• Tuesday 18 Oct 2016
  • Equity & Inclusion: A Mayor and Minister Discussion of National-Local Policies to Combat Inequality and Achieve Opportunity for All

    Side Events
    Venue: R19
    Lead Organization:
    • U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development.
    Partner Organization:
    • Ford Foundation.

    President Obama has said that solving inequality is the “defining challenge of our time.” Inequality, in its many forms, is becoming increasingly acute. The world is facing a growing gap between the rich and the poor, between those who have opportunity and those who don’t. Many communities, cities, national governments, and civil society are taking action to break down the barriers that hold people back by providing every person with an equal shot at real opportunity. In the United States, all too often, many Americans find their dreams limited by where they come from, and a city neighborhood alone should never determine a child’s future.
    In this session, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, will lead a roundtable discussion with mayors and ministers from the global north and south discussing ways in which we can achieve inclusive growth and opportunity in our communities. By speaking to lessons of national-subnational coordination and actionable solutions for cities, the participants will focus on ways to activate and implement the New Urban Agenda. As a result, participants will further develop the community of practice dedicated to making strong communities vital to the well being and prosperity of all.