Fourth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers


The Fourth Meeting of the OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers was hosted by the City of Chicago on 8 March 2012.

The OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor of New York and the Chairman of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Michael Bloomberg, and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan, jointly presided over the meeting.

Securing a sustainable future is at the forefront of global agendas. Cities are both part of the problem and the solution to present urban sustainability and resiliency challenges, and are therefore essential actors to securing a more equitable and sustainable development path.

By transforming urban policies and catalysing innovative urban investment, cities can be leaders in global action on climate change as well as pioneers of greener and more resilient growth. They can help define and implement a way forward that delivers economic, environmental and social gains. Innovative urban investments, including national, local, and private investment funds (insurance companies, pension funds, etc.) and public-public and public-private partnerships are critical to meeting these objectives.

To view the 4th Roundtable Proceedings please click here for the English Version and here for the French version.

To see the Partners and Supporters to this Roundtable please click here.


Video 8 March (Chicago Mayor's Office)

Press conference of the Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers Meeting



Video 8 March (Chicago Mayor's Office)

Proceedings from the Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers Meeting

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      Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD 180x215 pixels


 "On the eve of Rio+20, governments are challenged to build a world that is safer, cleaner and healthier in a 'do more with less' environment. Such a  sustainable world starts with sustainable cities. Partnering to invest in sustainable and resilient cities is therefore central to achieving this goal".

Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General






"The City of Chicago welcomes the upcoming collaboration between the C40, the OECD, and US HUD, as we look to develop new solutions to the most pressing sustainable infrastructure problems facing cities around the world. During my time in office I have focused heavily on how strategic infrastructure investments can build a stronger foundation for job creation, economic growth and sustainable development, and I look forward to working with other mayors and ministers to explore new approaches to these common challenges."

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago





"City leaders understand better than anyone that the stakes are high. We know that on our rapidly urbanizing planet, cities hold the key to unlocking the solutions to climate change.  The upcoming OECD roundtable provides an ideal opportunity for Mayors and Ministers to establish clear principles for local-national collaborations that will be communicated to Rio+20 conference in June."

Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, Chairman of the C40





"The OECD Urban Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers will be an invaluable opportunity for us all to share best practices.  We know that cities and regions that embrace sustainability and resiliency will have a built-in competitive edge in attracting jobs and private investment which is a top priority for the Obama Administration. Through these collaborations with our municipal leaders, we will be able to develop effective, place-based solutions that support our cities and help them grow sustainably."

Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development



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