Urban 20 leaders address global challenges at summit in Buenos Aires
The first in the G20 history Urban 20 summit was held in Buenos Aires on 30 October 2018. The event brought together nearly 5,000 people, including mayors, high-level urban stake-holders, financial institutions and global change-makers speaking about the role of cities in relevant G20 priority areas, including social inclusion, gender equality, the future of employment and climate change.
The summit was addressed by President of the Argentine Republic Mauricio Macri. “We must think globally but act locally,” said Macri at a press conference with Urban 20 leaders. "Cities and local governments are key actors, they are the protagonists of global trends."
"This is a real milestone in the diplomacy of cities: it is the first time that the G20 will incorporate the urban perspective in its process," said Secretary General of Buenos Aires City Fernando Straface. "The Urban 20 is the bridge between mayors and national leaders."
According to Urban 20 leaders, cities are large economic, demographic and innovation centres: they represent 54 percent of the population worldwide and produce more than 80 percent of the world's total GDP. However, they are also responsible for more than 70 percent of carbon dioxide emissions.
Launched in December 2017 at One Planet Summit in Paris, the Urban 20 initiative is chaired by the cities of Buenos Aires and Paris, and is supported by the Climate Leadership Group of C40 Cities and the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).
The mayors of Buenos Aires, Paris, Rome, London, Madrid, Berlin, Sydney, Chicago, Montreal, Seoul, Tokyo, Jakarta and São Paolo are among who signed onto the Urban 20 foundation statement in July 2018.
Press-release at Buenos Aires Times official web-site