Monday, March 28, 2016

US Mayors Join Others Worldwide in Promoting Inclusive Growth

On March 29, 2016, Mayors from around the world, including many from the U.S.  will come together in New York City to launch the Inclusive Growth in Cities Campaign.  "Champion Mayors" from the US who have already joined the effort hail from Mineapolis, Los Angeles, Birmingham and many others.  Sponsored by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Campaign is described as follows;

"Cities and metropolitan areas have a crucial role in making inclusive growth happen. They are major generators of growth and economic opportunity: almost 60% of jobs created in the OECD area between 2000 and 2013 were in 275 metropolitan areas. Economic and social mobility has historically been higher in large cities.

However, rising inequalities, poor quality of services, fragmented labour markets, and non-inclusive institutions challenge the capacity of cities to grow inclusively – that is, to allow people both to contribute to and share in rising prosperity.


 Launching an inclusive growth for cities Campaign


To operationalise Inclusive Growth in cities worldwide, the OECD will launch an Inclusive Growth in Cities Campaign. The campaign aims to increase awareness of rising inequalities, refocus the debate on concrete solutions, and empower local governments as leaders in the transition towards more inclusive growth.

Central to this campaign is the creation of a network of mayors to promote Inclusive Growth.The OECD will invite mayors from around the world to become Inclusive Growth Champions, who are invited to:

  • Participate in an Inclusive Growth in Cities workshop on 29 March 2016 in New York 
  • Endorse a New York Proposal for Inclusive Growth in Cities
  • Help shape a policy roadmap for inclusive growth in cities
  • Voice their support for an inclusive growth policy agenda in their cities and countries


The work of the Champion Mayors will also inform the OECD’s recommendations on inclusive growth, which will be presented to OECD member countries and emerging economies in 2016."

 In 2013, Benjamin Barber speculated about what would happen If Mayors Ruled the World.  With this new Campaign and other developments like the new Global Parliament of Mayors, his observations seem increasingly prescient.

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