June 19, 2021

Mayors call on G20 to prioritize urban perspective in its agenda

Mayors call on G20 to prioritize urban perspective in its agenda

The mayors of the main cities of the G20 today called on the leaders of the group of the twenty largest developed and developing economies in the world to give priority to the urban perspective in their agenda, which includes issues such as climate change and employment.

The first Summit of Mayors of Urban 20 (U20), which was held yesterday, Monday, and today in Buenos Aires, concluded with the signing of a declaration and a series of recommendations that the mayors presented to the Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, who The G20 Presidency is under its charge.

"I am convinced that in the 21st century, cities and local governments are key players in the world and protagonists of global trends," said the Argentine president, who on November 30 and December 1 will host in Buenos Aires. of the G20 heads of state summit.

The final communiqué, entitled "The cities of the U20 call the G20 to prioritize an urban perspective when addressing global problems", bears the signature of the mayors of Buenos Aires, Paris, Beijing, Berlin, Chicago, Durban, Hamburg, Houston, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico, Milan, Montreal, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo, Tshwane, Sydney and Moscow.

Likewise, the document was endorsed as observer cities by the mayors of Amman, Amsterdam, Dallas, Geneva, Helsinki, Kuala Lumpur, Montevideo, Portland, Quito and Tel Aviv.

In the statement, the U20 urges the G20 governments to work together with cities to achieve fair, inclusive and sustainable development and shares a series of recommendations related to the climate, the future of employment, social integration, empowerment of women and access to financing.

"I hope there is consensus around the issues of trade, climate change, gender policies and the future of work," said Macri in his meeting with the mayors.

Among other points, the U20 calls for "redoubling" the "climate ambition" by implementing "complete and rapid" the Paris Agreement to keep the increase in atmospheric temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius and even propose to limit the increase in the temperature even more, below 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

"Climate change is a matter of great responsibility of the mayors," Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, head of the Argentine capital, said at the close of the meeting.

The mayors of the U20 also recommend working together in education, training and employment programs that help cities adapt to the advances and disruption of technology; improve the access of women and girls to education, training and financial support; and find innovative and sustainable ways to finance infrastructure for development.

"All these challenges facing the world have a lot to do with the responsibilities we have as mayors," said Rodríguez Larreta.

The U20 met for the first time last January in the French capital at the initiative of the mayors of Buenos Aires and Paris, the C40 Climate Leadership Group and the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

Beyond the Urban 20 agenda for this year, Tokyo already anticipated that it will continue the task of the group of mayors in 2019, when Japan has the G20 Presidency.


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