By the end of this century, almost 9 billion people are projected to live in cities, representing 85% of the global population. All across the world, large cities attract people because they are motors of growth with enormous potential for job creation and innovation. They are also the hubs in global trade and transport networks.
The current wave of urbanisation presents both risks and opportunities. How can policy makers at all levels of government make decisions today that will lead to more resilient and inclusive cities in the long run? To be resilient, cities must increasingly be prepared to manage risks and respond to natural disasters and economic shocks while ensuring the day-to-day well-being of their inhabitants. To be inclusive, cities should allow all residents to participate in its economic and cultural opportunities to reach the economic potential and level of well-being that inhabitants expect. This requires strategies that help cities deliver quality public services and education, link people to jobs through accessible transport, and facilitate and sustain an affordable housing supply.
A response: sharing the experiences of cities and countries from around the world
Co-hosted by the OECD and Mexican authorities – the Ministry of Agrarian, Urban and Territorial Development (SEDATU), the National Workers’ Housing Fund Institute (INFONAVIT) and the Government of Mexico City – the Sixth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers convened leaders from 16 countries and 24 cities from both national and local governments to discuss policies for more resilient, inclusive cities in an increasingly urbanising era. The Roundtable was preceded by the presentation of the OECD Metropolitan Review of the Valle de México on October 15, 2015.
The event: a unique forum to discussing innovative approaches to urban policy
Established in 2007, the Roundtable builds on a long tradition of policy dialogue on urban development at the OECD, aiming to bridge the policy gaps in tackling climate change and spurring green growth, mobilising investment, creating jobs and ensuring sustainable, inclusive urban growth. It is a top-level, closed-door event. Attendance is by invitation only to leading mayors and national ministers from OECD and non-OECD countries. Previous Roundtables have taken place in Madrid (2007), Milan (2008), Paris (2010), Chicago (2012) and Marseille (2013).
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