16/05/2013 - Today more than half the people in the world live in or near cities. By the middle of the century, urban areas will be home to over two-thirds of the global population. Good urban policy will be critical to ensuring that cities are liveable and sustainable – clean air, efficient water and energy use, and investment that will create jobs.
HRH Crown Princess Victoria and the Mayor of Stockholm will open this Cities and Green Growth conference, which is co-hosted by the OECD and the City of Stockholm. More than 400 participants will share the experiences of cities that have grown greener by focusing on innovative policies that enhance economic growth and promote environmentally sound practices.
OECD Deputy Secretary-General Yves Leterme will launch the new OECD report Green Growth in Cities. In addition to outlining policies that can help all levels of government make urban centres clean, green and attractive to investment that will boost growth and create jobs, the report focuses on four case study cities: Paris (France), Kitakyushu (Japan), Stockholm (Sweden) and Chicago (United States).
The conference agenda and registration details: http://www.urbanevolution.se.
To obtain a copy of Green Growth in Cities or further information about the report, please contact Alexis Robert in the OECD’s Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate: Alexis.Robert@oecd.org.
For more information about OECD work on this topic: http://www.oecd.org/regional/greening-cities-regions/