30 September Monday

"Cities Developing Solutions” to Meet in Istanbul

The Marmara International Urban Forum (MARUF) will be held in Istanbul on 1-3 October 2019 to open urban matters up for discussion, including migration, climate change, public spaces and urban technologies.

The event will host more than 250 speakers from 25 countries, and 3000 participants including scholars, mayors and NGO officials. Representing the IMM at the forum will be Mr. Orhan Demir, Deputy Secretary General, and Prof. Yasin Çağatay Seçkin, Head of the Parks, Gardens and Green Areas Department, who will deliver speeches outlining Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu’s vision for Istanbul.

The events at the forum will comprise of 3 days of panels, parallel sessions, interviews, roundtables, workshops, concerts, exhibitions, competitions and technical trips.

The Marmara Urban Forum is organized by the Marmara Municipalities Union, and supported in part by the IMM. On behalf of the IMM, Mr. Orhan Demir will deliver a speech at a session titled “How to Institutionalize Public Transport  Effectively”, while Prof. Yasin Çağatay Seçkin will speak on “Design for All: Liveable Public Spaces”.

In its first year, the forum will focus on the following 12 themes: Environment and Climate Change, Urban Technologies and Innovation, Transport and Mobility, Urban Infrastructure, Housing and Built Environment, Migration, Social Inclusion, Resilience, City Networks, Local Development, Public Spaces, and Governance.

The forum aims to strengthen the role of local governments in crises and human mobility situations that arise due to various reasons, and to raise awareness on safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable urbanization. The forum’s goals include contributing to the transformation of cities into more livable and equitable places, and to facilitate the flow of information between cities and regions.

Other partners of the forum include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate for EU Affairs, Union of Municipalities of Turkey, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), UNDP Turkey, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities, International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Swedish Institute, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as well as several other municipalities from Turkey’s Marmara region, development agencies and universities. Prominent figures from partner institutions will be taking part in the forum's steering committee and advisory board.

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