GOVRT › Preliminary Agenda
Thursday 8 March 2012
8:00-9:00 Coffee and pastry reception (GAR Hall Rotunda – 2nd Floor)
9:00-9:30 Opening session (GAR Hall, 2nd Floor)
Opening remarks from Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Chair of the OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers
9:30-11:00 Investing in cities for sustainable economic growth (GAR Hall – 2nd Floor)
Participants will explore whether a sustainable, “green growth” model can serve as a potential exit strategy from the global economic crisis, and particularly, how investment in municipal infrastructure, innovative technology, and quality of life can deliver economic, environmental and social gains. Given the considerable need for maintaining existing assets and building new ones, and the need for new financial structures and strategies to fund the, public resources will need to leverage and induce private sector investment. And within the public sector, national and local and other levels of government will need to work together.
11:30-13:00 The role of cities on the road to Rio+20
Messages from the C40 to Rio+20
13:00-14:30 Lunch – International Women’s Day Lunch
14:30-15:30 Policy dialogues: Financing urban sustainability in key sectors
Dialogue 1A: Buildings
Chair: Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Rapporteur: Abha Joshi-Ghani, Manager, Urban Development and Local Governments Unit, World Bank
Greening the building sector presents a major growth opportunity for the both public and private sectors but the returns on investment are uncertain. Many cities also have large roles with respect to urban form, and urban finance can be an important instrument to increase urban density.
Dialogue 1B: Transport
Chair: MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council
Rapporteur: George W. McCarthy, Director, Metropolitan Opportunity, Ford Foundation
Cities have important responsibilities for transport investments and public transit service. They have huge leverage power through these investments to improve the sustainability, equity and resilience of their cities. Large infrastructure is frequently jointly financed with state or national governments, requiring well-functioning public-public partnerships. In addition, many of these investments involve participation of the private sector.
Dialogue 2A: Public Utilities
Chair: Jorge Quiroga, Former President of Bolivia and Member of the Club of Madrid
Rapporteur: Ellis J. Juan, Coordinator, Vice-Presidency of Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank
Many utilities, such as waste and water services, are being carried out under the responsibility of cities, either by public bodies or private actors. Access to safe drinking water and sanitation services can also, in developing countries, be a pathway out of poverty. The way in which these services are financed has a large impact on water consumption, waste production and recycling.
Dialogue 2B: Energy
Chairperson: David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto and C40 Chair
Rapporteur: Joaquim Oliveira-Martins, Head of Division, Regional Development Policy, OECD
There is potential to improve urban sustainability by “greening” energy consumption. Some cities are active as renewable energy producers, use district heating, or have implemented smart grids, but in many cases, cities are cooperating with the private sector for renewable energy production. Financial instruments in the hands of cities, such as energy related fees and charges, can shape this cooperation and determine its effectiveness.
17:00-18:00 Financing sustainable cities – The way forward
18:30 Reception and dinner hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation
18:30 – Cocktail reception
19:30 – Dinner
The Metropolitan Club
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, Il 60606
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