03 December 2013
ITF Provides Input on Urban Transport Policy for Mayors and Ministers
As governments across the world seek a path to more resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth, cities are reforming and innovating at an unprecedented pace and scale. Cities are increasingly creative in delivering basic local services and undertaking critical investments for the future, at a time of severe financial constraints and in response to broader global trends with enormous implications for the future of cities, such as climate change, migration and population ageing. Cities’ actions contribute to growth, but they are often undermined by a lack of coherence between national and city-level policies.
Improving the co-operation between national governments and cities to foster growth and well-being is the focus of the Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers meeting in Marseille, France on 4-5 December. Building on previous Roundtables in Milan, Madrid, Paris and Chicago, this fifth iteration provides further opportunity for national ministers and city mayors to discuss ways of aligning national and local policies and help cities make the most of their potential. Discussions will focus on mobilising investment in hard and soft infrastructures, fostering innovation and strengthening environmental sustainability, financial resilience and social inclusion. ITF Secretary-General José Viegas will contribute input from ITF with respect to the critical urban transport dimension. ITF has produced a wide range of studies on urban transport issues such as congestion reduction, active mobility or regulation of Public Transport and has made the issue of urban mobility a recurrent theme at its Annual Summit of ministers of transport. (Photo: Jan Jacob Trip Flickr cc)
Go to more information about ITF’s work on urban transport
Go to more information on the Fifth Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers (external link)