10th International Conference of Eurasia World Heritage Cities was held online with the participation of mayors and local leaders of the cities from 30 different countries on 2 April 2021, organized cooperatively by Turkistan Municipality and Euro-Asia Regional Secretariat of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC).
The conference was participated by the Member of Administrative Board Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın and TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, TDBB Members of Administrative Board; General Director of Union of Municipalities of Albania Agron Haxhimali and Secretary General of Union of Azerbaijan Municipalities Tofiq Hasanov, Mayor of Turkistan (Kazakhstan) Rashid Ayupov, President of OWHC and Mayor of Krakow (Poland) Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin, Secretary General of OWHC Lee Minaidis, Regional Coordinator of Eurasia World Heritage Cities Rasikh Sagitov, Mayor of Novi Pazar (Serbia) Nihat Biševac, Head of the Yakutia Cultural Heritage Conservation Department Makarov Nikolay, Mayor of Shakhrisabz (Uzbekistan) Sulaimanov Akram, Mayor of Bolgar (Russia) Fargat Mukhametov, Mayor of Denpasar (Indonesia) Gusti Ngurah Jaya Negara, Deputy Mayor of Tehran (Iran) Javadi Yeganeh, Mayor of Fez (Morocco) Idriss Azami Al Idrissi, Deputy Mayor of Osh (Kyrgyzstan) Zamir Yusupov, Mayor of Veliky Novgorod (Russia) Sergey Busurin and also more than 50 representatives who has experience on cultural and historical protection from 50 different countries like China, Germany and Greece.
The Conference was able to gather mayors and leaders of the cities on whose lands listed in the UNESCO World Heritage, as well as of those cities, which are nominated for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
During the Conference the participants was able to find a chance to discuss the issues of cultural and historical heritage preservation, development of tourism, the correct way of planning and improvement of the cities, the construction of new buildings and the harmony with the historical patterns of the cities and also prospects of cultural heritage and tourism development in the current conditions of the global isolation due to the pandemic.
TDBB Administrative Board Member and Mayor of Beykoz Murat Aydın, in his speech at the conference, posited that “We need to have a bridge between the past and the present to see the future brightly. There are two things we need to show and then protect the historical heritage: those are political and financial sustainability. Political sustainability should be carried out within the framework of a strategic plan so that long years of work are not interrupted. When it is come to the other condition, financial sustainability must also be provided by a non-profit public view to ensure financial guarantee. Our results have repeatedly shown us that protecting our historical heritage is the key for the future happiness and prosperity”.
TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak told about their collaborative works with the member municipalities from Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan and the partner institutions such as Russian Cities Association which are the experience sharing programs on “Roles of Municipalities to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic” with a high level participation and also the mask aid activities to the needy member countries upon requests. Solak also explained in detail what are the effects of COVID-19 virus to the tourism sector in Turkey and what measures were taken.
After the 10th International Conference of Eurasia World Heritage Cities, the final declaration was published. In the declaration, the organization committee of the conference thanked to the supporting organizations including Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) for the support given to the organization of the conference. There were also suggestions, some of them are listed as these topics: developing cooperation and tourism (establishment of joint touristic tours, increase of the numbers of direct flights), virtual tourism (joint virtual 3D tours), free exchange programs for young people on culture and tourism areas and humanitarian aid.