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Aisen Nikolaev represents Yakutsk at the World Urban Forum

  • Published in InFocus

Mayor of Yakutsk Aisen Nikolaev made a presentation of Yakutsk at the round table Urban Transformation in Russian Cities in times of Mega-events and Economic Transition at the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF9), which takes place in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, February 7-13.

The forum participants discussed how Russian cities are implementing the tasks of ensuring openness, security, resilience and sustainability of cities and settlements. The Roundtable on urban transformations in Russia in times of the transition economy phase was attended by Nicolas Buchoud, President of Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development Head of the Division of Best Practices, Coordinator of Cooperation with Russia and CIS countries, UN-HABITAT, Asa Johnson, Director of the Department for Research and Capacity Development at UN-HABITAT Secretariat Eduardo Moreno and other international experts.


Aisen Nikolaev made a presentation on the development of the world’s largest city on permafrost. On the same day, the WUF Library presented the book Trends of Urban Sustainability 2017, prepared by the UN-Habitat Vital Profiling Program.

One of the chapters of the book is devoted to the partner cities of the program for profiling the viability of UN-Habitat cities, including Yakutsk.


As noted by Aisen Nikolaev, the principles reflected in the New Urban Agenda adopted at the UN-Habitat III conference are fundamental for determining the development strategy of Yakutsk until 2032, and the city is ready to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development of cities around the world, sharing experiences of development in extreme conditions.