G20: Ahmedabad to host first sherpa meeting of Urban20 on February 9-10
One of the 10 engagements under the G20 summit, the Urban20 meeting will be held in Ahmedabad on February 9-10. Ahmedabad will host its first-ever sherpa meeting of Urban20. The meeting will be held in order to prepare the urban agenda, said the ministry of housing and urban affairs officials.
Members of G20 countries will attend the meeting, as mayors and representatives of Climate40 and United Cities and Local Governments (two international non-governmental advocacy groups on urban issues).
“Under the G20 presidency of India, Ahmedabad, a UNESCO World Heritage city, will host the U20 cycle. Along with C40 (Climate 40) and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), two international non-governmental advocacy groups on urban issues, Ahmedabad will organize various events including City Sherpas’ inception meeting on 9-10 February 2023, thematic discussions, and side events on urban development issues culminating with U20 Mayors’ Summit in July 2023,” said the statement from the housing and urban affairs ministry.
U20 is a city diplomacy initiative wherein cities of participating nations discuss city-level efforts to address pressing global challenges. The focus areas of U20 are climate change and sustainable development, including socio-economic issues.
According to senior ministry officials, six priority areas for the February meeting are, encouraging environmentally responsive behavior, ensuring water security, accelerating climate finance, leveraging ‘local’ potential and identity, reinventing urban governance and planning frameworks, and catalyzing digital urban futures.
“The effort of this cycle will move from ‘intention to action’ and draft a roadmap for closing the gaps between policy and practice to address critical urban issues. The Communiqué, the outcome document reflecting the aspiration of the participating cities, will be presented by the Mayor of Ahmedabad to the Prime Minister of India or his representative,” said the housing and urban affairs ministry.