AL FAYHAA UNION OF MUNICIPALITIES / LEBANON
With the purpose of developing knowledge and experience sharing and collaboration in the field of local administration areas, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Marmara Municipalities Union and Lebanon Al Fayhaa Union of Municipalities on December 13, 2010 in Tripoli, Lebanon.
In the framework of the protocol signed, Lebanese local government representatives have been provided with the chance of developing cooperation and sister city relationships, and paying mutual visits with their counterparts, who are our members, and the groundwork for exchanging experience in the areas of local administrations has been laid.
For more information on Al Fayhaa Union of Municipalities: http://www.urbcomfayhaa.gov.lb/Eindex.htm
ARAB TOWNS ORGANIZATION (ATO) / KUWAIT
Marmara Municipalities Union, with the aim to support existing relations, has a non-member observer status since 2010 in the Arab Towns Organization (ATO). In order to improve friendship and information sharing among Arab and Turkish cities, Arab Towns Organization and Marmara Municipalities Union signed the "Friendship and Cooperation Agreement" in 11.01.1982 in Jeddah. This agreement covers the fields of planning, organization, city management, mass housing, and so on.
ATO is a regional organization which is specialized in municipal and urban services in the Arab world. It has members from various countries such as Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somali, Iraq, Kuwait, Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia, Syria, Palestine, Qatar, Lebanon, Libya, and Egypt. The Organization has observer status at the United Nations, European Council and their various sub-agencies.
For more information on ATO: www.ato.net
ASSOCIATION OF PALESTINIAN LOCAL AUTHORITIES
In order to improve knowledge and experience sharing, and collaboration in the fields of local administrations, a cooperation protocol has been signed between Marmara Municipalities Union and Association of Palestinian Local Authorities (APLA) on October 29, 2009 in Bursa/Turkey.
In the framework of the protocol signed, Palestinian local government representatives have been provided with the chance of developing cooperation and sister city relationships, and paying mutual visits with their counterparts, who are our members and; the way for exchanging experience in the areas of local administrations has been paved.
For more information on APLA: http://www.apla-pal.org/index.php?langid=2
DIRECTORATE GENERAL FOR ENERGY OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION / BELGIUM
Supporting Institution Agreement, which includes issues related to supporting and guiding the municipalities to fulfill various obligations such as preparation, adoption and implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plan, is signed between Marmara Municipalities Union and Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission on February 24, 2011 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
For more information on Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission:
EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR LOCAL DEMOCRACY
Marmara Municipalities Union has been the member of European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA) since 2017. Established at the initiative of the Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, ALDA operates in the European Union and in its Neighborhood since 1999.
ALDA 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. MMU has had an ongoing cooperation with ALDA in several activities and projects even before its membership.
For detailed information about ALDA, please visit: www.alda-europe.eu
NETWORK OF ASSOCIATIONS OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES OF SOUTH- EAST EUROPE (NALAS) / MACEDONIA
Marmara Municipalities Union has been the member of Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) since 2008. NALAS, which is an independent and multi-cultural network, is in contact with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. NALAS, centered in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, contributes to local authorities in order to increase the capacity of the members to provide better service. The Network consists of associations of national and local authorities of Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia and Marmara Municipalities Union. It functions according to the principles of European Charter of Local Self Government. It is a massive network bringing together 16 associations from 13 countries representing 80 million people and 9000 local authorities.
Marmara Municipalities Union took the Vice Presidency of the institution in December 2009 and conducted the presidency of NALAS between May 2012 – May 2013. MMU takes part in projects carried out in different fields by the work-groups active within NALAS.
For detailed information about NALAS, please visit: www.nalas.eu
For the purposes of maintaining cooperation which has been initiated in 1984 between Marmara Municipalities Union and Northern Cyprus Turkish Municipalities Union (KTBB), in more effective and productive ways and of developing joint activities and initiatives, "Cooperation Protocol" was signed between MMU and KTBB on May 4, 2004. As of this date, KTBB Chairman and Board members have been invited regularly to all assemblies of MMU Council. In addition, MMU-KTBB Joint-Board, which is created under the scope of the protocol, are gathered in certain periods in both Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
For more information on KTBB: www.ktbb.org
In order to consolidate existing relations, MMU became an associate of Islamic Capitals and Cities in 2010. Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC) is an international local authority platform which was founded as an affiliate of Islamic Conference Organization (ICO) in 1980. Members of OICC consist of the capitals and cities of Islamic countries in the world. Centers of the Organization are in Mecca and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. With this membership, MMU became the first Turkish local authority platform collaborating with Arabic and Islamic world on institutional basis. MMU also became a mediator between other institutions and the Arabic world to build better relations.
For detailed information about OICC, please visit: www.oicc.org
THE CHINA INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP CITIES ASSOCIATION (CIFCA) / CHINA
In order to improve knowledge and experience sharing, and collaboration in the fields of local administrations, Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Marmara Municipalities Union and China International Friendship Cites Association on September 22, 2011 in Beijing, China.
In the framework of the protocol signed, it has been provided that the Chinese local government representatives make cooperation and mutual visits with their counterparts, who are our members, and the basis for exchanging experience in the areas of local administrations has been provided.
For more information on the China International Friendship Cities Association:
THE CONGRESS OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES FROM MOLDOVA (CALM)
In order to improve knowledge and experience sharing, and collaboration in the fields of local administrations, Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Marmara Region Union of Municipalities and The Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova (CALM) on January 26, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.
In the framework of the protocol signed, it has been provided that the local government representatives are to make cooperation and mutual visits with their counterparts, who are our members, and; the basis for exchanging experience in the areas of local administrations has been provided.
For more information on CALM: http://calm.md/
UNION OF TURKISH WORLD MUNICIPALITIES
Marmara Municipalities Union is the full member of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities since 2010. The Union of Turkish World Municipalities, which was founded in Istanbul in 2003, has members from municipalities and unions from Azerbaijan, Kirghiz Republic, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Russian Federation Dagestan Republic, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Moldova, Mongolia, Macedonia, Iraq Republic, Kosovo Republic, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Hungary, Kazakhstan. Marmara Municipalities Union aims to improve collaboration and conduct common activities with the Union of Turkish World Municipalities.
For detailed information about TDBB, please visit : www.tdbb.org.tr
UNITED CITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MIDDLE EAST AND WEST ASIA REGIONAL SECTION / TURKEY
MMU, with the aim to support existing relations, is a member with the local administration status at the United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Regional Section (UCLG-MEWA) since 2014.
United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Regional Organization aims to be a united voice and spokesman of the understanding of democratic local government while creating cooperation between local governments in the region, and maintaining the values, objectives and interests of the local governments.
For more information on UCLG-MEWA: www.uclg-mewa.org