Social and welfare issues

OECD Ministerial on Social Policy 2011


OECD Ministerial Meeting on Social Policy
Building a Fairer Future: the Role for Social Policy
Paris, 2 – 3 May 2011

Chaired by Germany
Co-chaired by Australia and Iceland


The OECD meeting of social policy ministers will be divided in 3 sessions.

Ministers will discuss the following issues :

  • Social policies for the recovery :
    How effectively have social policies been adapted to respond to the crisis? How can governments balance the need to improve the quality and efficiency of social services with growing pressure on public spending?


  • Doing Better for Families :
    Which policies can best help parents to reconcile work and family responsibilities? How can we ensure that we are taking the right measures for families and children? What needs to be done to achieve greater gender equality in employment? Which policies can address the multiple risks faced by vulnerable families?


  • Future of intergenerational solidarity :
    In light of population ageing, how can we best balance the interests and needs of different generations? What reforms to pension systems are needed to guarantee both financial sustainability and adequacy of retirement incomes? How best to provide high-quality care?  


Prior to the social ministerial meeting, a Policy Forum on Tackling Inequality will be held on the morning of 2 May 2011 to discuss the trend of high and increasing income inequality in many OECD countries and emerging economies and the way forward to a better sharing of the benefits of globalisation. See the detailed programme, list of participants, background documentation and practical information will be available soon for the above link.


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