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If governments at all levels work together to unleash the potential of cities and regions as engines of economic dynamism, they will greatly benefit national recovery and will create conditions for a better life, said OECD Secretary-General.
The economic crisis has hit certain regions and cities harder than others in the OECD area, calling for better regional policies across levels of governments to foster an inclusive and sustainable recovery, according to two new OECD reports.
Regions at a Glance 2013 showcases the contribution of regions to stronger, fairer and cleaner economies, drawing both on the latest comparable data and on past trends across regions in OECD countries.
Ministers responsible for regional, urban and territorial development from around the world will gather in Marseille, France on 5-6 December 2013 to share good practices and future opportunities in three areas: effective public investment strategies, inclusive growth in cities and regions, and new frameworks for fitting policies to places.
"Better Cities for Better Lives: Bridging National and Local Policies to Deliver Growth and Well-being". The Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers, will take place on 4-5 December 2013. The event will focus on how national governments and cities can better work together to foster growth and well-being.
Democracy depends on trust, but many citizens have lost faith in their government’s ability to design and implement fair and effective policies.
The global economic crisis has undermined trust in government. Today only four out of ten citizens in OECD countries say they have confidence in their national authorities. Not surprisingly, trust declined in the countries hit hardest by the crisis, such as Ireland, Greece, Slovenia and Portugal.
This Forum took stock of the key challenges and trends in regulating money in politics; identify emerging risks and opportunities; shape a common understanding of the policy options ahead and trade-offs in enhancing fairness, integrity and transparency in decision making including in the realm of political finance; and mobilise partners to work together and promote synergies in the future agenda.
Government at a Glance 2013 provides readers with a dashboard of key indicators assembled with the goal of contributing to the analysis and international comparison of public sector performance.
9th annual meeting of the OECD Senior Budget Officials network on Performance and Results
Berlin, 7-8 November 2013
How to ensure Transparency, Efficiency and Value for Money
Chairman: Christian Kastrop, Director, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany.