"Kocaeli could be a model"

01 Mar 2011

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UN Resident Coordinator in Turkey, Shahid Najam says they would like to support works for development goals in Kocaeli province and exemplify these, as he denotes this city was the first in Turkey which makes analysis on sustainable development.

New Horizons - UN Resident Coordinator in Turkey and UNDP Resident Representative Najam, visited Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu on 23th of February .

Najam, who told he was very much impressed by Kocaeli where he had been for the second time, stated that this city had significant achievements in industrial and commercial fields, in addition to information technology.

Shahid Najam said the improvement in sustainable development in Kocaeli were pleasing:

“I have seen that Kocaeli is the first and only city making analysis on sustainable development in Turkey and in the world. We would like to support works for development targets and exemplify these. We would like to introduce Kocaeli to the world and show that these targets can locally be achieved. We, as UN, are ready to support works done in the field of development.”

Following the speeches, presentations regarding projects run by the Metropolitan Municipality and related to Millennium Development Goals were made.