12/03/2019 - Globalisation, the digital transformation, ageing societies, urbanisation, the low-carbon transition and other global shifts are factors contributing to widening disparities within regions and cities in OECD countries. Regional development strategies are essential to address these challenges and ensure the best outcomes for people everywhere.
To mark the OECD Regional Development Policy Committee’s 20th anniversary, Ministers and officials from over 40 countries and international bodies will gather in Athens, Greece on 19-20 March 2019 to discuss the regional impact of global megatrends and ways to improve local and regional policies and governance.
On Monday 18 March, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Athens Mayor Georgios Kaminis will lead the 4th meeting of the OECD’s Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative.
Journalists are invited to the following events:
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, Athens Mayor Georgios Kaminis and the Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, Lamia Kamal-Chaoui along with other Champion Mayors will launch the Athens Roadmap: Innovation for Inclusive Growth in Cities.
To register attendance, journalists are invited to contact Panagiotis Exarchos.
Ministerial opening and press conference to launch the OECD Regional Outlook 2019: Leveraging Megatrends for Cities and Rural Areas with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Development of Greece, Yannis Dragasakis. OECD experts will also present a report on decentralisation, Making Decentralisation Work, along with OECD Principles on Urban Policy and OECD Principles on Rural Policy.
To register attendance, please contact Andreas Belegris (+30 2103332641).
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Development Yannis Dragasakis will present preliminary findings of the OECD Territorial Review of Greece, which examines how well-designed regional policies can drive local economic growth and well-being, and take questions from the media.
The events will be conducted in Greek/English with simultaneous interpretation.
For further information or to request the reports under embargo please contact the OECD Media Office (+33 1 45 24 97 00).
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