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World Urban Forum ranks Tirana third city to undergo major changes

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TIRANA, February 9/ATA/- Tirana is selected among top three cities, along with Newcastle in Australia and Panama City in Panama, to have undergone the most transformations over recent years, by the World Urban Forum (WUF9) held in Kuala Lumpur from 9-16 February.

Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj is in a two-day visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, upon invitation at the WUF9 to present the most major achievements and changes the Albanian capital has incurred in the last year.

In his speech at the forum, attended by local leaders, investors, non-governmental organisations and experts on the field of urban sustainable development, mayor Veliaj presented Tirana’s transforming projects and the future vision.

Mayor Veliaj said that short-time changes resulted thanks to the cooperation and energy of the local and central government.

The Mayor praised WUF9 as a precious opportunity to talk the way how Tirana has undergone such big projects like “Skanderbeg” square, New Bazaar and a plethora of infrastructural projects in such a short time by inclusion of different businesses and other actors.

A fleet of around four thousand bikes is expected to move in the streets of the capital this year while one of the most ambitious projects underway is the permanent solution of two-shift schools within 2019.

Special attention is also dedicated to infrastructure improvement as by municipality tradition and over this year around 50 new blocks will be rehabilitated which aim to improve citizens life.

The New Urban Agenda is the epicentre of the World Urban Forum adopted in October 2016 at the UN Conference on Urban Sustainable Development held in Ecuador. This agenda is considered a means to meet Sustainable Development goals and is centred on creating cities that serve as prosperity machinery and social well-being centres while the focus is on preserving environment.

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