The EUKN-OECD Week of National Urban Policies

30 June, 2021


The EUKN-OECD Week of National Urban Policies (NUPs) was an online event from 28 to 30 June 2021, which explored how the New Leipzig Charter can support more just, green and productive NUPs with experts and policymakers from across the world. The event consisted of 4 sessions: the opening session served as a high-level kick-off for the week, providing a general introduction and framing of the topic and preparing the ground for the three following thematic sessions. The thematic Policy Lab sessions explored how NUPs can support social cohesion, environmental sustainability and economic development in a number of European countries. All four sessions were open to the public across the world. This page summarises the main details and key take-aways from each of the sessions. You can also read the event background paper here!


Opening Session

In this thematic session, the panellists offered insights into their NUPs and how the New Leipzig Charter has shaped them. They also discussed:

  • What is the role of NUPS in implementing the New Leipzig Charter?
  • What is a national urban policy (NUP)?
  • How do you imagine urban policy in 2050?

Key Take-aways:

1. The New Leipzig Charter is unique as an EU-level policy document that encapsulates a number of key principles: urban policy for the common good, participation and co-creation, multi-level governance and a place-based approach. The Charter supports the development of NUPs as important instruments to stimulate the advancement of sustainable, resilient cities. It is a roadmap for integrated urban development. But, to make it as influential as the SDGs, we need commitment, communication and active ownership on the part of national urban policymakers.

2. Urban policymaking must include all government levels, including rural and urban areas and should co-create with public and private stakeholders. Local authorities should drive and co-create NUPs.

3. NUPs should be applicable to cities of all sizes.

4. NUPs should break silos and connect cross-sectoral policies.

5. COVID-19 has stimulated initiatives of shared responsibility by giving space for tactical urbanism, as well as support for bottom-up approaches and low-cost sustainable solutions.