OECD Forums, Ministerial and High-Level Meetings


meetingS in 2019

  • Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 22-23 May 2019
    The Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) "Harnessing digital transition for sustainable development: opportunities and challenges" took place under the chairmanship of the Slovak Republic, with Canada and Korea as Co-Chairs. It brought together Ministers from Member countries and Key Partner and Accession countries to discuss domestic and international public policies that can fully harness the great potential of digitalisation and address its disruptive effects, in areas such as competition, taxation, data governance, skills, inclusive growth, environment and trade. 

  • OECD Forum 2019
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 20-21 May 2019
    This Forum reflected on the fact that we are experiencing a great deal of social, economic and political change, upheaval and disruption, largely amplified by the dual forces of digitalisation and globalisation. It then explored ways to transform these increasing expressions of uncertainty and anger into collective commitment for positive action with a programme built around the main following themes: a new societal contract, integrity and trust, digitalisation and the future of work, international co-operation.


meetingS in 2018

  • Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 30-31 May 2018
    The Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) "Reshaping the foundations of multilateralism for more responsible, effective and inclusive outcomes" took place under the chairmanship of France, with Latvia and New Zealand as Vice-Chairs. It brought together Ministers from Members and Partners to discuss ways in which we can harness the potential of international co-operation to promote human progress and protect our planet, and how the OECD can be most effective in its efforts to advance better policies for better lives.

  • OECD Forum 2018
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 29-30 May 2018
    Based upon conversations from 2017, this year's Forum reflected on "What brings us together" moving from diagnosis to action, and shaping solutions to build these much-needed bridges. While reflecting on the complexity of shaping policy in a post-truth world and identifying opportunities for civic engagement and co-creation with citizens, we focused on addressing these three interconnected issues: International Co-operation, Inclsuive Growth and Digitalisation.


meetingS in 2017

  • Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 7-8 June 2017
    The Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) "Making globalisation work: Better lives for all" took place under the chairmanship of Denmark, with Australia and the United Kingdom as Vice-Chairs. It brought together Ministers from Members and Partners to explore policies that could deliver a more inclusive globalisation, and, as such, respond to growing citizens’ concerns that globalisation has not benefitted fairly to all.

  • OECD Forum 2017
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 6-7 June 2017
    This year's Forum "Bridging Divides" placed a central emphasis on the need for policies winning back the confidence of those who feel left behind, fearful of the impact of globalisation, increasing migration flows, and the unprecedented speed of technological development. 


meetings in 2016

  • MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference
    Tunis, Tunisia, 3-4 October 2016
    Bringing together ministers of international co-operation, trade, investment and public governance, the conference provided a platform to discuss strategic responses to common challenges in the region and explored ways to boost inclusive growth, employment and better integration both at the regional and international level under the theme of 'Better Policies for Inclusive Growth and Economic Integration in the MENA Region' (Middle East and North Africa).

  • Meeting of the Environment Policy Committee at the Ministerial Level
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 28-29 September 2016
    Under the chairmanship of New Zealand, with Chile and Slovenia as Vice-Chairs, ‌Environment Ministers from OECD, selected non-member countries, experts, international organisations and stakeholders met to discuss Climate Change: Key Challenges Moving Forward & Resource Efficiency and the Transition towards the Circular Economy.

  • Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy: Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity
    Cancún, Mexico, 21-23 June 2016
    Ministers and stakeholders gathered to move the digital agenda forward in four key policy areas foundational to the growth of the digital economy: Internet openness and innovation, trust in the digital economy, building global connectivity, jobs and skills in the digital economy.

  • Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 1-2 June 2016‌
    The Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) took place under the chairmanship of Chile, with Finland, Hungary and Japan as Vice-Chairs. It brought together Ministers from Members and Partners to explore policies that respond to productivity growth and inclusion goals in mutually reinforcing ways.

  • OECD Forum 2016
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 31 May-1 June 2016
    This year's Forum with the title "Productive Economies, Inclusive Societies" will place a central emphasis on the need for policies that strengthen productivity and promote inclusive and sustainable growth, while allaying fears that increasing productivity just means working longer, harder and later in life.

  • Agriculture Ministerial Meeting
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 7-8 April 2016
    Ministers of Agriculture from OECD countries and partner economies around the world met to discuss Better Policies to Achieve a Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Global Food System. They explored the new policies needed to achieve this widely shared interest, and exchanged on how to ensure that existing policies begin to shift in these directions more quickly.

