Mohammed-Baqer Qalibaf in the Conference of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) of West Asia and Middle East provided comments on the geographical position of areas covered by the organization and said "The region holds the heritance of human civilization. Divine religions emerged from the area and it is the locus where urbanity sprang. These are ample resources for the citizens.”
He added "Our region enjoys high potentials for its natural and energy resources and it can be the propelling part for global economy.”
Qalibaf pointed to the strategic role of the region in maintaining global security and said "This strategic position in the region exposes us to various challenges. It can be said that the world’s past was formed here and its future will also be formed in the area.”
He added that development patterns must be followed which lead to equality and human esteem, saying "The pattern can emerge in two levels, one local and another regional. Municipalities are the key players in leading the way to growth, social integrity, and comprehensive participations.”
The Mayor of Tehran considered UCLG a great opportunity to exchange ideas and tap into experience from different member cities.
He then stated "Local governments’ potentials and measures create the possibility to establish equality and comprehensive order for all, but such unwanted factors as the Zionist regime are a hindrance to constructive order in the region.”