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Watch the webcast of the Inclusive Growth in Cities Campaign launch, including remarks by the President of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, the Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurría and the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.

 Family photo for the Inclusive Growth in Cities campaign launch, held at the Ford Foundation on 29 March 2016.

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Inaugural event & press conference

29 March 2016

Ford Foundation, New York City


New York Proposal

Proposition de New York

Propuesta de Nueva York



Ordre du jour 



Session Notes

Who's Who

List of Participants (as at 22 March)


Remarks from OECD Secretary-General 

Founding Champion Mayors

What is the role of a Champion Mayor?

Anne Hidalgo, City of Paris (France)

William A. Bell, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama (USA)

Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar (Senegal)

Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe (USA)

Burkhard Jung, Mayor of Leipzig (Germany)

Tony Vazquez, Mayor of Santa Monica (USA)

Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Madrid (Spain)

Cr. David Sheard, Mayor of Kirklees (UK)

Yvan Mayeur, Mayor of Brussels (Belgium)

Basílio Horta, Mayor of Sintra (Portugal)

Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town (South Africa)

Park Won-Soon, Mayor of Seoul (Korea)

Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens (Greece)

Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta (USA)

Naomi Koshi,  Mayor of Otsu (Japan)

Marco Doria, Mayor of Genoa (Italy)

Rui Moreira, Mayor of Porto (Portugal)

Fatimetou Abdel Malik, Mayor of Tevragh-Zeina (Mauritania)

Federico Gutiérrez, Mayor of Medellín (Colombia)

Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon (Portugal)

Edgar Mora Altamirano, Mayor of Curridabat (Costa Rica)

Esther Alder, Mayor of Geneva (Switzerland)



Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles (USA) 

Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis (USA)

Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw (Poland)

Charlie Hales, Mayor of Portland (USA)

Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of The Hague (The Netherlands)

Carolina Tohá, Mayor of Santiago (Chile)

Angela Brown-Burke, Mayor of Kingston (Jamaica)

Luis Mella, Mayor of Quillota (Chile)

Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm (Sweden)

Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Mauricio Vila Dosal, Mayor of Mérida (Mexico)

Celia Wade-Brown, Mayor of Wellington (New Zealand)

Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal (Canada)

Carlos Moscoso, Mayor of Cuzco (Peru)

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City (USA)

Jorge Enrique Astiazarán Orci, Mayor of Tijuana (Mexico) 

Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City (Mexico)

Fumiko Hayashi, Mayor of Yokohama (Japan)

István Tarlós, Mayor of Budapest (Hungary)

Issahaku Nuhu-Putiaha, Mayor of Wa Municipal Assembly, (Ghana)

Johnson Muyanja, Mayor of Mukono Municipality (Uganda)

Ibrahim Baidoo, Mayor of Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (Ghana)

Jan Van Zanen, Mayor of Utrecht (Netherlands)



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Equal Change Blog

How can cities challenge inequality and foster inclusive growth

By Ana Marie Argilagos, Senior Advisor, Equitable Development, Ford Foundation


 Why cities matter for inclusive growth


Cities and metropolitan areas have a crucial role in making inclusive growth happen. They are major generators of growth and economic opportunity: almost 60% of jobs created in the OECD area between 2000 and 2013 were in 275 metropolitan areas. Economic and social mobility has historically been higher in large cities.

However, rising inequalities, poor quality of services, fragmented labour markets, and non-inclusive institutions challenge the capacity of cities to grow inclusively – that is, to allow people both to contribute to and share in rising prosperity.


 Launching an inclusive growth for cities campaign


To operationalise Inclusive Growth in cities worldwide, the OECD will launch an Inclusive Growth in Cities Campaign. The campaign aims to increase awareness of rising inequalities, refocus the debate on concrete solutions, and empower local governments as leaders in the transition towards more inclusive growth.

Central to this campaign is the creation of a network of mayors to promote Inclusive Growth.The OECD will invite mayors from around the world to become Inclusive Growth Champions, who are invited to:

  • Participate in an Inclusive Growth in Cities workshop on 29 March 2016 in New York 
  • Endorse a New York Proposal for Inclusive Growth in Cities
  • Help shape a policy roadmap for inclusive growth in cities
  • Voice their support for an inclusive growth policy agenda in their cities and countries


The work of the Champion Mayors will also inform the OECD’s recommendations on inclusive growth,

which will be presented to OECD member countries and emerging economies in 2016.

Champion Mayors working for inclusive growth in cities


 Expanding the evidence base on inequality in cities and regions


What do we know about inequality in cities?

The latest OECD evidence

  • In many OECD countries, urban income inequality has risen faster than overall income inequality, due to skills’ distribution and the capturing of top earners.
  • Cities’ contributions to wealth and inclusion vary substantially within and across countries. Metro areas in Italy and Korea accounted for more than 80% of job creation between 2000 and 2014, compared to less than 30% in Switzerland and the Slovak Republic. 
  • Income inequality increases with city size. Metro areas with over 1.5 million people register the highest levels of Gini index for disposable household income. But inequality goes beyond income. Multidimensional living standards – a composite measure of income, jobs, health and inequality – are on average higher in metro areas.
  • City and regional governments are critical actors in the policy domains that matter for inclusive growth. Sub-national governments carry out around 40% of total public spending in the OECD, with 60% of this investment for economic affairs and education – key areas for inclusive growth.


The Inclusive Growth in Cities campaign will benefit from ongoing OECD research on how to make inclusive growth happen in cities and regions, which was made possible with support from the Ford Foundation.

  • Data: Provide a set of internationally comparable indicators to measure societal progress and inclusiveness in cities and regions.
  • Evidence: Assess patterns of inclusive growth across OECD regions with a measure of living standards that accounts for a range of well-being outcomes and the distribution of progress across social groups.
  • Decision making: Analyse how cities are co-ordinating policies and engaging citizens and private stakeholders to foster inclusive growth.


The results of this work will be published in an OECD report, Making Inclusive Growth Happen in Cities and Regions.





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