Report on the 5th Asian Mayors Forum General Assembly, Gaziantep, Turkey (part 2) Created on 4/14/2019 1:09:46 AM
A report on the 5th Asian Mayors Forum General Assembly, Gaziantep, Turkey
The Permanent Secretariat of the AMF
Following the Meeting of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA), 2006, and according to the final declaration, it was decided to hold a meeting aimed at promoting convergence, relations, and cooperation between Asian cities and urban authorities as well as city diplomacy in Tehran in the presence of mayors and city leaders of Asian cities. The meeting has been held by Tehran Municipality in November 2007 and actually caused the Asian Mayors Forum, with the presence of nearly 90 mayors and senior urban executives of Asian cities, as well as a number of international officials.
Here is the second part of the report;
The transfer of the AMF General Assembly presidency from Haikou to Gaziantep, the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Assembly, and awarding memorial plaques to the mayors and chairmen participating in the summit were among the events of this ceremony.
The first summit of the AMF General Assembly was held after a 15-minute recess following the opening ceremony. The General Assembly's agenda included approval of the Secretary-General selection, approval of the Assembly's statute, and the Secretary-General's report.
The summit was postponed to the next day due to its concurrency with the Friday Prayer in the host city.
Technical and specialized summits
As it had been planned, the participants attended technical and specialized summits with the following topics after they had finished their prayers:
1. Urban resilience
2. Urban viability
3. Smart City
4. Urban transport and traffic
It is noteworthy that the transport and traffic summit was actually the third summit of the Transport and Traffic Committee in Asian cities held by the Secretariat of the Assembly.
The technical and specialized summits on the aforementioned topics were each held within two days and in two sections in the presence of Iranian and foreign managers and experts. A detailed report of these summits was supposed to be subsequently prepared and sent by the executive secretaries of each summit.
The specialized committees and task forces are supposed to continue their activities over the next three years and pave the way for technical and specialized cooperation as well as the exchange of information and experiences for the members. The secretaries of each task force will prepare an execution plan and create a network among the relevant specialists in Asian (and even non-Asian) cities in order to pave the way for the exchange of experiences in their respective specialized areas.
A special summit of Iranian mayors and urban managers with the mayor of Gaziantep
The mayor of the host city and the authorities of Tehran and other Iranian cities met with the mayor of Gaziantep on the sidelines of this summit while the technical and specialized summits were being held, with the aim of assessing their common issues and challenges as well as the capacities of cooperation between Iranian cities and the city of Gaziantep.
The host city, known as the world gastronomy city as announced by UNESCO, hosted the guests with a variety of local and traditional dishes on the second night of the summit at a restaurant belonging to the municipality of Gaziantep.
Technical visits had been predicted for the participants for the morning of Saturday, November 30th, and two tours, one with the subject of urban resilience and viability and the other with the subject of smart city and transport and traffic, paved the way for the guests' visit to urban projects and familiarity with the experiences of Gaziantep.
The special summits of the General Assembly were held on Saturday afternoon and followed by the final summit.
Each of the executive secretaries of the four technical and specialized summits presented a summary of their summits at the final summit. The summit ended with the final statement of Gaziantep 2018 read by the deputy mayor of this city.
The main clauses of the summit included the formation of the AMF WOMEN NETWORK with the aim of empowering women and expanding their participation in policy-making, planning, and monitoring in local affairs, and eliminating gender discrimination; and the creation of the AMF CITY COUNCILORS NETWORK with the aim of facilitating the exchange of information, and sharing the experiences and best practices among council members of Asian cities within the framework of the AMF missions.
The decisions made at the sixth summit of the Executive Board of the Assembly regarding the selection of the new Secretary-General as well as proposed amendments to the Statute of the AMF was approved in this summit with the majority of the votes of the participants at the General Assembly.
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