19/03/2019 - Governments should take specific actions now to ward off deepening divides across regions and seize new opportunities in the face of global “megatrends”, the OECD said this week. Two new OECD reports highlight that regions are not equally equipped to handle future technological changes, ageing, climate change and other megatrends; and that decentralisation policies need to work more effectively.
The analysis delivered to the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the OECD Regional Development Policy Committee taking place in Athens, Greece, identifies the following priorities for better regional outcomes and the well-being of their residents:
Key data points on regional differences for policymakers to consider include:
The OECD urged Ministers to join forces with regional and local governments to examine how their policies might help or hurt the futures of people who live there.
“Governments have time to get ahead of coming megatrends that will affect in different ways and with different intensity every region in their countries” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “Policy choices need to account for this diversity and the specific reality of each region, opening up new opportunities for people living in struggling places and preventing disadvantages from deepening.”
The Ministerial event, chaired by Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Development Yannis Dragasakis, is bringing together more than 40 countries and international organisations. Additional resources for countries, as well as outcomes of the Ministerial meeting include:
Meeting on the margins of the Ministerial, the OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth and the OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers also launched the Athens Roadmap: Innovation for Inclusive Growth in Cities. In it, Mayors commit to leveraging the full potential of social, technological and public sector innovation to promote policies and practices whereby cities can become places where prosperity is shared, opportunity accessed, and well-being expanded to all segments of the society. The Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth brings together local leaders committed to tackling inequalities and promoting a more inclusive economy in their cities, and is part of the broader OECD Inclusive Growth initiative.
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