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[Event] U20 / G20 Urban Infrastructure for Circular Economy

24 August 2022
G20 Indonesia

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Under the chairmanship of Jakarta in the Urban 20, cities have called upon the G20 Leaders to respond to the issues of economic and social recovery for all, ensuring that post-pandemic global recovery is inclusive and equitable, while supporting decent livelihoods for all. In that perspective, the provision of quality and sustainable infrastructure is key to prepare for future shocks, while addressing pressing environment and energy transition needs. Cities are facing many priorities, form the provision of affordable housing to fostering an equal access to sustainable mobility and the promotion of urban regeneration. A new approach of urban metabolism is another immediate priority to address a systemic overflow of waste impacting all ecosystems and livelihoods and ensure the provision of water and energy to all while contributing to curb down C02 emissions. The delivery of sustainable urbanization is therefore both a local and a global issue that require a new approach of multilevel governance. Echoing the main pillars of the G20 presidency of Indonesia that are 1) Global health architecture, 2) Digital transformation, and 3) Sustainable energy transition, the infrastructure taskforce of the group of think-tanks of the G20 has proposed to establish a global investment platform for sustainable urban development projects.[1] The Urban 20 summit session Urban Infrastructure for Circular Economy and a Just Transition will explore in particular the challenges and opportunities linked with urban infrastructure, especially related to waste, water and energy.

The Urban 20 Summit session Urban Infrastructure for Circular Economy and a Just Transition is organized jointly with the Think-tank 20 Indonesia (T20), the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the Global Solutions Initiative (GSI).


The interactive and hybrid Urban 20 session Urban Infrastructure for Circular Economy and a Just Transition will feature world-class experts and practitioners from public and private spheres, government, investment, research and industry. It is a dialogue between experts and utilities, crossing the lines between local and global issues, project investment and policy and regulatory issues.

The session aims at building and sharing recommendations at U20 level and to highlight new directions to overcome the systemic finance gaps for sustainable infrastructure, ahead of the COP27 summit of sustainable urban development ministers and of the assessment of the SDG11 in 2023.

The session follows the joint Statement of the T20/B20/D20 LTIC on sustainable and quality infrastructure issued at the G20 Finance Ministers’ meeting Investors Dialogue in Bali in July 2022. It also echoes the T7 proposal of a G20/G7 infrastructure club and pact on sustainable urbanization, alongside the creation of the Urban 7 Alliance.[1]

In the round of G20 presidencies of Indonesia, India, Brazil, and to be followed by South Africa, the conclusions of the session will contribute to nurture a joint approach by the U20 and T20 to support the establishment of a global investment platform for sustainable urban development projects and policies, to be developed jointly by voluntary engagement groups, and G20 ministerial working groups.

Event Schedule

  • Date: Tuesday, 30 August 2022
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (WIB/GMT+7)
  • Venue: Fairmont Hotel, Jakarta
  • Hybrid Session, link to connect online TBA


9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Opening Session

Session MC

9:05 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

  • Danang PARIKESIT, Head, Indonesia tollroad regulatory agency (BPJT) and lead co-chair, T20 Infrastructure investment and financing taskforce and lead co-chair T20 TF8 infrastructure investment and financing
  • Benni AGUSCANDRA, Head of department of investment, Jakarta Capital City Government
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM


  • Caroline CHAL, Director, Institutional and external relations, Syctom (the greater Paris metropolitan waste management)
  • Anbumozhi VENKATACHALAM, Director of Research Strategy and Innovations at ERIA: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel Discussion

  • Kuki SOEJACHMOEN, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Indonesia Research Institute for Decarbonization (IRID), and lead co-chair, T20 TF3 Governing Climate Target, Energy Transition and Environmental Protection
  • Joakim GIACOMONI, Member of the board, Siaap (the greater Paris metropolitan waste water public company), Paris, France
  • Hitesh VAIDYA, Director, National Institute for urban Affairs (NIUA), New Dehli, India
  • Asep KUSWANTO, Head of Environment Agency, Jakarta Capital City Government 
  • Widi AMANASTO, CEO, PT Jakarta Propertindo (Perseroda) 
  • Caroline CHAL, Director, Institutional and external relations, Syctom (the greater Paris metropolitan waste management)
  • Yamunna RAO, Program coordinator, Circular Economy Solutions Dialogues, Global Solutions Initiative (GSI) 
  • Asri INDIYANI, Director Of Technical Operations, Perumda PAL Jaya (waste water) 
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Q&A Session

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Closing Remarks

  • Peter KURZ (TBC), President, Global Parliament of Mayors and Mayor of Mannheim, co-founder of the Urban 7 Alliance


  • Nicolas J.A. Buchoud, Fellow, Global Solutions Initiative and president, Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development

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