Previous Roundtables



The Roundtable provides a forum to develop inter-governmental approaches for stronger, more effective urban policy.

It attracts a wide variety of participants, including National Ministers, business leaders, mayors, regional leaders and civil society groups.

The Roundtable was established in 2007 and it builds upon a long tradition of policy dialogue and publications on urban issues at the OECD.

Since 1979, OECD member countries have shared their experiences and identified best practices in the development of urban areas across such issues as economic competitiveness, urban governance, local finance, infrastructure, climate change, social cohesion, immigrant integration and distressed areas.


“The Metropolitan Century: Policies for Resilient and Inclusive Cities” Mexico City 2015

Co-hosted by the OECD and Mexican authorities – the Ministry of Agrarian, Urban and Territorial Development (SEDATU), the National Workers’ Housing Fund Institute (INFONAVIT) and the Government of Mexico City – the Sixth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers convened leaders from 16 countries and 24 cities from both national and local governments to discuss policies for more resilient, inclusive cities in an increasingly urbanising era. The Roundtable was preceded by the presentation of the OECD Metropolitan Review of the Valle de México on October 15, 2015.

"Better Cities for Better Lives: Bridging National and Locial Policies to Deliver Growth and Well-being" Marseille 2013

The Fifth Roundtable was held back-to-back with the Third TDPC Ministerial Meeting. The Roundtable focussed on how national governments and cities can better work together to foster growth and well-being. Discussions focussed on mobilising investment in hard and soft infrastructures, fostering innovation and strengthening environmental sustainability, financial resilience and social inclusion.


"A Sustainable World Starts with Sustainable Cities" Roundtable, Chicago, 2012

The Fourth Roundtable which focused on financing and investing in urban sustainability, job creation, and resilient growth as a catalyst for economic recovery. Participants examined innovative investment options and finance models to meet these objectives as well as look at the role of key sectors and partnerships that drive change.


"Cities and Green Growth" Roundtable, Paris, 2010

The Paris Roundtable confirmed the important role cities can play in fostering green growth, as well as the need for national policies to enable, encourage and evaluate the progress of local and regional initiatives. The local and national leaders at the Roundtable helped to strengthen the exchange between national and city-level governments, which will be of primary importance in solidifying economic recovery and tackling global concerns such as climate change.

"Competitive Cities and Climate Change" Roundtable, Milan, 2008

The Milan Roundtable assessed the key institutional challenges to multi-level governance on climate change, and how local and national governments and other stakeholders could work together most effectively to implement climate change policy actions at the city level.

"Rethinking the Urban Policy Agenda" Roundtable, Madrid, 2007

The Madrid Roundtable helped to set the basis of a new international policy dialogue among city mayors and national government representatives, who examined the future of urban policy in the context of globalisation and the growing challenges for cities.