The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been listening to and working with civil society since our creation in 1961. This has included co-operation with business and trade unions via Business at OECD and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.
Over the decades, the size, scope, and capacity of civil society around the world have increased dramatically: so has the OECD’s engagement, to ensure that all stakeholders’ views are factored into our work.
Regular consultations - in person, online or a combination of both - are held by OECD directorates to inform the development or review of OECD work.
Held in Paris every year, the OECD Forum is a public engagement event gathering high-level government representatives, CEOs and trade unions, as well as prominent members of academia and media, to discuss the key economic and social challenges on the international agenda.
Civil society organisations from all over the world have a key role throughout the programme.
It is an important part of the annual OECD Week that also features the OECD main Ministerial meeting, and seminars linked to key international fora (G20).
More than 300 specialised committees, working groups and expert groups bring country officials together at the OECD to discuss policy issues and make recommendations.
Each committee has a mandate that defines its objectives and how it engages with external stakeholders. Engagement can range from informal, periodic discussions and consultations with civil society on specific issues to more structured arrangements and regular participation of civil society organisations in committee meetings.
The OECD Civil Society team can help your civil society organisation navigate these structures and identify opportunities to participate and contribute. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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