As the Mayor of Skopje, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to the Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit 2023 in November.
Skopje is the city of solidarity and friendship, the city where the ancient and contemporary meet, the city that will host over hundred mayors in November this year. The birthplace of Mother Theresa, the cradle of historic landmarks created throughout centuries like Kale Fortress, Skopje Old Bazaar, the Stone Bridge, the Skopje Aqueduct, this city of seven gates and natural beauties like Canyon Matka, Vodno mountain, Vardar river, will gather the Mayors of the world in November.
I introduce to you our fantastic capital city, the largest city nationwide, which is an administrative, commercial, cultural, educational and scientific center, that continuously builds on friendship and unity.
The city was hit by a catastrophic earthquake in 1963 and as 84 countries worldwide united to help, Skopje was then the center of care, humanity and friendship. Skopje streets bear the names of cities and countries that selflessly helped 60 years ago, and we are proud to welcome you all in the city that became the symbol of solidarity.
The motto of this year’s GPM summit is Empowering, Engaging, and Caring Cities: Delivering Democracy and Development with the Next Generations, and as a city that cares and supports, it’s no coincidence that Skopje hosts this year’s summit.
We, the members of the GPM, strive towards creating a better life and a better world, believing that cities are the core and power that can engage and unite in providing a fairer, safer and brighter future for our citizens.
By cooperating together in our global network of cities, we learn from each other, we exchange best practices and implement projects that make our cities even more sustainable and inclusive. This is why the 2023 summit led by the Global Parliament of Mayors founded by and for mayors, will provide concrete conclusions which will create serious impact upon implementation through joint activities based on friendship and cooperation.
My dear friends, I welcome you to Skopje and encourage you to participate in this year’s GPM Summit! I hope you will enjoy our time together and that you’ll have unforgettable memories in the heart of the Balkans. Looking forward to seeing you in Skopje!