Abu Dhabi and Dubai are among the 39 global cities that have endorsed the 2020 Urban20 Communiqué, which encourages sustainable urban growth and was handed over to G20 on the final day of the U20 Mayors Summit in Riyadh.
The Communiqué urges G20 heads of states and governments to work together in four key areas;
- Investment in the environment and recovery after COVID-19
- Protects the world through national and regional cooperation
- Promotes the transition to a circular, carbon-neutral economy
- Inspiring individuals to deliver a more sustainable and inclusive future.
Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Montreal, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Seoul and Tokyo are the other big cities that have endorsed the communique.
As per the reports, more than 68 percent of the world population is expecting to migrate to cities by 2050. Communiqué stressed that as a support to the recovery, the governments must concentrate on direct investment for the development of cities.
Commenting on the official presentation of the U20’s Communiqué to the G20, U20 Chair Fahd Al-Rasheed said, “Though we discussed and debated whether cities are as relevant today as they were before COVID-19, the answer, from all sides, is a resounding yes.”
He asked mayors and city leaders to help individuals find a way to survive amid circumstances while speaking in the virtual meeting.
“We must prepare them for a future being shaped by climate, contagion and connectivity. Finding the answers to these topics is why we are here,” he added.
Yoriko Koike, Governor, Tokyo, said: “We all must work together to win this harsh battle against COVID-19, and achieve equitable, sustainable, inclusive and healthy societies. While continuing to take up the challenge of forging the future Tokyo, we wish to move forward in partnership with the cities of the world for a sustainable recovery, namely the shared goal of realizing a resilient and sustainable society.”