OECD Forum 2017
OECD Week 2017 is made up of OECD Forum (6–7 June) and the main, annual OECD Ministerial meeting (7-8 June), held at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris and brings together high-level government representatives (Heads of State, Ministers) from OECD’s member and partner countries with stakeholders from business, trade unions, civil society, academia and media to debate global social and economic challenges. In 2017 the Ministerial meeting will be chaired by Denmark, and we expect the Danish Prime Minister, as well as several ministers and government representatives to attend. Australia and the United Kingdom will be the two vice-Chairs.
The narrative around OECD Week 2017 will focus on themes supporting more integrated economies and societies, key to ensuring that global policy is developed to better identify and manage the risks linked to globalisation, so that the benefits can prevail. We have not always got that balance right in the past, and it is vital that we do better in the future if we are to sustain public support for an open, world economy. The broad themes that we will be focusing on at Forum 2017 include:
- Inclusive Growth – we will discuss the OECD’s latest work on the link between productivity and inclusiveness and assess recent findings relating to topics such as ageing, youth unemployment, child well-being, gender equality, integration and migration, education and 21st century skills.
- Digitalisation – The OECD is at the start of a new programme of work called Seizing the benefits of digitalisation for growth and well-being, that will include OECD work with member countries and link into the programme of the G20 under the German Presidency. This work will report on how government policy needs to be better suited to rapid digital innovation of education, employment, energy, investment, transport, trade and the economy in general.
- Trust – international collaboration and global policy goals such as the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement, and tax justice. Discussions will include the need to establish new low-carbon investment paths and partnerships focused on financing the goals set by the 2030 Agenda, and how to stimulate more inclusive and sustainable growth through international trade, responsible business conduct and investment.
The Future of Work will be more flexible, more freelance, more collaborative and far less secure. These changes impact upon not only the type of education and skills needed for success, but also how to ensure access to income and retirement security, and health insurance. The OECD has been examining how to rethink our systems of social protection to accompany people throughout their increasingly diverse life courses (Generation Next), and an action plan will be discussed during the Ministerial meeting. The focus will be on exploring how inequalities build throughout people’s lives and how to identify the best spaces to intervene most effectively, with a focus on areas such as education and health.
Building on the OECD’s 2013 Recommendations on Gender Equality in Employment, Education and Entrepreneurship, a new Gender Report assessing progress since 2013 will also be discussed by Ministers. We foresee sessions at the Forum addressing the need for a change of culture in the boardroom and in government. In this context we plan to discuss issues including the influence of unconscious, gender bias, and how to ensure more women enter STEM careers.