National Membership & Affiliations





The Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT), dates back to 1945, is the sole union for municipalities at national level.It has been transformed to a public legal entity in 2005, in compliance with the Article 20 of the Law No:5355 on Local Authorities Union as part of the Local Authorities Reform Process. Accordingly, all of the 1397 municipalities in Turkey are natural members of the UMT.

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Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) is the oldest and the largest regional Local Government Association in Turkey. MMU plays an important role in the formation of a culture of agreement and collaboration among mayors and council members elected from different political parties, and in the development of cooperation between municipalities. It carries on important activities in areas such as training, consulting, maintaining a local government library, local diplomacy, magazine and book publishing, scientific activities, coordination and cooperation, migration and social cohesion studies, environmental management, corporate capacity building, and urbanization  MMU pioneers such efforts as improving the democratic local government movement in Turkey, increasing the authority and resources of municipalities, raising environmental awareness in local governments, and representing municipalities at the international arena.

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The Union of Historical Towns aims to obtain solidarity and collaboration among the municipalities in protection of the natural, cultural and historical heritage of the cities.

Neutrality: The Union of Historical Towns is a platform that “can keep the political party connections in the background” for the impartial scrutiny of the national interests and its 200 members are the presidents of the regional administrations that “have proved their determination in protection of the natural and cultural assets within their region”.

Collaboration: The studies are carried on with a holistic approach and with the “public-local-civil-private collaboration”.

Holistic Approach: Not only tangible like architecture or intangible cultural heritage but also “nature” is at the center of protection. Natural, historical and cultural values are protected as a whole.

Protection at Basin Level: In the “protection at basin level” principle accepted by the union, protection overlaps with the regional economical development. Protection that was carried to the town scale from the building/ monument scale is now widened to the “basin”. The towns that border the same basin share “common” problems which have “common” solutions; therefore the towns forming the basin have started to collaborate in seeking those common solutions.

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Founding purpose of Association of Social Democratic Municipalities is to establish political, economic, social, cultural dialogue between member municipalities and with their EU counterparts. Thus the aim is to increase the service capacity of municipalities and to contribute to Turkey's EU accession.






The Union of Municipalities of Istanbul was founded in 2001 with the aim of had down the next generations by preserving the historical and natural beauties of the Bosphorus. The union strives to preserve and maintain all the values unique to the Bosphorus, the architectural fabric of the Bosphorus, the zoning status, preservation of the diversity of the Bosphorus waters, the organization of touristic, cultural and sporting activities, and coordination of transportation opportunities.






Turkish Healthy Cities Association was established by cities that believed in the need for a formal platform, which would make it possible for cities with similar goals to improve and implement the Healthy Cities movement in Turkey could come together.

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International Membership & Affiliations





EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. Members are elected local and municipal governments of major European cities. EUROCITIES was founded in 1986 by the mayors of six large cities: Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam. It brings together the local governments of over 130 of Europe's largest cities and 40 partner cities, that between them govern 130 million citizens across 35 countries.

Through six thematic forums, a wide range of working groups, projects, activities and events, EUROCITIES offer members a platform for sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas.

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The Rainbow Cities Network is based on the principles such as respect, diversity and comprehensiveness in common life spaces and the social life. The member cities of this network adopt the responsibility that the LGBTI citizens are not subjected to any form of discrimination or violence where they live.

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Mayors for Peace was established in 1982. It is an organization, since it was founded, that has been working hard to remove the nuclear weapons to be built and to ensure world peace in cooperation with cities around the world.

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The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities (the Network) was established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide. What all members of the Network do have in common is the desire and commitment to promote healthy and active ageing and a good quality of life for their older residents.

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European Network of Innovation For Inclusion is a new network launched by Action Against Hunger at European level to promote social innovation among social entities, companies, public administrations, etc. as a tool to create a more inclusive European labour market.

This network aims to help different organizations to develop successful European employment and entrepreneurship projects through the exchange of good practices and their participation in European programs.

The network is co-financed by the European Social Fund in Spain, within the 2014-2020 Social Inclusion and Social Economy Operative Programme, as a transnational cooperation project.

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