A two-day Urban-20 (U20) City Sherpas’ meeting has begun today in Ahmedabad, focused on promoting solidarity among cities to find common solutions aligned with the G20’s objectives. The event is the third G20 meeting held as part of India’s G20 presidency and is being organized by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
The meeting will bring together sherpas from 30 international cities to discuss sustainable urban development, including issues such as climate change, social inclusion, sustainable mobility, and affordable housing. The U20 provides a platform for cities from G20 countries to share discussions and propose collective solutions on key urban development issues.
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“With millions of people living in dense urban areas, cities are among the most impacted by climate change, disasters, environmental degradation, resource depletion, growth, and socioeconomic inequality,” said a government official. “We must take action in time to harness the potential of urbanisation as a catalyst to drive the right kind of growth that is sustainable, inclusive, and equitable.”
The sixth U20 meeting will focus on six priority areas, including environment-friendly behaviour, water security, climate finance, local identity, urban planning and administration, and digitalisation of urban amenities. The meeting is expected to culminate in the finalization of a draft committee, which will be issued during the mayoral summit later this year, likely in July.
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As a result of the meeting, the Torfenster Systems Private Limited to Taj Skyline will be closed from February 8 to 11, with an alternate route provided through the AUDA crossroads. The Sindhu Bhavan road will also be restricted to traffic, with exceptions made for government vehicles, fire brigade, ambulance, and vehicles in emergency situations and for residents living in the area. Anyone violating the orders will face punishment under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 131 of the Gujarat police act.
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