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OECD Principles on Urban Policy


The OECD Principles on Urban Policy consolidate the lessons from the past 20+ years of work on cities to guide policymakers in building smart, sustainable and inclusive cities. 

The OECD Principles on Urban Policy were co-developed with a diverse range of stakeholders, including international organisations, development banks, networks of cities and local governments, research institutes and academia, and the private sector. 

The Principles were welcomed by Mayors and Ministers during the 7th OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers on 19 March 2019 in Athens, Greece. Mayors, Ministers and partner institutions will support the implementation of the Principles through the Athens Pledge.

>> Read the pledge by mayors and ministers

>> Read about 20 years of Urban Policy at the OECD

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The OECD Principles on Urban Policy

Targeting an effective SCALE of policy action

1. Maximise the potential of cities if all sizes to advance national and global prosperity and well-being over time.

2. Adapt policy action to the place where people live and work.

3. Support interdependencies and co-operation between urban and rural areas.

Adopting a coherent, integrated and effective STRATEGY to build smart, sustainable and inclusive cities

4. Set a clear vision for national urban policy that is fit for the future.

5. Leverage the potential of cities of all sizes for advancing environmental quality and the transition to a low-carbon economy.

6. Promote inclusive cities that provide opportunities for all.

7. Foster a national and multi-level urban policy approach that sets incentives to align and integrate sectoral policies to jointly promote development and well-being in cities.

8. Harness adequate funding for effective implementation of responsibilities for urban policy at all levels of government.

Engaging STAKEHOLDERS in a co-designed, co-implemented, and co-monitored urban policy

9. Promote stakeholder engagement in the design and implementation of urban policy.

10. Strengthen the capacity of actors in cities to innovate and fulfil their dutues effectively, efficiently and inclusively.

11. Foster monitoring, evaluation and accountability of urban governance and policy outcomes.

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