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OECD Forum 2013
OECD urges stronger international co-operation on corporate tax
OECD Global Youth Video Competition 2013
OECD-WTO Trade in Value-Added (TiVA) Initiative
Education Today 2013
Mental Health and Work Project
Wikiprogress online consultation: Reducing poverty is achievable
Civil Society and OECD - recent meetings
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OECD Forum partner events
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OECD Forum 2013

OECD Forum 2013For twelve years, the OECD Forum has gathered world leaders, government ministers, CEOs, NGOs, academia and trade unions to debate the most pressing policy issues of the day. This year the OECD Forum will take place on 28-29-May 2013.
We are now into the fifth year of the greatest economic crisis of our lifetimes, 200 million people around the world are unemployed, and we are faced with increasing inequalities in advanced and many emerging economies. Many countries are under immense pressure to put their public finances back on a sustainable footing, yet at the same time investment must be made to generate confidence and kick start growth. It is essential that growth becomes more inclusive and sustainable.
Building on outcomes of Forum 2012, Forum 2013 will be organised around three key themes at the heart of the debate on how to achieve a sustainable future: promoting inclusive growth and addressing inequalities, rebuilding trust in the system, and fostering sustainability.
Participation is by invitation. To register your interest, go to: http://www.oecd.org/forum/register/

 
OECD urges stronger international co-operation on corporate tax
Base Erosion and Profit ShiftingGlobal solutions are needed to ensure that tax systems do not unduly favour multinational enterprises, leaving citizens with bigger tax bills. An OECD study commissioned by the G-20, Addressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), finds that some multinationals use strategies that allow them to pay as little as 5% in corporate taxes when smaller businesses are paying up to 30%. OECD research also shows that some small jurisdictions act as conduits, receiving disproportionately large amounts of Foreign Direct Investment compared to large industrialised countries and investing disproportionately large amounts in major developed and emerging economies.
 
OECD Global Youth Video Competition 2013
The 3rd OECD Global Youth Video Competition is now open for submissions. We ask 18 to 25 year olds to share with us their thoughts and views on how to approach economic and societal challenges. We need to rethink the kind of society we want and re-examine the tools we need to get there. How to shape tomorrow's global economy? What are the key issues that must be factored into building a more inclusive world? The prize for the top videos will be a trip to Paris for OECD Week in May 2013. The closing date is 2 April 2013.
 
OECD-WTO Trade in Value-Added (TiVA) Initiative

Trade in Value-AddedThe first database release from a joint OECD – WTO Trade in Value-Added Initiative offers new insights on how global value chains impact trade relationships and business activity.

This initiative aims to break with conventional measurements of trade, which record gross flows of goods and services each time they cross borders, analysing instead the value added by a country in the production of any good or service that is then exported and offering a fuller picture of commercial relations between nations.

 
Education Today 2013
Education Today 2013When we think of innovation in education, we immediately think of technology: getting more computers into more classrooms or offering online courses. But as Education Today 2013 points out, just because there are ICT devices in the classroom, it doesn't mean that either teaching or learning strategies are changing. New evidence tells us that no technology can replace the best teacher. But it also suggests that the best way to integrate new technologies into the classroom is to get the best teachers involved in developing the right pedagogical approaches to using them.
 
Mental Health and Work Project

Mental Health and WorkMental ill-health is an increasingly important challenge for our society and the strength of the global economy. It not only constitutes a heavy burden on individuals and their families, but is also responsible for lower productivity at work; significant loss of labour supply through joblessness or sickness absence; and social exclusion. Employers and social partners, together with education, health and employment authorities increasingly agree on the need to take an integrated approach to tackle this long-neglected issue. The OECD actively supports their quest for cost-effective investment in mental health as a mean to better face social and labour market challenges. In the series 'Mental Health and Work' the OECD is releasing country reports (already published: Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Sweden) which examine how policies and institutions are addressing the challenge of mental ill-health and employment. Each report is launched with a seminar in the reviewed country bringing together the key government and non-government stakeholders and organisations.

 
Wikiprogress online consultation: Reducing poverty is achievable

Wikiprogress and its partners have launched an online public consultation on "Reducing poverty is achievable. Finding those who are hidden by inequalities". Civil society is invited to share stories and/or solutions for people who are, have been or might be hidden from economic growth, social programmes and statistics, and what this means for the well-being of societies. The outcomes of this discussion will be presented at the OECD Global Forum on Development on 4-5 April 2013.

 
Civil Society and OECD - recent meetings
Several meetings involving civil society have taken place since December. You can find more details here.
 
OECD Forum Partner events
Find more details about OECD Forum Partner events here.
   
 
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
 

March 2013

11-12
Measuring Learning Outcomes in Higher Education: Lessons Learnt from the AHELO Feasibility Study and Next Steps (Paris)
13-14
Third International Summit of the Teaching profession (Amsterdam)
The Third International Summit of the Teaching profession will bring together education ministers, national union leaders and accomplished teachers to share common challenges on implementing teacher appraisals, and how they contribute to school improvement and teacher self-efficacy. Civil society is invited to participate in webinars and via twitter #ISTP2013.
26-27
9th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance (Dublin-Kilkenny, Ireland) on "Implementing Change: a new local agenda for jobs and growth"

April 2013

4-5
Second meeting of the Green Growth Knowledge platform (Paris) This annual conference will focus on private sector implementation aspects of green growth in areas of mutual interest to advanced, emerging and developing countries.
4-5
The 2013 Global Forum on Development (Paris) will promote better understanding of the shifting dynamics of poverty, and of what these will mean for poverty reduction policies in the post-2015 world. The GFD is the first in a series of three forums over the next three years focusing on "Preparing for the Post-2015 World". These events provide a venue for high-level policy makers, academia, civil society and the private sector to exchange perspectives and explore challenges, opportunities and lessons learned. For more information (including registration), visit this site and follow the hashtag #oecdgfd
24
OECD/BIAC Workshop: Green Growth in the Agro-Food Chain: What Role for the Private Sector (Paris)

May 2013

28-29
OECD Forum 2013
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  RECENT OECD PUBLICATIONS
 
Trade for Growth Corporate Governance in Asia Society at a Glance Pisa 2009
Closing the Gender Gap Financial Flows to Developing Countries Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World Trends Shaping Education 2013
Water and Sanitation Innovative and open government Doing Better for Families Naturalisation
Entrepreneurs & Enterprises in MENA region PISA Grade Expectations OECD Indicators of Immigrant Integration 2012
Promoting Growth in All Regions
Water and Sanitation Innovative and open government Doing Better for Families Naturalisation
Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises OECD Factbook Latin American Economic Outlook 2013
The Architecture of Development Assistance
   
   
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