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 improvement 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 revealing 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 girl, Emine Erdoğan.
Moreover, the minister make clear the progress of the Zero Waste Advisory Board, which convened its first assembly nearly through 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 longer term U.N.-Habitat Workplace in Istanbul will actively help and contribute to the endeavors of the Zero Waste Advisory Board.
In response to queries concerning 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 previously 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 main aim is to offer housing for many who have misplaced their properties.” He famous that over 200,000 homes are at present below fast building to accommodate greater than 250,000 functions acquired for the “On-Website Transformation Venture” in earthquake-stricken areas. The mission provides help by means of grants and loans to people in search of to rebuild their properties.
Moreover, Özhaseki highlighted the meticulous examination of the bottom in earthquake-affected cities by means of micro-mapping research. The constructions to be erected are designed to resist earthquakes of as much as magnitude 10. Beneath 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 resembling 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 because the earthquakes struck.
Highlighting Türkiye’s outstanding place as a humanitarian support supplier globally, he underscored their unwavering dedication to aiding these in want, regardless of political concerns. Moreover, he expressed Türkiye’s readiness to increase help to international locations going through crises, resembling Libya, ought to such help be requested.