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OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers

Building inclusive, sustainable 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 or even unintended consequences. 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 resilience to withstand sudden shocks and disruptions. Mayors and ministers bring unique perspectives to urban issues that are most powerful when working togethers. 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.

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