The Humanitarian Cities Project cooperation protocol between the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and the Raoul Wallenberg (RWI) Institute that is part of Swedish Lund Universitys Law School was signed at TDBB headquarters in Istanbul on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
President of TDBB İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, General Secretary of TDBB Fahri Solak, Head of RWI Morten Kjaerum, Mayor of Mersin Burhanettin Kocamaz, Mayor of Zeytinburnu Murat Aydin, Mayor of Bağcılar Lokman Çağrıcı, Mayor of Beykoz Yücel Çelikbilek, Mayor of Selçuklu İbrahim Altay and Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet İhsan Tahmazoğlu have participated at the signing ceremony.
President of TDBB Ibrahim Karaosmanoglu in his speech said that TDBB is doing important and scientific work on the international scene and that project with the university in Sweden will be a project about the development of human rights inTurkey. Karaosmanoğlu by explaining how municipalities in Turkey have demonstrated important developments added how, “as TDBB we are extremely happy to lead them, to bring them together and to be useful. I wish for the protocol to be useful to our respective municipalities.
RWT President Morten Kjaerum, in his speech, expressed satisfaction with the signing of this protocol with TDBB. Kjaerum emphasized that all the decisions are taken at the local level and the activities carried out are important for the creation of livable spaces and cities for all. I am proud to have signed this protocol with TDBB for addressing the most sensitive, fragile groups of the society, disadvantaged groups. Everyone needs to make communities more involved and inclusive so that they can create space and live together more easily in the city.
TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak said that they will within the scope of the cooperation protocol carry out a project titled “Humanitarian Cities” with 10 municipalities determined in Turkey. Being a Child-Friendly City, Woman Friendly City, Disabled Friendly City, Age-Friendly City and Refugee Immigrant Friendly City, stating that they will follow a process that will continue for 3 years under five headings. the work will be conducted on 5 main topics. Municipalities that accepted to be included in the project emphasized that they will follow a process that will continue for 3 years under five headings, Child-Friendly City, Woman Friendly City, Disabled Friendly City, Age-Friendly City and Refugee Immigrant Friendly City.
Following the speeches, a protocol was signed by TDBB President İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu and RWI Institute President Morten Kjaerum.
The First Working Meeting of the Project was Held
On the evening of the same day, an evaluation meeting was held between representatives of the municipalities that have accepted to be a part of the project, the TDBB, and the RWI delegation. At the meeting, project area of the municipalities and a road map for 3 years was defined.
Mayor of Zeytinburnu Murat Aydın, Mayor of Şahinbey Mehmet İhsan Tahmazoğlu, Mayor of Selçuklu Uğru İbrahim Altay, General Secretary of TDBB Fahri Solak, RWI Turkey Chief Advisor İlhami Alkan Olsson, Deputy Mayor of Çankaya Gülsün Bor Güner, Deputy Mayor of Muratpaşa (Antalya) Hasan Kaçmaz, Deputy Mayor of Altındağ Tuncay Temel, Head of Department for Disabled People in Mersin Municipality Hasan Celal Taş, Social Assistance Director in Zeytinburnu Municipality Sami Ünlü, Expert Personnel at Muratpaşa (Antalya) Municipality Çiğdem Kütükcü, Director of Women, Family and Disabled Services in Maltepe (Istanbul) Municipality Şehriban Çelebi, Experts from TDBB Sema Hayber and Hatice Biner, Experts from RWI Binnur Aloğlu, Gülay Günlük Şenesen and Bahar Özden have participated at the meeting.
As the support for the spread of “Human Cities” in Turkey, the project is aiming to provide social inclusion in the name of various disadvantaged groups, to develop methodological approaches for, the localization of human rights norms and principles and, for their adaptation to everyday life. At the end of 3 years, “Human City” title and certificate will be given to the municipalities.