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The OECD Forum 2018 took place at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France, on 29-30 May 2018.
Building on last year’s overarching theme, Bridging Divides, Forum 2018 What Brings Us Together focused on the core underpinnings of international co-operation: the values, aspirations, hopes, concerns, anxieties and spaces that can bring us together.
Aspirations for better jobs, health, education and opportunities transcend borders, cultures, and identities, as do values such as equity, respect, solidarity and trust. At a time when much of the discourse is centred on division and disconnection, it is salutary to remind ourselves of how much we share and what is to be gained by working together to make these aspirations a reality.
The Forum was an opportunity to discuss solutions to the most pressing challenges that people face, notably those that none of us can solve alone. Importantly, it also addressed how international co-operation needs to be “rebooted”, to work differently in the era of digitalisation, to deliver in a more inclusive manner, to ensure that the benefits are shared more widely.
OECD Forum 2018 was organised around 90 sessions pertaining to three cross-cutting themes:
The Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) took place at the OECD Paris Headquarters on 30-31 May 2018. The MCM chaired by France, with Latvia and New Zealand as Vice-Chairs.
The opening of the MCM was preceded by the launch of the OECD Economic Outlook (public session). The Ministerial meeting comprised both public and closed sessions.
“Multilateralism is at a crossroads. Its ability to deliver effective responses to today’s global challenges is increasingly tested, despite the fact that it remains the best way we have to answer to them. How can we best reshape multilateralism to address growing interconnectedness across countries, firms and people as well as rapid technological change? How can we respond to those who feel left behind by globalisation?
Our 2018 Ministerial Council Meeting, chaired by France, will be looking at these and other questions. Leaders and Ministers will gather in Paris on 30-31 May to discuss ways in which we can harness the potential of international co-operation to promote human progress and protect our planet, and how the OECD can be most effective in its efforts to advance better policies for better lives.”
Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
The Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) is OECD’s most important annual event, attended by the Ministers of Finance, Economics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and other ministries from the Organisation’s 35 Member countries, as well as Key Partner and Accession countries and High Level representatives from various International Organisations. Additional countries may be invited to participate in specific sessions of the agenda, upon the decision of OECD Members. At the MCM, Ministers give the Organisation its main mandates for the upcoming years.