The City of Sarajevo is a member and participates in the work of:
Mediterranean Cities Network MedCities
The City of Sarajevo is a member since June 13, 2016
The General Assembly of the Mediterranean Cities Network – MedCities was held in Dubrovnik on November 10-11, 2015. During the meeting between the mayors of Sarajevo and Dubrovnik, Ivo Komšić and Andro Vlahušić and representatives of the Mediterranean Cities Network MedCities, held on the sidelines of the General Assembly conference, it was agreed for the City of Sarajevo to become a full member of this Organisation.
MedCities is a network of Mediterranean cities which gathers 36 cities from 10 countries from three continents. It was founded in Barcelona in 1991 at the initiative of the Mediterranean Environmental Technical Assistance Programme (METAP), as a platform for exchange of experiences between cities from north and south shores of the Mediterranean. METAP, whose goal is environmental improvement in the Mediterranean region, was launched in 1990 by the World Bank, European Investment Bank, European Commission and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme).
The goals of MedCities: Considering that MedCities is a network of Mediterranean municipalities and cities from different countries, its goal is sustainable urban development as a way to improve the living conditions in the Mediterranean region.
Main goals and purposes of the network are:
- To develop consciousness about the individual and shared responsibility with regard to sustainable development policies, preservation of environment and social cohesion in the Mediterranean region;
- To strengthen the role, powers and resources (institutional, financial and technical) of local administrations in adopting and implementing local sustainable development policies;
- To develop consciousness of citizens and involvement in sustainable development of their municipalities and cities;
- To initiate and develop policies for direct cooperation and partnership between partners and other associations.
MedCities is involved in several projects. All of them are concerned with the development of competences and transfer of knowledge on urban issues between the cities in the network. Since 1991 MedCities has implemented several projects from the field of ecology and urban issues. Currently the Network participates as a partner in several different projects. All these projects are classified according to the Network’s four fields of work: waste, air quality and mobility, water and urban development.
Furthermore, the cities within the network create their strategic plans through projects. Project categories: urban planning, mobility and transport, sustainability and environment, employment and economic development, tourism and culture, new technologies, social cohesion, consultations etc.
LIKE – European cities and regions for culture
LIKE is committed to the development of cultural policies in Europe and gathers in its network a set of elected representatives from various local authorities and culturals stuctures. The network works to build a Europe of Culture made by the territories to open as more fields as possible in cultural matter.
Formely Les Rencontres, the network of European cities and region for culture evolved into LIKE in January 2015. Since its creation in 1994, the network has always been committed to its members (125 local authorities and cultural institutions and structures from 27 different European countries) and the collaborative development of cultural policies and territorial animation. Now based in Lille, our structure wants to renew its ambition of being a unique platform in Europe for cooperation, debate and action in the field of the cultural policy in cities, departments, regions and provinces. Its mission : to be the place where elected representatives, actors of culture and innovative initiatives from all Europe meet so that best-practice tools and common projects can emerge. In other words, we aim to contribute to the construction of a Europe of Culture, by territorial actors and doing so, open up new horizons of possibilities for both culture and politics.
What LIKE sets as its goals :
• Politically engage in favour of the defence and the promotion of culture ;
• Ease cooperation and collaboration between all actors, citizens and European political authorities
• Work in concert with the whole range of our partners (experts, academics, cultural networks, associations of elected representatives, artists and citizens) towards a Europe of Culture.
LIKE is strong with a 20 year-old heritage of organising more than 200 actions and events and releasing 2 publications. Last but not least, LIKE is wealthy with a strong dedication to the involvement of all actors at the diverse scales of the cultural, Great Europe.
The League of Historical Cities (LHC)
The League of Historical Cities is a nonprofit organization composed of historical cities of all over the world.
First World Conference of Historical Cities was held in Kyoto 1987, Second in Florence 1988, Third in Barcelona 1991. At the Fourth World Conference of Historical Cities held in Kyoto 1994, the Conference Council was dissolved into and established as a new organization named “The League of Historical Cities”.
At the Barcelona and Girona Conference member cities agreed that every city has its own history and that historical city can be defined as a “city which takes pride in and endeavors to foster its unique heritage.”
The aims and objectives of the League are: contribution to each historical city’s future development, permanent and multifaceted exchanges of valuable experiences and informations, joint research and technical cooperation, promotion of the friendship and mutual trust between historical cities in the world constantly devided by political or economic conflicts over social, ethnic, cultural and religious differences, contribution to the realization of world peace, an ideal that global community has always wished for.
Partners of the League of Historical Cities are UN-HABITAT with the common goal in the field of city-to-city cooperation over national borders; ICOMOS which has an international role under the World Heritage Convention to advise the World Heritage Committee and UNESCO on the nomination of new sites to the World Heritage List.
The League of Historical Cities consists of 84 cities from 55 countries.
The City of Sarajevo has been admitted in membership on the Board Meeting held in Nara(Japan) on October 14, 2009.
World Union of Olympic Cities (UMVO)
World Union of Olympic Cities was founded by the city of Athens – host city of I i XXVIII Olympic Games and the city of Lausanne – the Olympic Capital. It is a non for profit association organized as a legal entity and governed by the present articles of association of the Swiss Civil Code with seat in Lausanne, center of the International Olympic Committee. It was founded in 2008 (December 2). The City of Sarajevo participates in the work of the World union since 2008, while it joined the World union on 20th of October 2009.
The Association is composed of active members, associate members, invited members and honorary members.
Active members: any city-meaning public community- having organized or on the point of organizing one or more Olympic Games may be admitted as an active member of the Association. Founders of the Association are active members by law.
