Local Diplomacy

The impact of cities is increasing on the global level. Some people have called the new century the "age of cities". Around the world, cities compete as much as countries. Cities that provide services and solutions for other cities are also important actors in terms of peace, coexistence and good practices at the global level.

Hand in hand with this, Local Diplomacy is also becoming an increasingly important field that requires style, content and knowledge. However, it is also important that local diplomacy is maintained in accordance with general government policies without conflict. For this reason, a Local Diplomacy Platform consisting of representatives of the external relations departments of MMU’s member municipalities was established with the aim of contributing to the dissemination of local diplomacy awareness, laying the groundwork to share experiences and knowledge, popularizing good practices, and providing coordination among local administrations in the Marmara Region.

The Local Diplomacy Platform aims to encourage the use of local diplomacy as an effective tool to improve cooperation and partnership understanding of MMU member municipalities with local governments and international organizations both at home and abroad.

In this way, efforts are being made to ensure that diplomacy activities of the municipalities are done in accordance with national policies, and that the norms at national level are shaped according to the demands and needs of local administrations. Workshops, training and seminars are organized with emphasis on topics such as "Diplomacy and Diplomatic Language", "Basic Principles of Turkish Foreign Policy", "Protocol and Representation", "Public Diplomacy", "Negotiation Techniques", "Access to International Funds", "Project Management", "EU Acquis" "International Organizations", and "Sister City Diplomacy".

International Cooperations World Local Government Database