Kartepe Summit 2019 will take place on 25-27 October, around the theme “Urbanization and Happy Cities”. Once the program is finalized, applications for participation as audience can be submitted through the summit’s web site, from 15 October on.
Announcing the main theme of the summit, Tahir Büyükakın, the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality of Kocaeli said “we will be talking about and discussing how to make our people and cities happier, trying to come up with new routes leading to the goal of happy cities.”
The Theme is Announced
Having managed to find itself a recognized place among the leading thought summits of the world, Kartepe Summitwill see its third iteration held on 25-27 October at Kartepe–Kocaeli’s winter tourism center. Organized by a wide range of stakeholders led by the Metropolitan Municipality of Kocaeli, and including universities and non-governmental organizations, the summit will cover the theme announced by Tahir Büyükakın, the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality of Kocaeli. The Main Theme of the Summit in 2019 will be “Urbanization and Happy Cities”.
New Routes Towards the Goal of Happy Cities
Mayor Büyükakın announced the theme for the summit in a social media share, stating “as a group of scientists, policy-makers, experts, and members of the media, we will be talking about and discussing how to make our people and cities happier, trying to come up with new routes leading to the goal of happy cities.” As was the case in its previous iterations, this year’s summit will also host the representatives of many organizations including but not limited to the UN and the EU, as well as many scientists, intellectuals, and the members of the media.
Each year, the Kartepe Summit is organized with a wide range of stakeholders involved in activities related with the main theme. In 2019, the summit will benefit from the involvement of many stakeholders. Kocaeli University, Gebze Technical University, Sakarya University, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Istanbul University, Ibn Khaldun University, Yıldız Technical University, International Sarajevo University, Kocaeli Chamber of Industry, Kocaeli Chamber of Trade, Association of Municipalities in Marmara Region, and the Culture City Foundation are but a few of the stakeholders to contribute to this year’s summit. NTV will be the media sponsor of the event.
“Urbanization and Happy Cities”,the main theme of Kartepe Summit, will be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. The existing state of affairs will be discussed with a view to achieving the goal of happier cities, and coming up with proposed solutions to problems identified. The shared wisdom produced through the summit will be presented to the national and international audiences, in the form of the Summit Declaration. One of the most important outcomes expected from the summit will be to translate the participants’ experiences to feasible projects for our cities.
An Extensive Program
The summit will provide the venue for the keynote presentations, as well as 15 panels-conferences, 13 academic sessions, 2 forums, and a workshop on Urban Economy: Work and Employment. Throughout the summit, scientists and experts will discuss a number of issues with direct consequences for happiness in urban settings, including but not limited to accommodation, transportation, employment, environment, sanitation, social services, culture-arts, healthcare, sports, urban crimes, climate, disasters, and security, talking about what to do to achieve the goal of happy cities.
Extensive Participation of Speakers
The previous iterations of the summit saw the attendance of hundreds of participants including George Papandreu, former Prime Minister of Greece, Gunter Verhaugen, Former EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Dimitris Avramopulos, Former EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Christian Berger, the Head of EU Delegation to Turkey, Kattharina Lumpp, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Irena Vojackova Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator, Dimitris Vitsas, Greek Minister for Immigration Policies, İbrahim Kalın, the Speaker for the Presidency of Turkey, Numan Kurtulmuş, the Deputy Chairman of Justice and Development Party, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Süleyman Soylu, the Minister of Interior. This year’s summit is also expected to stand out with extensive participation.
Once finalized, the program of the summit will be announced to the public through the website www.kartepezirvesi.com. Applications for participation in the audience can be submitted over the website, from 15 October on.