The message reads, in part:
“Over time, the forum has gained international prestige and become a major event in the sphere of urbanism.
The role of megacities in the economy, politics, culture, research and education keeps growing in Russia and other countries. The level of security, environmental standards and a favourable business and investment climate largely determine the competitiveness not only of these megacities but also of entire countries and have a direct impact on the quality of life. This is why we must continue to ensure the reliable operation of all urban elements by improving the social infrastructure, streamlining transit, saving energy and protecting our cultural heritage.
I am confident that you will discuss these and other important matters at your forum and will put forth promising and practical initiatives for addressing the current development issues of the Moscow agglomeration, which is one of the largest in the world.”
The seventh Moscow Urban Forum is being held on July 6–12.