Solidarity support, prevention and policies related to natural disasters & earthquakes were at the forefront of the XVIII NALAS General Assembly that took place in Istanbul, Türkiye on 15 March 2023.

In the opening speech, Mr. Cvetanovic, stated that “When we look at all different layers of crisis of different nature piling up in the past couple of years, the pandemic, the economic and social crisis, the energy crisis as the consequence of the war in Ukraine, the ever more often draught and floods due to climate change, to culminate most recently with the devastating earthquake of epic proportions in Turkiye, it prompt us to think –  are we prepared to face such tremendous and multiple challenges? Do we have resilient cities?”

He then invited mayors to reflect and exchange on their experiences on how can the response to crisis be improved and can more solidarity be mobilized in such cases.