  • Employment and Labour Ministerial Meeting
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 15 January 2016
    Under the chairmanship of Ireland, with Chile, France and Germany as Vice-Chairs, the meeting, whose overarching theme was “Building More Resilient and Inclusive Labour Markets”, covered issues that are high up on the policy agenda of all OECD and major emerging countries with which the OECD has a growing partnership.

Meetings in 2015

  • OECD Public Governance Ministerial Meeting
    Helsinki, Finland, 28 October 2015
    Focused on "Public Governance for Inclusive Growth", the meeting discussed how a more inclusive policy making process can create the conditions for fairer societies and stronger, sustainable growth.

  • Ministerial Meeting of the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy
    Daejeon, Republic of Korea, 20-21 October 2015
    "Creating our Common Future through Science, Technology and Innovation" was the theme of this meeting hosted by the Korean government.

  • Sixth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers
    Mexico City, Mexico, 16 October 2015
    Co-hosted by the OECD and Mexican authorities – the Ministry of Agrarian, Urban and Territorial Development (SEDATU), the National Workers’ Housing Fund Institute (INFONAVIT) and the Government of Mexico City – the Sixth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers convened high-level representatives from both national and local governments to discuss policies for more resilient, inclusive cities in an increasingly urbanising era under the theme of "The Metropolitan Century: Policies for Resilient and Inclusive Cities".

  • Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level (MCM) 2015
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 3-4 June 2015
    The MCM "Unlocking investment for sustainable growth and jobs" discussed policies that can help unlock stronger, fairer and greener growth. It paid special attention to promoting investment, enhancing innovation, fostering education and skills, strengthening the multilateral trading system and improving the business climate, including through responsible business conduct. The MCM took place under the chairmanship of the Netherlands, with the Czech Republic, France and Korea as vice-chairs. 

  • OECD Forum 2015
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France, 2-3 June 2015
    Forum 2015 "Investing in the future: people, planet, prosperity" was organised around five cross-cutting themes: Investment, Inclusive Growth, Innovation, the New Climate Economy, and the Sustainable Development Goals. It explored the importance of investment as a key means to put our economies on a sustainable growth path while addressing inequalities, fostering innovation, helping the transition towards low-carbon economies and financing the Sustainable Development Goals.

previous meetings 


OECD Council Meetings at Ministerial Level since 1976


Meetings in 2014

  • Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level 2014
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 6-7 May 2014
    Focused on "Resilient Economies and Inclusive Societies: Empowering people for jobs and growth", the 2014 Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) took place at the OECD’s Paris Headquarters, under the Chairmanship of Japan, with the United Kingdom and Slovenia as Vice-Chairs.

  • OECD Forum 2014
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 5-6 May 2014
    Forum 2014, entitled Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies, was organised around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Quality Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.


Meetings in 2013

  • 3rd Ministerial Meeting of the Territorial Development Policy Committee: Regions and cities: where policies and people meet
    Marseille, France, 4-5 December 2013
    Policies for growth, jobs, equity and environmental sustainability have greater impact when they recognise the different economic and social realities where people live and work. Ministers responsible for regional, urban and territorial development from around the world gathered to share good practices and future opportunities in three areas: effective public investment strategies, inclusive growth in cities and regions, and new frameworks for fitting policies to places.

  • 5th OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers: Better Cities for Better Lives - Bridging national and local policies to deliver growth and well-being
    Marseille, France, 4-5 December 2013
    The Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers, co-hosted by the City of Marseille and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Council, focused on how national governments and cities can better work together to foster growth and well-being. Discussions focused on mobilising investment in hard and soft infrastructures, fostering innovation and strengthening environmental sustainability, financial resilience and social inclusion.

  • Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level 2013
    Under the chairmanship of Norway and supported by vice-chairs Australia and Estonia, over 80 Ministers of Finance, Economy, Foreign Affairs and Trade from OECD countries, Key Partner countries and the Russian Federation met to discuss concrete solutions to restore growth with an important emphasis on “Jobs, Equality and Trust”. This included structural reforms to boost growth and competitiveness, measures to restore trust in governments, and specific actions to tackle youth unemployment, promote gender equality, make taxation fairer, seize the benefits of global value chains, and contribute to wider global development.

