Regional, rural and urban development

Previous high level meetings of the RDPC


 2019 | 2013 | 2009 | 2003


2019 - RDPC MINISTERIAL -  MEGATRENDS: building better futures for regions, cities and rural areas, athens, Greece

Ministers responsible for regional and urban development and territorial reforms from around the world gathered in Athens, Greece on 19-20 March 2019 to discuss how to harness global megatrends to prevent them from deepening regional divides. 

Under the leadership of Mr. Yannis Dragasakis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Development, Greece, and Vice-Chairs Mr. Kyung Hun Jeong, Deputy Minister for Territorial and Urban Development, Korea and Chair: Mr. Felipe Salaberry, Vice Minister of Regional Development, Chile, this meeting delivered the adoption of the OECD Declaration on Policies for Building Better Futures for Regions, Cities and Rural Areas. Also presented were the OECD Principles on Rural Policy and on Urban Policy. 

The meeting was preceded by the meeting of the Champion Mayors Initiative for Inclusive Growth which delivered the Athens Roadmap and the 5th Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers on 18 March. 

Related documents

Background document


Issues notes


Declaration on on Policies for Building Better Futures for Regions, Cities and Rural Areas


Principles on Rural Policy


Principles on Urban Policy



  2013 - RDPC MINISTERIAL -  Regions and Cities: Where Policies and People Meet, Marseille, France

Ministers responsible for regional and urban development and territorial reforms from around the world gathered in Marseille, France on 5-6 December 2013 to share good practices and future opportunities in three policy areas: effective public investment strategies, inclusive growth in cities and regions, and new frameworks for fitting policies to places.

Under the leadership of Ms. Marylise Lebranchu, Minister of Reform of the State, Decentralisation, and the Civil Service of France, Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, and Vice-Chairs, Mr. Manabu Sakai, Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan and Mr. Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, Director of the National Worker’s Housing Fund Institute (INFONAVIT), who replaced Mr. Jorge Carlos Ramírez Marín, Minister of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development of Mexico, this meeting, and the immediately preceding Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers, contributed to rich and forward-looking policy debates around how cities and regions can contribute to national goals for inclusive and sustainable growth as well as help to restore trust in government. 


Related documents

Chair's summary




Policy briefs




2009 - TDPC MINISTERIAL - Investing for Growth: Building Innovative Regions, Paris, France

The need for regional policy to help address urgent economic, social and environmental challenges is offering renewed impetus for reform in a context of a major global downturn. The global economic crisis is affecting families and communities across the planet. With regions bearing the brunt of the crisis, affecting businesses, jobs and people generally, regional policies are very much part of the solution.

Ministers responsible for regional and territorial development from around the world gathered at the OECD on 31 March 2009 to discuss how countries can meet these challenges and how regional policy can support long-term growth.

Related Documents

TDPC 2009 Ministerial Conclusions

Chair's Summary


Remarks by the Secretary-General


REGIONAL POLICY FORUM - 'Global Crises - Regional Responses' was held on the 30 March 2009, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

Preceding the Ministerial, the Regional Policy Forum 'Global Crisis, Regional Responses' opened the floor to a diversity of key actors in the field of regional policy, including sub-national governments, business and financial sectors, education and research community, and NGOs. The Forum was organised into four roundtables, looking at different dimensions of regional policy.


Related Documents 

Forum Agenda
Closing Remarks by TDPC Chair Mark Drabenstott
Innovation and Green Growth: The Regional Dimension



2003 - OECD High Level Meeting of the Territorial Development Policy Committee, Martigny, Switzerland

This high-level meeting stressed the importance of competitive regions as the basis for national economic growth and social cohesion. Understanding why different regions perform differently and how their economic performance can be enhanced in coherence with other important policy objectives such as social cohesion and sustainable development is a priority for all Member countries. The economic importance of enhancing the accessibility and strengthening the functional linkages between rural regions and cities is now widely recognised.


Chair's summary




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