What's the issue?
Building sustainable, inclusive, safe, smart and resilient cities of all sizes takes commitment and action across local, regional, and national levels of government. Yet, policies that manage urban development are often siloed within and across governments, leading to missed opportunities. Aligning objectives, resources and actions can help strengthen the evidence base for decisions, better target the specific needs of different cities, anticipate and manage challenges and opportunities, and build resiliency to withstand sudden shocks and disruptions.
Mayors and ministers bring unique perspectives to urban issues that are most powerful when working together. Ministers of central governments are well positioned to equip cities with the resources and policy frameworks necessary to anticipate shifting dynamics in cities, while mayors can alert ministers of specific challenges and promote a solution-oriented dialogue.
What can the OECD offer?
The OECD hosts the Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers to bring together national ministers, regional leaders and international organisations for a closed-door discussion on pressing issues, building on a long tradition of policy dialogue on urban issues at the OECD. For several decades, the OECD has been working on urban policy. Under the auspices of the OECD Working Party on Urban Policy, the OECD provides data, expert analysis and policy guidance for both national and local governments, notably through:
- The OECD Principles on Urban Policy, which crystallise the lessons from the past 20 years of OECD work on urban policy into one-stop shop guidance for policymakers in building smart, sustainable and inclusive cities.
- The National Urban Policy Programme (NUPP), a joint initiative with UN Habitat and Cities Alliance, that supports the development and implementation of national urban policies (NUPs) globally, by enhancing knowledge exchange, providing direct support to countries for NUP-making, monitoring, and providing a networking platform.
- The OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative, a coalition of local leaders committed to tackling inequalities and promoting equal access to opportunities to shape more inclusive economic growth in cities. It provides Mayors with a unique platform in the debate on inequality and elevates their voices in national debates and global agendas.
- Mayors, Ministers, Megatrends: Principles for Collective Action, Athens 2019
- The Metropolitan Century: Policies for Resilient and Inclusive Cities, Mexico City 2015
- Better Cities for Better Lives: Bridging National and Local Policies to Deliver Growth and Well-being, Marseille 2013
- A Sustainable World Starts with Sustainable Cities, Chicago, 2012
- Cities and Green Growth, Paris, 2010
- Competitive Cities and Climate Change, Milan, 2008
- Rethinking the Urban Policy Agenda, Madrid, 2007