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.

Since its creation in 2000, more than 18,000 people have already exchanged ideas and experiences.

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.


Who, when, where and why?


In 2013, there were

  • 1,520 participants from 63 countries
  • 176 speakers, among which Ministers, CEOs, trade unions, international organisations, civil society representatives
  • 260 journalists

When and where?

The OECD Forum 2014 will take place on 5-6 May 2014 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.

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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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Discovery Lab

This year’s OECD Forum will be introducing 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