Monday, 21 November 2011
OECD Headquarters (CC13), Paris, France
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Jointly organised by the OECD Development Centre and the Club of Madrid, the launch of the Perspectives on Global Development 2012 – Social Cohesion in a Shifting World presented the main findings of the report to an audience of experts, policy makers and delegates from OECD and non-OECD member countries. It also contributed to the policy dialogue on fostering social cohesion between high-level policy makers.
In 2011, the world was witness to mass citizen mobilisation. From Tahrir square to the Puerta del Sol, from the streets of Tunis to the avenues of New Delhi, calls for more social and economic justice, political participation and openness have resounded. These aspirations for greater social cohesion, with fair chances for everybody in society, are rooted in profound global economic transformations that have taken place over the last two decades. The new geography of growth brings new financial resources to fast growing countries while at the same time uncovering new challenges which require action and long-term commitment from governments, underlining an opportunity that is too good to be missed.
How can governments best respond to these new expectations? What policy reforms can contribute to strengthening social cohesion? How can we learn from past experiences and existing practices? These are some of the questions that were raised on the occasion of the launch of the Perspectives on Global Development 2012.
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11:00 – 11:30 Opening remarks by:
Pier Carlo PADOAN - Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist, OECD and
Wim KOK - former Prime Minister of the Netherlands and President of Club of Madrid
11:30 – 13:30
Session 1 – Presentation of the Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World
Report presented by Mario PEZZINI - Director, OECD Development Centre
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch
15:00 - 17:00
Session 2 – Experiences and good practices in overcoming resistance in public policy making towards reinforcing Social Cohesion and Shared Societies
Which policy reforms for strengthening social cohesion?
What are the conditions and bottlenecks for policy implementation?
What are the lessons to draw from past successes and failures?
The second session will take the form of a working group gathering policy makers and experts who will analyse the challenges facing governments and the reforms required to meet these challenges. Particular attention will be given to bottlenecks and conditions for good policies to emerge.
17:00 – 19:00 Cocktail