10 February 2020 #Forum
Moscow will Present Sustainable Development Review in line with UN-Habitat Procedure at MUF 2020

4,000 people visited the Moscow Government stand on the first day of the World Urban Forum (WUF-10) in Abu Dhabi, as Sergey Lyovkin, Head of the Moscow Department for Urban Planning Policy, reports.

"It is the first time we have taken part in such an event. Guests of the WUF-10 have shown great interest in Moscow's projects. On the first day, our stand was visited by 4,000 people, while the total number of participants and visitors to the Forum amounted to 10,000 that day," Sergey Lyovkin said.

He also noted that the interactive installations show the key Moscow development projects, such as the building of transportation and social structure, the renovation programs, and the development of New Moscow. Visitors can see the technologies used to expand the Moscow metro in the Mosinzhproekt area and take a look at the Big City model.

It has also been announced that the Moscow Sustainable Development Review developed according to the procedure approved by the UN-Habitat will be presented in mid-2020. This was said by Sergey Lyovkin at the meeting of the Russian delegation with Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director the UN-Habitat, on the sidelines of the WUF-10.

"We confirm we are preparing the study with you. Our experts have worked out the technical aspect with our colleagues. Our common goal is to achieve the results before June 10 and present it to Mayor Sergey Sobyanin," Mr. Lyovkin said.

The review will be made public in the framework of the Moscow Urban Forum 2020 business program early in July. 

Ms. Sharif recalled that the suggestion to include Moscow in the city sustainable development rating was taken during the Moscow Urban Forum 2019. A similar review was presented in New York in 2019. Altogether, 17 cities in the world have been so far assessed by the procedure. "It is important for us that the review should study Moscow and other Russian cities since Russia is a leader in many other fields," she said.

The UN-Habitat is a United Nations Human Settlements Program founded in 1978. The UN-Habitat promotes a global urban economy campaign aimed at increasing local potential for effective urban management and joint prompt response to urban problems from local authorities and civil society.

We remind our readers that the World Urban Forum (WUF-10) was opened in the Emirates capital Abu Dhabi on February 9. Since 2002, the Forum has been organized as part of the UN-Habitat program to discuss urbanization and its influence on population, cities, economy, climate change, and politics. In the ADNEC exhibition center with more than 27 thousand m2 floor area, participants from more than 160 countries are presenting their best projects and ideas. Among the 18,000 or more delegates from 168 countries of the world, there are 50 ministers and city mayors, prominent architects, scientists from top universities, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, the UN-Habitat experts, and social activists among them. The theme of the WUF 2020 is "Cities of opportunities—Connecting Culture and Innovation." The Moscow Urban Forum acted as the operator for the Moscow Government's stand and business program in WUF-10.