Moscow Analytical Center presented the methodological approaches to assessing the achievement of the SDGs by Moscow

The Vth annual conference ‘Sustainable development of Russian cities: new strategic vision’ organized by the SGM rating agency jointly with the Higher School of Economics was held online on February 17. Mark Rakhmangulov, Head of the Project Office ‘International Rankings’ of the Moscow Analytical Center took part in the event.

The project of the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) ‘A Territorial Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals’ was presented at the conference. Mark Rakhmangulov along with the spokesmen of the Moscow Department of Investment and Industrial Policy talked about Moscow participance in this project and evaluation of its performance.

Overall OECD evaluated Moscow’s performance within 8 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Russian capital demonstrated results higher that OECD average level for the following SDGs: SDG3 Good Health and Well-being, SDG5 Gender Equality, SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG17 Partnerships for the Goals. Moscow has already achieved the end value for the several OECD indicators including active physicians’ rate (active physicians per 1 000 people), percentage of population from 25 to 64 years old with at least tertiary education and common and youth unemployment rate.

Also, Mark Rakhmangulov shared Moscow’s experience of interaction with international rankings that could be used by other Russian cities to promote their brands internationally.

The conference was attended by representatives of cities and regions of the Russian Federation, international organizations (UN-Habitat, the World Bank), Russian and Moscow authorities (Rosstat, the Moscow Department for Environmental Management and Protection, etc.) and experts (DOM.RF, Moscow State University, etc.).

The agenda of the conference included issues of integrating the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into strategic planning documents for cities, tools for assessing the level of achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals at the regional level, as well as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the achievement of SDG by cities and regions.

Video recording of the conference