Launch Agenda






Monday, 21 November 2011


OECD Headquarters (CC13)

Paris, France


Jointly organised by the OECD Development Centre and the Club of Madrid, the launch of the Perspectives on Global Development 2012 – Social Cohesion in a Shifting World presented the main findings of the report to an audience of experts, policy makers and delegates from OECD and non-OECD member countries. It also contributed to the policy dialogue on fostering social cohesion between high-level policy makers.


The programme is also available here (PDF).





11:00 – 11:30     Opening remarks by:


Pier Carlo PADOAN - Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist, OECD

Wim KOK - former Prime Minister of the Netherlands and President of Club of Madrid


11:30 – 13:30    

Session 1 – Presentation of the Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World


Report presented by Mario PEZZINI -  Director, OECD Development Centre



  • François BOURGUIGNON - Director, Paris School of Economics
  • Alan HIRSCH - Deputy Director General, Economic Policy, Department of Monitoring and Evaluation, Presidency of South Africa
  • Ricardo LAGOS - former President of Chile and member of Club of Madrid

13:30 - 15:00     Lunch

15:00 - 17:00    

Session 2 – Experiences and good practices in overcoming resistance in public policy making towards reinforcing Social Cohesion and Shared Societies


Which policy reforms for strengthening social cohesion?
What are the conditions and bottlenecks for policy implementation?
What are the lessons to draw from past successes and failures?

The second session took the form of a working group gathering policy makers and experts who analysed the challenges facing governments and the reforms required to meet these challenges. Particular attention was given to bottlenecks and conditions for good policies to emerge.



  • Wim KOK - former Prime Minister of the Netherlands and President of Club of Madrid
  • Sarah COOK - Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
  • António MASCARENHAS MONTEIRO - former President of Cape Verde and member of Club of Madrid
  • Ahmed LAHLIMI ALAMI - High Commissioner for Planning, Morocco


17:00 – 19:00    Cocktail


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