Cities are engines of growth and home to more than half of OECD citizens, but are often characterised by unhealthy levels of pollution. The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to rethinking of urban design, mobility options and working modes, and has changed citizens’ preferences and behaviour. At the global level, connecting people and markets has contributed to prosperity and poverty reduction in many countries, but transport accounts for a quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Tourism and transport sectors are also undergoing a re-think as part of recovery efforts.
The 2021 Green Growth and Sustainable (GGSD) Forum will focus on COVID-19 recovery measures and their role in greening the built environment and the transport sector. It will discuss how different countries are making use of recovery measures to also address the global goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century and other environmental objectives. The Forum will also address how to better design cities as well as mobility of people and goods for a greener and more resilient future.