Work on this year's issue of Urban Agenda is now complete, the magazine publishing the final results and impressions of Moscow Urban Forum 2017
Urban Agenda's main goal is to sum up and organise the experiences and ideas from the Forum, and make them available for everyone unable to attend the event. The magazine includes analytics of the Forum's programme, which in 2017 focused on challenges in the development of global metropolises, key ideas and bullet points of the plenary sessions, transcripts of reports and interviews with experts, the most interesting cases, as well as practical recommendations from the speakers. It also provides a brief summary of the Forum and publishes the results of PwC research and the first global ranking of agglomerations, which helps better determine their development role domestically and globally. In this issue, readers can also find several general articles on urban studies, and information on the latest urban development trends.
Moscow Urban Forum 2017 was the Forum's biggest yet in its whole history, including its business programme and the festival and expo. Marat Khusnullin, the Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Moscow Administration on Urban Politics and Construction, says that the Moscow Urban Forum has secured its role as a crucial global event, acknowledged and praised by urban studies experts the world over. This year's number of participants and visitors supports this claim.
Director of MUF Denis Boikov: "80,000 people attended the Forum in 2017. In total, 10,847 people from 68 countries were active participants, including 414 speakers, 124 of whom arrived from abroad. The annual increase in visitors demonstrates the public's growing interest in the Forum's topics, expert approaches to urban studies, and the need to share international experience. We tried to reflect all of these aspects in the magazine. Here, we proudly summarise the results of the 2017 Forum, and start preparations for next year's Moscow Urban Forum, which is set to take place in July 2018. Have a pleasant read!"Open Urban Agenda