Regional development

OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs



 9 December 2019 9:00-18:00  World Conference Centre, Bonn, Germany


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As part of the OECD Programme on A Territorial Approach to the SDGs, the OECD Roundtables on Cities and Regions for the SDGs brought together 140+ representatives from a wide range of cities, regions, national governments, and from the European Commission (DG REGIO, DG DEVCO, JRC), alongside international organisations (UN Habitat, UNESCO, UN Global Compact, World Bank), the private sector (Shell, AXA, Airbus, Arup), networks of cities and regions (UCLG, Eurocities, CEMR, Platforma, C40, Committee of Regions) and other stakeholders such as the World Council on City Data, World Citizens Association, Brookings Institution, Social Progress Imperative, SDSN, various water institutions and the Universities of Pennsylvania and Stanford.

The Roundtable also saw the launch of the OECD Policy Paper- Decentralised development co-operation- Unlocking the potential of cities and regions.


Building on the results of the 1st Roundtable, this 2nd edition, hosted by the City of Bonn:


  • Reached a deal on the assessment, recommendations and checklist from the upcoming OECD Report “A Territorial Approach to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Role for Cities and Regions to leave no-one behind”;

  • Took stock of what’s working in Bonn (Germany), Kitakyushu (Japan), Córdoba (Argentina), Flanders (Belgium), Southern Denmark (Denmark), Viken (Norway), Kópavogur (Iceland), Parana (Brazil) and Moscow (Russian Federation);

  • Fine-tuned the OECD localised indicator framework for SDGs and discuss data produced from 601 regions and 649 cities worldwide;

  • Shared lessons and showcased experiences from leading cities, regions, national governments and international organisations;

  • Defined a path to support cities and regions developing Voluntary Local Reviews and be further engaged in Voluntary National Reviews.





Previous Roundtables

7 March 2019