International futures programme

Focus

In 2006, the OECD launched the OECD Space Forum in co-operation with the space community. The Forum aims to assist governments, space-related agencies and the private sector to better identify the statistical contours of the growing space sector worldwide, while investigating the space infrastructure’s economic significance and potential impacts for the larger economy.
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This project – involving telecoms, land transport, water and electricity – explores the many factors shaping demand for infrastructures worldwide over the coming decades, and points to the mounting difficulties, particularly in OECD countries, of financing growing infrastructure needs from public sector sources.
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The Future of the Ocean Economy: Exploring the prospects for emerging ocean industries to 2030
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The International Futures Programme (IFP) is the OECD’s forward studies group that has provided strategic, long-term thinking and horizon scanning for the organisation since 1990. IFP events offer a platform where policy makers can freely confront their visions and concerns about the future, seek the views of others, and engage in a stimulating dialogue. In this way they gain a better understanding of the issues at stake. A variety of tools are used, ranging from horizon scanning and trend analysis to scenario construction, focus groups and policy analysis.

Events

Future of the Ocean Economy Workshop on "Offshore Oil and Gas: the New Frontiers" (co-sponsored by Statoil, The Research Council of Norway and Kongsberg)  Trondheim, Norway, 25-26 June 2014

The Future of the Ocean Economy: Exploring the prospects for emerging ocean industries to 2030
Second Meeting of the Steering Group, 16 May 2014

OECD Space Forum workshop on "Global value chains in the space sector" (co-organised with NASA) 
Washington, DC, 14 March 2014

The Future of the Ocean Economy: Exploring the prospects for emerging ocean industries to 2030
First Meeting of the Steering Group, 28 October 2013

OECD Space Forum Steering Group meeting to review work conducted, and to discuss, plan, shape and prioritise activities for 2014-15, 11 October 2013

OECD Space Forum workshop on “Global value chains in the space sector”, 10 October 2013

The Future of the Ocean Economy: Exploring the prospects for emerging ocean industries to 2030 stakeholder meeting
30 April 2013

 

Recent publications

Space Economy at a Glance 2014

Strategic Transport Infrastructure Needs to 2030

The Future of Families to 2030

OECD Handbook on Measuring the Space Economy

Future Global Shocks: Improving Risk Governance

 

More publications and documents

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