“The city is the base of all transformations, and our task is to help municipalities move from challenges to the development of clear solutions, and then to the implementation of sustainable development strategies. The UCLG is an organization not for mayors, but for all residents of cities and their well-being”, - Ilsur Metshin said.
In his speech, he proposed to change the current system of interaction between cities and regions under the UCLG, as well as to provide assistance to small towns that faced financial challenges during the pandemic. Together with UN Habitat, the General Assembly of Partners and the UCLG, Ilsur Metshin proposed to establish the SDG Implementation Champions Award for municipalities. “The recognition of the equality of each region, each city, and each branch of our organization should be implemented, but not only declared at high-level meetings”, - the Mayor of Kazan believes.