The Urban 20 (U20) is a city diplomacy initiative that aims to facilitate lasting engagement between the G20 and cities, raise the profile of urban issues in the G20 agenda, and establish a forum for cities to develop a collective message and perspective to inform G20 negotiations. The U20 strives for a more equitable, sustainable and resilient future. It is committed to the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda, promoting SDGs and the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Each year, the U20 puts out the U20 Communiqué to be shared with the President of the host country of the G20 that year. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, growing global inequalities, geopolitical instabilities and the rise of disruptive technologies, this year the U20 has set as a priority “Recover together, recover stronger”. To achieve global goals, the U20 calls cities, national governments and urban stakeholders to strengthen cooperation, by looking at three main priorities: health and housing for a social recovery for all; fostering a transition toward sustainable energy and mobility and providing education and training for an equitable access to the job market.
This year, the U20 has called the G20 to work with cities towards a mutually desirable post-pandemic future by taking concrete action in priority areas, among which digital rights have a key role. The U20 specifically calls for the need to "adapt human rights to the digital age by fostering digital rights and access to data and raise awareness to combat disinformation."
Read the full 2022 Communiqué.