Forum 2016 Issues



‌‌‌OECD Week 2016 placed a central emphasis on the need for policies that:


  • strengthen productivity
  • promote inclusive and sustainable growth


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Access to quality jobs

How can the OECD quality job framework help:

  • ageing populations that may need to extend their working lives
  • 75 million young people unemployed worldwide

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Closing the gender gap

Gender equality is central to increasing productivity and inclusiveness:

  • focus on women in the workplace
  • focus on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
  • focus on social, cultural, legal, and political barriers

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Integrating migrants

The Forum addressed the challenges posed by migration flows:

  • with a particular focus on the economic, social and political impact of the sudden, large influx of immigrants and refugees into Europe
  • How best to meet the integration challenge?

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© Shutterstock / LightspringINNOVATION & THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

  • What needs to be done to ensure larger sectors of the economy benefit from innovation?

  • What policies are available to support change and competition, yet provide fair social safety nets?

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 Future of education

  • Simply earning a degree no longer guarantees a job, while the rise of online education, peer-to-peer and experiential learning has paved a popular alternative route
  • Education systems have to increasingly focus on teaching values such as tolerance, respect, personal, social and environmental responsibility, integrity and self-awareness
  • How can these skills be taught and tested?

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Future of work

  • What will be the impact (both positive and negative) of further advances in digitalisation on the world of work?
  • What opportunities and challenges will digitalisation pose to labour market and skills policies?
  • How can we ensure that workers are well prepared to face the changing world of work?

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2015 provided a historic opportunity to set the objectives needed to:

  • eradicate poverty and promote more inclusive societies
  • address climate change and promote the circular economy
  • ensure inclusive international tax rules and provide the financing to implement these global goals

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Monitoring and implementation

Forum 2016 was an opportunity to discuss:

  • best ways to monitor and manage progress
  • how better collaboration is needed

to ensure the effective implementation of the:


Boosting trade and investment

To stimulate productivity and innovation throughout the global economy and trigger a new wave of badly needed investment, we need to:

  • design predictable and stable regulatory environments
  • address barriers to trade
  • make financial systems more resilient and supportive of real economic activity


Global, regional and local OECD

Finally, OECD Week and the Forum included a central focus on:

  • the Latin American and Caribbean region with the launch of a new regional programme
  • Japan with its chairmanship of the G7
  • China with its chairmanship of the G20

The actions taken by cities and their mayors were given a special focus, as cities are excellent incubators for innovative policies.


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