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September 2013
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News
Recent meetings
Upcoming events
Recent OECD publications
Useful links
OECD and civil society
OECD Forum
Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD
Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD
OECD Observer Magazine
OECD blogs
Headlines
Action Plan to improve the fairness and integrity of tax systems
New OECD/G20 website
Public consultation on Transfer Pricing Matters
Visit the OECD during the Journées de Patrimoine
Fukushima Dialogue
OECD/Netherlands policy dialogue on water
Climate Change eXplorer
Agricultural Markets Information System
Civil Society and OECD - recent meetings
Selected upcoming events
OECD Forum partner events
Recent OECD publications
 
NEWS
Action Plan to improve the fairness and integrity of tax systems
BEPSIn an increasingly interconnected world, national tax laws have not always kept pace with global business models, fluid capital, and the overall digitalisation of economy, leaving gaps that can be exploited by multinationals to artificially reduce their taxes. This undermines the fairness and integrity of tax systems. On 19 July, the Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) was released on the occasion of the G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Moscow. This Action Plan has been fully endorsed by G20 leaders, and its development benefited from input from civil society. It sets forth 15 actions to address BEPS in a comprehensive and coordinated way. This will result in fundamental changes to the international tax standards, based on three core concepts: coherence, substance, and transparency. Working on the actions with tight deadlines in the next 24 months, non-OECD G20 Economies will join the project on an equal footing with OECD members, and developing countries will also be involved in the process. Civil society representatives will be invited to comment on the proposals developed in the course of the BEPS work.
 
New OECD/G20 website
G20The OECD has been an active partner with the G20 in combining efforts to strengthen the global economy. A new website highlights the OECD contributions to the G20 and provides insights on several policy areas including employment and social policies, financial sector reform or trade and investment.
 
Public consultation on Transfer Pricing Matters
On 30 July 2013 the OECD published a Revised Discussion Draft containing proposed revisions to the OECD Transfer Pricing Guidelines on Transfer Pricing Aspects of Intangibles, and a White Paper on Transfer Pricing Documentation. Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 1 October 2013. On 12-13 November a consultation, open to the public and press, will be held at the OECD in Paris. If you wish to attend, please contact TPConference@oecd.org.
 
Visit the OECD during the Journées de Patrimoine
Journées de patrimoineOn 14-15 September 2013 the OECD will open its doors for the 30th edition of the Journées européennes du patrimoine from 10:00-17:00.
This is the only time of the year when the general public can visit OECD Headquarters and the historic Château de la Muette. Visitors will learn about OECD and its international relationships, as well as discover the heritage of an historical site deeply rooted in French history and the kings of France.
 
Fukushima Dialogue
An innovative dialogue initiative, co-organised by the Nuclear Energy Agency and the International Commission on Radiological Protection, is enabling civil society stakeholders in the Fukushima Prefecture to meet with local and international specialists to analyse needs related to recovery from the tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident of March 2011. This dialogue has explored topics such as return to evacuated areas, management of contaminated food, radiation monitoring and education for children. The last dialogue, in July, revealed that mistrust in official radiological data must be addressed, as should the need to cultivate enhanced communication between central government and the evacuees. The 7th Dialogue will take place in November.
 
OECD/Netherlands policy dialogue on water
Greening Economies Two-thirds of the Dutch territory, more than half of the population and two-thirds of the economic activity are at risk of flood. However, in the face of broader administrative reforms, fiscal tightening and increasing water challenges due to climate change, a key question is how fit the current system is to meet future challenges and if the Dutch society is willing and able to pay the rising costs of water management.
The OECD-Netherlands Policy Dialogue on Water Governance has been set up as a mechanism to share facts and figures that will substantiate the discussion among Dutch stakeholders, and to advance the debate about potentially difficult policy and institutional reforms. Key findings and recommendations will be published in April 2014. More info: www.oecd.org/water.
 
