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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).
City of Chicago
The City of Chicago, led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is host of the Fourth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers: Mobilizing Investments for Urban Sustainability, Job Creation and Resilient Growth. The City of Chicago leads the nation with innovative initiatives in sustainability that spur job growth and economic development. This includes developing the Chicago River into the city’s next recreational frontier, promoting energy efficiency projects downtown and in our neighborhoods, and installing roof top gardens on City owned buildings.
The City's actions save money for residents and businesses and create new jobs throughout the City, all while having a profound impact on quality of life throughout the city. Creating a sustainable city requires hard work, cooperation, and a commitment from local government as well as every individual, business and institution in the city.
Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago strongly support the Roundtable's goals of advancing sustainability policy and building successful collaborations between national and city governments. Through input from international leaders and global experts, Chicago will build on its efforts to capture the critical economic benefits associated with sustainable development and energy efficiency, and help position Chicago and its residents for future prosperity. (http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/progs/env.html).
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (www.hud.gov), led by Secretary Shaun Donovan, is a co-host and primary partner to the Fourth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers: Mobilizing Investments for Urban Sustainability, Job Creation, and Resilient Growth. HUD works to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.
HUD’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation within the Office of Policy Development and Research serves as HUD’s liaison to the OECD and supports HUD's efforts to find new solutions and align ideas and resources by working across domestic and international sectors -public, private, and civil - to further HUD's mission (www.huduser.org/ipi).
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
C40 is a major partner of the OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers: Mobilizing Investments for Urban Sustainability, Job Creation and Resilient Growth. C40 is a global network of megacities taking action to combat climate change, by developing and implementing policies and programs that generate measurable reductions in both greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks.
C40 works in an aligned partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) Cities program, which was started by the William J. Clinton Foundation. Our global field staff works with city governments and critical partners, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas. Together we facilitate active exchange, collaboration and policy and program implementation across our cities. The current chair of the C40 is New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. To learn more about the work of C40 and our Cities, please visit http://www.c40.org/.
Bloomberg Philanthropies refers to all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including the Bloomberg Family Foundation, Bloomberg LP and his personal charitable giving. Bloomberg Philanthropies works primarily to advance five areas globally: the Arts, Education, the Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. In 2010, $279 million in grants were distributed and $20 million was invested in advocacy related initiatives. (www.mikebloomberg.com)
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.(www.fordfoundation.org)
The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. (www.macfound.org)
Metropolitan Planning Council
Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.
Chicagoland Chamber Of Commerce
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is the host of the OECD Territorial Review of the Tri-State Chicago Metropolitan Region, the first of its kind in the United States. Together with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Chamber is also co-organiser of Combating Global Headwinds: the OECD Perspective, a global policy dialogue led by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD.
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest regional chambers in the nation, representing businesses principally from the six-county Northeastern Illinois region (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry & Will) as well as member firms located in Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio.
Founded in 1904, the Chicagoland Chamber is a private, non-profit business assistance and economic development organization, dedicated to helping member businesses grow while promoting sustainable, long-term economic development for the region as a whole. Its mission is to make the Chicago metropolitan region the most business-friendly region in America and enhance its members' success through aggressive programs in advocacy, member benefits, services, and actionable information (www.chicagolandchamber.org).