Summit U20 Buenos Aires 2018

Buenos Aires received major cities at the First Urban 20 Mayors Summit to discuss recommendations to the G20

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2018

Today, Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta welcomed over 4,000 city representatives, experts and representatives of international organisations to the inaugural Urban 20 Mayors Summit. For the first time, cities gathered as the Urban 20 will deliver recommendations to the Argentine President and 2018 G20 President Mauricio Macri.

(Buenos Aires, October 29) - The First Urban 20 Mayors Summit opened today in the City of Buenos Aires, gathering mayors and representatives from 35 major cities.

"The world’s urban population is growing at an unprecedented rate in history. This poses enormous challenges that we need to address jointly with nations: that is the goal of the Urban 20 and we are proud this Summit is taking place for the first time in Buenos Aires,” said Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.

The opening of the Summit was chaired by Mayor Rodríguez Larreta; the Argentine Chief of Cabinet, Marcos Peña; the First Deputy Mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Grégoire; the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs of Buenos Aires, Fernando Straface; the Executive Director of C40 Cities, Mark Watts; and the Secretary General of UCLG, Emilia Saiz.

The Summit brought together nearly 4,000 city representatives, urban planners, experts and representatives of international organisations.

“U20 marks a new stage in cities diplomacy. It demonstrates once again the capacity of Mayors to act at a local level, to address major challenges and global issues. It also underlines that Mayors are heard by opinion leaders and heads of state and government. Since the issues discussed during our Summit are fundamental for all citizens in the world, I believe that our initiative is essential and that our recommendations will be heard by the leaders of G20”, said Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

"This is a real milestone in city diplomacy: it is the first time that the G20 will incorporate the urban perspective in its process. Urban 20 sets a frame of global cooperation to address the challenges of development together with nations", said Fernando Straface, Secretary General and Foreign Affairs of Buenos Aires.

The opening of the Summit was chaired by Mayor Rodríguez Larreta; the Argentine Chief of Cabinet, Marcos Peña; the First Deputy Mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Grégoire; the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs of Buenos Aires, Fernando Straface; the Executive Director of C40 Cities, Mark Watts; and the The First Urban 20 Mayors Summit gathered mayors and city representatives from Buenos Aires, Paris, Amman, Asunción, Beijing, Berlin, Chicago, Mexico City, Panama City, Dallas, Durban, Fortaleza, Geneva, Guangzhou, Helsinki, Hamburg, Houston, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, La Paz, Los Angeles, Madrid, Medellin, Montevideo, Montreal, New York, Portland, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Jakarta.

During the Summit, cities will discuss their recommendations on climate action, social integration, the future of work, women empowerment and access to financing. On Tuesday, the Urban 20 will hand them to Argentine President Mauricio Macri.

"By establishing climate action as a core priority of the Urban 20, cities are sending the G20 a powerful message that the top priority of leaders on the global stage has to be slashing pollution and ensuring a green and healthy future for all," said Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities.

"The sustainable development we want is only achievable with the full commitment of all spheres of government and the communities, through permanent dialogue with civil society. The voices of cities in fora of national governments like G20 should contribute to bringing the views of communities to the table”, said Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of UCLG.

Urban 20 is a city diplomacy initiative launched in December 2017 by Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires, and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, that brings together cities from G20 member states to discuss global economic and development issues, form a common position and issue recommendations for consideration by the G20. The initiative is convened by C40 Cities, in collaboration with United Cities and Local Governments.

  • Buenos Aires received major cities at the First Urban 20 Mayors Summit to discuss recommendations to the G20
  • Buenos Aires received major cities at the First Urban 20 Mayors Summit to discuss recommendations to the G20
  • Buenos Aires received major cities at the First Urban 20 Mayors Summit to discuss recommendations to the G20

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