Chicago Cultural Center Hosting Urban Sustainability Roundtable Thursday

The fourth Meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers takes place Thursday at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington).

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, will jointly preside 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.

The 2012 Roundtable will focus on financing and investing in urban sustainability, job creation, and resilient growth as a catalyst for economic recovery.

Participants will examine 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.

For more information, see the roundtable’s website.

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