The 2023 Meeting of the Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) High Advisory Board was held at the Union headquarters in Istanbul on 20 December 2023.

The meeting chaired by TDBB President and Konya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Uğur İbrahim Altay was attended by TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak, Şahinbey Mayor Mehmet Tahmazoğlu, Advisory Board members, İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu (TDBB previous term president), Prof. Dr. Adem Esen (Istanbul University Lecturer) and Özgen Keskin (Educator – Writer).

The meeting started with informing the board about the activities carried out in 2023 and continued with the evaluations and suggestions of the board members. At the meeting, activities such as TDBB studies, Experience Sharing Programs, Sister City studies, Educational studies, International and Domestic Contacts, Organized and Supported Social and Cultural Activities, New Memberships, TDBB new books and periodicals and ongoing projects were explained to the High Advisory Board Members.

During the continuation of the meeting, Advisory Board Members expressed their opinions and suggestions regarding TDBB activities. It was recommended to continue TDBB publications, experience sharing, Sister City studies, education and cultural activities. In addition, as TDBB, suggestions were made such as cooperating with universities, carrying out joint projects with postgraduate programs, focusing on cultural and youth studies, and increasing the awareness of TDBB by collaborating with regional and international institutions.

Later in the meeting, the applications of students who are doing master’s or doctorate degrees at universities in Turkey within the scope of the TDBB support program were evaluated, and their studies on thesis topics were listened to. In this context, students who were eligible for support were determined among new applicants.