Regional development

WPURB - About us


The work of the OECD relating to urban development is carried out by the OECD Secretariat, under the direction of the Working Party on Urban Policy.


Contact the OECD Secretariat


Taku HONIDEN, Head of the Regional Policies for Sustainable Development Division

Tel.: + (33-1) 45 24 76 94


Rudiger AHREND, Head of the Urban Development Programme

Tel.: + (33-1) 45 24 94 86 


The Working Party on Urban Policy


The OECD Working Party on Urban Policy (WPURB), in association with the Regional Development Policy Committee (RDPC), is a unique practitioner-based forum that provides direction for the work of the OECD Urban Development programme, oversees country assessments (peer reviews), and facilitates collaboration among senior officials seeking to address challenges facing cities and metropolitan areas across OECD countries. The technical work overseen by WPURB has provided national and local governments with comparative overviews against which they can identify whether changes made elsewhere are relevant to and feasible in their own countries and level of government.

The Working Party meets one to two times a year. The current chair is Dr Vincent Fouchier (France).



Message from the Chair

The OECD Working Party on Urban Policy is one of the few places in the world for impartial international and intergovernmental discussions on urban issues. It offers a forum for debating the principal problems facing urban policy makers, enriching dialogue with international comparisons, high-level expertise and in-depth case studies, and providing city and metropolitan actors with an original and forward-looking perspective. By partnering with national and subnational governments as well as socio-economic actors, the Working Party disseminates knowledge and has become an international reference for policy solutions to urban challenges.


About the Chair

Vincent Fouchier, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Urban Policy and delegate representing France, is the Director of the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolitan area planning project.  Previously he was Deputy Director General of the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning in the Île-de-France Region (IAU-ÎdF) where he co-ordinated the Department of Planning and Sustainable Development. Mr. Fouchier teaches at Sciences-Po, Paris, and lectures at the University of Paris I (Sorbonne) and the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées.  Mr. Fouchier holds a doctorate in urban planning from the University of Paris VIII. He has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.


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