Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers

4-5 December 2013 | Marseille, France

 

The Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers, co-hosted by the City of Marseille and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Council, focussed on how national governments and cities can better work together to foster growth and well-being. Discussions focussed on mobilising investment in hard and soft infrastructures, fostering innovation and strengthening environmental sustainability, financial resilience and social inclusion.

The challenge: a mismatch between national and city-level urban policies  

As governments across the world seek a path to more resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth, cities are reforming and innovating at an unprecedented pace and scale. They are increasingly creative in delivering basic local services and undertaking critical investments for the future, at a time of severe financial constraints and in response to such broader global trends as climate change, migration and population ageing, which have enormous implications for the future of cities. These actions contribute to national growth, but they are often undermined by a lack of coherence between national and city-level policies. When it comes to policies that address growth and jobs, environmental pressures or social inclusion, a growing body of evidence suggests that significant gains can be achieved if local and national policy-makers work more closely together.

The response: co-operation across levels of government to create cities that work

After Milan, Madrid, Paris and Chicago, the Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers provided a forum for national ministers and city mayors to discuss ways of co-ordinating national and local policies that can help cities to make the most of their potential. The Roundtable devoted particular attention to strategies for:

  • Financing investment in cities
  • Making cities greener and smarter
  • Fostering attractiveness and accessibility to help address the challenge of demographic change
  • Making urban labour markets more inclusive

The event: a unique forum for discussion of innovative approaches to urban policy

The Roundtable was organised back-to-back with a meeting of OECD ministers in Marseille on “Regions and Cities: Where Policies and People Meet”. The Roundtable is a top level, closed-door event. Attendance is by invitation only to leading Mayors and National ministers both within and outside the OECD.  Since 2007, 75 mayors and nearly 50 ministers have attended one or more OECD Roundtables.