The second day of the Congress began with the session “Culture & Climate”, where speakers from UCLG-Eurasia were Minister of Culture of the Republic of Ingushetia Zalina Lyanova and the First Vice-Mayor of Osh Mars Isaev. This session was dedicated to the relationship between climate and culture, and it focused on the social aspect of the climate crisis.
In her speech, Zalina Lyanova told about cultural and tourist peculiarities of the Republic of Ingushetia. She also noted the work of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic on this issue: “The main lever for managing the cultural life of the region that coordinates and supervises the work of all cultural institutions of the Republic is the Ministry of Culture, whose priority is the preservation and development of national culture, the revival of ancient customs and traditions, national folklore, development of the patriotic spirit of the youth and more”.
In his report, Mars Isaev highlighted the importance of the problem of climate change and the transition to a green economy. In this regard, the city of Osh decided to join the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s global program “Green Cities”. As part of this program, the purchase of public electric buses is planned, measures to increase greenery and park areas in the city are being taken, work to build a waste processing plant is under way, and garbage sorting points have been opened.
“Also, the leadership of our country has recently announced its intention to start the construction of nuclear power plants in Kyrgyzstan, given that this is a more cost-efficient way to provide citizens with electricity”, the Vice-Mayor of Osh said.
As part of the UCLG Congress, a meeting of the UCLG-Eurasia’s Council was held. The issues under consideration included the report on the Section’s activities over the past year, proposals on candidates to be included in the UCLG World Council from UCLG-Eurasia, as well as on statutory and work activities for 2022, etc. Particularly worth noting is the resolution on membership of new members in UCLG-Eurasia. Among them are the Ekateringofsky District of Saint Petersburg and Kentau of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
First Vice-Chairman of Dushanbe Jamshed Tabarzoda told about the urgent issue of climate change in Tajikistan and noted recommendations developed by UCLG-Eurasia:
“This year the city of Dushanbe has received recommendations for local and regional governments in the field of climate. These recommendations were developed by UCLG-Eurasia together with the organization “Global Compact of Mayors on Climate and Energy”. This publication on the example of the experience of cities in Eurasia and the world presents a list of recommendations and best practices. According to the experience studied, the most successful in terms of the development of environmental issues were those cities that have developed and implement climate strategies”.
Thus, it was decided to recommend cities, regions and districts that are members of UCLG-Eurasia to develop an action plan for improving the environmental situation.
During the meeting, Bekturgan Orozbaev, Director of the Union of Local Self-Governments of the Kyrgyz Republic made a proposal to undertake activities to strengthen associations of local governments.
In the evening, at the meeting of the UCLG General Assembly, Ilsur Metshin, Mayor of Kazan and President of UCLG-Eurasia, delivered a report on the Section’s activities for 2020-2022 and shared the UCLG-Eurasia’s priorities or the period from 2022 and beyond.
At the end of the day, a reception on behalf of Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin was held. During the reception, letters of gratitude for the contribution to the development and strengthening of the Eurasia municipal movement were awarded to UCLG-Eurasia’s members. Namely, letters of thanks were granted to the member of the Board of the Mongolian Association of Local Authorities Batsuren Byambadorzh, Chairman of the Bishkek City Council Kuvanychbek Kongantiev, Mayor of Osh Almaz Mambetov, Mayor of Astana Altai Kulginov, Mayor of Dushanbe Rustam Emomali, Chairman of Khujand Firdavs Sharifzoda, Mayor of Ulaanbaatar Sumyaabazar Dolgorsuren and Chairman of the Mongolian Association of Local Authorities Sundui Batbold.