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.
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.
The OECD Secretary-General joined Champion Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal (Canada) to launch the OECD report, Montréal : Métropole de Talent, and discuss how the city can deepen its efforts towards inclusive growth.
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.
Panel discussion, moderated by:
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.
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.
Panel discussion moderated by Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General and Coordinator of the Inclusive Growth Initiative, OECD
Op-ed by Gabriela Ramos, “Tackling Inequality in Our Cities” in Cascade
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
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
Panel discussion with Champion Mayors, moderated by Ana Marie Argilagos, Senior Advisor, Ford Foundation
Closing remarks by Ana Marie Argilagos, Senior Advisor, Ford Foundation
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.
Panel discussion moderated by Xavier de Souza Briggs, Ford Foundation Vice-President
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
Closing remarks by Ian Klaus, Senior Adviser for Global Cities, US State Department
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon shared his experience in promoting economic inclusiveness in the city. Introducing “WEconomics” as the basis for a more inclusive approach to economic development policies in Seoul, the Mayor’s speech underlined the importance of establishing a fair market and diversifying economic actors in the local economy.
Excerpts from the Mayor’s address:
WEconomics is an economy “of all, by all, and for all.” It is a new economic principle that stresses the importance of establishing a fair market and upholding both growth and distribution. It is my political and economic philosophy, personally, and my main policy direction for the Seoul Metropolitan Government, as Mayor of Seoul.
WEconomics is about getting rid of the obsolete, outdated economic paradigm. WEconomics is about diversifying the economic players. WEconomics is about restoring the values that have been neglected in the past. No one should be forced to make a sacrifice for another’s growth and success. And the resources and opportunities of the next generation should not be wasted for the sake of the advantage and wealth of the current generation. All values – economy, labor, welfare, environment, human rights, community, and so on – should be upheld in a balanced and harmonious manner.
That was how the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the OECD came to cooperate on the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth initiative. In fact, this coming October, we will be hosting the 3rd Meeting on Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth in Seoul. I greatly look forward to this meeting, sharing and expanding the innovative ideas and real changes pursued by cities on inclusive growth around the world.