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GLOBAL DESIGN CITIES ORGANIZATION GENERAL ASSEMBLY

11 September 2013, Wednesday

-GALA PROGRAM WITH GUEST ADMINISTRATORS …

-ANKARA METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY ORGANIZED A GALA DINNER FOR COUNCILS ATTENDING GLOBAL DESIGN CITIES ORGANIZATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND 2ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING IN ANKARA

-FOMGET, AWARD WINNER FOLK DANCE GROUP OF ANKARA METROPOLITAN CITY PRESENTED A FOLK DANCE SHOW AT DINNER WHILE ANKARA METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY CITY ORCHESTRA PERFORMED A PLEASANT MUSIC SHOW WITH SOLOIST NUR YOLDAŞ

- “ANKARA DECLARATION” WAS ACCEPTED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

-MAYOR GÖKÇEK GAVE A CLOSURE SPEECH AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND PRESENTED PARTICIPANT PLAQUES.

-MAYOR GÖKÇEK : -“WE PUT OUR EFFORT TO CARRY ANKARA OVER THE STANDARDS BY SOCIAL PROJECTS, URBAN TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS, GREEN AREAS AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION THROUGHOUT THE TERM OF MY MUNICIPALITY MAYORSHIP FOR 19 YEARS” 

 

kuresel_tasarim_gala_yemegi_29082013_330.jpgMunicipality Mayors and local administration councils came to Ankara from many other countries for Global Design Cities Organization Board of Directors and 2nd General Assembly Meetings relaxed at gala dinner after morning and afternoon sessions  .

Guests and local administrators attending “Gala Dinner” held at Sheraton Hotel hosted by Ankara Metropolitan Municipality re-elected as “President City” with delicious Turkish cuisine as they audience parts of “Lalezar Project” presenting fabulous rhythms and costumes of Anatolia, performed by Ankara Metropolitan Municipality’s award winner folk dance group FOMGET

 

-ENTERTAINED WITH NUR YOLDAŞ

Guest council listened to performance of Turkish and Foreign songs by famous soloist Nur Yoldaş and Ankara Metropolitan Municipality City Orchestra conducted by maestro Kemal Günüç. Asian guests had a lot of fun with the performance of entertaining songs by soloist Nur Yoldaş. Guest municipality staff joined Turkish song performance of Nur Yoldaş by clapping.

Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Foreign Affairs Office President Ramazan Kabasakal emphasized the importance of board of directors and general assembly resolutions, and those resolutions will help beautification of the cities, and increase the quality of public services. Kabasakal stated that the best part of all those conferences was the opportunity of different countries getting familiar with each other’s cultures and histories, and said “I hope that all of you leave Turkey with the fondest memories, and I would like to note that Ankara will always welcome you, and apart from the official visits, we will be honored to entertain you at any time with your families, and thank you all for your visit”.

 

Declaration prepared at Global Design Cities General Assembly Meeting hosted by Ankara Metropolitan Municipality is accepted by unanimous vote.

Organization’s General Secretary Jong Won Bail announced that Capital city Ankara was elected as organization president for the second time for the term 2013-2015 years at Global Design Cities 2nd General Assembly Meeting held at Sheraton Hotel.

Jong Won Baik’s announcement of Ankara’s election as organization president for the second time “I am pleased to announce Ankara as President City. All our members agree with this idea” accompanied with the applauses.

Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Melih Gökçek said I believe that the decisions made today will guide is in designing sustainable cities. I can say that we put our effort to carry Ankara over the standards by social projects, urban transformation projects, green areas and local transportation throughout the term of my municipality mayorship for 19 years. General assembly resolutions will guide us in designing sustainable cities in his closure speech.

 

-ANKARA DECLARATION-

Mayor Melih Gökçek read Ankara Declaration and put to the vote. The first article of the declaration accepted by unanimous vote read “Our Motto is Design for Everyone”; and mutual agreement was achieved on the importance of creating spaces that citizens from different sections of town can live in comfort, happiness and peace in terms of local administrations, establishment of special units by local administrations for plan, project and design, planning of protective and preventive measures in transformation projects, protection of historical texture, sharing experiences of Global Design Cities with other towns and cooperation.

 

-MAYOR GÖKÇEK: “WE WILL BE HONORED TO SHARE OUR OPINIONS”

Mayor Gökçek gave a speech at the end of General assembly and said “Assessment of our activities show that there has been a major participation in General Assembly. Attendance of many ministers proven our emphasis on design”.

Mayor Gökçek reported that Board of Directors Resolutions were made by unanimous vote and number of members were increased from 6 to 10, number of organization members was increased from 18 to 26, declaration was accepted by unanimous vote and said:

2013- 2015 Term Presidency is appointed. In consideration ot International meeting assessment criteria, I would like to emphasize that our General assembly is completed successfully. I believe that the decisions made today will guide is in designing sustainable cities. I can say that we put our effort to carry Ankara over the standards by social projects, urban transformation projects, green areas and local transportation throughout the term of my municipality mayorship for 19 years. We will be honored to share the experiences we had in long term with you honorable participants as well as new cities joining in our organization. I also believe that we can benefit and learn a lot from you colleagues’ experiences in order to increase quality of our services with the inspiration that coming from the power of design.”

Mayor Gökçek stated that Turkey is among the fastest growing economies around the world and said “We are wishing to make any contribution for peace and brotherhood of world with the power and support of our consistent and successful governments through diplomacy of cities, through international local administration associations. Therefore, I would like to thank you for selecting Ankara for the organization’s presidency after 2 years period of presidency by virtue of honorable general assembly members’ kindness.”

 

Mayor Gökçek stated that they will be pleased to host member cities in Ankara for board of directors meeting and 2015 general assembly, and thanked organization member cities for their contribution, and presented their plaques.

Global Design Cities Organization General Assembly meeting is finalized after Mayor Gökçek’s speech.