Urban20 (U20)

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    • The inaugural meeting City Sherpa meeting of the sixth Urban20 (U20) cycle was organised in Ahmedabad on 9-10 February 2023.

    Priority areas for the Urban 20 event

    • Encouraging environmentally responsible behaviors, 
    • Ensuring water security, 
    • Accelerating climate finance, 
    • Championing ‘local’ identity, 
    • Reinventing frameworks for urban governance and planning, and
    • Catalysing digital urban futures.

    About U20

    • U20 is a group of cities from the G20 countries and was first convened in Buenos Aires in 2018.
    • The U20 brings together mayors from G20 cities under a common framework and coordinates a joint position to inform the discussions of national leaders.
    • Contributions from the U20 are shared with the G20 Presidency and Heads of State, enhancing the role of cities as global economic and political leaders.

    Participants

    • The U20 brings together a group of Participating Cities. 
    • These cities are important economic or population hubs, made up of major C40 and UCLG member cities from G20 countries
      • C40 Cities: C40 connects 96 of the world’s largest and most influential cities, representing 700+ million citizens and one-quarter of the global economy.
      • United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG): UCLG is the world organization of local and regional governments and their associations, representing and defending their interests on the world stage. 
        • UCLG’s network represents 70% of the world’s total population and is present in all world regions. 

    Objectives 

    • Build a platform on behalf of urban centers and in close collaboration with global networks of local governments, to be shared collectively with G20 leaders.
    • Enrich the G20 agenda by exploring synergies and contributing unique perspectives and good practices from cities.
    • Propose joint solutions to enhance climate action and sustainable economic development by presenting a communique that leverages existing G20 policy recommendations and international frameworks as well as recommendations from cities.
    • Invite G20 members to include in each annual discussion strategic or urgent urban subjects that require synergistic solutions with national governments from the short to the long term

    Source:PIB