International and Regional events

The OECD has partnered with Champion Mayors, supporting institutions and the Ford Foundation to elevate the voices of local leaders in the global debate on inequalities in a number of international events and regional meetings.

Second Meeting of Champion Mayors | Paris | 21 November 2016

The second meeting of Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth took place on the opening day of the Cities for Life Global Summit, hosted by Mayor Hidalgo and in the presence of 26 Champion Mayors from around the world, including Athens, Brussels, Cape Town, Medellin, Rotterdam, Paris and Stockholm. Building on the New York Proposal, Champion Mayors launched the Paris Action Plan for Inclusive Growth in Cities, which outlined a series of concrete policy actions for overcoming urban inequalities.

Remarks by the Secretary-General

Agenda in English | Agenda in French  

Paris Action Plan in English French Spanish

Proceedings

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Newspaper Articles: CitiesToday here | OECDObserver here

Second meeting of the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth

Launch of the Champion Mayor initiative | New York | 29 March 2016

Alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio and 20 mayors from around the world, the launch convened leaders from business, philanthropic organisations, associations of cities, think tanks and international institutions to highlight the role of cities in addressing rising inequalities.  This was the occasion to launch the coalition of Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth, who committed to a roadmap for action to foster both economic growth and inclusiveness in cities. 

The New York Proposal for Inclusive Growth in Cities | français | español

Agenda | français | español 

Remarks by OECD Secretary-General

Session Notes

Who's Who

List of Participants (as at 22 March)  

Proceedings

Refugees Are Our Brothers and Sisters | The Vatican, Rome | 9 December 2016

The OECD participated in the European Summit: Refugees are our Brothers and Sisters, hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican. The event, drawing mayors and local leaders from more than 50 cities,  many of whom are Champion Mayors (Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Lisbon, Leipzig), was a call to action among local leaders for a more integrated, human-centred response to welcoming and integrating refugees in local labour forces and communities.

Final statement

Sustainable Cities for All | Mexico City | 2 December

The OECD contributed to the session, “Sustainable Cities for All: Increasing Social Equity through Climate Action” at the C40 Mayors Summit: Cities Leading Climate Action. The session showcased the vision of mayors and partners, such as the OECD and the Citi Foundation, who are taking an inclusive approach to climate action, providing examples of climate initiatives that also address inequality and provide broader social benefits.

OECDObserver here

 

Ford Foundation president Darren Walker key Address at the OECD | Paris | 22 November 2016

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker addressed the OECD staff and diplomatic community, delivering a call to action and a message of hope: To Further Justice, We Must Commit to Inclusive Economies.

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Keynote Address by Mr. Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation... Keynote Address by Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation to the OECD Council

Towards Win-win Policies for Inclusive, Green Cities | OECD – Paris | 10 November 2016

A seminar organised jointly by the OECD and the C40, “Towards Win-win Policies for Inclusive, Green Cities,” was held on 10 November as part of the OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum. Experts shared their views on the emerging challenges and potential opportunities to boost inclusion and achieve green and low-carbon growth in cities.

Moderator:

Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director for the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development (CFE) and Coordinator of the Champion Mayors Inclusive Growth Initiative

Panel discussion:

Josh Alpert, Director of Special Projects, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Salin Geevarghese, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Richard Baron, Project Coordinator, OECD
Virginie Marchal, Policy Analyst, OECD

Discussant:

Holly Foxcroft, Climate and Urban Policy Expert

Economic Democratisation conference with Mayor Park | Seoul | 25 October 2016

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría gave a keynote address in the Economic Democratisation Conference organised by Seoul Metropolitan Government, followed by remarks from Champion Mayor Park Woo-soon.

Remarks by the Secretary-General

Champion Mayor side-events at UN-Habitat | Quito | 17 October 2016

The OECD, in partnership with the Ford Foundation,  organised two side events relating to the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative at UN-Habitat in Quito. Discussions built on the New York Proposal for Inclusive Growth in Cities , focusing on several key policy areas (education and skills, labour markets, housing and transport, and public services) and helped inform the Paris Action Plan, the main output of the second meeting of Champion Mayors, hosted by Mayor Anne Hidalgo on 21 November 2016. Both sessions presented findings from the OECD report, Making Cities Work for All, which provides policy makers with new data and a series of concrete policy recommendations to advance inclusive growth in cities.

1  |  Getting to Inclusive Growth in Cities

This workshop convened Ministers and Champion Mayors who are committed to reducing urban inequalities and achieving more inclusive cities.

Keynote speech by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General

Panel discussion moderated by Xavier de Souza Briggs, Ford Foundation Vice-President

Desmond Lee, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development (Singapore)
Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development (United States)
Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland (United States)
 
Closing remarks by Patrick Klugman, Deputy Mayor of Paris (France)
 

2  |  Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth: Perspectives from the United States

This workshop featured a panel of Champion Mayors and policy makers from the United States, who addressed the challenges of rising inequalities in US cities, as well as the most effective strategies for advancing an inclusive growth agenda.

