Marmara Urban Forum (MARUF), is a biennial international urban forum to be organized by Marmara Municipalities Union for the first time in October 2019 for three days in Istanbul, Turkey.
MARUF will gather professionals from cities, national, regional and local governments, private sector, NGOs, universities and other stakeholders that play a crucial role in the design, transformation and governance of cities with the aim of sharing knowledge, experience and of creating new opportunities.
Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals, different approaches on urban services and urban management will be discussed in the forum.
Plenary sessions, parallel sessions, workshops, exhibitions, study tours and cultural events will be organized in the venue of the event and within various parts of the city of Istanbul.
Analyzing economic, political, social and ecological impacts of urbanization on humans’ lives and cities in collaboration with all stakeholders at local, regional, national and international levels,
Developing information flow and networks among cities and city-regions,
Raising awareness on safe, inclusive, resilient and sustainable urbanization approaches,
Contributing to the transformation of cities to make them more liveable and equitable,
Discussing how to strengthen the role of cities and local governments in case of emergency situations and human mobility related problems.
MARMARA MUNICIPALITIES UNION
Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) is the first and the largest regional Local Government Association in Turkey with 190 members from the Marmara Region where the major industrial cities of Turkey, namely Istanbul, Kocaeli and Bursa are located.
The MMU’s center is located in Istanbul. The Marmara Region is the center of scientific, cultural and high-value-added activities as well as of commerce, finance and industry. The Marmara Region inhabits around 25 million residents, making up one third of the population of Turkey. At the center of the region is the Sea of Marmara, which is an inland sea connecting Turkey’s Asian and European parts.
Since its foundation in 1975, the MMU has played an important role in the formation of a culture of agreement and collaboration among mayors and council members elected from different political parties, development of coordination and cooperation between municipalities, increasing the authority and resources of municipalities, and representing municipalities at the international arena.
It carries on activities in areas such as environment, urbanization, migration and social cohesion, local diplomacy, local economic development, resilience, urban technology and innovation. On these areas, MMU’s activities include training, consulting, corporate capacity building, raising awareness, supporting scientific researches, advocating local democracy, and organizing events and meetings which gather relevant stakeholders.