Kyiv mayor emphasized that after he had been elected, the municipal administration focused on a system of government, to make it transparent and effective. “Kyiv was the first Ukrainian city which introduced Smart City management system, particularly, the Open Budget. It contributed to raising budget revenues as much as by 30% due to transparent financial processes”, he noted.
He stressed that the key task of the city authorities is to create conditions for a rapid and effective development of the city, to deal with urban management not in a hasty and pinpoint way, but rather systematically and well-planned.
According to Klitschko, it will allow to increase the effectiveness of city management, reduce costs and at the same time improve the quality of services, and consequently – boost comfort of residents. This approach will give a push to the development of municipal infrastructure. Also, to develop Ukrainian cities need real decentralization, with a right to use costs, determine priority projects, which should be implemented. “This will give a push for the cities’ development ad increase quality of life for their citizens”, Klitschko said.
The mayor emphasized that after the Revolution of Dignity, public has a big influence on the processes of governing and changes in the country. “Social councils operate in many spheres, we implemented e-petition services, open competitions to fill vacancies and so on. This is very important”, he noted.
Also, Vitali Klitschko held a number of bilateral meetings with his international counterparts, as well as politicians and urban development experts.
UN Habitat conferences are held in the bi-decennial cycle with the view to elaborating approaches to sustainable urban development and resolving global challenges world cities are facing. This year the conference gathers urban development experts and delegations headed by mayors of Barcelona, Berlin, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Bonn, Budapest, Cologne, Helsinki, Madrid, Paris, Istanbul, Beijing, Montreal, Rabat, Addis Ababa, Seoul, etc.