Climate Change eXplorer
Climate Change eXplorerThe OECD Climate Change eXplorer is a data visualisation tool that aims to enhance transparency by bringing climate-related statistics to life. The tool allows the user to visualise over 40 different data sets using animated "bubble" plots for the period 1990-2010. The user can choose which data sets to show on the axes, as well as the data set used to determine the size of the bubbles. Users can also add their own "custom" data sets. For any comments of questions, please contact gregory.briner@oecd.org.
 
Agricultural Market Information System
The OECD actively participates in the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) initiative that was called for by G20 Agriculture Ministers in June 2011. AMIS aims to enhance food market transparency and encourage coordination of policy action in response to market uncertainty. The initial focus of AMIS is on four grains that are particularly important in international food markets: wheat, maize, rice and soybeans. AMIS objectives include improving short-term agricultural market information, analyses and forecasts, reporting on critical conditions of international food markets, promoting international policy dialogue and co-ordination with respect to these crops and building data collection and capacity building in participating countries.
 
Civil Society and OECD - recent meetings
Several meetings involving civil society have taken place since June. You can find more details here.
 
OECD Forum Partner events
Find more details about OECD Forum Partner events here.
   
 
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
 

September 2013

14-15
30th edition of the Journées européennes du patrimoine. Open-house weekend at the OECD Headquarters in Paris (10:00-17:00).
15
Nuclear Energy Agency Forum on Stakeholder Confidence (Paris). It meets regularly to exchange on the societal dimension of radioactive waste management.
18-19
Climate Change Expert Group Global Forum (Paris). It will discuss the effectiveness of climate finance, commitments for the forthcoming 2015 climate change agreement or emissions accounting.
24
Shaping coherent and collective action in a post-2015 world. This UN General Assembly side event will discuss actions by OECD countries and emerging economies; priority areas and responsibilities and will explore tools to monitor progress on policy coherence for food security.

October 2013

1-3
OECD session on trade facilitation at the WTO Public Forum "Expanding Trade through Innovation and the Digital Economy" (Geneva)
7
Africa Forum 2013 (Paris) "Africa 2.0: Harnessing natural resource wealth for economic transformation". Every year, more than 500 participants gather to discuss the performance of African economies and the major challenges faced by the continent.
22-23
Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy(Istanbul, Turkey). It will explore the current state of science and innovation, address the key challenges for policy today and explore good policy practices at the national level and steps that should be taken at the international level.
29-30
OECD E-Leaders 2013: ICT Governance to Deliver Public Value (Bern, Switzerland). The event will gather government technology leaders and stakeholders to advance the global policy agenda on ICT governance for regaining trust and delivering greater public value.
30-31
5th OECD Food Chain Analysis Network meeting (Paris) on "Price Formation and Competition along the Food Chain". It aims to examine existing work on the linkages between food chain structures, competition and price formation. It will also include a roundtable on "competition issues in the food chain".
 
  RECENT OECD PUBLICATIONS
 
BEPS Employment Outlook Start-up in Latin America Water and Climate Change Adaptation
Base Erosion Profit Shifting Action Plan Employment Outlook Start-up Latin America Water and Climate Change Adaptation
Communications Outlook Global Food Security Anti-corruption reforms Green Growth and Development
Communications Outlook Global Food Security Anti-corruption reforms East Europe/Asia Green Growth at the Heart of Development
Entrepreneurship Water Security Aid for Trade at a Glance Improving Education in Mexico
Entrepreneurship
at a Glance
Water Security for Better Lives Aid for Trade at a Glance
Improving Education in Mexico
   
   
  This Newsletter has been prepared by the Public Affairs Division of the OECD for the purpose of informing the public of OECD co-operation with civil society. The Public Affairs Division acts as a clearing house for information about OECD dialogue with civil society. OECD staff who are in contact with civil society through consultations, workshops or other activities contribute to this newsletter. Contact us at: civilsociety@oecd.org