Seyed Mohsen Tabatabaei Mozdabadi:

The 10 Most Sustainable Cities in the World

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 15:14

The secretary of Iran Urban Economics Scientific Association stated that Zurich, Singapore, Stockholm, Vienna, London, Frankfurt, Seoul, Hamburg, Prague and Munich are the 10 most sustainable cities in the world.

According to an ISCA report, Seyed Mohsen Tabatabaei Mozdabadi explained that almost 88 percent of the world population lives in cities and 90 percent of population growth is occurring in the major cities of the developing world.

As he said, 3.9 billion people live in urban areas right now which is expected to reach to 75 percent of the world’s population i.e. 6.3 billion by 2050.

Tabatabaei Mozdabadi expressed his concerns about the consequences of extensive urbanization and the immense impact of cities on the Earth’s ecosystem as well as the failure of development patterns, “Urban development and planning patterns and schools, in particular, led to the emergence and analysis of sustainable development, urban sustainability, and sustainable city in the last decades of the 20th century.”

Emphasizing on the importance of urban sustainability, he noted that a sustainable city is a city with a stable social, economic, and environmental dimension, in other words, it will be by putting three elements of people, planet, and economy together.

He highlighted that sustainable economy is one of the features of urban sustainability and noted that a city that does not rely on sustainable income cannot meet environmental considerations and is not sustainable from a social aspect.

Referring to Arcadis studies, world cities ranking based on sustainability, Tabatabaei Mozdabadi declared that in order to measure sustainability in three social, economic and environmental dimensions, 20 indicators and 32 sub-indicators have been used, with information from reliable centers such as the World Bank, World Health Organization and other internationally acclaimed centers. Some of these indicators have a positive and some other negative aspects.

Indicators of this report include education, health and safety, demographic characteristics, income equality, citizens’ finances, violence, environmental hazards, green spaces, energy, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, waste management and waste management, drinking water and sewage systems, transport infrastructure, economic development, business ease, tourism, mobility, communication and employment, Tabatabaei said.

Saying that according to the report, the world’s first 10 sustainable cities include Zurich, Singapore, Stockholm, Vienna, London, Frankfurt, Seoul, Hamburg, Prague and Munich, the vice-president of IUESA said sustainable income status in these cities can be a good indicator of the role of income in sustainable urban development. As you can see, eight of these cities are located in Europe.


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