Tirana has been recognized by the United Nations as one of the cities that has done more with sustainable development policies, through planting trees, increasing pedestrian spaces and attending to the needs of children.
Tirana's Mayor, Erion Veliaj attended the 80th session of the UN Committee yesterday to present Tirana and the initiatives undertaken to make the city more livable.
“It was a pleasure to be part of the founding cities of the UN Forum of Mayors.
“An initiative we started years ago in Geneva, the day of cities, and the fact that Tirana is an avant-garde when it comes to some low-cost but socially beneficial solutions such as planting trees, our pedestrian spaces and focus for the kids, it was really a moment to be proud to lead one of the cities that has become an example today,” said Veliaj.
Veliaj underlined the fact that Tirana managed to cope in a short time with the emergency situation after the earthquake.
“Today Tirana is standing up and not only do I thank the member countries that helped us in the early days with the earthquake, such as Qatar, Kuwait, Italy, Greece, Turkey as well, but it was also a way to show that a city like Tirana rises quickly,” said Mayor Veliaj.
Given the post-earthquake situation, Veliaj added that it was necessary to take all measures to be prepared for any kind of emergency that nature could bring.
He stressed that Tirana is a city that preceded the UN's initiative to plant trees, giving the city more greenery and breathability.