Turkey is a leading country in its region in renewable energy use, the nation's president said Monday.
"Currently, we are meeting more than 30% of the electricity through renewable energy," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said as he vowed to boost the current rate to 39% by 2023.
Erdogan was speaking at a climate change summit at UN headquarters and said the problems the world faces requires solutions that need regional and international cooperation.
Turkey is also minimizing disaster risk while building climate-sensitive and energy efficient cities, he said.
The Turkish president said his country planted more than 4 billion trees and plans to plant 11 million more by Nov. 11.
"One of our 2023 targets is to increase forest areas to 30% of the total area," he said.
In a bid to reduce greenhouse emissions and solve traffic congestion, Turkey is building subway lines, and will step up the length of intercity railway system by 50%, said the president.
Turkey will also reduce plastic bag consumption by 75% in line with environmental goals.
Erdogan said the Zero Waste project, initiated by first lady Emine Erdogan, has been adopted in all cities and institutions across the country.
"We are expanding Zero Waste project in all of Turkey. By 2023, we will have switched to Zero Waste system in nearly 400,000 buildings," he said. "We will increase the recovery rate of recycling from 13% to 35%."
Turkey is also working on roadmaps to make new buildings carbon neutral by 2030 and existing buildings by 2050.
Erdogan is in New York to attend the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.
Erdoğan meets religious, political leaders in New York
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met Monday with religious figures and leaders of some countries in New York, where he is holding talks as part of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.Erdoğan hosted representatives of Jewish institutions in the U.S. behind closed doors at the Peninsula Hotel.The meeting was attended by Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Trade Minister Ruhsan Pekcan, Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, among others.No information has been released on the content of the talks. Later, Erdoğan met with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel at UN headquarters. It was also closed to the media.During the meeting, Albayrak and Volkan Bozkir, chairman of the Turkish parliament’s foreign affairs committee, were present. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was also a guest of the Turkish president.The meeting was also held behind closed doors and attended by Albayrak, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Pekcan. Erdoğan also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.No further details of the closed-door meeting were provided.Erdoğan is set to address the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, during which he said he would raise international peace and security issues.Galeri: Erdoğan opens Ara Güler photo exhibit in New YorkTurkey is a regional leader in renewable energy: ErdoğanErdoğan opens Ara Güler photo exhibit in New YorkUS jazz singer 'blessed' to be Muslim
Erdoğan opens Ara Güler photo exhibit in New York
Turkey’s president opened a photo exhibition Monday featuring the works of renowned Turkish-Armenian photographer Ara Guler.Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is currently in New York for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The president hailed the exhibition at Alexander Hamilton Custom House, recalling that similar exhibitions were held in Paris, London and Kyoto, Japan.He said culture and art serve as a global bridge in developing relations among societies."I hope that the works of Ara Guler, who has truly become a global brand in his profession, will reach the masses of different cultures and nations coming to New York from all over the world," said Erdoğan.Galeri: Erdoğan opens Ara Güler photo exhibit in New YorkTurkish pianist and composer Fahir Atakoglu gave a performance and Turkish Nobel chemistry laureate Aziz Sancar was also present at the inauguration.He said Ara Guler was a man who believed in peace and fraternity."The great master, Ara Guler, made history with his lens. His works took a place in important museums and collections of the world and reached millions with his photographs regarding life," said Erdoğan.Guler was born in Istanbul in 1928. Throughout his life, he was a significant global representative of Turkey's creative photography.He worked as a Near East photojournalist for Time Life magazine in 1956, for Paris Match in 1958 and also for German magazine Stern.Galeri: Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks during UN Climate Action Summit 2019In 1962, Guler was awarded the Master of Leica title in Germany and was featured in a special issue of Swiss Camera magazine, one of the world's leading photography publications.He also photographed the images for Lord Kinross' 1971 book on Hagia Sophia and the cover photo for a book marking the 90th birthday of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.His images on art and art history were published by Time Life, Horizon, Newsweek and Skira Publishing House.Guler's photos of the works of famed Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan were published in the 1992 book "Sinan: Architect of Suleyman the Magnificent."In 2002, he was awarded the Legion of Honor Order of Arts and Letters by the French government, and in 2009 he received La Medaille de la Ville de Paris from the Paris Municipality.He passed away on Oct. 17, 2018 at age 90.Erdoğan meets religious, political leaders in New YorkTurkey is a regional leader in renewable energy: ErdoğanUS jazz singer 'blessed' to be Muslim
US jazz singer 'blessed' to be Muslim
A U.S. jazz singer Muslim convert who has worked with global stars including Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston said she was very blessed to meet Islam."Islam is an education. Education of the truth. I am very blessed to become a Muslim," Della Miles told Anadolu Agency after a concert in the Manavgat district of the Mediterranean city of Antalya in southern Turkey.Saying she decided to live in Turkey since she loves Turkish people and culture, Miles expressed her happiness to live in the Dalyan district of the southwest province of Mugla saying: "Dalyan is a wonder of nature."Galeri: Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks during UN Climate Action Summit 2019Miles performs in TV programs and projects in the country, and has also planned duets with Turkish singers.She added that she would perform in the Bodrum district of Mugla.Highlighting the importance of working with professional singers such as Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, Miles said she was highly influenced by Houston."Whitney Houston was a great singer and gave everything to the stage. I learned a lot from her," she added.Galeri: Erdoğan opens Ara Güler photo exhibit in New YorReferring to her conversation with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Miles said this meeting was pleasing.He behaved like we were close friends and showed his amity, she added.The youngest of six children, Miles was born into a musical family. Her mother sang and directed music in church while her father was a jazz enthusiast and owner of a music venue.Also a songwriter, Miles took to the stage with German actor and musician Marius Muller-Westernhagen. In 2012, she took a leading role in the American opera Lulu and later portrayed the wife of former U.S. President Barack Obama in Hope - The Obama Musical Story.Miles has also worked on tribute albums for Turkish musicians such as Muslum Gurses and Zeki Muren in Turkey.Erdoğan meets religious, political leaders in New YorkTurkey is a regional leader in renewable energy: ErdoğanErdoğan opens Ara Güler photo exhibit in New York