Mayors and local administrators of more than 150 cities in the world met in a Turkish city for a historical cities conference on Tuesday.
Local administrators from 54 countries gathered together in the 11th Conference of the League of Historical Cities that began in the central city of Konya.
"I believe that this meeting will be a step to transfer values of historical cities to forthcoming generations and to create a sensitivity," Turkey's State Minister Mustafa Said Yazicioglu said during the opening session of the conference.
Also speaking in the conference, the mayor of Japanese city of Kyoto said that global warming and environmental problems were some of the main problems the world was facing today.
Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa of Kyoto said what was important for a city with a historical background was to show that it could propose solutions to today's problems.
The Conference of Historical Cities is being held in a member city every two years.
Konya and Istanbul are the two Turkish members of the league.
This is the first time the conference is being held in Turkey.
This year's conference will focus on "living cultural heritage", "urban identity", "cultural diversity" and "crossroads of cultures."
The conference will last till June 13th.
The first conference was held in Kyoto, Japan in 1987. In order to continue this initiative and promote exchange of knowledge and cooperation among the participating cities, the World Conference of Historical Cities Council was established. The League of Historical Cities was set up in 1994, on the occasion of the 4th World Conference of Historical Cities, held again in Kyoto.
Mevlana Museum, Alaaddin Mosque, Ince Minare Museum, Karatay Museum, Sircali Medrese Museum, and Sille Aya Elena Church are some of the historical attractions in Konya.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Haziran 2008, 16:32