Competitive Cities and Climate Change Conference


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Conference objectives

The international conference on Competitive Cities and Climate Change was held on 9-10 October 2008, in Milan, Italy,and addressed the environmental dimension of city competitiveness. It focussed on the relationships between urbanisation and climate change, and the implications in terms of urban policy making, in particular in relation to competitiveness objectives.
The conference was co-organised by the OECD, the Province of Milan, and the City of Milan, in co-operation with the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the Club of Madrid.


Conference proceedings

The proceedings from the conference were published in April 2009 and can be found at:




The conference was the fifth in a series of conferences organised by the OECD to examine the challenges faced by large cities concerned with improving their economic competitiveness while providing the social and environmental conditions that are also necessary in order to retain and attract skills and investment:

  • The Santa Cruz conference (March 2005) focused on the economic aspects of city competitiveness (education, innovation, networks and clusters).
  • The Nagoya conference (June 2005) addressed the physical dimension (attractiveness, infrastructure).
  • The Montreal conference (October 2005) looked at the social dimension.
  • The Madrid conference (March 2007) examined the future of urban policy in the context of globalisation.

Venue and participants

This high-level event was held at the Palazzo Clerici in Milan, Italy, and brought together ministers, mayors, and regional leaders as well as eminent personalities from the Club of Madrid (former Head of States and governments), high-level representatives from international organisations, major local government networks and prominent experts.

The conference provided a key opportunity to further the ongoing work of the OECD Working Party on Territorial Policy in Urban Areas (WPUA) and Territorial Development Policy Committee (TDPC) on identifying effective policy strategies for metropolitan areas.


More information

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For more information about OECD work in this area, see our sites on  regional, rural and urban development and/or  climate change.


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