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Ladies and gentlemen,

It is symbolic that the Forum is being held in Kazan almost on the eve of the November BRICS summit, which will summarize the results and define new benchmarks, including, of course, the tasks of active interaction along the lines of twinned cities. About this just in my greetings Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke.

The experience accumulated by the members of the association shows that BRICS makes a very significant contribution to the synergy of integration efforts and financial resources in order to ensure sustainable growth of our states, our regions, and the world as a whole. It is an extremely dynamically developing new platform for multilateral cooperation that has won great prestige in the world.

The BRICS countries are actively growing. The cities in these countries are some of the finest examples of modern cities in the world. Kazan is an example of this. They are constantly evolving and filled with new technological functionality.

Achieving sustainable development goals in modern cities will definitely change their face, make them greener and more livable. In his greeting, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan R.N. Minnikhanov rightly speaks about the creation of smart cities.

Today the world is faced with new global challenges – climate change, the transition to digital technologies, the growth of the world’s population to 10 billion people by 2050. These challenges will not bypass modern cities either.

That is why the development of cooperation between twinned cities and municipalities of the BRICS countries will help intensify dialogue between regions and at the local level, as well as develop joint strategies to achieve sustainable development goals.

In Western Europe, it is becoming increasingly true that architecture should strive for natural forms and constructive principles that take into account the surrounding ecosystems. I dare to suggest that construction in cities should be carried out in harmony with nature.

Digital technologies and computer stimulation can already allow making optimal decisions in terms of construction and efficient use of resources, reuse of materials and their impact on the environment.

Ideally, we should strive for emission-neutral and attractive cities to live in.

The success of the construction of comfortable cities is impossible in isolation from culture and art. The solution of social issues of its time will lay the foundation for public discourse about new ways of building and forms of design. Ideally, perhaps we will be able to answer the question of how modern life in cities in the BRICS countries can be brought into harmony with nature.

I am confident that we should be open to cooperation with world-class organizations in order to learn from them the best experience and exchange best practices. The School of Sustainable Development and Green Economy of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs can assist in this great work.

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