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Yang Xiong Meets Under Secretary-General of the United Nations
    On October 19, Yang Xiong, mayor of Shanghai, met with Joan Clos Matheu, under secretary-general of the United Nations and executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program, and presented to him the medal and certificate of “Honorary Citizen of Shanghai”.
    Yang Xiong congratulated the UN under secretary-general on receiving the title of “Honorary Citizen of Shanghai”, saying that while being the mayor of Barcelona, he actively promoted the twinning of Shanghai and Barcelona. Since assuming post of UN under secretary-general and executive director of the UN Human Settlements Program, he has continued to advance the cooperation with China and Shanghai, in particular, supporting the proposal for World Cities Day at the World Expo Shanghai and making notable contributions to its biding. World Cities Day is the first city-themed international day ever passed by the United Nations, and there will be held activities centering on this theme at the World Expo Milan this year. Under the guidance and support of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Shanghai will cooperate further with the UN Human Settlements Program in promoting World Cities Day at home and abroad and the exchange and learning from each other among cities in the world in pursuit of sustainable development. The mayor looked forward to continued care and support for Shanghai’s development from the UN Human Settlements Program and to more cooperation between the two.
    Joan Clos Matheu said that it is a great honor for him to receive the title of “Honorary Citizen of Shanghai” and that he and Shanghai are bound by fate. He has witnessed the tremendous changes that have taken place in Shanghai over the last 30 years and he is sure that Shanghai is destined to become one of the most important international metropolises in the world. The theme of the World Expo Shanghai is profoundly significant and World Cities Day has a bright prospect. The UN Human Settlements Program will make joint efforts with Shanghai to push forward our cooperation.