A total of 30 major cities including Chicago, Helsinki, Johannesburg, Sydney and Hamburg met Wednesday (May 22, 2019) at the Urban 20 Mayors Summit in Tokyo and urged governments to leverage the tremendous potential of cities for climate action, social integration and sustainable economic growth.
Demands on G20 countries
The cities called for action to protect the climate, e.g. greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050 and the decarbonisation of energy supply in a joint declaration. Other priorities include renewable energies, housing supply, the elimination of pay gaps, integration and the development of a sustainable, resilient and high-quality infrastructure. The declaration was presented to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as host of the next G20 Summit underway from June 28-29, 2019 in Osaka.
Hamburg as a laboratory of the future
Speaking at the Urban 20 Mayors Summit, Jens Kerstan, Hamburg’s Senator for the Environment, said: “The world’s cities are laboratories of the future. We know the problems first hand and we work on the solutions every day. Several large-scale projects, such as the Energy Campus in Bergedorf or the e-bus depot reflect Hamburg’s interest in innovations and solutions for climate-neutral mobility and the energy transition. The Hanseatic city is among ‘urban voices’ that wants to be heard and used in the international discourse.”