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February 3, 2022, 14:55

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This conclusion was reached by experts from UN-Habitat, the UN Human Settlements Program that promotes sustainable urban development.

Moscow has become the best metropolis in the world in terms of urban infrastructure development and quality of life according to the UN Urban Prosperity Index, reported on my blog Sergei Sobyanin.

“The recognition of our city as a world leader in the quality of life and infrastructure development is a fair assessment of the huge positive changes taking place in Moscow. The UN-Habitat Index does not give Moscow any formal advantages, but it helps to break down stereotypes and proves that we are on the right track. And it will also become a good argument in the competition between the largest megacities of the world. For example, in the near future, the city that will host the World Exhibition – Expo-2030 should be determined. Moscow is one of the candidate cities. And the recognition of our achievements by the UN will undoubtedly help win the fight for the right to host the largest forum of achievements in science, technology and culture on our planet,” said the Mayor of Moscow.

A short version of the relevant document was published UN-Habitat – The United Nations Human Settlements Program that promotes sustainable urban development. The full version of the study, with a detailed description of the methodology and data tables, will be available on March 31st.

Moscow has demonstrated strong performance in healthcare, education, science and technology, culture and leisure, security and public spaces. The experts also noted the level of development of the capital’s infrastructure: housing, social, transport, as well as information and communication technologies.

In addition, along with Singapore and Toronto, Moscow was included in the top three most prosperous megacities in the world according to a comprehensive assessment, ranking third. Also among the 10 cities – the leaders of the index are Sydney, London, Paris, Madrid, Shanghai, Hong Kong and New York.

For several years, experts from UN-Habitat and the Eure Research Center analyzed the performance of 54 largest cities in the world, of which 29 megacities representing all continents were included in the final index. The experts compared them in terms of economic productivity, infrastructure development, quality of life, equality and social inclusion, environmental sustainability, administration and legislation. The degree of balance between these indicators was also taken into account.

The index aims to assess the progress of the world’s cities in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These are 17 interrelated goals that the UN General Assembly adopted as a blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all. This includes ensuring a healthy lifestyle and well-being, developing infrastructure, introducing innovations, ubiquitous quality education and much more.

“UN-Habitat experts have set as their goal to create a universal index of achievements of world cities, which is based on the idea of ​​prosperity – a high quality of life and equal opportunities for all citizens in harmony with the natural environment. The approach adopted by UN-Habitat to measure the quality of urban life is very close and understandable to us. Because the interests and needs of all residents of the city are at the center of the Moscow development program,” Sergei Sobyanin emphasized.

The UN Urban Prosperity Index was first published in 2015, then its compilation was suspended until 2022. Nevertheless, studies of the development of individual cities were published on the basis of his methodology for several years.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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