Media opportunities for OECD Week 2016

The OECD’s 2016 Ministerial Council Meeting took place at its Paris headquarters on 1 and 2 June 2016, and was preceded on 31 May and 1 June by the OECD Forum. Both events formed part of OECD Week 2016 which brought together government ministers, international experts and key figures from the worlds of academia, business and civil society.

At the heart of the discussions was the question of how to strengthen productivity and at the same time, ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared by all. A particular focus was placed on the groups most affected by shifting social and economic trends – migrants,  children and youth, women and the elderly.


The OECD Forum hosted nearly 80 debates, presentations and other events on topics ranging from the future of work to integrating migrants; from inclusive cities to cybersecurity.


Participants at both the Forum and Ministerial meeting addressed how the OECD can support governments build on recent international agreements in the areas of sustainable development, climate change and the mandates from the G20 group of leading economies.


Highlights of OECD Week included a keynote speech by Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet, Chair of the Ministerial Meeting, on Wednesday 1 June. It was followed by the launch of the OECD’s twice-annual Economic Outlook. Later that day, Latin American leaders and ministers participated in the launch of a new Latin America and Caribbean Regional Programme.  Other media events are set out below. 

The week’s events also included meetings of several G20 working groups.

Browse the news releases, speeches and statements

A full list of briefings is available below. Last updated: 2 June 2016.

Pre-OECD Week media event on Tuesday 24 May 2016

Tuesday 31 May 2016

  • 10:00 - Release of quarterly G20 trade statistics. Media room

  • 11:00 - Media Briefing: What are the links between slowing productivity growth and in rising inequality? The productivity-inclusiveness nexus. Media room

  • 11:30 - Reducing inequality, raising productivity and creating jobs - the trade union agenda. Media briefing with John Evans, TUAC (Trade Union Advisory Committee); Sharan Burrow, ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation); Frances O’Grady, TUC (Trades Union Congress, UK); Luca Visentini, ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation). Media room

Wednesday 1 June 2016

  • 08:00 - Press briefing with japanese media on the Economic Outlook (under embargo) by OECD economists. Marshall Building MB0116

  • 08:30 - Press briefing with German media on the Economic Outlook (under embargo) by OECD economists. Marshall Building MB6122

  • 09:00 - Press briefing with international media (English and French) on the Economic Outlook (under embargo) with Chief Economist, Catherine L. Mann. Media Centre

  • 10:30 - Launch of OECD Economic Outlook with Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Chief Economist, Catherine L. Mann. Room CC1. Watch the webcast. Read the news releaseRead the speech by Angel Gurría.

  • 14:15 - Briefing for Latvian press by Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs. Media Centre

  • 14:15 - Photo op: MCM Tour de table. Room CC15

  • 14:40 - Photo op: Official OECD photographers and any country specific media. Rooms CC2, 9, 10 and 11

  • 17:00 - Press briefing with Latin American media on the Economic Outlook by OECD economists. Marshall Building MB0116

Thursday 2 June 2016

  • 09:45 - Photo op: Latvia Accession - tour de table. Room CC15

  • 10:00 - Release of monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) statistics.

  • 10:10 - Photo op: Development Session - tour de tableRoom CC15

  • 10:30 - Photo op upon request: MCM breakouts session

  • 10:45 - Media briefing with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis. Media Centre

  • 12:30 - Media briefing with the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó. Media Centre

  • 12:30 - Photo op upon request: Trade session. Room CC15

  • 15:30 - Closing Press conference: OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría with Chile's Minister of Finance Rodrigo Valdés and Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz will brief journalists on the outcomes of OECD Week. Watch the webcast. Media Centre

  • 15:30 - Photo op: Press Conference with Chile's Minister of Finance Rodrigo Valdés and Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz  as well as OECD Secretary-General Angel GurríaMedia Centre

  • 17:00 - Joint press briefing with the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and the President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall. Room E

  • 17:45 - Press conference by Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Serra. Media Centre

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Economic Outlook

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Ministerial Meeting

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Resources for journalists

  • Journalists will have access at all times to the Media Centre and to the main hall of the OECD Conference Centre

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