Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually address the inaugural session of a U20 or Urban -20 City Sherpas’s inception meeting on February 9 which will be held under the G20 presidency of India in Ahmedabad.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, will grace in present in Ahmedabad, selected to host the U20 cycle, an official release said.
One of the engagement groups of G20, the U20 provides a platform for cities from G20 countries to facilitate discussions on the key issues of urban development, including climate change, social inclusion, sustainable mobility and affordable housing, and propose collective solutions.
The sixth U20 focus on six priority areas of environment-friendly behaviour, water security, climate finance, local identity, urban planning and administration and digitalization of urban amenities, adding that 35 international cities will participate in the event.
On February 9, a discussion will be conducted on priorities, advocacy and way forward. Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Manoj Joshi, will deliver a special address on “India’s urban imperative”, which will be followed by presentations by various working groups on infrastructure, disaster risk reduction and digital economy.