Abu Dhabi and Dubai endorse sustainable urban development

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are among 39 global cities which endorsed Urban20's 2020 Communiqué, which supports sustainable urban development and was handed over to G20 on the final day of the U20 Mayors Summit in Riyadh last week.

The Communiqué calls on heads of state and governments of the G20 to work together in four main areas - invest in a green and just post-Covid-19 recovery; safeguard planet through national and local collaboration; accelerate the transition to a circular, carbon-neutral economy; and empower people to deliver a more equitable and inclusive future.

The other major cities which endorsed the communique include Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Montreal, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Seoul and Tokyo.

With more than 68 per cent of the world's population set to live in cities by 2050, the U20's Communiqué emphasised that national governments "must crucially invest directly in cities as the engines of the recovery."

Fahd Al Rasheed, chairman of U20, said: "Though we discussed and debated whether cities are as relevant today as they were prior to Covid-19, the answer, from all sides is a resounding yes."

He called on the mayors and city representatives in virtual attendance, to help people find a way to thrive despite the circumstances.

"We must prepare them for a future being shaped by climate, contagion and connectivity. Finding the answers to these topics is why we are here."

Yoriko Koike, governor of Tokyo, said: "We all must work together to win this harsh battle against Covid-19, and achieve equitable, sustainable, inclusive and healthy societies. While continuing to take up the challenge of forging the future Tokyo, we wish to move forward in partnership with the cities of the world for a sustainable recovery, namely the shared goal of realising a resilient and sustainable society." - waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com


Source: https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/economy/story/Abu_Dhabi_and_Dubai_endorse_sustainable_urban_development-SNG_186263096/


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