Urban-20 (U20) event being organized in Ahmedabad under G20 presidency of India

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  • Under the G20 presidency of India from December 01, 2022, to November 30, 2023, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is organizing the Urban 20 event.
  • In the process to organize the Urban 20 event, Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel unveiled the logo, website, and social media handles of Urban 20 on December 19, 2022. During the event, the Chief Minister highlighted the glorious history of the state of Gujarat and said Dholavira and Lothal, the two world heritage sites represent the Harappan and Indus Valley civilizations.
  • Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep S. Puri joined the event virtually. Officials of the Government of India, Gujarat, and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and representatives of C40 and UCLG also participated in the event.

About Urban 20:-

  • U20 is an important city diplomacy initiative, which reinforces the role of cities in taking the sustainable agenda forward.
  • Urban-20 (U20), one of the Engagement Groups of G20, provides a platform for cities from G20 countries to facilitate discussions on various important issues of urban development including climate change, social inclusion, sustainable mobility, affordable housing, and financing of urban infrastructure and propose collective solutions.
  • Bearing in mind the importance of cities as growth centers of development, the U20 strives to enhance the profile of cities on the global stage.
  • Besides G20 countries, the Mayors and representatives of C40, UCLG member cities, and Observer Cities will participate in these events and enrich the discussions.
  • During this year-long presidency, Ahmedabad will showcase its unique urban development and climate change initiatives and rich culture and heritage to the participants. Resonating with India’s G20 theme of ‘वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम् – One Earth, One Family, One Future’, U20 Ahmedabad will emphasize that actions at the city level can drive lasting positive global outcomes underscoring the interconnectedness of the world and our shared future.
  • The effort of this cycle will be to move from ‘intention to action’ and draft a roadmap for closing the gaps between policy and practice to address critical urban issues. 
  • The Communiqué, an outcome document reflecting the aspiration of the participating cities, will be presented by the Mayor of Ahmedabad to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India or his representative.

Objectives of the Urban 20 event are as follows:-

  1. Encouraging environmentally responsive behavior
  2. Ensuring water security
  3. Accelerating Climate Finance
  4. Leveraging ‘local’ potential and identity
  5. Reinventing urban governance and planning frameworks
  6. Catalyzing digital urban futures

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