In accordance with the Resolution of the UN General Assembly, World Cities Day is observed in the international calendar at the end of October. The aim of the Day is to raise awareness about the challenges facing cities all over the world and to set the international community on the implementation of the new Urban Development Agenda. It was celebrated for the first time in 2014 at the initiative of the United Nations Development Programme. This year’s global observance takes place under the theme “Act Local to Go Global”. Local action is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. On this occasion, Narine SAHAKYAN, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkmenistan, gave an interview to our correspondent.
NT: “Urbanisation today has become one of the most transformative and visible phenomena in society. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes Goal 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, which aims to ensure universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible green and public spaces by 2030. What solutions are being promoted by the United Nations Development Programme to achieve sustainable urban development?”