4th OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs

Tuesday, 29 June, 2021 - 12:00 to Wednesday, 30 June, 2021 - 15:00
Central European Time (CET)
Thursday, 27 May, 2021

4th OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs - Organized by The OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR)

Details: 29-30 June 2021 | 12:00 – 15:00 (CET) | Virtual event (Zoom)

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The 3rd OECD Roundtable on Cities and Regions for the SDGs clearly highlighted the relevance of the SDGs in times of the COVID-19 pandemic for cities and regions. The pandemic has set back parts of the progress made on the 2030 Agenda, but also illustrated how powerful political decision can be taken in exceptional circumstances. The SDGs offer a clear and stable framework to guide governments in shaping a transformative recovery from COVID-19. The transformative nature of the 2030 Agenda provides a key opportunity for national, regional and local governments to promote a new sustainable development paradigm and to move towards a resilient recovery from COVID-19.

City-to-city partnerships are gaining traction as a mechanism to achieve the SDGs. Partnerships and sustainable cities are at the core of the 2030 Agenda with, in particular, two dedicated goals on “Partnerships and enablers for SDGs” (SDG 17) and on “Sustainable cities and communities” (SDG 11). The G20 Development Working Group, supported by the OECD secretariat, is developing High-Level Principles for city-to-city partnerships and is engaging with relevant actors to identify and compile a compendium of good policy practices and inspiring examples to promote the localisation of the SDGs through partnerships between cities, notably intermediary cities.

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) hold a direct role in the achievement of the SDGs. In fact, as they often bear the responsibility of promoting sustainability and inclusion, HEIs have often been early adopters of the SDGs, which have inspired their strategic documents and initiatives. Universities are increasingly playing a key role in the preparation of Voluntary Local Reviews.   


Building on the results of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Roundtables, this 4th edition will bring together key stakeholders from cities, regions, national governments, the private sector, civil society, academia, philanthropy and international organisations to:

  • Present the preliminary findings of the OECD-CoR Survey and the good practices of frontrunner cities and regions to understand how the SDGs can help them implement long-term COVID-19 recovery strategies 
  • Launch three new OECD pilot reports on "A Territorial Approach to the SDGs", and chart the way forward to implement the recommendations on the ground
  • Shape high-level principles on city-to-city partnerships to localize the SDGs developed in the framework of the Italian G20 Presidency    
  • Discuss the role of higher education institutions to support cities and regions in achieving the SDGs

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