Message from the Principal Officers
Message from the Chairperson of the LHC
KADOKAWA Daisaku Chairperson of the League of Historical Cities, Mayor of Kyoto
Our present world is reaching an age where the “country” as a stronghold is being replaced by a greater, global society where individual countries are not the single entities they used to be. This situation has had a great impact on the way international societies and local communities function. It is believed that decentralization will be promoted on a global scale, creating a functioning relationship where the nation and regions mutually complement each other as partners. The importance of cooperation with citizens has come to be emphasized.
With the passage of more than 20 years since the founding of the LHC, the World Conference of Historical Cities has promoted borderless and constructive dialogue among historical cities under the theme of “Preservation and Development of the Historical Cities”. The exchanges among cities and citizens all over the world are essential for the historical cities to contribute to the development of civilization, and world peace is a precondition. Realizing the founding purpose and further development of each historical city, I look forward to a continuing close relationship and cooperation with the member cities.
Message from the Directors of the LHC
Ugur Ibrahim ALTAY Director and Vice-Chairperson of the League of Historical Cities, Mayor of Konya
The cities have always played an important role in the stage of history. Some cities have led the civilizations while some cities have been established, shaped and gifted to human beings by civilizations. Today, we witness the traces of a big civilization in each member of League of Historical Cities.
Similarly, Konya is a city, which hosts the first settlement in the history of humankind established 9000 years ago, Neolithic Site of Catalhoyuk that is also inscribed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Konya also served as the capital city of Seljuk Empire for more than 200 years. Having such a deep history and civilization is one of the main points which brings us closer with League of Historical Cities.
In the globalizing world, the cities are changing constantly. Some are getting larger and larger while some are becoming smaller. Some cities are being visited by millions. But some are barely known by the citizens living in that country. This means that not only the products but also the cities are becoming brands. In order to be a brand city, a city where everyone desire to go and live should be created with fashion, art, music and technology as well as cultural diversity, historical fabric, touristic and sportive activities. Brand cities provide qualified habitats, business spaces and high aesthetics along with squares, streets, pavements, infrastructure and modern transport opportunities.
League of Historical Cities and the connection between the members of it enables members to benefit from each other’s experiences and knowledge, and spread the best practices in the world.
I am truly proud of to be the Vice Chairman of this unique network and I believe that we will build cities that combine history with modernity. I will do my best to spread the awareness of the importance of historical cities in other international organizations such as Union of Municipalities of Turkish World and UCLG, of which I am President and Co-President.
Mr. Li MIngyuanDirector and Vice-Chairperson of the League of Historical Cities, Mayor of Xian
As an ancient capital of thirteen dynasties in China, it is a great honor that Xian has been re-elected to the Board of Directors at the General Assembly held on the occasion of the 16th World Conference of Historical Cities in Bursa. I will make every effort to work with all the LHC members to actively promote cultural exchange among historical cities for the protection of cultural heritage and modernization of urban construction. For the future, the city of Xian will fully demonstrate the value of cultural heritage and strengthen international exchanges with other historical cities. Also we will continuously enhance the level of protection and utilization of cultural heritage and create a better living environment for our citizens.
Hannes HeideDirector of the League of Historical Cities, Mayor of Bad Ischl
It is an honour for the City of Bad Ischl to have been elected as a Member of the Board of the League of Historical Cities. The League is has been active in the League in the past years and will continue to play an active part also in the future. Vienna is a truly international city and hosts a number of international organizations including the United Nations. We are therefore also very interested in actively participating in interregional and interlocal organizations.
Samantha McIntoshDirector of the League of Historical Cities, Mayor of Ballarat
Ballarat is proud of its role on the Board of Directors of the League of Historical Cities. We pride ourselves on being a leading and innovative city made possible through our global partnerships and networks. As members of the League of Historic Cities we are bound together by common concerns about global issues such as climate change and sustainability. The League of Historical Cities provides us all with a critical platform to share lessons and map a future for our cities together, one that embraces and celebrates our heritage, our unique offerings and our distinctive cultural identities.
Joo Nak-youngDirector of the League of Historical Cities, Mayor of Gyeongju
I am honored by the designation of Gyeongju as one of the board member of the League of Historical Cities once again through the General Assembly of the LHC 2018 held on the occasion of the 16th World Conference of the Historical Cities.
Gyeongju was the capital city of Silla for 992 years. Gyeongju embraces Buddhism, science, and vibrant ancient culture that blossomed by the artistry of the Silla people, and the great spirits of Hwarangdo that enabled the unification of the three kingdoms. The evergreen spirit of Silla has been alive here for nearly a thousand years. We try to strengthen its identity as a historical and cultural city along with sustainable development.
Historical cities with excellent cultural resources must be preserved at the global level and passed onto our descendents. The role of the League of Historical Cities and its member cities is highly important in order for us to globally benefit from these precious historical cultures.
Gyeongju, as board member of the League of Historical Cities shall assertively assist with and participate not only in broader exchange between the member cities but also the League’s activities in order to seek resolution of various tasks confronted and advanced in accordance with the purpose of the establishment of the League.
Heydar EskandarpourDirector of the League of Historical Cities, Mayor of Shiraz
I am honored that Shiraz, the cultural capital of Iran, has been elected to the board of directors for the League of Historical Cities. As the mayor of a city with precious and rich heritage and culture, I strongly believe that no development vision without a solid cultural base will be sustainable. Therefore, culture in all its manifestations should lie at the heart of our considerations if we seek to build vibrant, dynamic, and inclusive cities. Such a human-centered approach to development places special emphasis on heritage, both in its tangible and intangible forms. How we should strike an optimal balance between preservation and growth is a major challenge which can be best dealt with when we share experience, knowledge and best practices through the valuable platform and networking opportunities LHC provides all its members with. Equally important, through these exchanges, we can ensure a better understanding of the inherent diversity in our world and learn to respect different cultures, traditions and ways of living, which in turn will lead to cultural peace. This is a cause we will serve and support together with all LHC member cities.
Zoran JankovicDirector of the League of Historical Cities, Mayor of Ljubljana
I am honoured that Ljubljana, one of the youngest members, has been elected to the board of directors for the League of Historical Cities. Ljubljana strives to ensure its citizens and visitors a quality life in the city by renovating cultural heritage and its connection to modern life, and realising its sustainable strategy of Vision 2025, which follows a comprehensive approach to environment management. The Vision incorporates a plan for environment protection, sustainable mobility, sustainable energy supply, and electro-mobility strategy. As the European Green Capital 2016 in the LHC we will strive for collaboration and exchange of experience among cities in order to preserve cultural heritage for the future generations and guarantee quality living conditions for the citizens.