Riyadh hosts Urban20 talks in preparation for G20 summit

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Eng. AbdulMohsin Mohammed AlGhannam, Saudi U20 Sherpa. (Urban20Riyadh photo)
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Representatives of city mayors from the world' leading world economies attend the first #Urban20 Sherpa meeting in Riyadh on Feb. 5, 2020. (Urban20Riyadh photo)
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View shows the King Abdullah Financial District, north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (File/Reuters)
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Updated 12 February 2020

Riyadh hosts Urban20 talks in preparation for G20 summit

  • Meeting of city mayors reps from world's Top 20 economies tackle urban community challenges
  • The U20 is one of the G20 engagement groups

RIYADH: Representatives of city mayors from the powerful G20 group of leading world economies on Wednesday met in Riyadh to discuss some of the major challenges facing urban communities.

The Urban20 (U20) delegation’s first meeting of the year kicked off at the Fairmont Hotel with mayoral representatives – known as sherpas – preparing the groundwork for the U20 Mayors Summit to be held in the Saudi capital later this year.

The U20, one of the G20 engagement groups, is a platform for city leaders to voice, collaborate, discuss and find solutions on important environmental, social and economic issues affecting urban centers.

U20 Saudi chair, Fahad Al-Rasheed, who was recently appointed president of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC), will oversee the development of the program to carry the U20 legacy forward.

It aims to raise ambition and accelerate action on some of the most pressing urban challenges confronting communities around the world, including inequalities, the digital divide, and environmental degradation due to global warming, rising sea levels, scarcity of resources and biodiversity losses.

The two-day U20 gathering will discuss programs and initiatives focused on improving the lives of city dwellers.

As well as representing the urban powerhouses of the G20 countries, the U20 sherpas are also made up of city leaders of non-G20 nations, other city-focused organizations and selected observer groups.

The main areas of focus for the talks will include urban financing and investment, innovation and technology, and the implementation of sustainable development goals set out in multiple global agreements and development frameworks.

The U20 sherpas’ preparatory work will lead up to this year’s U20 Mayors Summit in Riyadh being held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. The mayoral summit’s meetings and discussions will culminate in a communique addressed to the G20 and intended to inform and enrich G20 leaders’ agendas with an urban perspective.

The U20 group held its inaugural Mayors Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018 with Tokyo hosting last year’s get-together.


Saudi Arabia announces 56 more COVID-19 deaths

Updated 04 July 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 56 more COVID-19 deaths

  • 360 new cases were reported in Riyadh
  • A total of 1,858 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 56 more deaths from COVID-19 and 4,128 new cases of the disease on Saturday.
Of the new cases, 360 were reported in Riyadh, 315 in Dammam, 217 in Hufof and 214 in Qatif.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 143,256 after 2,642 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 1,858 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.