2018 – Buenos Aires
2020 – Riyadh

2019 – Tokyo

Enhancing the role of cities as global leaders

U20 in 2019

The second Urban 20 Summit was held in Tokyo in May 2019, under the leadership of the 2019 U20 Chair, Governor Koike. Building on the legacy of the first Urban 20 Summit in Buenos Aires, 35 Mayors and representatives of G20 cities gathered in Tokyo to call on G20 leaders to work together for climate action, social inclusion and sustainable economic growth to achieve the Global Goals.

The Summit’s output was the 2019 U20 Communiqué, which was shared with the Prime Minister of Japan and G20 2019 President, Shinzo Abe, ahead of the G20 Summit in Osaka, June 2019.

The Communiqué was endorsed by the leaders of 30 cities, together representing 126 million people.

The U20 Communique was signed specifically by the mayors, or governors of: Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Christchurch, Durban, Hamburg, Helsinki, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York, Osaka City, Paris, Port Vila, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Tshwane.

It called on G20 member states to work with cities to implement a series of measures including, amongst many others.

Main calls of the 2019 Urban 20 Communiqué

Climate Action

Set ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emissions to peak no later than 2020, reduce substantially by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.

Commit to decarbonizing the energy grid, with 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Enact national regulations and/or planning policy to ensure new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030 and all buildings by 2050.

Help to expedite the transition to zero-emission vehicles, and support cities’ efforts to do so.

Reduce the generation of plastic waste, phasing out single-use and hard-to-recycle plastics in particular.

Social Inclusion and Integration

Implement housing strategies to ensure access of all populations to adequate housing.

Mainstream accessibility and universal design throughout urban planning.

Eliminate the gender pay gap and promote women’s entrepreneurship.

Create safe cities free of violence against women.

Proactively address needs of ageing populations.

Raise awareness on the positive impact of migration and shift the narrative from migration as a challenge to migration as an opportunity.

Sustainable Economic Growth

Harness digitalization and emerging technologies both to promote inclusive economic growth and solve urban challenges.

Promote digital rights and equal access for all city dwellers to affordable internet and digital services.

Develop sustainable, resilient, and quality infrastructure, prioritising those that serve marginalized populations and foster their inclusion in the green economy.

Ensure a just transition to decarbonized development.


Date Type Source Title
2019 Communique U20 2019 Communique
2019 Press release U20 2019 Summit Press Release
Urban 20 Mayors Summit Tokyo, 20-22 May 2019