Associate members: any applicant city or city -meaning public community- accepted as candidate to the organization of the Olympic Games may be admitted as an associate member of the Association.
Honorary members: persons who have rendered eminent services to the Association may be admitted as honorary members. By law and during their entire life, the President of the IOC and, as founder of the Union, the mayor of Athens at the date of the constitution of the Association, are honorary members.
Invited members: Based on a circumstantial file, cities which do not fulfill the conditions to be admitted as active or associate members but which have expressed a special interest or a particular support to the Olympic ideal, activities of the Olympic Movement or the Olympic Games may also be admitted as invited members.
The goals of the World Union of Olympic Cities (hereafter referred to as the “Association”) are to :
• exchange experiences and competences between host cities of the Olympic Games and
candidate cities to the organization of Olympic Games, in consultation with the
International Olympic Committee (hereafter referred to as the “IOC”),
• offer competences, experiences and assistance to the candidate cities for a successful
organization of the Olympic Games,
• analyze the impact of the Olympic Games on host cities in consultation with the IOC,
especially regarding long term development ,
• promote contemporary Olympic cities as international centers for sport, cultural and
• display the educative nature of the Olympic Movement,
• implement cultural activities relating to the functioning of Olympic institutions,
• promote the support of cities to Olympic initiatives regarding integrated efforts in
favor of peace.
Web site : http://www.olympiccities.org/
Eurocities is a network of European cities. The City of Sarajevo was accepted at the General Assembly held on Lyon on 22nd of May 2005 as an associate member.
The aims of the Network are: to establish cooperation between European cities and institutions of European government in Strasbourg and Brussels in consultative manner, to represent common interests in the process of decision making in the EU institutions, as well as reciprocal interests within the frame of any area related to the EU institutions.
Official web site: www.eurocities.org
International Association of Peace Messenger Cities (IAPMC)
The City of Sarajevo joined the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities (IAPMC) on 18th General Assembly of IAPMC held from 1st to 4th of September 2005 in Slovenj Gradec.
The aims of IAPMC are: to strengthen the roles of the cities in creation of the culture of peace in the world, to promote understanding between people, to promote solidarity, to spread the spirit of peace, tolerance and mutual respect, to combat war and poverty, to fight against usage of nuclear weapons and other deadly instruments.
Official web site: www.iapmc.org
Mayors for Peace Network (Mayors for peace)
Mayor for Peace network was founded in 1982 in New York at the initiative of the Mayor of Hiroshima at that time and with the support of Mayor of Nagasaki.
In 1990 it was registered as non-governmental organization with the agenda, which, with full support of the UN, promotes world peace and solidarity between cities in the full abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020.
Mayors for Peace strive to raise international awareness about the need to abolish nuclear weapons, contribute to achieving true and permanent world peace, act to eliminate hunger and poverty, aid refugees by advocating human rights, environmental protection, and by solving other issues threatening peaceful coexistence of people.
The Network holds a General Conference every four years while the Executive Conference is convened according to need.
The Secretariat is based in Hiroshima.
Mayors for Peace consist of 6.991 cities from 161 countries and regions, which express their support to abolition of nuclear weapons, including cities/ municipalities from Bosnia and Herzegovina: Banja Luka, Banovići, Pale-Prača, Sarajevo, Srebrenica, Srebrenik, Tešanj, Velika Kladuša, Vitez and Zenica.
The City of Sarajevo became a member in 2004, and in 2015 it was declared the executive member and leading city of the Mayors for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, promoting proactive and independent activities adapted to the region.
European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR)
The European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR) was founded in Barcelona in 1998 with the goal of promotion of the human rights culture at the local and international level. The City of Sarajevo participates in the work of the Coalition since 2002, while it joined the Coalition on 10th of December 2004.
The aims of the Coalition are: fight against racism, discrimination and xenophobia in the cities, promotion of equality of the cities’ population regardless to the race, color, heritage or ethnic background and ensuring freedom, equality, rights and dignity for all, and integration of the Coalition Action Plan to municipal and cities’ strategies and policies.
Official web site: http://portal.unesco.org
Balkan Cities Network (BALCINET)
The Balkan Cities Network BALCINET was founded in Thessaloniki in 2001, and it associates major cities in Balkans (32) from eight states, among which there are 8 capitals, with the aim of advancement of cooperation in the region.
The City of Sarajevo participates in the work of BALCINET since 2002.
The aims of BALCINET are to: advance neighborly relations through cultural, economic and inter-university cooperation, accede to European funds through joint projects, promote the region in the world and every individual city, to affirm joint, but also specific cultural values, exchange experiences.
Official web site: www.balcinet.org
Healthy Cities Network of the World Health Organization (WHO)
Healthy Cities Network of the World Health Organization (WHO) joins the cities from the entire world dedicated to advancement of health of the population.
The City of Sarajevo, with a Decision of the City Council on 28th of February 2001, initiated the process of becoming a member in this Network.
The aims of the Network are: to improve the health of the people through healthy urban planning, to advance the quality of live of vulnerable groups of population, including the persons in the third age, to take care of and include in the public life war invalids, civil victims of war and population traumatized during and after war activities.
Official web site: www.euro.who.int
Union of Central and Southeastern European Capitals(UCSEEC)
The Union of Central and Southeastern European Capitals (UCSEEC) associates the capitals of South East Europe and thy City Vienna in realization of a common goal, the lasting peace in the region.
The City of Sarajevo joined the Union during the 5th Conference held on Belgrade on 23rd and 24th April on 2001.
The main aim of the Union is to maintain permanent peace and stability in the region through cooperation of capitals in the atmosphere of understanding, solidarity and activities in order to solve all the question of common interest.
Officil web site: www.cseecunion.org