High-level opening - World Cities Day 2023

High-level opening - World Cities Day 2023
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On 31 October 2023, the Global Observance of World Cities Day, under the theme Financing sustainable urban future for all, will explore how we can unlock transformative investment in urban planning and achieve adequate fiscal decentralization.
    • I. 11:00 – 12:00 Opening by the Masters of Ceremony, Ms. Andrea Sanke and Mr. Alican Ayanlar
  • Cultural performance by Ms. Büşra Kayıkçı
  • Video screening
  • Statement by the Mayor of Üsküdar, Hon. Hilmi Türkmen
  • Statement by the President of the Union of Municipalities of Türkiye, Hon. Yücel Yılmaz
  • Statement by the Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, Türkiye, Hon. Mehmet Özhaseki
  • Video message of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, to be introduced by the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif
  • Statement of United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif
  • Keynote speech by Her Excellency Emine Erdoğan, First Lady of the Republic of Türkiye and Patron of World Cities Day 2023
    • II. 12:00 – 12:10 Short break: Dignitaries depart. Guests are kindly requested to remain seated.
    • III. 12:10 – 12:25 Presentations on financing sustainable urbanization
  • Video on the Sustainable Human Settlements Foundation
  • Video on Urban October and its theme
    • IV. 12:25 – 13:10 Speeches by international speakers
  • Moderator: Ms. Katerina Bezgachina, Chief of Communications and Media Section, UN-Habitat
  • Statement by the Vice Chair of the UN-Habitat Executive Board, H.E. Ambassador Jean Kimani
  • Statement by the World Cities Day 2022 host, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development of the People's Republic of China, Hon. Dong Jianguo
  • Statement by the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, Mr. Jean Todt
  •  Statement by the Chairman of the State Committee on Urban Planning and Architecture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Hon. Anar Guliyev
  • Statement by the Managing Director of Malaysia's Pilgrim Fund, Mr. Azman Mokhtar
  • Statement by the Secretary-General, United Cities and Local Governments, Ms. Emilia Sáiz
  • Statement by the Stakeholder Advisory Group Enterprise of UN-Habitat, Ms. Alice Charles
    • V. 13:10 – 13:15 Shanghai Manual presentation
    • VI. 13:15 Masters of Ceremony close the morning session