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May 16, 2019
Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Climate Change, Social Inclusivity, Sustainable Growth and Risk Management Worldwide: Tokyo’s First Urban 20 (U20) Mayors Summit and Urban Resilience Forum Tokyo (URF)

As announced on December 18, 2018, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will concurrently host the Urban 20 (U20) Mayors Summit and the Urban Resilience Forum Tokyo (URF), as detailed below.

1. 2019 Urban 20 (U20) Tokyo Mayors Summit

(1) Dates

Monday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 22, 2019

(2) Venue

Hilton Tokyo (6-6-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)

(3) Purpose of the meeting

While Japan serves as the chair country for the 2019 G20 Summit, Tokyo will be hosting the U20 Mayors Summit, an event that brings together leaders of the world’s major cities. Towards the realization of a sustainable and inclusive world, the participants will discuss issues common to global cities, and craft messages to be delivered to the G20.

(4) Program (Planned)

As of Attachment 1(PDF:325KB)

(5) Communiqué

An official announcement approved and signed by leaders from U20 participating cities to be delivered to the G20. Press announcement will be held in the morning on Wednesday, May 22.

Themes

  • Climate Action
  • Social Inclusion and Integration
  • Sustainable Economic Growth

(6) Participants (tentative) 【Note】subject to change

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University
  • 27 cities 【Note】in alphabetical order
    (*) cities participating in both conferences (11 cities)  
    • Mayor / Governor (9 cities)
      Amsterdam, Berlin, Helsinki, Jakarta(*), Osaka City, Riyadh, Rome, Rotterdam(*), Tshwane(*)
    • Deputy Mayor / Governor (6 cities)
      Houston, Los Angeles, Moscow(*), Paris(*), Seoul(*), Ulaanbaatar(*)
    • Other officials (12 cities)
      Brussels, Buenos Aires(*), Durban(*), Hamburg, Johannesburg, Madrid, Mexico City(*), Montreal, New York(*), Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Yokohama
  • Those related to international organizations, national and local government organizations, embassies in Tokyo, and others

【Note】Participants will be invitation only

(7) Streaming online

The summit is planned to live-stream on the website: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official Video Channel “Tokyo Douga.” Session 6 will be only in English, other sessions will be both in Japanese and English.

Tuesday, May 21 : Opening Remarks, Keynote Speech, Session 1 – Session 5
Wednesday, May 22 : Session 6 (Breakfast Meeting) 【Note】Only in English, Press Announcement

(Reference) About the Urban 20 (U20)

  • The U20 is a new city diplomacy initiative developed by the Mayors of Buenos Aires and Paris (Chair of the C40 Group), in collaboration with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) on December 12, 2017.
  • Based on the recognition that cities play an important role in creating a sustainable and inclusive world, the U20 aims to reflect experience and expertise of the cities in the G20 discussions.
  • Tokyo joined the U20 on January 24, 2018. While Japan serves as the chair country for the 2019 G20 Summit, Tokyo will be hosting the U20 Mayors Summit.

2. Urban Resilience Forum Tokyo (URF)

(1) Dates

Monday, May 20, – Wednesday, May 22, 2019

(2) Venue

Hyatt Regency Tokyo (2-7-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)

(3) Purpose of the meeting

In the lead-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, and in the face of increasingly frequent and intensified urban disasters worldwide, representatives will meet at this forum to share knowledge and policies on disaster preparedness to increase intercity solidarity and common assets. The forum will make an appeal to the world regarding the importance of disaster preparedness in urban areas.

Theme

  • Effective Disaster Risk Reduction in Urban Management
    – Common Responsibilities and Unique Initiatives

(4) Program (Planned)

As of Attachment 1(PDF:325KB)

(5) Participants (tentative) 【Note】subject to change

  • Mayoral roundtable moderator:
    Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, and Head of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • Mayors from cities worldwide working on disaster preparedness policies, officials in charge of disaster preparation and other related participants.
    【Note】in alphabetical order
    (*) cities participating in both conferences (11 cities)
    • Mayor / Governor (5 cities)
      Christ Church, Jakarta(*), Port Vila, Rotterdam(*), Tshwane(*)
    • Deputy Mayor / Governor (5 cities)
      Hanoi, Paris(*), Seoul(*), Tashkent, Ulaanbaatar(*)
    • Other officials (10 cities)
      Bangkok, Buenos Aires(*), Durban(*), Mexico City(*), Moscow(*), New Orleans, New York(*), Santiago, Tirana, Wellington

【Note】The participants will be invitation only

(6) Streaming online

The Forum is planned to live-stream on YouTube in both Japanese and English.

Tuesday, May 21 : Mayoral Round Table Meeting

Inquiries

                    (1)Regarding the U20 Mayors Summit:
    Project Section, International Affairs Division, Office of the Governor for Policy Planning
    E-mail: S8000415(at)section.metro.tokyo.jp

(2)Regarding Urban Resilience Forum Tokyo:
Planning and Budget Section, General Affairs Division, Bureau of General Affairs
E-mail: S0030208(at)section.metro.tokyo.jp

                * The above e-mail address has been arranged as an anti-spam measure. Please replace (at) with @.

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