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The city of Izmir is the winner of The Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award

The “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award” was conferred to Izmir Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey) during the high-level session of the 20th Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention which is being held in Tirana, Albania, on 17-20 December 2017.
Published on Jan 05, 2018

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On Tuesday 19 December 2017, during the Ministerial Session at COP 20 in Tirana (Albania), Mr. Gaetano Leone, Coordinator of the Mediterranean Action Plan, introduced the “Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award” and the procedure followed for the nomination and selection of the winner, including through public voting. 

The Jury of the Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award - 2017 pilot edition (i.e. Members of the Bureau of the Barcelona Convention including all regional activity centers and the President of the MCSD Steering Committee) unanimously selected by consensus the winning city : Izmir, Turkey.

H.E. Ornela Cuci, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Environment of Albania presented the commemorative plaque to the mayor of Izmir, Mr. Aziz Kocaoglu. The municipality was congratulated on its exemplary implementation of an urban political agenda in the region.

Mr. Aziz Kocaoglu receiving the Award H.E. Ornela Cuci

Mr. Aziz Kocaoglu accepted the award on behalf of the people of Izmir and noted the numerous environmental investments and projects implemented in Izmir while encouraging participants to experience the city that thinks about its future

The Istanbul Environment Friendly City Award aims to recognize and reward the efforts of local authorities to improve the environment and the quality of life and promote sustainable development in Mediterranean coastal towns and cities. It also aims to encourage local authorities to move towards a more environment friendly future and enable them to act as a role-model to inspire other towns and cities.

Funded by the Government of Turkey, the Istanbul Award is managed by the Coordinating Unit of the Mediterranean Action Plan with the assistance of its Plan Bleu/RAC and the support of the other MAP components.