Message of H.E. Dr. Pirouz Hanachi
Mayor of Tehran and Honorary Chairman of Tehran Golden Adobe Global Award
The world today is passing through a very important historical stage. The evolution of urbanization has led to the emergence of densely populated cities and fabrics. The highest growth in urbanization in the coming decades is related to developing countries. This great transformation is both an opportunity and a very serious threat.
A host of challenges and problems such as the provision of essential services, health and education, welfare and wellbeing of the urban population, requires sustainable development to devise new plans. These challenges, together with the global climate change issue, have faced local governments with special sensitivities. In the coming years, the emergence and outbreak of new social and political forces in the developing
countries will test decentralization and democracy in various ways so that alongside re-urbanization, human settlements, governance and local governments will become more important.