22 January 2018, OECD Conference Centre                              


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Our economies and societies have become more diverse than ever before, yet progress to ensure that all groups in society are given the same opportunities has lagged behind. This has led to erosion of trust in governments and institutions, reinforced social barriers between groups and at times contributed to intolerance and discrimination. Governments, businesses and citizens urgently need to take action to ensure that vulnerable groups who suffer disproportionally from inequalities do not get left behind. This requires a concerted effort to reap the advantages diversity can bring to our societies.


Four plenary sessions moderated by Alex Taylor will take place covering the following topics:

Also coming soon at the International Diversity Forum:

  • A keynote speech by Ahmed Hussen, Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • An introduction to the debate on “The diversity challenge” by Jennifer Brown, CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting and author of the best-seller Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace and the Will to Change.
  • An interactive presentation by Reza of his photo exhibition “One World One Tribe” featured at the OECD Conference Center.
  • An interactive presentation by Anilore Banon of VITAE, a sculpture containing a million handprints that will be sent to the moon: Don't forget to add your handprint during the coffee breaks!
  • A lunch prepared by the refugee cooks “Les cuistots migrateurs” served in the conference room to every participant.
  • The video projection of “Women and Men” (52’) by Frédérique Bedos during the lunch break.
  • A photo exhibition: “Parisiens du monde”, by Rémi Hostekind


The event is organised by the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality in cooperation with the Club XXIe Siècle.

Participation is open to high-level government representatives, policy makers, business leaders, academics, social partners and civil society actors interested in unlocking the potential of a diverse workforce, improving access to equal opportunities for disadvantaged groups and strengthening diverse societies in the 21st century.

Related key information

The OECD is carrying out a number of work streams to make societies more inclusive of their increasingly diverse components. A particular attention is paid to the following five groups:


Immigrants, their descendants and ethnic minorities


People with long-lasting health problems or disabilities

The OECD is also deeply involved in making digital transformation inclusive, a major issue that will be debated in the 4th plenary session on “The future of diversity”. For more information on this please see:

Contacts and registration

To register, please provide your full names, titles and affiliations to COPE.Diversity@oecd.org.

The event is open to journalists and they are invited to contact Spencer Wilson for further details (email: Spencer.WILSON@oecd.org )

Questions related to the programme can be addressed to: Marie-Anne Valfort (email: Marie-Anne.Valfort@oecd.org, tel: +33 1 45 24 98 65)