U20 in 2023
The city of Ahmedabad is the Urban 20 (U20) 2023 chair, following a handover from Jakarta, the U20 2022 chair. Through the U20, cities from G20 member states engage with the G20 and commit to working together with national governments to move from intention to action and draft a roadmap for global change that will be driven together with cities, closing the gap between policy and practice at all levels of governance. The 2023 U20 chair has identified six priority areas building on this year’s G20 theme “One Earth – One Family – One Future” that are critical for inspiring city level actions to respond to global agendas: (1) encouraging environmentally responsible behaviors, (2) ensuring water security, (3) accelerating climate finance, (4) championing local identity, (5) reinventing frameworks for urban governance and (6) planning and catalyzing digital urban futures.
Ahmedabad as the Chair city for the sixth U20 cycle, calls on cities to work together in a spirit of solidarity and with the objective of deepening their collaboration and to collectively find solutions that are in sync with the overall objectives of the G20. The U20 Mayors’ Summit set to take place in July 2023 will allow U20 cities to present their joint recommendations to the government of India as President of the upcoming 18th G20 Heads of State and Government Summit. The G20 Leaders’ Summit is set to take place on 9th-10th September 2023 in New Delhi.
Building on the legacy of the past Urban 20 Summits, Mayors and city leaders from U20 cities will gather in 2023 cycle to call on G20 leaders to work together for enabling cities to ensure a resilient and inclusive urban future:
Encourage Environmentally Responsible Behaviours
Ensure water security
Accelerate climate finance
Champion “local” culture and economy
Reinvent frameworks for urban governance and planning
Catalyse digitalurban futures
Under the Chairmanship of the city of Ahmedabad, the Urban 20 will call on Heads of State and Government of the G20 to work together in six main areas:
Ensure water security by strengthening collaboration between local and national authorities to mainstream sustainable water management practices,
protect and revitalise water ecosystems and strengthen effective water governance.