As U20 Chair, Riyadh has introduced taskforces to add additional structure and focus to the U20. These taskforces explore specific priority issues and bring evidence-based solutions to the final Communique. Each taskforce has commissioned whitepapers led by chair cities, and with input from participating cities and knowledge partners. These whitepapers help us build an evidence-based, credible and achievable set of policy recommendations.

 

Taskforces Structure

 

taskforces

 

Meeting the global climate targets requires transforming our urban energy systems to be more efficient and based on clean renewable energy sources, while also shifting from a linear material economy to a circular model that reduces, reuses, recovers, and recycles scarce and carbon intensive resources.
To prosper, cities need to provide indiscriminate access to opportunities and services for all the diverse people that live, work, and play within them. Cities need to prepare their citizens for the future of work and to overcome the digital divide, ensure cultural inclusivity and integration, and empower all citizens to thrive.
Nature-based solutions must become mainstream in city planning and development to ensure healthy urban environments with productive—climate change resilient—ecosystems that can provide essentials like clean air, freshwater, food, and nutrition, as well as opportunities for recreation, tourism, and employment.