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Civil Society and OECD Recent Meetings December 2013


Several OECD events involving civil society organisations (CSOs) have taken place since September:


Can we really end poverty?

To coincide with the new OECD report Ending Poverty, Intelligence Squared hosted a panel of experts on 5 December to discuss the key issues that the report raises. How should we measure poverty? What can we learn from local solutions for tackling poverty? How can the fast progress made by middle-income countries like China provide lessons for Africa? How can we be “smarter” about how we use aid flows? How do we ensure that the next set of goals will be not just about “getting to zero” poverty, but about staying there? A full video of the debate will soon be available. 


2013 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum

This year’s Forum “How to Unlock Investment in Support of Green Growth?” which took place on 5-6 December, discussed how governments can improve their investment policy framework to reduce risk and attract long-term private finance in support of green growth.


Consultation between the OECD Export Credit Committees and Civil Society Organisations

The OECD’s Working Party on Export Credits and Credit Guarantees (ECG) and the Participants to the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits held a half-day consultation with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on 19 November 2013. The purpose of this consultation was to update CSOs on recent developments and to exchange views on issues of interest to CSOs. In this context, the discussions focused on project-related human rights impacts, climate change issues, proposals for new financial terms for the rail transportation sector, current funding problems in the banking sector, use of tax havens in export credits transactions, and outreach to key emerging market providers of official export credits support. The CSOs represented were: the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), the Coalition for Employment through Exports (CEE), the ECA Watch network of non-governmental organisations, the Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs), Eurodad, and the European Banking Federation (EBF). For more information, please contact


Restoring Trust in Government

The OECD Policy Forum Restoring Trust in Government: Addressing Money and Influence in Public Decision Making took place in Paris on 14-15 November. The Forum provided a unique opportunity for key actors and stakeholders to discuss and share experiences, lessons learned and good practices in promoting a comprehensive approach to safeguarding the policy making process from undue influence. In co-operation with key partners and stakeholders, this Forum aimed at shaping a common understanding of the policy road ahead in the realm of political finance.


How Boosting Adult Educational Skills Can Grow the Middle Class

Launching a new OECD report "Time for the U.S. to Reskill? What the Survey of Adult Skills Says" the OECD held a joint event with the Center for American Progress: "How Boosting Adult Educational Skills Can Grow the Middle Class".


Public Consultation on Transfer Pricing and Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS)

On 12-13 November 2013, a Public Consultation on Transfer Pricing was held with over 150 representatives from civil society, academia and business. The consultation was streamed live and many attended remotely. Participants discussed the work on the transfer pricing aspects of intangibles, documentation requirements and the template for country-by-country reporting as well as other transfer pricing work streams in the OECD/G20 BEPS Project. Click here for the press release related to this event.


Plenary meeting of the Task Force on Tax and Development focuses on BEPS issues

The Task Force on Tax and Development met in Seoul, Korea, on 30-31 October 2013, bringing together over 115 delegates from governments, international and regional organisations, civil society and business representatives to review progress made since the meeting in South Africa in 2012. BEPS was a prominent agenda item and the meeting discussed how developing countries can provide input into the OECD/G20 BEPS Project. High-level policy events will be held in the first quarter of 2014 in Africa, Asia and Latin America with the on-going support of the OECD. Please find here the Co-chairs statement of outcomes of the meeting.


Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy

This conference, held in Istanbul, from 22-23 October, hosted by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology of Turkey, brought together over 500 policy makers, innovation stakeholders and experts from across the globe to discuss longer-term trends that have been affecting innovation policies as well as future policy trends for science and innovation. The conference was opened by Mr. Ninat Ergün, Minister for Science, Industry and Technology of Turkey and Mr. Yves Leterme, OECD Deputy Secretary-General. Panellists from a number of OECD and partner countries discussed the importance of monitoring innovation policies, the concept of open science, new approaches to promoting excellence in research, technology foresight, and the future of science and innovation policies. The next Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy will take place in the autumn of 2014 in Japan.


BIAC Dialogue on the BEPS Action Plan

On 1 October 2013, BIAC organised an International Business Dialogue on BEPS to discuss the contents of the BEPS Action Plan. The meeting was well attended and reflected the business community’s interest in the OECD/G20 BEPS Project. Click here for the BIAC press release.


Annual Tax Treaty Meeting of the Global Forum on Tax Treaties

On 26 and 27 September 2013, over 300 senior tax officials from more than 100 jurisdictions and international organisations met in Paris on 26-27 September 2013 during the 18th Annual Tax Treaty Meeting to discuss solutions to unintended double non-taxation caused by BEPS. Participants discussed the content of the Action Plan on BEPS released on 19 July 2013 and ways through which developing countries can engage and provide input. Click here for the press release related to this event.


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