President, Union of Municipalities of Turkey; Mayor, Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality


Town twinning which is the most important tool of the international cooperation and relations of the municipalities, is a type of relation where municipalities come together within the framework of a written contract in order to develop close relations between local authorities.  Also, town twinning relations contribute the municipalities to find solutions together for common problems and to create a sustainable atmosphere for sharing experiences.

Today, town twinning relations are carried out mutually by local authorities  of countries regardless of the government system, population, geographical location and economical structure; do not only contribute to the increase of urban service capacities but also to economic development and cultural dialogue.

Town twinning is one of the most important tools of local diplomacy, bringing towns and communities together and supporting participatory and inclusive progress and thus, contributing to sustainable development in the long run.

Town twinning relations enable both information and experience sharing through ensuring the cooperation between not only local authorities but also all stakeholders throughout the town including the business community, NGOs and citizens.


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