Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) October Board of Directors Meeting was held at Ümraniye Municipality on 20 October 2023, with the participation of local administrators from 10 different countries (Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kyrgyzstan, TRNC, Lebanon, Moldova Gagauzia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Turkey). It was hosted in Istanbul.

The meeting chaired by TDBB president and Konya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Uğur İbrahim Altay was hosted by Ümraniye Mayor İsmet Yıldırım. TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, TDBB Board members, Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Ekrem Yüce, Rize Mayor Rahmi Metin, Albania Local Governments Institute General Manager Agron Haxhımalı, Azerbaijan City Municipalities Union President Temraz Tağıyev, Bosnia and Herzegovina Novi Grad Mayor Semir Efendic, Cyprus Turkish Municipalities Union President Mahmut Özçınar, Lebanon Dannieh Municipalities Union President Muhammed Sadıeh, Kyrgyzstan Local Governments Union General Manager Bektur Orozbaev, Moldova Gagauz Autonomous Region President Evghenia Gutul, Mongolia Local Governments Union President Batbold Sunduı, Altınova (Yalova) Mayor Metin Oral, Bağcılar (Istanbul) Mayor Abdullah Özdemir, Başiskele (Kocaeli) Mayor Mehmet Yasin Özlü, Bayrampaşa (Istanbul) Mayor Atila Aydıner, Beykoz (Istanbul) Mayor ) Mayor Murat Aydın, Pendik Mayor Ahmet Cin, Selçuklu (Konya) Mayor Ahmet Pekyatırmacı, Şehzadeler (Manisa) Mayor Ömer Faruk Çelik, Tavşanlı (Kütahya) Mayor Mustafa Güler, Sancaktepe (Istanbul) Mayor Şeyma Duğucü and Zeytinburnu (Istanbul) Mayor Ömer Arısoy attended.

Before the meeting, TDBB President Uğur İbrahim Altay, in his speech, condemned Israel’s attacks on the Palestinian people of Gaza as unacceptable and inhumane behavior and read the TDBB Palestine Declaration.

The meeting continued with TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak’s discussion of the work carried out since the Board of Directors meeting on 20 June 2023 and the issues on the agenda.

In this context, it was decided to support the Palestinian people to meet their basic needs such as food, fuel and water, to support the “Procurement of Computers for the New Computer Laboratory” requested by Bosnia and Herzegovina International University of Sarajevo, in cooperation with TDBB and Selçuklu Municipality, The “Project to Contribute to the Annual Expenses of the Residents of Srebrenica Hatidza Mehmedovic Nursing Home” requested by EMMAUS was carried out in cooperation with TDBB, Selçuklu (Konya) and Karatay (Konya) Municipalities, To support the “6 Turkic World Science and Culture Festival” event to be held in Ankara between 15-17 November 2023 by the Turkish World Children’s Foundation, TDBB will support the “8 Turkish World Documentary Film Festival” to be held on 19-23 October 2023, The promotional cocktail and panel for the book “Ottoman Empire in Historical Russian Maps (1700-1917)”, published among TDBB publications, will be held in cooperation with TDBB and Zeytinburnu Municipality, Organizing an experience sharing program for Kyrgyz Parliamentarians in cooperation with TDBB and member municipalities, Organizing an experience sharing program for Kyrgyzstan Mayors, in cooperation with TDBB and member municipalities, Organizing an experience sharing program for Bayan-Ulgii (Mongolia) Mayors, in cooperation with TDBB and member municipalities, Under the coordination of TDBB, work will be carried out to establish a sister city relationship between Samarkand (Uzbekistan) Municipality, Konya Metropolitan Municipality and Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Under the coordination of TDBB, work will be carried out to establish a sister city relationship between Jeti-Ögüz (Kyrgyzstan) Municipality and Bağcılar (Istanbul) Municipality, Under the coordination of TDBB, work will be carried out to establish a sister city relationship between Mihalıççık (Eskişehir) Municipality and Sheki (Azerbaijan) Municipality, Participation on behalf of TDBB in the “UCLG-MEWA Extraordinary General Assembly Meeting” to be held in Şanlıurfa between 22-23 November 2023, It was decided that the next TDBB Board of Directors Meeting will be held in Sakarya, hosted by Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality, in January 2024.

New Member Municipalities

At the meeting, it was also decided to accept the membership applications made by Mihalıççık (Eskişehir), Sauran (Kazakhstan), Silwad (Palestine), Tulkarm (Palestine), Navoi (Uzbekistan) and Kattakurgan (Uzbekistan) Municipalities to TDBB.

After the meeting, an office visit was made to Ümraniye Municipality and the works of Ümraniye Municipality were seen on site.