2021 Award "Best Practice in Citizen Participation"
15th Edition 2021
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Declaration of Urban Ethics of the Sakarya
The ethical declaration of the city was prepared by revealing the accountability of the city administrators to the public and deciding what the upper ethical values for common life in the city together with the citizens. In order to prepare the Sakarya Declaration of Urban Ethics, first planning was made and the process design was prepared. Common governance principles were determined in a participatory manner with all the actors in the city, by obtaining opinions from all segments of the society. A roadmap has been created for the sustainability of the higher norms to be included in the declaration of urban ethics and the sustainability of the studies on the subject and the necessary organizational structure. Within the scope of the project, five “Focused Meetings” were held with stakeholders in Sakarya. The meetings were held on digital platforms due to the Covid -19 outbreak.
In order to achieve the goals, workshops were held with academicians, NGOs, private sector representatives, council members and district mayors in the city. In the workshops, the upper norms to be included in the declaration of urban ethics were determined. In line with the opinions of the participants, it was decided what an organizational structure should be established in order to ensure sustainability in the project. In order to inform the citizens within the scope of visibility and dissemination, the basic principles were explained with the words of the people who direct the world with their schools. 10S (In Turkish) cards were prepared. An “Ethics Committee” was established within the Sakarya City Council. Within the framework of the determined directive, the training program that complies with the 10 Basic Principles at a reasonable level was designed. A cooperation call was made through billboards and social media to act jointly. With the decision of Sakarya Metropolitan Municipality Council, it was decided to give a “City Appreciation Plaque” to the person and group representatives who abided by the ethical rules and were nominated by the Ethics Committee. Our process continues dynamically.
Declaration of Urban Ethics of Sakarya" is the first study conducted for Sakarya , no examples were found in the world in the literature review. Our application is an innovative project that supports governance.
The Declaration a social consensus. Although ethical values are universal, each society has its own culture, customs, and local values. The actors of each society can come together and determine their symbiosis culture through social consensus. The road map determined in the project has been an important key point here.
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Declaration of Urban Ethics of Sakarya is an ethical statement that representatives of universities, NGOs, private sector, craftsman's association, chamber of trade and industry, public institutions and local administrators come together to form. The rights of our city and our citizens and the responsibilities of the administrators towards our city and citizens were discussed in consultation.The Covid-19 Outbreak demonstrated the importance of good governance understanding. For meeting the emerging need, 10 basic principles of good governance have been determined in the light of universal values, without breaking away from city traditions. Reveals the accountability of local governments to people live in Sakarya within the scope of ethical values. The Project is example of good governance prepared with citizen participation. I hope that the Declaration will be a source of inspiration for other cities. I’d like to thank everyone supported and commented on our project. Ekrem YÜCE- MAYOR
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