I. Metshin: “Local and regional authorities are focused on solving day-to-day issues caused by the pandemic”
Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, the president of the UN Advisory Committee of
Local Authorities (UNACLA), took part in the UN High-level Political Forum on
Sustainable Development. Today, the forum hosted the Day of Local and Regional
Authorities. The participants exchanged views in order to accelerate the
localization of the universal agenda for sustainable development.
“I am very
pleased to welcome you all on behalf of representatives of local and regional
authorities. This day was initiated in 2019 by a Global Task Force of local and
regional authorities in order to make our voice heard when making important
decisions on the international processes,”- I. Metshin began his speech. He
said that the international community approved the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) 6 years ago, and a year later a New Urban Agenda appeared.
"The Final Declaration of the Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban
Development in Quito emphasizes the role of the New Urban Agenda as the most
important catalyst for achieving the SDGs, as a prerequisite for
transformation. Its potential as an accelerator for achieving the SDGs cannot
be underestimated, and this is a reminder that only by localizing actions we
will be able to achieve all global goals,”- the Mayor of Kazan noted.
the coronavirus pandemic influenced all aspects of life and has worsened
inequality, so the measures taken so far are not enough, I. Metshin emphasized.
regional authorities, despite it all, fought to maintain access to basic
services throughout the pandemic, demonstrating that the provision of basic
services is the cornerstone of the health response. Health care and basic
services go hand in hand and should be the focus of our attention for recovery
after the pandemic,”- the UNACLA President believes.
speech, I. Metshin noted the need to strengthen the participation of local and
regional authorities in national reporting.
the participation of local and regional authorities will help to take into
account all opinions and increase responsibility for the implementation of
goals that are achievable only at the local level. “Our report shows that
multi-level cooperation and coordination are crucial and, in some cases, it is
necessary to review and update the management system. Local and regional
authorities should participate in all recovery strategies, in particular in
national recovery programs, to ensure total coverage,”- the Mayor of Kazan
conclusion, I. Metshin called for the creation of a new system in which local
and regional authorities will be fully involved in decision-making.
Secretary-General Emilia Saiz and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk
Reduction (UNDRR) Mami Mizutori also addressed the participants of the event
with a welcoming speech.
High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the main
international platform for monitoring and reviewing the 2030 Agenda and the
Sustainable Development Goals.