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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. Our goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all.

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Empowering women as drivers of recovery and growth

16 December

17:00-19:00 CET

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The benefits of a multigenerational workforce: Living, learning and earning longer

16 December 
16:00-17:30 CET

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COVID-19: The great digital acceleration

15 December

16:00-17:30 CET

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The global role of the OECD and the case for collective action and multilateralism in
the post-COVID world

15 December
12:00-13:30 CET

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A new societal contract for the recovery

14 December
16:00-17:15 CET

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Commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the OECD Convention

14 December
10:30-13:30 CET

Events

We started the celebrations of the OECD’s 60th anniversary on 14 December 2020, alongside leaders and key stakeholders. If you missed the events, you can watch the various discussions by clicking on the event.

 

We look back at the OECD’s history, focusing in particular on the transformations of the last decade. This is a key moment to reflect on current and future global economic, social and environmental challenges, and discuss the role of the OECD in strengthening international co-operation.

ENHANCING WELL-BEING AND INCLUSIVENESS

Improving people's well-being of people is what originally brought and continues to bring countries together across the world to be part of the OECD. Over the past 10 years in particular, we have helped to place issues relating to well-being and inequalities of income and opportunities high on the international agenda.

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> DISCOVER MORE ON THE TIMELINE

BUILDING FAIRER SOCIETIES THROUGH TAX CO-OPERATION

Over the past decade, the OECD has been playing a central role in supporting international dialogue and exchange on tax policy. This global fight has been one of the major success stories of international co-operation in recent years.

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> DISCOVER MORE ON THE TIMELINE

HARNESSING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

The OECD has provided key insights and support for countries to grasp the implications of digital transformation and new technologies, helping them to anticipate and respond to the rapidly changing digital landscape.

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> DISCOVER MORE ON THE TIMELINE

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The forerunner of the OECD was the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC), which was formed to administer American and Canadian aid under the Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Europe after World War II.

 

The Convention transforming the OEEC into the OECD was signed at the Chateau de la Muette in Paris on 14 December 1960 and entered into force on 30 September 1961.

 

Since then, the OECD's vocation has been to deliver greater well-being worldwide by advising governments on policies that support resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth. Through evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations, standards and global policy networks, including close collaboration with the G7 and the G20, the OECD has helped advance reforms and multilateral solutions to global challenges. These span the public policy horizon, from the polluter pays principle, which the OECD developed in the 1970s, to PISA in education, not to mention tax transparency and artificial intelligence. Throughout its history, the OECD has striven to become more global, more inclusive and more relevant.

A brief history

The OECD: Forging a path for better lives

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About the OECD

About the OECD

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Timeline

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"The world has changed greatly since the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was created 60 years ago, and the OECD has changed with it. But one thing has remained constant: our objective to help governments design and implement better policies so that people may enjoy better lives.

The OECD’s raison d’etre is to be a pathfinder, a policy advisor and standard setter on a global scale. A ‘do’ tank. We have fulfilled this role by building on our fundamental values: objectivity, openness, boldness, and integrity. Over the past 60 years, the OECD has been a catalyst for change in many aspects of public policy. We encourage debate, provide evidence and promote a shared understanding of critical global issues. Our analyses and policy recommendations are independent and evidence-based, making our work valuable for OECD Member and Partner countries.

The last 10 years have been a decade of transformation for the OECD. Building on its core strengths, the Organisation has expanded its reach, relevance and impact." (...)

our objective to help governments design and implement better policies so that people may enjoy better lives.

The OECD’s raison d’etre is to be a pathfinder, a policy advisor and standard setter on a global scale. A ‘do’ tank. We have fulfilled this role by building on our fundamental values: objectivity, openness, boldness, and integrity. Over the past 60 years, the OECD has been a catalyst for change in many aspects of public policy. We encourage debate, provide evidence and promote a shared understanding of critical global issues. Our analyses and policy recommendations are independent and evidence-based, making our work valuable for OECD Member and Partner countries.

The last 10 years have been a decade of transformation for the OECD. Building on its core strengths, the Organisation has expanded its reach, relevance and impact." (...)

"The world has changed greatly since the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was created 60 years ago, and the OECD has changed with it. But one thing has remained constant:

Read also: A multilateral agenda for a strong, resilient, green and inclusive recovery from COVID-19, by Pedro Sánchez, President, Spanish Government & Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD.

Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General

OECD 60th anniversary

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STATEMENT

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HISTORY

HISTORY

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EVENTS

TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS