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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation of 34 countries that accept the principles of representative democracy and free-market economy. The OECD provides the preeminent policy forum where governments compare policy experiences, identify good practice, and co-ordinate domestic and international policies. It applies its wealth of information to help governments foster prosperity and fight poverty through economic growth and financial stability. It helps ensure the environmental implications of economic and social development are taken into account.
Mutual examination by governments plays a pivotal role at the OECD, which facilitates a multilateral review process through which the performance of individual countries is monitored by their peers. Discussions at the OECD level sometimes evolve into negotiations where OECD countries agree on rules of the game for international co-operation which can culminate in formal agreements by countries, for example on combating bribery or the regulation of capital movements.
In recent years, the organisation has provided a forum for countries to discuss numerous key issues relevant to international negotiations on climate change (e.g. emissions trading schemes, flexibility mechanisms, deforestation incentives, technology diffusion), and a wide range of climate change-related initiatives are underway (www.oecd.org).
For more information, please see: http://www.fonction-publique.gouv.fr/
Located on the southeast coast of France, Marseille is France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and largest commercial port. Marseille is the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, as well as the capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department. For more information please see: http://www.marseille.fr/sitevdm/jsp/site/Portal.jsp
The region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a French administrative region from the south-east of the country. It is often referred to by the acronym PACA. For more information please see: http://www.regionpaca.fr/english.html
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The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. For further information please see: www.fordfoundation.org
The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 54 member countries. It acts as a strategic think tank for transport policy and organises an Annual Summit of ministers. For more information please see: http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/about/about.html
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve. Headquartered in Barcelona, the organisation’s stated mission is: To be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community. - See more at: http://www.uclg.org/en/organisation
EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. Our members are the elected local and municipal governments of major European cities. For more information please see: http://www.eurocities.eu/
The OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme drew the attention of governments long ago to the role of local partnership organisations as agents of change and instruments to improve governance and policy implementation. 14 countries joined the LEED comparative study on Local Partnerships in 1999-2003. For more information please see: http://www.oecd.org/cfe/leed/forumpartnerships.htm