C40 Events: OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers, Chicago, March 2012

"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." - C40 Chair and New York City Mayor Bloomberg

The City of Chicago will host the Fourth Meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers on March 8, 2012, which focuses on “Mobilizing Investments for Urban Sustainability, Job Creation and Resilient Growth.” C40 is a co-sponsor of the two-day event.

C40 Chair Mayor Bloomberg will preside over the meeting, alongside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría, and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan; and he will articulate the meeting’s substantive contributions to the Rio+20 agenda in a speech entitled Messages from the Roundtable to Rio+20.

Acknowledging the growing role cities play in securing a sustainable future, and in preparation for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, Mayors and Ministers will discuss how to drive economic recovery through investments in urban sustainable infrastructure. Topics will include:

  • Financing infrastructure investment in the key growth sectors of buildings, transport, and energy
  • Innovative urban investments, including national, local, and private investment funds and the importance of public-public and public-private partnerships
  • The way forward to Rio+20

To view the roundtable’s agenda, please click here.