The international round table conference on “Urban Governance in the Post-Coronavirus Era” organized by Union of Russian Cities was held on 18 September 2020 through video conferencing. The meeting moderated by General Director of Union of Russian Cities Alexandra Ignatieva, was attended by Vice President Yücel Yılmaz on behalf of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB).
The meeting was attended by Chairman of Board of the National Association for the Development of Local Government of the Russian Federation Ivan Tsetsersky, Vice President of China International Friendship Cities Association (CIFCA) Qing Boming, President of Global Envoy and Chair Emeritus of Sister Cities International (USA) Tim Quigley and many other participants who are mayors, scientists and managers of NGOs from many different countries such as Russia, Germany, USA, China, Finland and Moldova.
Vice President of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Yücel Yılmaz, in his speech at the meeting, stated that they actively combat the outbreak of coronavirus with the full participation of all stakeholders in the city and also they have determined a detailed roadmap to fight with the virus by quickly analyzing the probabilities and risks that may be happened in this process. Mayor Yılmaz also posited that they have been working cooperatively with the civil society, private sector and city residents in every field such as to do awareness-raising to the outbreak in the society, disinfection activities, food aid for the unfortunates, temporary accommodation for the homeless people, feeding stray animals and providing masks for the citizens.
Moreover, Mayor Yılmaz also put forward that he started to rethink the daily life routine, mentality of the life, and lifestyle of the people after the outbreak started and he added that “There should be changes and transformation for municipalities too in such an environment where people are directly contact with this virus. Technological developments and innovative applications resulted in transformative effects on the city administration and city life all over the world. We, as local governors, should quickly integrate smart urban systems into our lives so that we can cope with this transformation process that was caused by the outbreak. In addition, adapting the city residents to this new era and creating a sustainable social life will be one of our most important activities that we are conducting in this period.