The 2014 UCLG Executive Bureau has held from the 17th to 19th June, 2014 in Liverpool, United Kingdom by invitation from the Mayor of Liverpool, Mr. Joe Anderson.
The Spring Executive Bureau 2014 was held this year in conjunction with the International Festival for Business (IFB) organised by Liverpool and the City Leaders Summit aiming at providing UCLG members with new networking opportunities with different stakeholders.
Mr. Kadir Topbaş, the mayor of Istanbul and the head of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) attended the BT Global City Leaders Summit in Liverpool that brings together more than 300 city leaders and senior members of local government. Mr. Topbaş delivered a speech at a panel discussion titled “Cities For Growth and Equality”. Mayor Mr. Topbaş provided information to the participants about the investments and services made by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) in last decade. Mayor Topbaş said:
“Urbanisation is underpinned by the concentration of investment and the economies of agglomeration that cities offer to many enterprises are well-known. However, what are perhaps less recognised are the many economies of agglomeration that cities provide for most forms of infrastructure and service. Sound management of these services is central to their capacity to support growth, prosperity and equality.”
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool speaking from the event said: “Cities are engines of growth and they are critical to the global economic recovery. At this summit we will debate the powers and responsibilities our cities need to deliver the best economic future for our communities.
“Importantly leaders from major cities across the UK will join us in Liverpool, to exchange ideas with the international cities attending today that could help us all in giving our cities the freedoms they need to grow. This is very much a two way street with the Core Cities sharing ideas and concepts as well as hearing about ones that have worked overseas.”
Cities represented at the summit include Istanbul, Shanghai, Paris, Barcelona, Rabat, Berlin, Vienna, Beijing, Glasgow, Surabaya, Seoul, New Delhi, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Montreal, Mexico City, Birmingham (Alabama) Johannesburg, Rabat and Dakar, as well as all English Core Cities.