I.Metshin: “The relevance of exploring and replicating the best world practices is increasing every day”
Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan and President of the
UN Advisory Committee on Local Authorities (UNACLA), spoke today at the BRICS Friendship
Cities and Local Government cooperation, which is being held in Kazan these
days. The plenary session was partly held via videoconference. Participants
discussed achieving of the sustainable development goals in modern cities.
It is a great honor for Kazan to host such a
high-level event, Ilsur Metshin said, opening the forum's plenary session. “We
remain committed to the principles of openness, equality and mutually
beneficial partnership, as well as to the common goal to create a world based
on a sustainability”, - said the Mayor of Kazan.
Sergey Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs,
recorded a video message to the participants of the meeting. “The hospitality
and cultural diversity of the capital of Tatarstan will contribute to the
success of the forum”, - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia assured.
Evgeny Primakov, head of Rossotrudnichestvo, also
addressed the forum participants with a welcoming speech. First Deputy Prime
Minister of Tatarstan Rustam Nigmatullin read the address of Tatarstan President
The number of managers, experts and specialists
participating in the forum in Kazan shows the importance and relevance of the
issues discussed and the inter-municipal format of the discussion, said I.Metshin.
In his report, he said that the main task of all local
authorities, regardless of their location, is to ensure the effectiveness of
local self-government, eliminate legal and financial contradictions, and
provide equal opportunities and conditions for all residents.
“As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted in his
analytical report on COVID-19, cities and regions will play an important role
in the world's recovery from the pandemic. The relevance of exploring and
replicating thebest world practices in implementing the sustainable development goals
and timely responding to new challenges is increasing every day”, - the Mayor
of Kazan said.
In his opinion, achievements of Kazan are largely
related to active inter-municipal and inter-regional cooperation with global
partners, including international organizations, networks and twin cities, as
well as the organization of international events in Russia and abroad. Kazan
has 56 twin cities and partners in various countries.
Besides, the headquarters of the Eurasian branch of
the world organization “United Cities and Local Governments” (UCLG) is located
in the capital of Tatarstan. It includes more than 300 cities from 12
countries. Together, they work to strengthen the role of local and regional
authorities in global decision-making.
Many problems were solved by the projects as Healthy
Kazan, Green record, Good Kazan, Ecological development, Intercultural cooperation
and others. The social and economic development of the Tatarstan capital was
promoted by hosting such events as Universiade, the FINA world championship,
the Confederations Cup, the FIFA World Cup, and the WorldSkills championship.
Strategic investments in sports, medicine, and public
spaces have improved the quality of life in Kazan, Ilsur Metshin said.
The Mayor of the capital of Tatarstan believes that
participation in international awards, competitions and researches is a proven
and effective way to establish a dialogue with other cities, exchange experience
and results of activities. “Kazan is a metropolis with a multicultural and
multi-confessional composition. The city is home to about 1.2 million people –
representatives of 115 nationalities, living in harmony with cultural, religious
and linguistic diversity. Kazan has a unique cultural code. Therefore, it is
important for us to maintain an intercultural dialogue and create conditions
for the integration of representatives of numerous cultures and nationalities”,
- the Mayor of Kazan said.
The coronavirus pandemic has made adjustments to the
implementation of the sustainable development goals. “The restrictions caused
by the spread of the virus have affected the urban economy, forced us to review
development programs, timely adapt municipal management and interaction with
the population to the new reality. In this situation, ensuring safety and
taking care of the health of citizens have become our main tasks”, –said I.Metshin.
Representatives of other cities from Russia, China,
Brazil, India, South Africa and many others also spoke at the plenary session.
In conclusion, the participants adopted the final
Declaration of the BRICS Friendship Cities and Local Government cooperation