The Principles for Rural Policy crystallise over 20 years of the OECD’s work on rural development and were developed through a comprehensive review process with OECD member countries and key stakeholders. They were adopted by the Regional Development Policy Committee 1 March 2019. They are targeted to: i) National ministries dealing with rural areas, rural policies, and sustainable development, notably ministries responsible for regional development, in OECD Members and Partners; subnational levels of government and stakeholders involved in or affected by rural policy (e.g. from civil society, the private sector, academia or financial institutions).
Help Member countries deliver better policies for better lives;
Support the commitments of governments to achieving global agendas through future-proof regional development policies, in particular:
The Sustainable Development Goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015;
The Paris Agreement adopted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2015;
The UN-Habitat Guiding Principles and Framework for Action on Urban-Rural Linkages to Advance Integrated Territorial Development;
Provide guidance on how an integrated and functional approach to the urban-rural continuum can contribute to the economic, environmental and social sustainability of rural areas and to the well-being of their citizens.
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