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August 2012
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Dear OECD Forum Friends,

We hope you had an opportunity to attend this year’s OECD Forum.

Please save 28 and 29 May 2013 in your calendar for the next OECD Forum in Paris.

This year’s Forum gathered some 1 400 participants from 70 countries, while 6 Deputy Prime Ministers and 59 Ministers, State Secretaries and Vice-Ministers attended the Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) that followed it. The Forum brought together 151 speakers and 154 journalists and generated over
8 000 online news articles and social media posts.

The enclosed newsletter aims to provide you with a flavour of the debates during the panel discussions, “food for thought lunches” and IdeaFactories. The two days of debate featured concerns about growing levels of inequality; the impact of the crisis on the middle classes in the developed and developing world; the effects of the very high levels of unemployment, especially amongst young people; as well as concerns about transparency, corruption, tax evasion and fraud and the growing need for effective corporate governance, financial regulation and consumer financial protection. The challenges we face are indeed immense. We need stronger, more inclusive, and job-rich growth. We need growth that will bring people hope and new opportunities, and restore dignity to the millions who are unemployed.

A number of MCM and Forum sessions were dedicated to transition and reforms in the Middle East and North African region with a focus on good governance, participation of civil society and promoting entrepreneurship of women in the region in particular.

To help countries develop a new type of growth (i.e. sustainable, more inclusive and job-rich), the OECD launched a new initiative, called New Approaches to Economic Challenges which will draw lessons from the crisis and, as appropriate, adjust the OECD’s economic analysis and policy recommendations.

In summary, OECD Week, with the Forum and the Ministerial, offered a content-rich, thought provoking and varied programme. We are pleased when participants tell us that they feel that “they have the possibility to take the floor, hear new ideas and really feel like being part of the debate”.

OECD Week for this year is now over. But the fundamental questions about how to tackle the economic, social, environmental and governance challenges we all face remain. Many of these questions and issues high on the agenda this year will again be important in 2013. In a session with this year’s Forum participants some of the key challenges identified were the need to find effective ways to redress inequalities, how to ensure jobs are created for young people, but also how to ensure that we encourage people to feel involved in solutions through voting and participating rather than protesting.

The OECD is convinced that the only effective way to address these issues is through a truly open dialogue involving all parts of society. It's for this reason that we hope very much that you can join us next May at the 2013 OECD Forum. If you have suggestions for us to take into consideration for Forum 2013, please don’t hesitate to contact the Forum team.

The OECD Forum Team

Highlights from the Forum
Daily Highlights 22 May   Daily Highlights 23 May
Daily Highlights on 22 May   Daily Highlights on 23 May

> If you couldn't join us at this year's OECD Forum, you can watch a replay of all sessions and video from the OECD IdeaFactories
> Programme / Speakers / Who's Who
> Forum Themes
> Photos from the OECD Forum
> OECD Insights Blog

OECD IdeaFactory  

Replacing podiums and panels with collaboration, surprising approaches and interactive debate, the OECD_IdeaFactory sessions on Gender and Skills at the 2012 Forum provided an exciting way to share, learn and develop new thinking.

Through these sessions, participants grappled with the questions of how to develop pathways for gender equality and how to develop better skills for a better future. Visit the website to find out more about the IdeaFactories, watch the videos,see the photo, and read the summary reports.

Selected Events
Upcoming OECD Seminars

17-19 SeptemberAttaining and Sustaining Mass Higher Education: Towards the Equitable Development of Higher Education: Join 500 higher education policy-makers, institutional leaders and academic experts active in higher education at the General Conference of the OECD's Programme for Institutional Management in Higher Education.

3 October: Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly's annual debate on activities of the OECD with participation of the OECD Secretary-General; Strasbourg, France
12-14 October: International Monetary Fund/World Bank Annual Meetings. Participation of the OECD Secretary-General; Japan.
[More events...]
OECD Forum Partner Events
12 July: East Forum Unicredit. Rome, Italy. [Programme] [More]
26-28 September: European Forum for New Ideas (EFNI); Sopot, Poland.

14-24 October: Asian Forum on Global Governance; New Delhi, India.

16-17 October: Global Economic Symposium;  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

8-10 November: Les Journées de l’économie; Lyon, France.

19 November: Les Echos Forum Economie Santé organised in partnership with OECD; Palais des Congrès, Paris, France.

Economic Outlook 2012 Better Skills? Employment Entrepreneurship
OECD Economic Outlook, 2012 Better Skills,
Better Jobs,
Better Lives

OECD Employment Outlook Entrepreneurship at a Glance
Compact City Policies Let's read them a story Systemic Financial Risk OECD Employment Outlook
Let's read them a story! The Parent Factor in Education

Systemic Financial Risk International Migration Outlook
[Forthcoming publications]

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