  • OECD Forum 2013
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 28-29 May 2013
    Building on outcomes of Forum 2012, Forum 2013 was organised around three key themes at the heart of the debate on how to achieve a sustainable future: promoting inclusive growth and addressing inequalities, rebuilding trust in the system, and fostering sustainability. 

Meetings in 2012

  • Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 23-24 May 2012
    As the future of the faltering global economy made headlines worldwide, more than 60 ministers from OECD and partner countries met at the OECD’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting to decide new approaches to the social and economic challenges necessary to achieve durable and inclusive growth.

  • OECD Forum 2012
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 22-23 May 2012
    As governments and international organisations grappled with an increasingly turbulent economic climate and rising frustration and disquiet among citizens, they required fresh thinking and inspiring ideas. In developing strategies to restore long-term economic growth and employment, policy-makers must ensure that they respond to public demands for a fairer and more inclusive society. The challenge for this year's Forum was clear: how can we move from indignation and inequality to inclusion and integrity?

  • OECD High Level Meeting on E-Government: New ICT Solutions for Public Sector Agility
    Mexico City, Mexico, 26-27 March
    This meeting gave national E-Leaders the opportunity to develop digital governance mechanisms for better public services, agile public sectors, more efficient spending and inclusive democracies. It covered the following areas: leveraging ICTs for advancing public policy objectives, monitoring the implementation of e-government projects and designing policy tools to guide e-government implementation.

  • OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers: Mobilizing Investments for Urban Sustainability, Job Creation and Resilient Growth
    Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois, 8 March
    Securing a sustainable future is at the forefront of global agendas. Cities are both part of the problem and the solution to present urban sustainability and resiliency challenges, and are therefore essential actors to securing a more equitable and sustainable development path. The 4th Roundtable focused on financing and investing in urban sustainability, job creation, and resilient growth as a catalyst for economic recovery. Participants examined innovative investment options and finance models to meet these objectives as well as look at the role of key sectors and partnerships that drive change.


Meetings in 2011

  • Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness: The promise of Busan
    Busan, Korea, 29 November-1st December
    At Busan, around 2000 international delegates will review global progress in improving the impact and value for money of development aid and make new commitments to ensure aid reduces poverty and make lives better. It follows meetings in Rome, Paris and Accra that were of vital importance in transforming aid relationships between donors and partners into true vehicles for development cooperation, placing them on a path toward mutual accountability.

  • OECD High Level Meeting - The Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth 
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 28-29 June 2011
    The aim of the High Level meeting is to reach a consensus on how best to ensure the continued growth and innovation of the Internet economy. The meeting follows-up on the OECD Ministerial Meeting on The Future of the Internet Economy held in June 2008 and the Seoul Declaration adopted at that meeting.

  • Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 25-26 May 2011
    The 50th anniversary Ministerial Council Meeting 2011 brought together world leaders and ministers, sharing better policies to build a resilient and balanced world economy, supported by new sources of growth and jobs in developed and developing countries. This year’s Ministerial Council Meeting was attended at the highest level to celebrate the OECD's 50th Anniversary. It was chaired by the United States with Germany as the vice-chair.

  • OECD 50th Anniversary Forum: Better Policies for Better Lives
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 24-25 May 2011
    To mark the OECD's 50th Anniversary, the OECD Forum 2011 built around a special programme showcasing how the OECD has helped raise our standards of life and how, in the future, the OECD can sharpen its contribution toward a more resilient and balanced world economy. Each year, the OECD Forum gathers all stakeholders and adresses the most pressing issues on the international agenda. It takes place in conjunction with the annual OECD ministerial summit.

  • OECD Social Ministerial Meeting and Policy Forum - Building a Fairer Future: the Role for Social Policy
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 2-3 May 2011
    Ministers discussed the following issues: Social policies for the recovery, Doing Better for Families and Future of intergenerational solidarity. Prior to the social ministerial meeting, a Policy Forum on Tackling Inequality was 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.

