14:30 - 16:00
Session A. Resillient infrastructure: Innovative approaches (Joint session with the World Bank) - Room CC4
Urban infrastructure is under significant pressure in the face of increasing population density, climate change, and economic growth. As countries aspire to invest in efficient cities, roads, housing, education and health systems need to promote green growth. Acting early is essential to ensure resilience and avoid locking into long-lasting and unsustainable urban forms. This session considers the environmental and economic challenges of infrastructure development given the increasing uncertainty and risks related to its development. It explores opportunities for innovation in ensuring the resilience and sustainability of urban forms. The session is jointly organized with the World Bank to align with their hosting of the 2017 Green Growth Knowledge Platform Annual Conference on resilient and sustainable infrastructure.
Moderator: Dr. Marianne Fay, Chief Economist for Climate Change, World Bank
- Ms. Julie Rozenberg, Economist, World Bank
- Ms. Lola Vallejo, Policy Analyst, Environment Directorate, OECD
- Dr. Pheakdey Heng, Policy Lead, Global Green Growth Institute, Cambodia
- Mr. Keywan Riahi, Energy Program Director, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis
Session B. Tracking progress on urban green growth and Sustainable Development Goals: Data, information and indicators - Room CC16
While policies to promote urban green growth have been implemented in many cities, the effective measurement of the policy impacts and the tracking of progress remains a challenge. While the OECD has developed a set of green growth indicators, there have been relatively few attempts to apply them to the subnational level. This session considers what needs to be measured - given the cross-sectoral nature of urban green growth – and discusses the challenge of comparability. It also considers how measurement efforts can be aligned with the broader international agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.
Moderator: Mr. Shardul Agrawala, Head of Division, Environment Directorate, OECD
- Ms. Myriam Linster, Environmental Performance & Information, Environment Directorate, OECD
- Ms. Monica Brezzi, Regional Analysis & Statistics, Public Governance & Territorial Development, OECD
- Prof. Seong Woo Jeon, Environmental Science & Ecological Engineering, Korea University
- Ms. Kookie Habtegaber, Green Economy Adviser, formerly Global Lead at WWF
Session C. Towards win-win solutions for "inclusive" and "green" cities and the C40 (Co-organised with the OECD Inclusive Growth in Cities Initiative) - Room CC18
Rising inequalities, poor quality of services, fragmented labour markets, and non-inclusive institutions challenge the capacity of cities to grow inclusively. The integration of economy-wide and local policy measures are needed in order to build cities that are both socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. To increase awareness of rising inequalities and refocus the debate on concrete solutions, the OECD, together with the Ford Foundation, launched the Inclusive Growth in Cities Campaign. This session will invite participants to address a critical challenge for policy makers: how can cities better align the climate and inclusion agendas? It will explore challenges and potential opportunities that emerge by combining local efforts to boost inclusion - expanding affordable housing, transport accessibility, education and job opportunities - with the objectives of green and low-carbon growth. The discussion will contribute to the second meeting of the initiative to be held in Paris on 21 November.
Moderator: Ms. Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director for the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development (CFE) and Coordinator of the Inclusive Growth in Cities Initiative
- Joshua Alpert, Director of Special Projects, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
- Mr. Salin Geevarghese, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
- Mr. Richard Baron, Principal Advisor, Round Table on Sustainable Development, OECD
- Ms. Virginie Marchal, Policy Advisor, Aligning Policies for the Transition to a Low-carbon Economy (APT), OECD
Session D. The impact of tax policies on land use outcomes - Room CC2
The taxation of income, property, transport and energy at all government levels can have a significant impact on land-use, real-estate development, urban sprawl and therefore environmental performance (air pollution and GHG emissions). Property taxes can be designed to encourage the development of denser cities, or promote single-occupancy housing. Subnational-specific income tax rates may affect land use patterns. Tax provisions that favour home ownership may also impact city shape and mobility. Parking fees and taxes on urban road use may affect accessibility and improve air-quality. Thus careful consideration is required in the development and implementation of tax policies. This session discusses the implications of a wide-range of taxation policies at all government levels and the role in shaping urban green growth, and considers the role that taxation can play in providing revenues for green urban investments and other financing issues.
Moderator: Mr. Kurt van Dender, Centre for Tax Policy and Admin, OECD
- Prof. Jos van Ommeren, Spatial Economics, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Mr. Alowin Moes, Senior Economist, Swiss Federal Tax Administration, Switzerland
- Mr. Hansjörg Blöchliger, Senior Economist, Economics Department, OECD
- Mr. Rudiger Ahrend, Head of Urban Policy, Public Governance & Territorial Development, OECD