Yücel Yılmaz, the President of UMT and Mayor of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, who is in New York City with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was among the first to sign the Declaration of Goodwill for Zero Waste at the Turkish House.
"ZERO WASTE" INTRODUCED TO THE WORLD
Yücel Yılmaz, Mayor of Union of Municipalities of Türkiye and Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality, and Deputy Mayor Yasin Sağay, who are among the delegation accompanying President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is in New York to attend the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations, first attended the press conference held at the United Nations regarding the World Cities Day event to be hosted by Üsküdar Municipality on October 31st.
"I AM HAPPY ON BEHALF OF MY COUNTRY"
Speaking at the meeting attended by Mehmet Özhaseki, Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, and Hilmi Türkmen, Mayor of Üsküdar Municipality, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz said: "This year, we will organize the World Cities Day events under the auspices of Mrs. Emine Erdoğan and hosted by Üsküdar Municipality. I am really happy about this on behalf of my country."
"IT HAS SPECIAL MEANING FOR TÜRKİYE"
Stating that Türkiye has inspired the world with the Zero Waste Movement launched in 2017 under the leadership of Mrs. Emine Erdoğan, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz emphasized that the participation of local governments in the zero waste movement is very important. Stating that the Union of Municipalities of Türkiye is doing effective work at this point, Mayor Yılmaz said, "It also has a special meaning for us that the World Cities Day will be held in Türkiye. Because one of the main themes of this year's event is zero waste." At the Türkevi (Turkish House), where he signed the Declaration of Goodwill for Zero Waste, Mayor Yılmaz met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and First Lady Emine Erdoğan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hakan Fidan and Akif Çağatay Kılıç, Chief Advisor to the President on Foreign Policy and Security.
MAYOR YILMAZ SIGNED THE DECLARATION OF GOODWILL
Mayor Yücel Yılmaz also signed the Declaration of Goodwill for Global Zero Waste, which was opened for signature by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and enabled the Zero Waste movement to become a world brand by Mrs. Emine Erdoğan, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed the first signature. Yılmaz said, "I am proud and happy to sign the Declaration of Goodwill for Zero Waste at the Turkevi. This is a valuable step. Through this action, the Zero Waste movement will start to be implemented all over the world."
NEW YORK CONTACTS WERE EVALUATED
Afterwards, Mayor Yücel Yılmaz evaluated his contacts in New York; "We have been holding intensive meetings since Saturday. World Cities Day will be held in Üsküdar, Istanbul on October 31st this year. We launched this to the world. We are witnessing and accompanying the intense pace of our President. Zero Waste Movement is a project of Mrs. Emine Erdoğan, the wife of our President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. This project, launched in 2017, has now turned into a world movement. We would like to thank Mrs. Emine Erdoğan for spearheading this. We also organized the World Habitat Day event in Balıkesir. Our activity in this field is increasing. The fact that the Turkevi (Turkish House) is here, that our President is tirelessly meeting with those who want to meet with him, increases Turkey's effectiveness a lot. There is a very effective Turkish diplomacy here."