Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer attended the opening of the 1st Izmir Youth Workshop. Saying that they wanted to consult the ideas of young people to describe the world of the future before the Culture Summit to be held on September 9-11, Soyer said, “This meeting is also a milestone in terms of filtering the decisions taken by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Moreover, this workshop will determine the youth roadmap of our city.”
Before the World Union of Municipalities Culture Summit to be held in İzmir between 9-11 September, the 15st İzmir Youth Workshop, which brings together the young people between the ages of 30-1, started. Speaking at the opening of the two-day workshop with the theme of 'culture' to be held at the Historical Coal Gas Factory, hosted by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “Izmir is preparing for the World Union of Municipalities Culture Summit. We will host an international summit between 9-11 September. Before this important summit, we wanted to ask the valuable thoughts of the young people of Izmir to describe the world of the future, and we came together at this workshop today. This meeting is a milestone in terms of passing the decisions taken by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality through the filter of the youth. Moreover, this workshop will take the will of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality to make decisions together with our youth one step further. It will determine the youth roadmap of our city,” he said.
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Özuslu, Secretary General Dr. Buğra Gökçe, Metropolitan bureaucrats and experts also attended.
“We will make 180 of our young people sustainability experts”
Stating that the climate crisis will have a significant impact on the world of the future, Soyer emphasized that a culture definition compatible with nature is needed. Saying that they have aligned all of the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals with Izmir's 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, Soyer said, "Our Sustainable Urban Transformation Network, which I am proud to chair, is a unique project that aligns the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals with Izmir's local agenda. attempt. Thanks to this network, we have accomplished an innovative work. We support our university graduates, who have not yet found a job, to become sustainability experts. It enables them to participate in training, seminars and workshops on sustainability; We offer internship opportunities in the private sector, non-governmental and public institutions. Our goal is to make 2021 of our young people sustainability experts by the end of 180. In this project, we are simultaneously addressing and solving two seemingly separate problems, such as the employment of our youth and the survival of our planet. Our youth, who were trained as sustainability experts, made a great contribution to the Youth Workshop, which we are opening today.”
common sense emphasis
Stating that the workshop will provide very important inputs to the results of the World Municipalities Culture Summit, Soyer said, “Cultural transformation determines the direction of all other transformations. You can raise people who can feel the pain of others in living societies that are governed by a common mind. Culture is so vital, it produces consequences that affect our lives so deeply. The Cultural Summit will be a platform where all these will be discussed and discussed. Therefore, the results of this meeting will strengthen our hand at the summit and will form its content.”
“I promise to be by your side”
Emphasizing the importance of cultural transformation in harmony with nature, Soyer continued his words as follows: “If the world is going to change, this change will not be like a miracle when we wake up one morning. It will happen with our teeth, nails and patience, with the merging and overflowing of our efforts one by one. For this reason, we can start the change today without waiting for permission from anyone. You can improve yourself, your country and life no matter the circumstances. As long as you are brave and determined enough. I promise once again that I will be with you unconditionally and unconditionally as long as I am the mayor of this city.”
What's in the program?
On the first day of the workshop held at the Historic Coal Gas Factory Youth Campus, presentations will be made by experts on 'Volunteering', 'Youth', 'Culture and Sustainability'. 'Climate Crisis and Sustainability', 'Resilience with the Experience of COVID-19', 'Gender Equality and Culture', 'Cultural Diversity, Inequalities and Migration', 'Cultural There will be workshops under the titles of 'Tourism and Heritage', 'Creative Economy, Social Entrepreneurship and Employment'. On September 2, 2021, Izmir City History Tour will be held, and workshop participants will have the opportunity to visit important historical and cultural places such as the Alhambra, Anafartalar Caddesi, Meserret Han, Havra Street, Yıldız Cinema.