MAYORS, MINISTERS, MEGATRENDS: Principles for Collective Action


09:00 - 09:30: Opening Address

  • Georgios Kaminis, Mayor of Athens, Greece
  • Yannis Dragasakis, Minister of Economy and Development, Greece
  • Angel Gurría, Secretary General, OECD 

09:30 - 10:30: Co-designing Urban Policies Across Levels of Government

In the face of megatrends, reshaping National Urban Policies to embrace cities of all sizes is essential to fit for the future and tame the rise of a “geography of discontent” where many places feel forgotten.

What reforms should be introduced to existing National Urban Policies to better prepare for and address megatrends such as globalisation, digitalisation, demographic changes and climate change? How to ensure that Mayors and Ministers work closely together in co-designing a new generation of National urban Policies?

10:30 - 11:30: Tools for Bridging National and Local Urban Policies

Once co-designed, National Urban Policies require capacity, funding and governance to be implemented effectively and to deliver better lives for people in all places. A successful, two-way and win-win collaboration among Mayors and Ministers strategies is a key component of the enabling environment needed for urban policies to drive inclusive and sustainable growth.

What types of innovative tools and new forms of partnerships can help Mayors and Ministers work effectively together to catalyse the needed resources and deliver a new generation of National Urban Policies fit for the future?

11:30 - 12:00: Charting the Way Forward: An Action Plan for the OECD Principles on Urban Policy

Nurturing a multi-stakeholder community of practice linking cities and national governments is a critical lever to rethink and reshape urban policy in a shared responsibility. Mayors and Ministers will be invited to raise the profile of the OECD Principles on Urban Policy and suggest ideas for their implementation.

12:00: Family Photo