Mayor Pirouz Hanachi says managing a multicultural cosmopolitan city like Tehran is only possible through constant innovation in various spheres.
Hanachi, who is heading a high-ranking delegation of city managers and executives, made the remarks during his speech at the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The mayor described cities as the cradle of political, economic, social, and cultural changes across the globe, underlining that more than half of the world population are now living in the cities, and that over 80 percent of the global gross domestic product is created in urban regions.
Tehran is home to 11 percent of Iran’s population and produces 21 percent of the country’s GDP; such a megalopolis can only be governed through a variety of day-to-day innovative processes.
A number of Tehran city councilors, mayors of municipal districts, and heads of different city service departments as well as managers and experts from major research centers of the capital are accompanying the mayor in the event.
The six-day conference, co-organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and UAE’s Department of Urban Planning and Transport, includes roundtables, special sessions, side events and press conferences on sustainable urban development and many other city-related topics.
Tehran municipality is set to hold four side events on the role of culture and innovation in the city and cooperation on infrastructures for sustainable urban development.
Taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the 10th edition of the biennial has brought together over 20,000 international visitors representing more than 160 countries.
The World Urban Forum, the world’s most important conference on cities, was established in 2001 by the United Nations to address one of the most pressing issues vis-a-vis the planet today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change, and policies.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, or UN-Habitat, is the UN agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.