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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.


past events

10 July 2018OnlineWebinar - In the Green: Building Inclusive Climate Change Agendas in Cities

Climate change damages are poised to have a disproportionate impact on populations that are already vulnerable: low-income households often have increased exposure to climate risks and hazards and a higher susceptibility to damages from climate change; they also have a lower capacity to recover from damages, as they often lack access to insurance systems and safety nets. Many local policies for climate change and environmental sustainability are applying explicit equity and social inclusion lenses.

This webinar was organised as part of the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative and contributes to the joint OECD-World Bank-UNEP project, Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure. Experts from the OECD and the cities of Paris (France) and Los Angeles (USA) discussed the need for an inclusive growth lens into climate change-related activities.

28 June 2018OECD- ParisEmpowering cities for low-carbon and inclusive development

This seminar contributed to a larger project the OECD is conducting with UN Environment and the World Bank Group with support from the German government on Financing Climate Futures. The project will identify how we scale up from incremental responses to climate change to transformational ones. The Paris Agreement has provided great momentum, and although commitments were made at the national levels of government, coordination and cooperation and action at the local level is necessary to reach global climate targets. This session highlighted  how important it is to engage cities and how big a role they play in the financing and investment of climate change response.
Björn Bergstrand – Head of Sustainability, Kommuninvest
Carlos de Freitas – Director of Programmes – FMDV
Allison Hooks – Project Officer, Sustainable Infrastructure, CDP
Myriam Métais – Finance Advisor to the Mayor of Paris
Moderator – Sena Segbedzi, Policy Analyst, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

29 May 2018OECD- ParisMayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo opens the 2018 OECD Forum

The 2018 OECD forum reflected on what brings us together, moving from diagnosis to action, and shaping solutions to build these much-needed bridges.

The Chair of the OECD Champion Mayors and Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, opened the 2018 forum by focusing on how policy makers can act to ensure future generations benefit from globalisation.

Read more on what Mayor Hidalgo is doing to make Paris a more inclusive city.

24 May 2018OnlineWebinar - Understanding and Overcoming Spatial Segregation

Land use policies, access to public services, decisions about where to build affordable housing, historical practices, as well as entrenched social and economic exclusion have shaped the spatial development of cities by influencing how and where resources are allocated and investments deployed. For fortunate residents, the structures and systems in place enable them to access hubs of economic activity, reside in neighborhoods with quality housing in high opportunity areas, and access vital public services and amenities. For those who are less fortunate, it means dealing with social and economic isolation, living in neighbourhoods plagued by poverty and disinvestment, and in areas more susceptible to climate-related events.

This webinar was organised as part of the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Findings from the OECD report, Divided Cities: Understanding Intra-Urban Inequalities, set the scene by providing a set of comparable income segregation indicators across city jurisdictions.

29 March 2017OECD- ParisChampion Mayor Park Won Soon addresses OECD staff

Mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon shared his experience in “WEconomics” as the basis for a more inclusive approach to economic development policies.

WEconomics is an economy “of all, by all, and for all.” It is a new economic principle that stresses the importance of establishing a fair market and upholding both growth and distribution…

WEconomics is about getting rid of the obsolete, outdated economic paradigm. WEconomics is about diversifying the economic players. WEconomics is about restoring the values that have been neglected in the past. No one should be forced to make a sacrifice for another’s growth and success. And the resources and opportunities of the next generation should not be wasted for the sake of the advantage and wealth of the current generation. All values – economy, labor, welfare, environment, human rights, community, and so on – should be upheld in a balanced and harmonious manner.

That was how the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the OECD came to cooperate on the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative.

9 December 2016The Vatican, RomeRefugees Are Our Brothers and Sisters

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.

2 December 2016Mexico CitySustainable Cities for All

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.

10 November 2016OECD – ParisTowards Win-win Policies for Inclusive, Green Cities

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.

25 October 2016SeoulEconomic Democratisation conference with Mayor Park

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.

17 October 2016QuitoChampion Mayor side-events at UN-Habitat

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.

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13 October 2016BogotaLaying the Path for Inclusive 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.

26 September 2016Tel AvivTel Aviv Cities Summit

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.

22 September 2016PhiladelphiaLeading Inclusive Growth: A Meeting with the Mayors

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

16 June 2016Washington, DCInclusive Growth in Cities, with the Brookings Institution and the NLC

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.

16 June 2016MontrealRegional event with Champion Mayor Denis Coderre

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.