The OECD participated in the European Summit: Refugees are our Brothers and Sisters, hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican. The event, drawing mayors and local leaders from more than 50 cities, many of whom are Champion Mayors (Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Lisbon, Leipzig), was a call to action among local leaders for a more integrated, human-centred response to welcoming and integrating refugees in local labour forces and communities.
The OECD has partnered with supporting institutions to elevate the voices of
local leaders in the global debate on inequalities in a number of events.
Organised jointly by the OECD, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Seoul Metropolitan Government, the 3rd meeting of the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth took place in Seoul, Korea on 19 October 2017 in the presence of Mayor Park Won Soon and Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
The second meeting of Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth took place in the presence of 26 Champion Mayors from around the world. The Champion Mayors launched the Paris Action Plan for Inclusive Growth in Cities, which outlined a series of concrete policy actions for overcoming urban inequalities.
Alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio and 20 Mayors from around the world, the launch convened leaders from business, philanthropic organisations, associations of cities, think tanks and international institutions. The event marked the launch of the New York Proposal for Inclusive Growth in Cities.
The OECD contributed to the session, “Sustainable Cities for All: Increasing Social Equity through Climate Action” at the C40 Mayors Summit: Cities Leading Climate Action. The session showcased the vision of mayors and partners, such as the OECD and the Citi Foundation, who are taking an inclusive approach to climate action, providing examples of climate initiatives that also address inequality and provide broader social benefits.
A seminar organised jointly by the OECD and the C40, “Towards Win-win Policies for Inclusive, Green Cities,” was held on 10 November as part of the OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum. Experts shared their views on the emerging challenges and potential opportunities to boost inclusion and achieve green and low-carbon growth in cities.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría gave a keynote address in the Economic Democratisation Conference organised by Seoul Metropolitan Government, followed by remarks from Champion Mayor Park Woo-soon.
The OECD, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, organised two side events relating to the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative at UN-Habitat in Quito. Discussions built on the New York Proposal for Inclusive Growth in Cities, focusing on several key policy areas (education and skills, labour markets, housing and transport, and public services) and helped inform the Paris Action Plan. Both sessions presented findings from the OECD report, Making Cities Work for All, which provides policy makers with new data and a series of concrete policy recommendations to advance inclusive growth in cities.
The OECD, in partnership with the Ford Foundation and UCLG, organised a workshop, “Laying the Path for Inclusive Cities: Affordable Housing, Accessibility and Urban Development” as part of the 5th UCLG World Summit of Regional and Local Leaders. This workshop engaged leaders from the global coalition of OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative in a conversation about concrete strategies for building more inclusive urban environments. The session also launched the OECD report, Making Cities Work for All, which provides policy makers with new data and a series of concrete policy recommendations to advance inclusive growth in cities.
Deputy Secretary-General Doug Frantz participated in the Tel Aviv Cities Summit on 26 September, highlighting how cities can be places of opportunity and lift people out of poverty.
Gabriela Ramos, Special Counsellor to the Secretary-General and Chief of Staff, and Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General and Coordinator of the Inclusive Growth initiative, joined forces with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and mayors from the U.S. for a session on “Leading Inclusive Growth: A Meeting with the Mayors,” as part of the Reinventing Our Communities – Transforming Our Economies national biennial conference
The Brookings Institute, in cooperation with the National League of Cities, hosted “Inclusive Growth in Cities: A Conversation with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría”, followed by a high-level panel of public and private leaders from cities across the U.S. working to develop more inclusive cities.
The OECD Secretary-General joined Champion Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal (Canada) to launch the OECD report, Montréal : Métropole de Talent, and discuss how the city can deepen its efforts towards inclusive growth.