In an increasingly interconnected world, it is critically important to deepen our understanding of major global trends shaping our common future, including the sustainability of shifting wealth, their impact on development and their implications for policy making and global governance. The OECD Development Week, which was organised at the OECD Headquarters in Paris from 30 June to 3 July 2014, addressed those trends, their underlying causes and the related challenges faced by governments in achieving sustainable development. The inclusive setting of the Week allowed a large set of development stakeholders, including non-traditional actors, to interact.
The 2nd High Level Meeting (HLM) of the OECD Development Centre, took place on 1 July 2014, was at the core of the Development Week. It was held back to back with the 6th International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean (30 June) and the 6th Global Forum on Development (2 July).
The HLM convened Ministers and other high-ranking officials from the 42 Member countries of the OECD Development Centre’s Governing Board, as well as from other OECD countries and partner International Organisations. Ministers shared experiences and approaches to build competitive and resilient economies, paired with dedicated programmes for cohesive societies.
Informed by the launch of Perspectives on Global Development 2014, the debate allowed to break new ground on the future directions of the world economy, on policies that work to overcome the middle-income trap and on options to better shape the international development architecture, in response to the ever-evolving global landscape. Hence, the HLM was a timely occasion to shape the strategic orientations and priorities of the Development Centre and enhance its relevance to Members and to the OECD at large.