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Regional, rural and urban development

We work to enhance well-being and living standards in all region types and improve their contribution to national performance and more inclusive and resilient societies.

Fully taking into account the variety of situations characterising rural regions, the new policy framework leverages improved data and analysis while broadening the scope from economic focus to encompass the environmental and social dimensions of well-being. 

CORONAVIRUS-(COVID-19): read the Territorial Policy Note and see how territories are impacted by the pandemic

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Cities Policy Responses available here.

New OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2020

JUST RELEASED: Strengthening Governance of EU Funds under Cohesion Policy

OECD Regional Outlook - Leveraging Megatrends for Cities and Rural Areas: looks at the underlying causes of economic disparities across regions and highlights the need for place-based policies to address them

NEW WEB TOOL:Where does your region or city stand today with respect to the 2030 Agenda?


Linking Indigenous Communities with Regional Development: recommendations on how to achieve vibrant local and regional Indigenous economies that deliver on their objectives for development

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The Territorial Review of Greece offers analysis and policy guidance to strengthen regional development and well-being. It examines Greece’s regional development framework, the EU Cohesion policy and multilevel governance in Greece.

The Welsh Government has set an ambitious and innovative path for regional development and public investment – one focused on generating growth and increasing productivity, while also reducing territorial disparities and ensuring the well-being of citizens, now and in the future. Read more about the Future of Regional Development and Public Investment in Wales, United Kingdom

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Geography matters for well‑being

While gaps between regions have narrowed in education levels and access to services over the last decade, they have increased in income, air pollution and safety.

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