Projects of innovative social and economic development of Kazan were presented during the VI UCLG World Congress, which was held in Durban (South Africa) on November 11-15. At the round-table, participants of the contest for the 2018 Guangzhou International Award for urban innovation shared their experience of urban initiatives contribution to the implementation of sustainable development goals.
Ruslan Galiakhmetov, head of the investment and innovation department of the economic development committee, spoke at the round-table on the innovative social and economic development of Kazan. He noted that Kazan had faced a number of challenges- protection of the cultural monuments and the environment, as well as the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Such projects as “Healthy Kazan”, “Ecological development”, “Intercultural understanding” helped to solve these challenges. The World summer Universiade 2013 helped to promote a social and economic development of Kazan, as well as the improvement of public spaces and other projects that unite a large number of Kazan citizens and involve them in the life of the city.
The mayor of Utrecht (Netherlands) Jan van Zanen, the vice-mayor of Santa Ana, Laura Carmiol and others also shared their experience.
For information, in December 2018, Kazan came through to the final of the IV Guangzhou International Award for urban innovation for the first time.