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 2015, there were around

  • 2,000 participants from 70 countries
  • 250 speakers, among which Ministers, CEOs, trade unions, international organisations, civil society representatives and academia
  • 150 journalists

When and where?

The next OECD Forum will take place on 31 May - 1 June 2016 during the OECD Week, at the OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France.

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

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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.

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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


This platform was introduced last year 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


This year’s OECD Forum has introduced a new platform to bring participants and thought leaders together for collaboration.

The Discussion Café provides an opportunity to discuss and debate issues in a small-group, highly interactive setting.

More about the Discussion Cafés