Global cities discussed in New York next steps facing the G20 Summit
TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018
During the second Sherpa Meeting, the cities discussed social integration, climate action, the future of work, gender equality and subnational financing issues. Mayors from over 20 global cities wil meet next October in Buenos Aires to raise their recommendations to the G20 assembly.
Representatives of 20 global cities met today in New York during the second Urban 20 sherpa meeting. U20 is an initiative from the cities of Buenos Aires and Paris facilitated by C40 that counts with the collaboration of UCLG and seeks to enrich the discussion of the G20 introducing an urban perspective. U20 works towards developing more integrated, resilient and sustainable cities.
The purpose of the meeting, held at the Argentine Consulate in New York City, was to discuss the documents that will be presented by the mayors to the G20 assembly during U20 Inaugural Summit taking place in Buenos Aires next October.
"This meeting confirms the commitment of global cities to actively participate in the G20 debate process and enrich it with an urban perspective," said Fernando Straface.
"This meeting confirms the commitment of global cities to actively participate in the G20 debate process. We the cities are working together to address and delineate concrete actions in terms of social integration, climate action, future of work, gender equality and subnational financing. These are some of the challenges that growth and development present to all G20 nations equally; challenges in which cities can take concrete actions, "said Fernando Straface, Secretary General of International Relations and Sherpa of the City of Buenos Aires.
The second Sherpa meeting counted with the presence of Edward Glaeser, expert in urban economics and professor at Harvard University. "This is not a minor diplomatic event. Cities will be the providers of solutions to major global challenges such as climate change, unemployment or inequality. Urban 20 has the vision for cities being inclusive spaces that offer opportunities to everyone. That vision can be the biggest call of the 21st century" said Glaeser.
"The city representatives that gathered in New York for Urban 20 come from all regions of the world, but we do all agree in that cities play a key role in shaping a fair, inclusive and sustainable future. In New York City we are honored to welcome Urban 20 within this historic effort to raise the voices and vision of cities around the world before national leaders in the G20", said the Commissioner of International Affairs of the City of New York, Penny Abeywardena.
For the first time mayors of major global cities will meet to raise recommendations to the G20, chaired during 2018 by Argentina. During the Sherpa meeting the member cities officially confirmed that Tokyo will host the U20 the coming 2019 succeeding Buenos Aires, chair for 2018.
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