Minister of Surroundings, Urbanization and Local weather Change Mehmet Özhaseki introduced Monday that the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (U.N.-Habitat) could be opening an workplace in Türkiye, marking a pivotal step towards bolstering worldwide cooperation on city growth and environmental sustainability, throughout a press assembly held as a part of the “World Cities Day and Zero Waste Initiative Program” in New York.
The disclosing of this information got here together with Özhaseki’s revelation that the upcoming World Cities Day occasion could be hosted in Istanbul below the auspices of the Üsküdar Municipality and with the help of Türkiye’s first woman, Emine Erdoğan.
Moreover, the minister make clear the progress of the Zero Waste Advisory Board, which convened its first assembly just about in the course of the go to of U.N.-Habitat Govt Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif to Türkiye. Özhaseki proudly introduced that the board’s first in-person assembly, anticipated to draw participation from numerous nations, will probably be convened in Istanbul on Nov. 1. He emphasised that the long run U.N.-Habitat Workplace in Istanbul will actively help and contribute to the endeavors of the Zero Waste Advisory Board.
In response to queries relating to Türkiye’s humanitarian efforts in cities affected by pure disasters, Özhaseki underscored the seismic vulnerability of the nation. Türkiye, located in a area liable to earthquakes extending from the Alps to the Himalayas, has skilled practically 60 devastating earthquakes prior to now century. Tragically, the earthquakes on Feb. 6 claimed the lives of over 50,000 residents and affected 14 million individuals throughout 11 cities.
Özhaseki acknowledged, “Our major aim is to offer housing for individuals who have misplaced their properties.” He famous that over 200,000 homes are at the moment below fast development to accommodate greater than 250,000 purposes acquired for the “On-Website Transformation Challenge” in earthquake-stricken areas. The venture presents help by way of grants and loans to people searching for to rebuild their properties.
Moreover, Özhaseki highlighted the meticulous examination of the bottom in earthquake-affected cities by way of micro-mapping research. The constructions to be erected are designed to face up to earthquakes of as much as magnitude 10. Underneath the management of President Erdoğan, the federal government is dedicated to expediting the supply of properties to all those that misplaced them within the earthquake zone.
Reflecting on the solidarity demonstrated by the Turkish individuals within the aftermath of the earthquakes, Özhaseki recalled acts of kindness comparable to youngsters sending bicycles to their friends within the affected areas and people suspending their Hajj obligations to contribute monetary support. He emphasised that this spirit of unity and compassion has endured over the 4 months for the reason that earthquakes struck.
Highlighting Türkiye’s outstanding place as a humanitarian support supplier globally, he underscored their unwavering dedication to helping these in want, no matter political issues. Moreover, he expressed Türkiye’s readiness to increase help to nations going through crises, comparable to Libya, ought to such help be requested.