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The prerequisite for entering urban diplomacy is recognizing the capabilities and potentials of cities

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The prerequisite for entering urban diplomacy is recognizing the capabilities and potentials of cities

According to the public relations of TURPC, in the series of sessions of the 13th Festival of Research and Innovation in Urban Management and the 8th Festival of Research and Education in Urban and Rural Management, the meeting “Iran-Tehran Urban Development Index, ranking and urban diplomacy” was held online with Esfandiar Zebardast, Faculty Member of University of Tehran, Mohammad Mehdi Mazaheri, Secretary of the National Committee for Human Settlement in Iran, Goshtasb Mozaffari, Secretary General of the Asian Mayors Assembly, Sahar Nedayi Tusi, Faculty Member of Shahid Beheshti University and Farhad Mohabbati, director of the Scientific and International Cooperation Group of the TURPC and the secretary of this meeting.

Esfandiar Zebardast, a faculty member of Tehran University, while pointing to the opportunities and challenges, said: "The issue of ranking cities is not a new event and has existed for decades, but recently in Iran, ranking opportunities have been created for Tehran and many other cities."

He added: "All ranking indicators in cities are discussed at the international level, and with the progress made, it is possible to compare cities in different positions and planning for the city."

Also, Mohammad Mehdi Mazaheri, Secretary of the National Committee for Human Settlement in Iran, said in this meeting: Regarding urban diplomacy as the driving force of Iran's metropolises, it should be said that sustainable development is one of the challenges of the 21st century in different societies. And its goal is the optimal efficiency of financial resources and manpower for a quality life of citizens.

Referring to the importance of creating sustainable development in cities, he said: "Urban sustainability is a global concept that is achieved by paying attention to indigenous and climatic characteristics and preserving Iranian and Islamic values."

Goshtasb Mozaffari, Secretary General of the Asian Mayors Assembly, continued by emphasizing the importance of urban diplomacy and urban development: "Communication and cooperation between cities is one of the most important goals of urban development and governments have come to the conclusion that governments and cities cannot solve urban problems alone and should increase the capacity created by urban diplomacy by recognizing each other and building understanding and partnership.

Sahar Nedayi Tusi, a member of the faculty of Shahid Beheshti University, said: "Since 1399, the studies for compiling the Urban Development Index have been started by TURPC and Shahid Beheshti University and have been completed in the fall of 1400."

He continued: Tehran 1399 in comparison with Tehran 1393 has been studied with the criteria set in these indicators.

Nedayi Tusi added: Tehran is a world city that has not achieved its goals in accordance with international standards.

Farhad Mohabbati, secretary of the meeting and director of the Scientific and International Cooperation Group of the TURPC, said: Regarding the definition of Tehran and Iran Urban Development Index, an attempt has been made to evaluate the developments in Tehran in terms of various indicators of progress so that we can finally join the international rankings. Of course, the ultimate goal has not been to join the international rankings, and the goal has been to find the right way to guide the city management towards the correct spending of resources and ultimately the sustainable development of the city and the welfare of citizens.

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