President of Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay, was elected as the 2023 term presidency at the Leaders’ Summit of United Cities and Local Governments Organization (UCLG) on October 14, 2022 in Daejeon, South Korea where more than 240 thousand local governments are represented around the world. 

At the UCLG World Local and Regional Leaders Summit, after the election made by the member municipalities from 7 regional organizations; a consensus was reached for Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay, Mayor of South Korea Daejeon Metropolitan Municipality Jang-Woo Lee, Mayor of Uruguay Montevideo Metropolitan Municipality Carolina Cosse and Mayor of Netherlands Hague Metropolitan Jan Van Zanen to serve as UCLG President for one year for each. Accordingly, Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay will serve as the President of United Cities and Local Governments Organization in 2023.

Making a speech at the summit, Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay thanked all members of the organization for being given the opportunity to serve all humanity under the roof of UCLG, the largest local government organization in the world.

President Altay stated that as UCLG, they will never stop asking for more peace at a time when the whole world needs peace, tranquility and justice the most, and added: “The spirit of solidarity we have will be a source of strength for us, who see building a beautiful future as our greatest goal. As ‘one’, it is our top priority to ensure the spread of more sustainable, more peaceful and fairer cities.”

Emphasizing that in a world where conflicts increase and the sense of sharing decreases, Mayor Altay emphasized that they will stand against anything that may cause more suffering to innocent people and continued as follows: “It is known by everyone that it is an inevitable step to increase our capacity to produce sustainable solutions in order to fulfill all these immediately. As the President of UCLG, I will never hesitate to share my experiences in every field and to defend the values of UCLG on every platform. I firmly believe that the more tired we are today, the better our tomorrow will be. I would like to give a message to those who are in this hall and watching us from different countries under the umbrella of UCLG. We should look at each other at the same eye level. Peace will be achieved more easily in a world where no one has superiority over another. I will continue to work towards this goal.”

He thanked all Members

Reminding that 2023 will be celebrated as the 100th anniversary of the Republic in Turkey, Mayor Altay said, “I am proud to be the President of UCLG on the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. I invite you to the UCLG World Council, which we will hold in Turkey in 2023. I sincerely thank you for entrusting this important task to me.”