Held in Paris each May to coincide with the annual OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, the OECD Forum has emerged as a major international stakeholder summit.

Leaders from all sectors of civil society gather to debate the most pressing social and economic challenges confronting society.

Together with current and former heads of state and government, Nobel Prize winners, top CEOs, leaders of key non governmental organisations and trade unions, and prominent members of academia and media, ...

... YOU TOO can play your part in helping shape responses to global challenges.

Please send your suggestions for OECD Forum 2015 issues to oecd.forum@oecd.org.


Who, when, where and why?


In 2014, there were

  • 1,900 participants from 70 countries
  • 200 speakers, among which Ministers, CEOs, trade unions, international organisations, civil society representatives and academia
  • 200 journalists from 25 countries

When and where?

The OECD Forum 2015 will take place on 2-3 June 2015 during the OECD Week, at the OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France.

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The Forum, a public event, brings together ministers, business, labour, civil society and academia to share policies and ideas. It feeds into the Ministerial Meeting, where government leaders and ministers discuss issues on the global agenda.


  Consult the 2014 programme  


Successfully introduced in 2011, IdeaFactories foster intense collaboration, surprising approaches and highly focused conversations.
And a touch of serendipity, too.

IdeaFactories introduce a new environment, different perspectives, a different process and the potential of new solutions.

More about IdeaFactories

Food for Thought 
Lunch Debates

Food For Thought lunch debates encourage lively informal discussions
in a relaxed setting.

Lunch debates host 100 participants
for a seated lunch (lunch box) around
10 round tables (10 participants per table), including speakers, moderators and OECD staff.

More about the lunch debates

Panels with lunch

Participants are encouraged to contribute to the debate, but are
seated theatre style.

They are provided with a lunch box,
and are able to eat their lunch while the panel discussion takes place.

More about the Panels with lunch

Discovery Lab

This year’s OECD Forum has introduced a new platform to extend the debate further.

With book launches and other out-of-the-box debates among participants, speakers and experts, discover a new way to learn, network and share.

More about the Discovery Lab