Mayor Skaka and Italian Ambassador Minasi discussed the establishment of cooperation between Sarajevo and Rome

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received today the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy H.E. Nicolo Minasi, and wished him a successful mandate in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

During the meeting it was agreed to continue with the implementation of the project Ars Aevi, the goal of which is to build a museum of contemporary art in Sarajevo according to the design by renowned architect Renzo Piano.

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They also discussed the establishment of special relations between the two capital cities – Sarajevo and Rome, which could  find a lot of joint interests and establish dialogue and cooperation especially in the field of culture and tourism.

Ambassador Minasi expressed his delight with Sarajevo calling it „an intense city“ as well as with the City Hall – the focal point of important cultural events in the city.

 

The City of Sarajevo has taken over the „Stone for Peace” of Hiroshima at the ceremony in the National Museum

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and President of the Association of Hiroshima Mr. Michio Umemoto have unveiled the “Stone for Peace” at the ceremony hosted today at the Botanical Garden of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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“It is my great pleasure that Sarajevo has become the 111th city of Europe and the world to receive this stone and thus join the efforts of the peace promoting mission of the Stone for Peace Association of Hiroshima, which has been going on for 26 years. I believe that the City should always be at the forefront of these activities, so let’s turn towards the future and do everything in our power for the world to become a more beautiful and safer place for living. We owe that to our young people” said Mayor Skaka and thanked Japan and the City of Hiroshima who made a huge step towards achieving that vision today.

The Stone of Hiroshima, which will be on display from now on in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is one of the 200 stones which were taken from the streetcar tracks near Aioi bridge, which was located just 200 m to the north of the epicentre of the explosion of the atomic bomb which was dropped on this Japanese city on August 6th, 1945. Each of the stones has an engraved image of the Japanese goddess of mercy Kannon and the words “From Hiroshima”, and it took 10000 people and seven years for all the stones to be carved.

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In the words of the President of the Association Mr. Umemoto, this stone should warn people about the tragic war destruction that Sarajevo and Hiroshima have gone through, and draw attention to the constant need to fight for peace, harmony and mutual appreciation. He expressed his belief that the ties between the countries which possess this stone will be expanded and grow stronger.

“Sarajevo has become an exceptionally beautiful and colourful city, and it plays an important role as the leading city in the Association “Mayors for Peace”, said the Ambassador of Japan to BiH H.E. Kazuya Ogawa in his address. He noted that Sarajevo and Hiroshima have signed the Declaration on the Exchange of Experiences and Cooperation in the field of culture, student exchange, environmental protection and promotion of peace.

 

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Today’s ceremony was concluded with the presentation of drawings of Sarajevo primary school students to our friends from Hiroshima and the performance of our youngest citizens – children’s choir “Palčići” who sang “The Stone for Peace is Marching Through the World” and “Together We are More Beautiful, Stronger, Better”.

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The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo and the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to BiH discussed the continuation of successful cooperation

The Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to BiH, H.E. Andrea Rauber Saxer visited today the Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Mr. Abdulah Skaka in the City Hall, where they discussed continuation of successful cooperation, especially in the field of waste management and recycling.

Mayor Skaka informed the Ambassador about the results of his official visit to Zürich, during which cooperation between the two cities in the field of urban development was discussed.

Ambassador Rauber Saxer invited Mayor Skaka to a concert that the Embassy will organize in our city in August on the occasion of marking of 25 years of bilateral cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Swiss Confederation.

The Ambassador of Indonesia to BIH visited Mayor Skaka

The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo received today the Ambassador of Indonesia to BiH, H.E. Amelia Achmad Yani, they talked about the establishment of stronger relations and cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Indonesia, and of their capital cities Sarajevo and Jakarta.

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We would be particularly pleased if we could cooperate and develop good relations in the field of tourism, the Mayor Skaka pointed out.

The Ambassador Achmad Yani thanked the Mayor for the welcome and reception and invited him to be the guest at the largest trade fair TRADE EXPO 2017, to be held this year in October in Indonesia.

Mayor Abdulah Skaka received the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

The Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka welcomed Mr. Carmel Agius, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), who is staying in our city for the duration of the Conference entitled „Legacy Dialogues ICTY“ from 22-24 June.

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On that occasion Mayor Skaka acquainted President Agius with the activities that the city of Sarajevo is currently undertaking with the aim of setting up the Information Centre Sarajevo in accordance with the Memorandum signed last year.

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By setting up this Centre the City of Sarajevo desires to give a concrete contribution to facing the past,  building peace and reconciliation. This Centre should offer the public an updated, direct and secure electronic access to the public judicial records of the ICTY and the archive material contained in the online data bases of the ICTY.

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The Centre will have a comprehensive function which will include education, research, museum and printing.

The City of Sarajevo will support this year’s Diplomatic Winter Bazaar

„The City of Sarajevo will support this year’s Diplomatic Winter Bazaar“stressed Mayor Abdulah Skaka during today’s meeting with the wives of Ambassadors to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This traditional humanitarian event will take place at the beginning of December this year in Sarajevo. This year we are organizing a varied programme, and the visitors will have a chance to try different delicious food and other interesting products of exhibitors from across the world.

