Preliminary Agenda


Thursday 8 March 2012


8:00-9:00  Coffee and pastry reception (GAR Hall Rotunda – 2nd Floor)


9:00-9:30  Opening session (GAR Hall, 2nd Floor)

Opening remarks from Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Chair of the OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers


Welcome address

  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago- Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York and Chairman of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
  • Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


9:30-11:00  Investing in cities for sustainable economic growth (GAR Hall – 2nd Floor)


  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago and
  • Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Participants will explore whether a sustainable, “green growth” model can serve as a potential exit strategy from the global economic crisis, and particularly, how investment in municipal infrastructure, innovative technology, and quality of life can deliver economic, environmental and social gains. Given the considerable need for maintaining existing assets and building new ones, and the need for new financial structures and strategies to fund the, public resources will need to leverage and induce private sector investment. And within the public sector, national and local and other levels of government will need to work together.

  • How can investments in sustainable urban infrastructure projects spur short-term job creation and economic opportunities as well as long-term economic recovery?
  • How can urban and national leaders attract investment?
  • How to ensure that green investments are socially inclusive and contribute toward poverty alleviation?


11:30-13:00   The role of cities on the road to Rio+20



  • Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General 
  • Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York and Chairman of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group


Messages from the C40 to Rio+20

  • Michael Bloomberg, Chairman of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group



13:00-14:30   Lunch – International Women’s Day Lunch


Introductory remarks

  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago, Introductory remarks
  • Karen Kornbluh, Ambassador of the United States to the OECD, "Improving Women’s Economic Empowerment"
  • Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary General, Announcing the launch of the OECD Gender Browser
  • Mary Sue Barrett, President of the Metropolitan Planning Council, "Progress, Pitfalls, and Prospects for Women in Chicago"
  • Kim Campbell, Former Prime Minister of Canada, The Club of Madrid’s initiative on Women's Political Participation and Leadership


14:30-15:30   Policy dialogues: Financing urban sustainability in key sectors

Dialogue 1A: Buildings

Chair: Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Rapporteur: Abha Joshi-Ghani, Manager, Urban Development and Local Governments Unit, World Bank


Greening the building sector presents a major growth opportunity for the both public and private sectors but the returns on investment are uncertain. Many cities also have large roles with respect to urban form, and urban finance can be an important instrument to increase urban density.

  • How can local public finance help to green the building sector?
  • How can public policies stimulate private sector investment in green buildings?
  • What role do lending institutions and insurance companies have in financing green buildings?
  • What public-private and public-public partnership opportunities exist to green the building sector?
  • What enabling frameworks can cities and national governments create to stimulate investments in this sector?


Dialogue 1B: Transport


Chair: MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council
Rapporteur: George W. McCarthy, Director, Metropolitan Opportunity, Ford Foundation


Cities have important responsibilities for transport investments and public transit service. They have huge leverage power through these investments to improve the sustainability, equity and resilience of their cities. Large infrastructure is frequently jointly financed with state or national governments, requiring well-functioning public-public partnerships. In addition, many of these investments involve participation of the private sector.

  • How can national, regional, and local governments work together to fund and design sustainable transport infrastructure?
  • How can successful public-private partnerships for sustainable urban transport be created and implemented?


Dialogue 2A: Public Utilities


Chair: Jorge Quiroga, Former President of Bolivia and Member of the Club of Madrid

Rapporteur: Ellis J. Juan, Coordinator, Vice-Presidency of Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank

Many utilities, such as waste and water services, are being carried out under the responsibility of cities, either by public bodies or private actors. Access to safe drinking water and sanitation services can also, in developing countries, be a pathway out of poverty. The way in which these services are financed has a large impact on water consumption, waste production and recycling.

  • Which financial mechanisms for utilities are needed for green, strong and fair cities?
  • What innovative financing tools have been developed in the waste and water management sectors?
  • How can investments in public utilities contribute to cities’ resiliency to urban economic and environmental shocks?



Dialogue 2B: Energy


Chairperson: David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto and C40 Chair

Rapporteur: Joaquim Oliveira-Martins, Head of Division, Regional Development Policy, OECD


There is potential to improve urban sustainability by “greening” energy consumption. Some cities are active as renewable energy producers, use district heating, or have implemented smart grids, but in many cases, cities are cooperating with the private sector for renewable energy production. Financial instruments in the hands of cities, such as energy related fees and charges, can shape this cooperation and determine its effectiveness.

  • What are the crucial conditions for effective public-private partnerships in the energy sector?
  • How can cities effectively increase investment in renewable energy sources?
  • How can public authorities create incentives to stimulate greener consumption in the energy sector?


17:00-18:00 Financing sustainable cities – The way forward

  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, Announcement of “The Chicago Proposal for Financing Sustainable Cities”
  • Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, Conclusions from the Chairs


18:30  Reception and dinner hosted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation
18:30 – Cocktail reception


19:30 – Dinner


The Metropolitan Club
Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Drive
66th Floor
Chicago, Il 60606




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