Summit U20 Buenos Aires 2018

Cities around the world committed to work with the G20

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018

Mayors of 20 cities signed the first Joint Declaration of Urban 20. The Inaugural Mayors Summit will be held in Buenos Aires in October, previous to the Summit of Heads of State of the G20, currently chaired by Argentina.

Mayors from cities all around the world signed today the first Joint Declaration of Urban 20 (U20), which promotes dialogue and cooperation between 25 member cities and the G20. Thus, the mayors of major cities within G20 countries propose to the G20 leaders to work together on key issues of global development including climate action, the future of work and social integration.

"Urban 20 reflects the commitment and contribution of cities in addressing global challenges. Cities can provide effective solutions that improve people’s quality of life around the world. Urban 20 seeks to enrich the G20 process with an urban perspective and jointly explore policies for a better world, "said Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires.

The signatories requested national governments to work along cities to achieve a number of common objectives, including the full and rapid implementation of the Paris Agreement, addressing the challenges generated by the "gig economy", and promoting gender equality and reducing the inequality gap, among others. Already twenty U20 cities have signed the Joint Declaration: among them are Berlin, Chicago, City of Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Durban, Hamburg, Jakarta, London, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, San Pablo, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Tshwane.

"Urban 20 puts Buenos Aires at the center of the global discussion on the role cities have in solving global problems. It is also the first time that the City will receive the mayors of the most important cities in the world", said Fernando Straface, Secretary General and International Relations of the Buenos Aires, and the city’s Sherpa.

"Together, we can work to find concrete solutions to build more inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities. Mayors from major cities offer to share their experience and solutions to face climate change -which particularly affects the most vulnerable-, to finance social inclusion, fight gentrification, support local economies and involve our citizens -especially women, who are our priority-"added the mayor of Paris.

"U20 is an innovative tool for cities and national governments to fight against the major challenges of our time," said Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris and president of C40.

"U20 offers cities a unique platform to showcase their ambitious commitments and innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse emissions, increase overall resilience and improve the quality of life of urban citizens" said Mark Watts, Executive Director of Cities Climate Leadership Group at C40. "By partnering with national governments, mayors and city leaders can do even more to make our cities and our planet greener, healthier and more prosperous for all."

"The challenges facing our population and our planet in the city's era require a repositioning of the urban agenda in the international debate: renewed financing, multi-level governance and multi-stakeholder partnerships fostered by all levels of government will be key to achieve sustainability. Including these dimensions in the G20 discussions is extremely timely and will undoubtedly contribute to finding sustainable solutions", said Parks Tau, president of UCLG.

The next U20 Sherpa Meeting will be held in New York on June 4 and 5, 2018, and the Inaugural Summit of Mayors of U20 will be in the City of Buenos Aires from October 29 to 30, 2018, one month in advance of the Summit of Heads of State of the G20, organized by Argentina.

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