member LGAs’ representatives, NALAS Secretariat staff, guests (KDZ-Austria and the Regional Cooperation Council) and OSCE representatives. On behalf of Marmara Municipalities Union Mr. Salih Dogenci attended the meeting.
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    DO REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES SUPPORT DECENTRALIZATION OR CENTRALIZATION?20.06.2017

    Local governments are very prominent means for providing service and public welfare to the residents. In time, interesting ideas and essential theories have been developed for regions, countries, and territories. Local and regional development policies are very important to reflect the demands of local people and to alleviate urban poverty in order to attain the objectives of reducing development disparities among regions. For this purpose, in the year of 2006, it was decided to establish development agencies which aim to mobilize local action potential in Turkey with the impact of the European Union accession process.
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    MEDITERRANEAN MUNICIPALITIES CONVENED FOR REFUGEES30.05.2017

    Mediterranean Municipalities at the forefront of the refugee crisis convened “Peer-To-Peer Learning Workshop for Communities Hosting Refugees” on 30 May – 1 June 2016 in Amman, the capital of Jordan.
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    SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT ON THE AGENDA OF SEE MAYORS 12.05.2017

    Vienna, 16 May 2017 – The XII General Assembly of the Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) this year takes place within the annual Danube Water Conference (17-19 May 2017, Vienna, Austria), bringing together SEE Mayors to discuss topics related to sustainable water management and provision of quality services to their citizens. As part of the conference program, NALAS will host a training session on Local governments’ role in planning investments and improving performance of water and sanitation services, while Mayors and member LGAs’ representatives will address in various workshops during the two-day program of the conference.
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    KAIROUAN HOSTS THE LADDER MED PATH MEETİNG09.05.2017

    LADDER Project Med-Path Meeting has been held in Kairouan, Tunisia, on 26-27 April 2017 in an event jointly organised by ALDA, Lam Echaml and COPPEM (co-coordinators of the MED path). Having been a partner of the LADDER Project, Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) also attended the meeting and was represented by MMU International Cooperation Expert Merve Agca.
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    KAIROUAN HOSTS THE LADDER MED PATH MEETING05.05.2017

    LADDER Project Med-Path Meeting has been held in Kairouan, Tunisia, on 26-27 April 2017 in an event jointly organised by ALDA, Lam Echaml and COPPEM (co-coordinators of the MED path). Having been a partner of the LADDER Project, Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) also attended the meeting and was represented by MMU International Cooperation Expert Merve Agca.
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  • for-a-better-world-tolerance-and-inclusion

    FOR A BETTER WORLD: TOLERANCE AND INCLUSION17.04.2017

    Our world is in the era of communication and technology. The communication and the technology remove borders between countries, civilizations and people and encourage the integration of the world. The success of this integration, however; goes through tolerance and inclusion.
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  • women-on-the-move-the-need-for-specific-policy-responses-from-the-eu

    WOMEN ON THE MOVE: THE NEED FOR SPECIFIC POLICY RESPONSES FROM THE EU20.03.2017

    After the celebration of women’s rights last Wednesday 8th March and the European Council Meetingof the 9th and 10th March, whereby the EU pushed forward with its migration policy that focuses onsecuritisation and return as two key policy solutions, we the LADDER Consortium feel compelled to place a spotlight on the situation of women and girl migrants.
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    NALAS LIAISON OFFICERS TALK ON NETWORK’S FUTURE26.10.2016

    The Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) held its third meeting in this year of the Committee of the Liaison Officers (CLO) in Skopje, Macedonia, on 13th and 14th October, 2016. The CLO meeting was preceded by the session on decentralisation Observatory with the project team within the Regional Cooperation funded project. There was also a session with the GIZ Expert on Institutional Project Evaluation and on the NALAS Revolving Fund establishment.
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  • local-democracy-in-the-two-shores-of-the-mediterranean-discussed-in-tunis

    LOCAL DEMOCRACY IN THE TWO SHORES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DISCUSSED IN TUNIS25.10.2016

    From 19 to 21 October 2016 the Special Initiative “Local democracy in the two shores of the Mediterranean” of the LADDER Project MED Path has been successfully held in Tunis. Having been a partner of the LADDER Project, Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) also attended the meeting.
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    MMU HOSTS MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS FROM TUTIN21.10.2016

    The group of municipal officials from Tutin, Serbia, led by Mayor of Tutin Semsudin Kucevic and comprising Vice Mayor Esad Holic and representative Mevludin Skrijelj, paid a visit to the Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) on 10th October 2016 in Istanbul, and received a warm welcome by MMU Vice President and Mayor of Bağcılar Lokman Çağırıcı and Secretary General Cemil Arslan.
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    THE GLOBAL PARLIAMENT OF MAYORS CONVENED IN THE HAGUE21.09.2016

    On September 9-11, 2016, mayors representing over 75 cities large and small, from North and South convened in The Hague to launch a new platform for cities to address global challenges. This new pioneering and innovative global governance body founded by, for and of cities is called the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM).
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  • lebanese-local-governments-stand-with-turkey

    LEBANESE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS STAND WITH TURKEY01.09.2016

    On July 15, Lebanese municipalities have expressed their support for Turkey after the treacherous coup attempt occurred in Turkey by paying a visit to Marmara Municipalities Union. The President of the Union of Dannieh Municipalities Mohamed Saadieh conveyed a message of friendship saying that "We are a family with you. You are our brothers. Collaborations between the two countries should be strengthened."
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    MARMARA MUNICIPALITIES UNION STATEMENT ON THE COUP ATTEMPT IN TURKEY27.07.2016

    Turkey Stands Up For Democracy Stronger Than Ever
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    PUBLIC GOVERNANCE IS THE FOUNDATION OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION11.07.2016

    “Public Governance as the Foundation of European Integration”, an international conference, was jointly organised on 23rd and 24th June 2016 in the City Hall of Vienna, Austria, by the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Austrian Development Cooperation, the Austrian Association of Cities and Towns and KDZ-Centre of Public Administration Research, the City of Vienna and the Regional Cooperation Council, in close cooperation with NALAS- Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe.
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    WORLD LEADERS MET FOR HUMANITY AT THE WORLD HUMANITARIAN SUMMIT24.05.2016

    The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. This is why, for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened the World Humanitarian Summit to generate commitments to reduce suffering and deliver better for people around the globe. The Summit took place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016. Marmara Municipalities Union organized, in cooperation with Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul and Helsinki Citizens Assembly, a side event named “Multilateral Perspectives on the Refugee Issue: Dynamics In and Around Turkey” at the Summit.
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