Photo: astana.gov.kz / Alexander Kuprienko
On December 10, the International Assembly of Capitals and Cities (IAC), the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly partner, held an online conference “Ecology is a key factor in sustainable urban development”.
The conference was initiated by Altai Kulginov, Mayor of the city of Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), Chairman of the IAC.
The IAC members agreed to develop effective measures to improve the environment and direct exchange of experience. UN Resident Coordinator Michaela Friberg-Storey also shared her vision of these issues.
The conference was attended by the Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Andrei Belyaninov. He noted the importance of the IAC at the present stage of the development of international public relations: “This kind of close ties will allow us to work more effectively, including on the environmental problems of the cities of Eurasia”. Andrey Belyaninov proposed to discuss more widely the involvement of financial institutions in these issues: “Today there is an opportunity to significantly increase the amount of financing related to the environment in our cities.” Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly spoke about the concept (“not yet a project”) “Green Crimea”: “This is a unique natural phenomenon, this is a unique place where it would be possible to very compactly implement all the environmental developments that we all have in our assets”. Also he added that the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly is ready to formulate a number of proposals and send them to the IAC.