Message of H.E. Dr. Pirouz Hanachi
Mayor of Tehran and Honorary Chairman of Tehran Golden Adobe Global Award
The world today is passing through a very important historical stage. The evolution of urbanization has led to the emergence of densely populated cities and fabrics. The highest growth in urbanization in the coming decades is related to developing countries. This great transformation is both an opportunity and a very serious threat.
A host of challenges and problems such as the provision of essential services, health and education, welfare and wellbeing of the urban population, requires sustainable development to devise new plans. These challenges, together with the global climate change issue, have faced local governments with special sensitivities. In the coming years, the emergence and outbreak of new social and political forces in the developing countries will test decentralization and democracy in various ways so that alongside re-urbanization, human settlements, governance and local governments will become more important.
Today the cities have rightly appreciated the effective role of urban communication and diplomacy, interaction and cultural exchanges, two-way transfer of information and practices in urban development and improvement of the quality of citizens’ life. Therefore, they are trying by utilizing and sharing useful practices, to take the course towards urban prosperity and success with more speed and better quality. In this context, developing communities and cities need more interactions and exchanges of this kind.
Our world needs institutions and structures that could classify the useful and valuable practices as well as the needs of human societies at different levels and arrange proper provisions for human spaces. The local government is one of these institutions. Such an institution reflects the rights and capabilities of local institutions in regulating and managing a significant part of public affairs, within the framework of national laws and accepting responsibility in the interests of citizens. With this approach, citizens' needs in the territorial sphere are of great importance. There is no doubt that the joint responsibility of all of us, which is nothing beyond smart provision and supply to meet the needs and concerns of our citizens, depends on exchange of information, approaches, ideas and practices at local, regional and international levels more than ever.
My emphasis on exchange of views is about readiness of local governments to prevent and cope with potential crises arising from environmental and human hazards. The mutual benefit of Tehran and other cities of the world from the valuable practices of each other can be the basis of useful expert discussions between domestic and foreign experts. Utilizing the positive practices of societies and civilizations, as well as new approaches clearly demonstrate that local governments need the people’s meaningful participation in all aspects of local development.
Regarding the urban management of Tehran, we too believe that traditional perception about participation will not be able to quell the challenges ahead. We will therefore attempt to institutionalize participation by significantly increasing the conscious presence of the people in the process of urban affairs, even at the lowest levels of management. Participation in the three areas of policymaking, planning and oversight should become a public demand so that the citizens would consider the benefits of development bottom-up materialized.
The future city by enjoying features such as participatory city, creative city, cultural city, vibrant city, compact city, green city, accountable city, and a city in interaction with the international environment, can find spatial crystallization by becoming competitive. The future city in urban-scale performance is an interactive city with a positive approach to global developments which intermingles progress with justice within itself in order for sustainable and all-inclusive development to materialize. The future city with a culture-driven intellectual approach praises the values of the indigenous culture and safeguarding and developing the city inhabitants’ cultural beliefs further institutionalizes education and audacity within the social strata.
Tehran defines its future through positive, constructive, and effective interaction with other cities in the world, and believes that the best way to succeed and reduce challenges is through regional and international cooperation. Hence, the development of such cooperation is on our agenda. In this context, designing the "Golden Adobe Global Award” as the Tehran Glocalization Award is a powerful strategy for the exchange of information and knowledge and for establishment and expansion of a technical cooperation network for the development of infrastructures and enhancement of the resilience of our cities.
Here, as the mayor and on behalf of citizens and urban management of Tehran, I invite all the cities and organizations, institutions and local, national and international companies involved in urban planning, development and management and local governance to maintain an active presence in the call for the "Tehran Golden Adobe Global Award" which will be held this year under the theme of “Smart, Resilient and Livable Cities for All" and play an effective role in improving the quality of life of citizens and strengthening the network of urban cooperation and diplomacy.
I am impatiently waiting to meet and talk with you at "Golden Adobe 2019", Tehran’s Global Award for top urban projects on November 2, 2019 in Tehran.