Policies for growth, jobs, equity and environmental sustainability have greater impact when they recognise the different economic and social realities where people live and work. Public action at all levels of government today is shaped by the effects of the recent crisis as well as by long-term pressures, such as shifting global financial and trade flows, ageing, and migration trends. National governments are thus challenged to rethink how to harness the potential of different types of cities and regions to prepare for the future. Place-based policies can generate opportunities for skills development, investment and innovation, and directly contribute to improving quality of life. Such policies actively complement traditional macro and structural approaches in enhancing national performance.
Ministers responsible for regional, urban and territorial development from around the world gathered in Marseille, France on the 5-6 December 2013 to share good practices and future opportunities in three areas: effective public investment strategies, inclusive growth in cities and regions, and new frameworks for fitting policies to places.
Ministers exchanged good practices in setting and implementing investment strategies based on proposed OECD Principles for Effective Public Investment. They discussed the need for national urban policies to enhance the contributions of different types of cities and regions for inclusive growth and country performance. Building on OECD tools to identify functional economic areas, Ministers also discussed strategies for supporting regional development at the appropriate scale.
The Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers "Better Cities for Better Lives: Bridging national and local policies to deliver growth and well-being” took place on 4-5 December 2013. For information concerning this event please visit the following website: www.oecd.org/urban/roundtable
OECD intervention at the UCLG 4th World Congress, Rabat 1-4 October 2013 (play video from 36:10-44:40)
The End of the Nation-State? (New York Times)
Progressive Cities: Innovative Solutions to Urban Problems (Harvard Law & Policy Review)
Marseille 2013, Cultural capital welcomes the world (article from Les Echos in French)
Marseille polishes its image (New York Times)
Art in Marseille (article from Le Point in French)
Architecture in Marseille (article from Le Point in French)
Chair: Mrs. Marylise LEBRANCHU
Minister of the Reform of the State and of Decentralisation, France
Chair: Mr. Angel GURRIA
Secretary-General of the OECD
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