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MAYOR GÖKÇEK RECEIVES HIS SECOND INTERNATIONAL MAYOR AWARD

11 September 2013, Wednesday

FOLLOWING THE ASSOCIATION OF TOWNS AWARDED THE EUROPE PRIZE, ANKARA METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY MAYOR MELİH GÖKÇEK IS ELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF GLOBAL DESIGN CITIES ORGANIZATION AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY HELD IN ANKARA

-MELİH GÖKÇEK, UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED AS PRESIDENT FOR THE SECOND TIME FOR BOTH ORGANIZATIONS HAVING MEMBERS OF INTERNATIONALLY LEADING PROVINCES:

“CAPITAL ANKARA CONTINUES ITS LEADERSHIP IN TURKEY AT INTERNATIONAL LEVELS”

 

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      Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Melih Gökçek continues to lead prominent cites all over the world by successful studies conducted in Capital City Ankara. Mayor Gökçek, unanimously elected as president of both “Association of towns awarded the Europe prize” and “Global Design Cities Organization” twice at different times proven Ankara’s international leadership once more.

Following his unanimous election as president of “Association of towns awarded the Europe prize” by members for the second time in the beginning of May, he is also unanimously elected as president at Global Design Cities Organization (GDCO) hosted in Ankara by members, Melih Gökçek says “Capital Ankara continues its leadership in Turkey in the organizations with internationally important members”.

Metropolitan Municipality, a world leader in urban Transformation Projects brought another honor to the Capital City. Metropolitan Municipality, hosting GDCO Board of Administrators and 2nd General Assembly meetings united world’s leading local administrators in the Capital City.

Minister of Environment and Urban Planning Erdoğan Bayraktar, Minister of European Union and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış, Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Mayor and organization president Melih Gökçek, bureaucrats, municipality mayors, GDCO General Secretary Jong Won Baik and local administrators from all over the world attended to 2dn General Assembly Meeting opening ceremony held at Sheraton Hotel.

 

-ANKARA, PRESIDENT FOR THE SECOND TIME BY UNANIMOUS VOTE    

The most acclaimed part of the General Assembly Meeting was election of Ankara to Presidency of Global Design Cities Organization for its successfully completed projects and important designs for the second time. Organization’s general Secretary Jong Won Baik recommended Capital Ankara’s appointment for presidency for 2013-2015 term, and his recommendation was accepted by unanimous vote of members, receving the most acclaim. Organization’s General Secretary Jong Won Baik announced election of Ankara and Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Melih Gökçek “I am pleased to announce Ankara as President City. All our members support this opinion”.

In the meeting, 8 new members are accepted to the oragnization having 18 member towns, and the new members are namely “Adis Ababa, Gaziantep, Kazan (Tatarstan) , Konya, Kuala Lumpur, Girne, Lefkoşa ve Sofia” accepted by unanimous vote.

Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Melih Gökçek presented plaques to participants and said “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. Decisions of general assembly will guide us in design of new cities”.

            Mayor Gökçek stated that Board of Directors Decisions are made unanimously and number of members were increased from 6 to 10, and number of  organization members was increased from 18 to 26, and declaration is accepted by unanimous vote, and continued his speech:

“2013- 2015 Term Presidency is appointed. In consideration of 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.”