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The goal of this event is to raise funds and distribute them to charities which provide for children with special needs and children from disadvantaged families.

Mayor Skaka received the Head of the Sarajevo Office of the Embassy of Ukraine

Mayor of Sarajevo, Abdulah Skaka received today the Head of the Sarajevo Office of the Embassy of Ukraine Volodymyr Tsybulnyk. During the reception the two sides discussed the existing cooperation between the two friendly countries, and strengthening of ties especially in the field of culture and economy.

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Mayor Skaka thanked Mr. Tsybulnyk  for showing interest for the capital city of our country, and acquainted him with the ongoing development projects in Sarajevo.

 

The cooperation between sister cities Sarajevo and Budapest to be intensified

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka met with the Hungarian ambassador H.E. József Négyesi.

At  today’s meeting, Mayor Skaka and Ambassador Négyesi discussed the present cooperation between Sarajevo and Hungarian cities, especially Budapest and Pécs, as well as plans for the future.

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It was concluded that the Cooperation Agreement between Sarajevo and Budapest signed last year is a sound basis for concrete cooperation in all fields of interest for citizens of the two cities. Special interest was shown for the field of culture and tourism, and it was pointed out that a significant step forward was made when it comes to cooperation between universities, which includes student exchanges between Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ambassador Négyesi showed readiness of his country to continue with the support and assistence to Bosnia and Herzegovina on its way to EU membership.

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Mayor Skaka thanked the Hungarian government and the cities of Budapest and Pécs for donating funds for the reconstruction of the Sarajevo City Hall.

In the end of the meeting , Mayor Skaka extended an official invitation to the Mayor of Budapest to visit the BiH capital city which has a sister city relation with the Hungarian capital since 1995.

Working visit by the Mayor of Sarajevo to the City of Zürich, ETH Zürich and Mini Economic Forum of Matica BiH

 

Mayor Abdulah Skaka met with Corine Mauch, Mayor of Zürich and the main topic of discussion was the scientific exchange between the two cities in cooperation with ETH Zürich and Matica BiH.

„Today the cities represent the greatest challenge to global society because they are the focal points of economic, environemntal and social crisis.  But at the same time, as reservoirs of human resources and centres of creative activity, cities provide the greatest opportunity for development of sustainable and comprehensive solutions“ said Skaka.

Mayor Mauch expressed readiness for exchange of experiences and good practices of the City of Zürich and establishing specific cooperation between the two cities in the field of urban development.

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Within the framework of the official visit to Zürich, Mayor Skaka, in the capacity of special guest, attended the Seventh Mini Economic Forum of the Matica of Bosnia and Herzegovina which is organized in cooperation with this year’s  theme partner  ETH Zürich – Department of Urban Think Thank „Reactivate Sarajevo“ titled „Integral Urban Developemnt as Catalyst of Economic, Social and Enviromental Transformation“.

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This is the continuation of successful cooperation with ETH Zürich – Department of Urban Think Thank „Reactivate Sarajevo“ and Matica BiH which culminated in the first presentation of Bosnia and Herezgovina at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2016.

The successful day ended in the signing of joint statement with the aim of establishing official cooperation through the signing of Cooperation Memorandum between Sarajevo and Zürich in the field of scientific exchange.

 

The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Mr. Abdulah Skaka received Mr. Michelangela Pistoletto in the City Hall

The Mayor of the City of Sarajevo together with Deputy Mayor Ivica Šarić and the Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomed one of the greatest world famous contemporary artists and a great  friend of the City of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Michelangelo Pistoletto this evening in the City Hall. The reception was attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy in BiH, Nicola Minasi and director of the Project Ars Aevi, Enver Hadžiomerspahić.

On this occasion, they signed the document on donation of Pistolleto’s greatest work titled LUOGO DI RACOGLIMENTO MULTIKONFESIONALE E LAICO which represents the third phase of development of Ars Aevi contemporary arts collection.

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On the occasion of the visit of maestro Pistolletto, the Mayor Skaka expressed his appreciation to maestro Pistoletto for his extraordinary commitment and cooperation in the framework of the Ars Aevi Project which Sarajevo City Administration recognizes and supports as one of the leading development projects in the field of culture, in the capital of BiH.

The Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Adil Osmanović particularly emphasized the incentive of Mr. Michelangelo Pistoletto to take concrete steps to ensure that Ars Aevi is allocated its own space where installations by contemporary artists could be put up.

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Art should be the engine of changes in the modern world, said maestro Pistoletto and expressed his pleasure at being in Sarajevo for the third time, where he will present his work Terzo paradiso, (Third Paradise) and initiate the third phase of development of the Ars Aevi Project during his three-day visit, with the aim of securing international promotion of both his work and the City of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Maestro Pistoletto was the first artist who had donated his work La porta dello Specchio (the Door of the Mirror) for Ars Aevi Collection in 1994, as well as the first artist of the Collection to hold a highly visible individual art exhibition in Sarajevo at the Art Gallery of BiH in 2001.

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During the reception at the City Hall guest from Italy welcomed by the children’s choir Sunflower.

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