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Inequality Matters – Webinar Series

The OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative has launched a new webinar series, Inequality Matters, to explore thematic topics related to inequality in cities. Organised in partnership with our Champion Mayors cities and partners, these webinars cover a range of themes featured on this platform.

Reshaping, Recovering, Resilience: How the COVID-19 Experience Can Help Build Inclusive Cities for the Future

To build cities and societies that can withstand future shocks, inequalities need to be addressed. Mayors need recovery plans that will reshape local economies and public spaces, take on major global issues including the low-carbon transition, the rise in inequalities and the digital divide, and prepare for the future of work in the COVID-19 era. This webinar explored what mayors learned during the pandemic and how they applied it to reshape cities and build toward a recovery that supports more inclusive cities for the future. Panelists: Matúš Vallo, Mayor of Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Sara Funaro, Deputy Mayor of Florence, Italy, Estibaliz Luengo, Director of Internationalisation, Bilbao, Spain, and Krishna Buenaventura, Provincial Planning and Development Officer, Tarlac, Philippines.

October 27, 2021

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From City Halls to City Streets: How Local Leaders and Practitioners are Helping Young People in the COVID-19 Era

COVID-19 exacerbated pre-existing social and economic challenges faced by young people, such as underemployment, low wages and unaffordable housing. In addition, the pandemic had a disproportionate impact upon the young in already precarious situations. This webinar during OECD Youth Week 2021, organised in partnership with the OECD Local Development Forum, looked at the efforts to empower youth during the COVID-19 era. Panelists: Peter Danielsson, Mayor of Helsingborg, Sweden, Thomas Rogé, Head of the Youth Policy Division, Department of Youth and Sports, Paris, France, John Wayman, Youth Mayor of Bristol, UK, Denis Leamy, CEO, Cork Education and Training Board Ireland, Chair of the OECD Local Employment and Economic Development Directing Committee, Marita Raisanen, Coordinator for Ohjaamo, a one-stop-shop guidance centre for young people in Jyväskylä, Finland.

September 22, 2021

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Could The Grass Be Greener Beyond COVID-19?

COVID-19 recovery planning represents a clear opportunity for cities to make their economies greener and progress towards climate change goals. During this webinar our panel of mayors discussed strategies to achieve an inclusive economic recovery in parallel with environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. Panelists: Ricardo Rio, Mayor of Braga, Portugal, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Susan Aitken, Council Leader of Glasgow, UK, Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim, Germany.

May 27, 2021

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Fit For The Future: Reshaping Cities Post-Pandemic

COVID-19 highlighted the necessity of accessible multi-purpose and multi-functional urban spaces in cities.  This session explored strategies rethinking public space and reshaping urban landscapes in ways that generate benefits for everyone and future-proof the city. Panelists: Matúš Vallo, Mayor of Bratislava, Slovak Republic, Einat Kalisch-Rotem, Mayor of Haifa, Israel, Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, USA.

May 26, 2021

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Setback For Now, Not Forever: Recovering Productivity in Cities

Cities took an economic hit as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This webinar discussed city strategies to ensure long term recovery plans are inclusive. Panelists: Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver, USA, Dagur Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland, Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria, Canada, and Amaia Arregi, Deputy Mayor of Bilbao, Spain.

May 25, 2021

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Housing in Cities in the COVID-19 era

COVID-19 exacerbated housing challenges in many cities. This webinar explored what local and national governments can do to offer adequate and more affordable and sustainable housing for all.

Panelists: Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver, USA, Michaela Kauer, Director of Vienna’s EU Liaison Office in Brussels, Belgium, Daniela Grabmüllerová, Deputy Minister, Section of Coordination of EU Funds and International Relations, Ministry of Regional Development, Czech Republic and Sjoerdje Van Heerden, Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

December 10, 2020

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Racial Equality and Inclusion in Cities

with Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor of Bristol (UK), Shams Asadi, Human Rights Commissioner, City of Vienna (Austria), and Magnus Magnusson, Director for Partnerships and Outreach in the Human and Social Science Sector (UNESCO).

September 10, 2020

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The COVID crisis in cities: a tale of two lockdowns 

with Zoran Janković, Mayor of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Rosannie Filato, Member of the Executive Committee of Montreal (Canada) and Michiel Grauss, Vice Mayor of Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
May 14, 2020
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Can cities be feminist?

with Gotzone Sagardui, Vice Mayor of Bilbao (Spain), Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Young People for Bristol (UK) and Jacqueline Ebanks, Executive Director of the Commission on Gender Equity, New York City (USA)
March 10, 2020
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Accelerating Cities’ Innovation Capacity with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the cities of Stockholm, New York, Syracuse and Montreal
June 12, 2019
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In the Green: Building Inclusive Climate Change Agendas in Cities with the cities of Los Angeles and Paris
July 10, 2018
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