10. Urban-rural linkages

10. Urban-rural linkages

Urban-rural linkages are those complementary and synergistic functions of flows of people, resources, goods, employment, information, technology, and service ecosystems between rural, peri-urban, and urban areas. Rural-urban cooperations are those mechanisms that see towns and cities as two ends of a continuum of human settlements. The main actors range from the public sector, civil society organizations, the private sector or others.


The National Council for Territorial Development of Chile (CNDT) is in the process of updating the country’s National Urban Development Policy. In this context, and in response to a request for support in identifying best practices and international experiences, ECLAC has facilitated exchanges between CNDT members and counterparts in Malaysia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The Forum of Mayors, a subsidiary organ of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), has emerged as an innovative multilateral space that gives a leading role to the local governments involved. There have been three editions of the event so far, with the upcoming fourth edition set to take place from September 30th to October 1st at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, under the theme “Future Cities Summit.”