Welcome to the official webpage for the conference on What Policies for Globalising Cities? Rethinking the Urban Policy Agenda.
The conference was co-organised by the OECD and the Madrid City Council, in co-operation with the Spanish Ministry of Public Administration, the Club of Madrid and with the full support of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This high-level event was held at the Municipal Congress Hall, in Campo de las Naciones, Madrid, and brought together approximately 500 government leaders, policy makers and practitioners to examine and elaborate on the future of urban policy in the context of globalisation and the growing challenges for cities.
The conference was the fourth in a series of conferences organised by the OECD to examine the challenges faced by large cities concerned with improving their economic competitiveness while providing the social and environmental conditions that are also necessary in order to retain and attract skills and investment. While the Santa Cruz conference (March 2005) had a clear focus on the economic aspects of city competitiveness (education, innovation, networks and clusters), the Nagoya conference (June 2005) addressed the physical dimension (attractiveness, infrastructure), and the Montreal conference (October 2005) discussed the social dimension of city competitiveness, the conference in Madrid looked at the future of urban policy in the context of globalisation and the growing challenges for cities.
By bringing together international experts, public officials and politicians, the conference provided a key opportunity to further the ongoing work of the OECD Working Party on Territorial Policy in Urban Areas (WPUA) and Territorial Development Policy Committee (TDPC) on identifying effective policy strategies for metropolitan areas.