Opening remarks by Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Senior Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General

Panel discussion with Champion Mayors and policy makers moderated by Don Chen, Ford Foundation  

Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
William Bell, Mayor of Birmingham (United States)
Tony Vazquez, Mayor of Santa Monica (United States)

Closing remarks by Ian Klaus, Senior Adviser for Global Cities, US State Department

Laying the Path for Inclusive Cities | Bogota | 13 October 2016

The OECD, in partnership with the Ford Foundation and UCLG, organised a workshop, “Laying the Path for Inclusive Cities: Affordable Housing, Accessibility and Urban Development” as part of the 5th UCLG World Summit of Regional and Local Leaders. This workshop engaged leaders from the global coalition of OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative in a conversation about concrete strategies for building more inclusive urban environments. The session was also the occasion to launch the OECD report, Making Cities Work for All, which provides policy makers with new data and a series of concrete policy recommendations to advance inclusive growth in cities.

Welcome by UCLG Secretary-General Josep Roig

Introductory remarks by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría

Panel discussion with Champion Mayors, moderated by Ana Marie Argilagos, Senior Advisor, Ford Foundation

Federico Gutiérrez, Mayor of Medellin
Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal
Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Madrid
OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría

Closing remarks by Ana Marie Argilagos, Senior Advisor, Ford Foundation

Tel Aviv Cities Summit | Tel Aviv | 26 September 2016

Deputy Secretary-General Doug Frantz participated in the Tel Aviv Cities Summit on 26 September, highlighting how cities can be places of opportunity and lift people out of poverty.

Remarks by Deputy Secretary-General Doug Frantz

Leading Inclusive Growth: A Meeting with the Mayors | Philadelphia | 22 September 2016

Gabriela Ramos, Special Counsellor to the Secretary-General and Chief of Staff, and Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General and Coordinator of the Inclusive Growth initiative, joined forces with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and mayors from the U.S. for a session on “Leading Inclusive Growth: A Meeting with the Mayors,” as part of the Reinventing Our Communities – Transforming Our Economies national biennial conference.

Opening remarks:

James Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia

Keynote:

Gabriela Ramos, Special Counsellor to the Secretary-General, Chief of Staff, and Sherpa to the G20, OECD

Panel discussion moderated by Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General and Coordinator of the Inclusive Growth Initiative, OECD

Dana Redd, Mayor of Camden
Oliver Gilbert III, Mayor of Miami Gardens
Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester
 

Op-ed by Gabriela Ramos, “Tackling Inequality in Our Cities” in Cascade


 

Regional Event with Champion Mayor Karin Wanngård | Stockholm | 29 August 2016

The OECD Secretary-General joined Champion Mayor Karin Wanngård for a conversation on how the city of Stockholm is pursuing Inclusive Growth, particularly around the integration of migrants.

Inclusive Growth in Cities, with the Brookings Institution and the NLC | Washington, DC | 16 June

The Brookings Institute, in cooperation with the National League of Cities, hosted “Inclusive Growth in Cities: A Conversation with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, followed by a high-level panel of public and private leaders from cities across the U.S. working to develop more inclusive cities.

Introduction:

Amy Liu, Vice President and Director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

Keynote address:

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD

Panel discussion, moderated by:

Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General and Coordinator, Inclusive Growth Initiative, OECD
 
Cecile Bedor, Executive Vice President, GREATER MSP (Minneapolis-St. Paul)
Dow Constantine, Executive, King County, WA
Rodney Sampson, Chairman, Opportunity Hub and Chief of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Tech Square Labs (Atlanta)
Peter Scher, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Head of the Washington, D.C. Region, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Closing remarks:

Antoinette A. Samuel, Deputy Executive Director, National League of Cities

Remarks by the Secretary-General

Inclusive Cities | OECD FORUM – Paris | 1 June 2016

The Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative  co-organised a session on “Inclusive Cities” at the 2016 OECD Forum, with local leaders including Champion Mayor Miguel Mancera of Mexico City. Mayors shared their efforts to boost sustainability and inclusiveness through initiatives ranging from innovations in health care provision (Mexico City’s Médico en tu casa), to local strategies to welcome and integrate migrants and refugees.

Moderator

Achim Lippold, Foreign Desk Journalist, RFI, France

Scene-setter

Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General, OECD

Speakers

Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mayor, Mexico City, Mexico
Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor, Malmö, Sweden

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Champion Mayor Anne Hidalgo addresses OECD staff and diplomatic community | Paris | 4 April 2016

Cities are expected to play a major role in addressing the contemporary challenges of sustainable growth, including climate change and resilience, economic and digital development, participatory democracy and today social inclusion. Champion Mayor Anne Hidalgo's intervention at the OECD was an opportunity to share her vision of the city and to return to the main priorities of her mandate.