Ilsur Metshin, Mayor of Kazan, President of UCLG-Eurasia, and Rasikh Sagitov, Secretary General of UCLG-Eurasia, took part in the UCLG-MEWA Congress that was held in Amman, the capital city of Jordan, on July 9-11, 2019.
UCLG-MEWA and UCLG-Eurasia continue the implementation of joint projects, noted the Mayor of Kazan in his speech and thanked the participants of the meeting for supporting the project “Research on Cities’ International Activity”.
President of UCLG-Eurasia offered to start the implementation of the concrete projects related with each of the Sustainable Development Goals in the particular cities. Such projects can be implemented in every city, regardless of its population, geographic location or size of its budget.
“Every mayors meeting we discuss the climate change and think about ways of dealing with it. But we can start with the simplest solutions”, he said. “Let’s take one battery as an example. Scientists claim that one battery pollutes 20 square meters of land and up to 400 liters of water. It is in our power to reduce this harm. UCLG-Eurasia has more than 850 direct and associated members. By collecting only one ton of waste batteries in every member city, we will protect the planet from 850 thousand tons of batteries and save 17 thousand square kilometers of land and 340 million liters of water from contamination with heavy metals”, explained Ilsur Metshin.
Mayor Metshin marked that cities implement many useful projects. However, it is difficult for local governments to achieve the maximum efficiency without the state support. Therefore, it is essential to synchronize local, regional and national efforts for the joint implementation of global agendas for preserving the planet, humanity and the world.