Tehran: City of Hope, Partnership and Prosperity

It is clear that effort to turn Tehran into an Islamic, universal, modern, historical, humanistic, sustainable, contributor, citizen-oriented, knowledge-based, communicational city and in a word, a city for life, is a difficult task and requires a new perception and view and collective determination and will.

The city of Tehran should be looked at beyond its physical construction, a city that relies on a special and complex cultural, social and economic constructions. Today, Tehran seems to be "a country" in the heart of the great Iran. Every opportunity and threat that lies above our vast territory is against Tehran in smaller dimensions, and sometimes in the same dimensions.

Tehran is a world in which there are different worlds. So over and before " Tehran's physical texture ", we must recognize the cultural, social, economic and even its "political texture", and study the weaknesses, strengths, opportunities and posed threats; Then we must improve the affairs of the city and citizens’ life with strong determination and strong will and create a model at a regional and global level.

The current program is set up with regard to the aforementioned necessities, so I need to mention briefly the basics, requirements and limitations that have been affected by this program:

  1. Governing cities and urban management in the contemporary period, is a comprehensive challenge that has covered all urban settlements in the world, especially, developing metropolises. The city of Tehran, which has been confronted with numerous complex issues before the victory of the revolution, is not exempt. Hence, finding more appropriate strategies and solutions to manage it in a sustainable and desirable situation requires a great effort that should be accompanied by foresight and comprehensive-looking.
  2. Urban sustainable and balanced development is not limited to the arrangement of strategic documents, and is not even dependent on the use of modern technologies and tools, but also components such as the amount of local communities partnership in development, the participation degree of city administration processes, the accumulation of urban social capital, dependency feeling of citizens to the city, the distribution of urban services and facilities, and its effect on the distribution of urban wealth and so on are the factors that urban sustainable development realizes and appears within them.
  3. In my opinion, the city is made for humans, and it takes identity from human relationships and social structure. Therefore, all programs and activities should be regulated and implemented to improve the quality of citizens’ life and the peace and comfort of human beings. Accordingly, the achievement of a human-oriented city is the goal of this program and the municipality should be responsible for this mission as a "facilitator" institution rather than "operator" institution. In this view, people gradually consider the municipality belonging to themselves, trust it and take responsibility for the city and its problems, and an organic and intimate relationship is established between the people and this institution and hope for a better future is incited. It is only with the hope that the enormous capacity and the great force of thinking of the "people" is mobilized behind the municipality, and helps urban management in decision-makings and then in the process of implementation and supervision.
  4. The slogan "Tehran: City of Hope, Partnership and Prosperity" has been selected in the framework of the above approach. Tehran can and should turn into a city that all citizens know it belonging to themselves and feel calm, exhilaration and "hope" from living in it. Hopeful citizens participate in the process of managing and improving urban affairs and with reinforcement of the relationships, behaviors and civic institutions, mobility, development and "prosperity" of the city and citizens in all fields will become possible.
  5. Improving the quality of citizens’ life is the main objective of this program, therefore, the "soft" activities have been preceded by "hard" measures, and issues such as social-cultural development, increased social capital, public participation and so on have a special priority.
  6. I believe that the most important tool for solving the complex problems of Tehran is the people participation and maximum use of all resources, facilities and managerial capabilities of Iranians. Tehran's problem is not lack of programs, but the problem is the inefficiencies of programs and executives’ lack of fidelity to them, on the one hand, and lack of a comprehensive view against the political, social, cultural and economic complexities of the city, on the other hand. Therefore, the exodus way of the bottlenecks and crises is changing the existing paradigm and mobilizing all resources, and attracting the participation of the elites, the youth and all beneficiaries of evolution and reformation of our city’s state within the framework of the aforementioned approaches.