35 Mayors and representatives of G20 cities gathered in Tokyo for the second Urban 20 Summit at the kind invitation of the city Governor, Yuriko Koike. Building on the legacy of the first Urban 20 Summit in Buenos Aires, cities called on G20 leaders to work together for climate action, social inclusion and sustainable economic growth to achieve the Global Goals. The Summit took place on May 20-22, 2019. Evgeniia Lodvigova, Vice-Mayor of Kazan, took part in the event.
Cities have a big say in the way societies are shaped and the global goals are achieved. It is in this spirit that cities came together at the Urban 20 Summit to convey local views to the G20 agenda. City leaders handed a joint Communique including their recommendations to national governments on climate action, social inclusion and sustainable economic growth that was handed to the Japanese Prime Minister and 2019 G20 Chair, Shinzo Abe. The document was endorsed by the leaders of 30 cities, representing 126 million people.
The Summit recalled the key role of the 2030 Agenda as a universal framework for addressing many of the planet’s most urgent priorities, and stressed the importance of cooperation between all spheres of governments to achieve the Global Goals.
Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike highlighted the need of working together with national governments to truly achieve global sustainable development. In her words, “If we do not implement local policies, neither SDGs nor the Paris Agreement will be realized”.