Regional development

OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs


 7 March 2019 9:00-18:00  OECD Conference Centre, Paris



As part of the OECD Programme on A Territorial Approach to the SDGs, the 1st OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs brought together 140+ representatives from a wide range of cities, regions, national governments, and from the European Commission (DG REGIO, DG DEVCO, JRC), alongside international organisations (UN Habitat, UNESCO, UN Global Compact, World Bank), the private sector (Shell, AXA, Airbus, Arup), networks of cities and regions (UCLG, Eurocities, CEMR, Platforma, C40, Committee of Regions) and other stakeholders such as the World Council on City Data, World Citizens Association, Brookings Institution, Social Progress Imperative, SDSN, various water institutions and the Universities of Pennsylvania and Stanford.



The objectives of the OECD Roundtable were to:

  • Provide a multi-stakeholder forum to share knowledge, experience and best practices on how to use the SDGs to design and implement better policies;
  • Advise cities, regions and national governments in taking the needed steps for effective policy reforms from the ground up to mainstream the SDGs in local and regional planning, investment, priorities and strategies;
  • Provide a global co-production mechanism to design a localised SDG indicator framework to measure cities and regions’ performance and distance to targets and use that evidence to raise the profile of their contribution;
  • Discuss preliminary findings from ongoing OECD pilots on the localisation of the SDGs with the City of Bonn (Germany), the City of Kitakyushu (Japan), the Province of Córdoba (Argentina), the Region of Flanders (Belgium), the Region of Southern Denmark (Denmark), the County of Viken (Norway) and the Municipality of Kópavogur (Iceland);
  • Provide for a coordination tool across different initiatives on localising the SDGs from cities, regions, countries, civil society, academia, private sector, donors or philanthropy.




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