Publications & Documents


  • 17-October-2016

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    A mission to promote inclusive growth in cities

    Each and every one of us here in Quito is united in a single mission: to promote stronger, sustainable and inclusive growth. And to deliver, we must rely on cities! It is a mission that we will enshrine in the Declaration on the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All that will be adopted in Quito. And it is the mission at the heart of the OECD’s Inclusive Growth in Cities Initiative.

  • 17-October-2016

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    Launch of the National Urban Policy Programme

    We gather in Quito to chart the road ahead for our cities and societies. Today, more than 50% of the world’s population live in cities, and by 2100 that proportion will have surpassed 85%. This translates into great promise for reinvigorating growth, addressing our social and environmental challenges and ultimately enhancing people’s well-being.

  • 17-October-2016

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    All on board for inclusive growth in cities - Remarks at Habitat III

    We gather at a critical moment. No less than the future of our economies, our societies and our planet is at stake. If we are to rise to meet these challenges, then we need to work together to put people at the centre of our economies and ensure that no one is left behind!

  • 17-October-2016

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    OECD, Habitat III and a New Urban Agenda

    The OECD Governance and Territorial Development Directorate has worked closely with United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) on urban development issues. This webpage highlights the complex governance challenges that cities present and offers guidance on how they may be overcome.

  • 14-October-2016

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    OECD Territorial Reviews: Peru 2016

    The economic performance of Peru in recent times has been impressive. There is now a transition underway as commodity prices fall, and the key challenge for Peru is how to improve productivity and maintain this growth trajectory. Peru is a territorially diverse country and addressing these challenges will require policies that are designed for the specific needs of different cities and regions. The importance of regional policies is particularly important for the case of Peru. Within the OECD only four countries have a larger land mass. The physical geography of the country is shaped by a thin coastal region, the Andes and the Amazon forest in the interior. These different areas are not well connected and have vastly different levels of service provision and infrastructure. The report sets out how regional policies can be improved to address these challenges. This includes ensuring the preconditions (such as revenues, capabilities and coordinating mechanisms) are in place for decentralisation to work. Lifting national productivity will largely depend on well-functioning cities. The report also includes recommendations for how Peru can develop a comprehensive approach to urban policy, including enhancing linkages with rural areas.
     

  • 13-October-2016

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    Making the Most of Public Investment in Colombia - Working Effectively across Levels of Government

    This study examines the multi-level governance framework for public investment in Colombia. It provides a diagnosis of the strengths and challenges of the Colombian system and includes comparative data and a set of benchmarks to promote exchange of good practices and promote learning. It makes recommendations for how to further improve the system, make more effective use of existing resources and catch up to OECD countries in terms of infrastructure development . The review also suggests a set of indicators against which Colombia can measure its progress.

  • 13-October-2016

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    Linking up the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda: Remarks at UCLG World Congress plenary session

    This is the metropolitan century. Today, more than 50% of the global population – and two out of three people in the OECD – lives in cities. By the time the century draws to a close, more than 85% of the people on the planet will live in cities.

  • 13-October-2016

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    5th UCLG World Congress: The path to inclusive growth in cities

    The OECD has a long track record of providing governments at all levels with data and policy guidance in areas like affordable housing, transport and local economic development. With our coalition of Champion Mayors, we are taking this work even further!

  • 13-October-2016

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    Making Cities Work for All - Data and Actions for Inclusive Growth

    Cities are places where opportunities for prosperity coexist with stark inequalities between the richest and the poorest. Cities produce and attract highly educated workers and innovative employers. It is usually easier in cities than in other parts of the country for individuals to climb up the income, education or jobs ladder. But cities, especially the largest ones, also concentrate inequalities, both in income and in other well-being aspects,  that remain remarkably high in many OECD economies. Access to opportunities seems stalled for many low-income urban residents, who often live in distressed neighbourhoods.  This report provides ground-breaking, internationally comparable data on economic growth, inequalities and well-being at the city level in OECD countries. It provides empirical evidence on how cities are diverging from, or converging with, other parts of the country, and of the extent of inequality within cities. Finally, it proposes a framework for action, to help national and local governments reorient policies towards more inclusive growth in cities – a new approach to growth that ensures that no part of society is left behind.

  • 13-October-2016

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    Cities will become inequality traps without better housing, transport policies

    Governments should rethink city housing, transport and other urban systems to ensure that fast-growing cities do not become inequality traps, according to a new OECD report showing that a majority of cities have higher levels of inequality than the national average.

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