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Who: Mayors from many of the world’s most influential cities, with Ministers and senior business executives, will exchange ideas about how cities and regions can grow their economies and create jobs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing high quality urban services for their citizens.

What: They will focus on ideas such as:

• Grow the economy and reduce pollution through ‘green jobs’ by promoting research and development in eco-innovative infrastructure, transport and energy conservation.

• Hard-hit by the financial crisis, governments are having difficulty meeting the increased demand for social welfare funding and a cleaner environment.

WhereOECD Headquarters, 2 rue André Pascal, Paris 16.

When: at 9:00am Tuesday 25 May OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria will open the Roundtable. From 9:00-11:00, participating mayors, ministers and executives from GDF Suez, Oracle, GE and the European Investment Bank will discuss new ways to factor environmental and social objectives into urban economic polcies.

To attend the Roundtable or to request interviews with participants, journalists are invited to contact Helen Fisher, OECD communications by e-mail or by phone (Tel. : +33 145 24 80 97).

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