A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 132 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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Research
18.09.2019

Development of Comfortable Urban Environment in Moscow and Leading Cities Worldwide

A key challenge most countries are facing today is to find a way to convert wealth into well-being for their populations. According to BCG studies, a country’s national welfare quite often does not directly correlate with its residents’ perceived well-being.

Within this study, the list of elements for a comfortable urban environment was defined based on the interpretation adopted in Russian practice:

  1. House and backyard are elements related to urban residents’ dwelling.
  2. Transit spaces are elements related to urban residents’ movements, either from one facility to another or inside a facility, and the protection of their safety in the course of such movements.
  3. Attraction spots are elements related to facilities and territories used by urban residents to spend time outside of their homes.

To identify strengths and areas for improvements in the urban environment, the experts analyzed Moscow versus 11 megacities in different continents that are comparable by income level and total population: Hong Kong, London, Mexico, New York, Paris, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Berlin, Singapore, and Tokyo. The competitiveness heat map of Moscow based on comparison results shows that, currently, the main competitive advantages of the Russian capital, compared to the other megacities, are a high level of safety, an attractive appearance, comfortable public spaces, and vast leisure opportunities. At the same time, the results Moscow demonstrates in the housing and utility sector are not the best, and the city is behind in terms of the quality and accessibility of pedestrian infrastructure. Besides this, Moscow does not utilize its investments in infrastructure effectively enough as a lever of influence on the perception and behavior of urban residents, in terms of its level of safety, attractive appearance and uniqueness, as well as in terms of its leisure, sports, entertainment and cultural opportunities.

Based on the three areas mentioned, a program was drawn up for the development of a comfortable urban environment in Moscow, which consists of 14 key initiatives.

The competitiveness heat map compiled has proven to be an effective tool in assessing the current level of comfort in the urban environment and establishing a target vision for the city.
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