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Civil Society Newsletter
28 June 2017
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NGOs Join Global Tax Debate

On 21-22 June, civil society organisations participated in part of the 3rd meeting of the Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), which now has 100 members working on an equal footing. Civil society representatives shared their perspectives on progress made to tackle multinationals' tax avoidance.

A revised version of a toolkit on comparable data for transfer pricing purposes—a report produced to address one of the developing countries' specific concerns—was released, taking into account the outcome of public consultations held earlier in 2017 in which civil society organisations shared their views.

More on what's next here
Discussion Café on Inclusive Growth 

We brought together a roomful of civil society leaders and OECD experts to talk translating inclusive growth analysis into inclusive policy realities at the OECD Forum

On the agenda? How civil society and international organisations could better join forces to get results from analysis on educational systems, labour markets and institutions, and how to enhance OECD’s Inclusive Growth Initiative.

Write us at to join the next conversation!
Working Together on a Global Water Architecture

Water is at the heart of some of today’s biggest challenges and we've been working on policy guidance at the OECD to try and distill best practices for decision-makers. This includes the OECD Council Recommendation on Water, Principles on Water Governance and the Roundtable on Financing Water

In May, OECD's Secretary-General spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations to further inspire a global response that puts water at the centre of the agenda. 

Watch his speech & read more
Join The Forum Network
Couldn't make it to OECD Forum 2017?

You can still join the debate on The Forum Network!

Policy-making is more than ever an ongoing public process, with many voices and players. 

But people need reliable places in which to engage, discuss, share ideas, knowledge and expertise, and be listened to and taken seriously. 

Join the conversation here and help us shape Better Policies for Better Lives.
Civic Tech Hub @ Better Life Index

Potentials and pitfalls of civic technology, digital solutions to improve democracy, sharing tools for empowerment and co-constructing better lives were just a few of the hot topics at the OECD Forum's first Civic Tech Hub

Participants also actively explored the OECD Better Life Index, a tool where you can see how well-being compares for countries and tell OECD what your priorities are in an effort to bring people closer to the policy-making process. 

Got an idea on how we can achieve this? Write us at

Our OECD Forum Discovery Lab on Connecting Citizens with Sustainable Development was all about engaging citizens with the SDGs and restoring trust in international cooperation. The result? Great discussion on the potential of new digital technologies for civic engagement.

The conversation picks up again on 21-22 November at the Annual Meeting of the OECD Development Communication Network (DevCom).

Why does DevCom matter? Find out here.
Did You Know?
The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is engaging with young women for a career in STEM?

Joshikai for Future Scientists: International Mentoring Workshop in Science and Engineering
25-26 July 2017 (Chiba, Japan)

Partnering up with Japan's National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, NEA's 2-day workshop will bring together women professionals in science and engineering to mentor high school girls, encouraging them to explore these fields and learn what to expect.

Read more here!
Calls for Contribution  

OECD Recommendation of the Council on Open Government
Summer 2017 

Aiming to help design and implement successful open government reforms, a month-long online consultation on the draft which will be open to the public this summer. Stay tuned for dates!

Want more info? Contact

SOE Principles for Countering Corruption: Public Consultation 
Until 15 August 2017 

Transparency International invites you to fill out their questionnaire on the draft State-Owned Enterprises Principles for Countering Corruption.

Fill out the survey! This concludes on 15 August 2017.
Upcoming Events

2017 Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct
29-30 June(Paris, France)

How to do well in business while doing no harm?
Check out the event agenda here.

Innovation in Government: The New Normal
20-21 November (Paris, France)
Calling all innovators! The OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) is launching a conference on how countries are transforming their operations and improving lives through innovation.
Pre-register now!

Hot off the Press

Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development 2017: Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity

This new report identifies challenges and best practices for coherent SDG implementation. Don't miss the chapter by the Multi-stakeholder Partnership for Enhancing Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development – the PCSD Partnership. 

Become part of this initiative

New Data from PISA on Students’ Financial Literacy

Around 1/4 of students are unable to make simple decisions on everyday spending, while only one in ten can understand complex issues like income tax.

Read more about it! 
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