Istanbul's Mayor Kadir Topbas, who is also the President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Thursday.
Turkey's permanent representative to UN Ertugrul Apakan was also present at the meeting which took place at the UN headquarters behind closed doors.
The meeting discussed high level representation of UCLG in United Nations and activation of UN Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA), officials said.
Istanbul Mayor and President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Kadir Topbas said that they demanded to have UCLG at least an observer status to participate in General Assembly of the United Nations.
Holding a press conference in New York after his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, Topbas said that local governments which were managing more than half of the world population were members of UCLG, adding that they presented a letter to Ban for UCLG's participation in General Assembly of the UN at least with an observer status. Topbas expressed belief that their demand of representation in UN General Assembly was reasonable and would be supported.
Noting that UCLG attached importance to UN millennium development goals and would continue to pursue parallel studies with these goals, Topbas said that they wanted one of the assistants of Ban (who would be recommended by the UN Secretary General) could be in contact with UCLG.
Topbas said that Ban would attend least developed countries' conference in Istanbul between May 9 and 13, adding that Istanbul had become a city which hosted many important international organizations. Topbas said that he conveyed pleasure to Ban that regional directorate of UN Population Fund was based in Istanbul too.
Noting that local governments were units which could understand the problems of people, Topbas said that they wanted to be a more serious actor and undertake more active role.
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