Ankara and Vienna sign a cooperation agreement – Vindobona.org

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Cooperation between Ankara and Vienna is to intensify over the next four years. Thus, the mayor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig, received the mayor of Ankara, Mansur Yavaş. The exchange and subsequent agreement will focus on important topics for a sustainable future.

Specifically, the two cities have agreed on overarching key objectives such as climate protection, resource efficiency, participation and social cohesion. The mutual exchange mainly focuses on innovative concepts and practical experiences, such as smart mobility solutions, sustainable waste management and climate change adaptation measures.

“The cooperation agreement between Vienna and Ankara, which we are both signing today, renews the good and trusting cooperation between the two capitals,” Ludwig stressed. He referred to the approximately 200,000 people living in Vienna who have roots in Turkey: “They make a very important social, societal and economic contribution.”

Even if there are tensions between countries from time to time, it is the mission of cities to help improve the climate between people again, Ludwig noted. His counterpart in Ankara accepted. “Issues such as wars or climate change once again show how important good cooperation is,” said Yavas, who has been mayor of Ankara since 2019. Ankara could benefit from such cooperation, according to Mayor Yavas. “After all, Vienna has often been referred to in the past as the most livable city in the world,” added the mayor of the Turkish city.

It was also agreed that the cities will exchange ideas in the field of historical heritage preservation and, if possible, organize joint events in the two cities to deepen cultural and economic ties. The agreement also contributes to the implementation of the sustainable development goals defined in the United Nations “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The continuous exchange of knowledge and experiences will promote the sustainable development of both cities in the sense of Goals 11 “Sustainable cities and communities” and 17 “Partnerships to achieve the goals”.

Relations between Vienna and Turkey

Vienna maintains old, sometimes intense, relations with Turkish cities. In 2011, a cooperation agreement was concluded with Istanbul, and in 2012 with the capital Ankara. Both agreements were signed by former mayor Michael Häupl.

A renewal of the agreement with Istanbul is envisaged, the term of which expired in 2015. In 2021, the city of Istanbul expressed its interest to the city of Vienna to relaunch cooperation through cooperation projects. Due to the pandemic, this has not been possible so far. Visits of Vienna delegations to Turkey and Turkish representatives in Vienna are also underway.

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