Held in Paris every year to coincide with the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, the OECD Forum has emerged as a major international conference.

Leaders and influencers from all sectors of civil society:

  • former and current heads of state and government
  • top CEOs
  • leaders of key NGOs and trade unions
  • prominent members of academia and media

gather to debate the most pressing social and economic challenges confronting society.

Join them to

  • gain insights into the global trends and opportunities shaping our societies
  • take part in exchanges addressing these challenges


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.

Practical information and accommodation The list of media events will be available closer to the date.  Social media


This public event brings together ministers, business, labour, civil society and academia to share policies and ideas. These debates will enrich the Ministerial Meeting, where government leaders and ministers will discuss issues on the global agenda. This year's programme will be available shortly.

Consult last year's 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