Meetings in 2010

  • Towards Recovery and Partnership with Citizens: The Call for Innovative and Open Government - ministerial meeting of the OECD Public Governance Committee
    Venice, Italy, 15 November 2010
    This meeting, hosted by the Italian Government, and chaired by Mr. Renato Brunetta, the Italian Minister of Public Administration and Innovation, focused on how governments will work in the future, how they will improve public sector efficiency, and how they can interact more effectively with markets and citizens to contribute to a stronger, cleaner and fairer economy.

  • OECD Education Ministerial Meeting: Investing in Human and Social Capital - New Challenges
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 4-5 November 2010
    Education Ministers from OECD member countries and key emerging economies focused on how to foster human and social capital for the benefit of their post-crisis economies and societies. Tackling the effects of the crisis on education, matching skills to new needs, equipping effective teachers for the 21st century and re-inforcing the social benefits of education were the themes of the meeting.

  • OECD Health Ministerial Meeting: Health Priorities in the Aftermath of the Crisis
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 7-8 October 2010
    Health ministers face huge challenges at the moment. In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, some are being asked to cut spending.  All Ministers have to think of the longer term – how best to ensure high quality health care and good value for money in the face of population ageing, technological change, and rising population expectations. During this meeting, Ministers discussed how to enhance quality, reduce waste and promote healthy lifestyles.

  • High Level Forum on Jobs for Youth: Addressing Policy Challenges in OECD Countries
    Olso, Norway, 20-21 September 2010
    The global economic crisis has hit youth very hard. But even in good times youth are more vulnerable to unemployment than adults. This High Level Policy Forum, jointly organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and the OECD, discussed what decisive actions governments should take to improve job prospects for young people.

  • Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 27-28 May 2010
    As the focus of policy makers moved from crisis management to more structural issues in order to sustain recovery, this year’s Council Meeting at Ministerial Level addressed the key challenges facing governments in the months and years ahead. These included ensuring a sustained and “jobs rich” recovery, while also looking at ways to boost innovation and promote green growth. This year, the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting was chaired by Italy, with Australia and Norway as Vice-Chairs.

  • OECD Forum 2010
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 26-27 May 2010
    The OECD Forum is the "must-go" event on today's international agenda. It is a "multi-stakeholder summit" which brought together business and labour leaders, civil society personalities, government ministers and leaders of international organisations to discuss the hottest issues on the international agenda.

  • OECD Urban Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers: Cities and Green Growth
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 25 May 2010
    The Roundtable sought to identify a common policy agenda for cities’ contribution to a global green growth agenda. Stakeholders addressed how existing models can be fine-tuned to create synergy, rather than conflict, between national and localised urban growth, sustainable development, and climate change action plans. Roundtable participants shared best practices and identified knowledge gaps in urban green growth strategies.

  • High Level Event on South-South Co-operation and Capacity Development: Contributions to a more effective co-operation architecture
    Bogotá, Colombia, 24-26 March 2010
    The High Level Event, which was hosted by the Government of Colombia, was one of the key milestones to implement the key commitment for more inclusive partnerships for development as contained in the Accra Agenda for Action commitments. The main objectives of the meeting were to provide and share evidence on South-South co-operation, to strengthen southern voices in the aid effectiveness context and to define major actions to be followed.

  • OECD Agriculture Ministerial Meeting: Food and Agriculture Policies for a Sustainable Future
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 25-26 February 2010
    In the coming decades, the global food and agriculture system will have to provide sustainably for billions more people and meet greater demands on quality, affordability and availability. Farming will be competing with other sectors for land, water and investment, while climate change adds a new unknown to the equation. Ministers from OECD member countries and key emerging economies met to identify action that best responds to the needs of a rapidly changing world.

Meetings in 2009

  • 2009 MENA-OECD Ministerial Conference - Beyond the Crisis: Business and Citizens at the Centre of Policy Responses
    Marrakech, Morocco, 23 November 2009
    Hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco and opened by Moroccan Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi, the 2009 Ministerial Conference of the MENA-OECD Initiative took place at the highest political level to convey a clear message: MENA and OECD countries, in partnership with their business communities and citizens, are working together to put the region's economy back on a strong growth and employment track. The conference was preceded by a Business Forum and Women Business Leaders Summit, and Governance Day on 22 November 2009.

  • OECD Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting: Tackling the Jobs Crisis 
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 28-29 September 2009
    OECD employment and labour ministers met on 28-29 September to discuss how labour market and social policies can best help workers and low-income households weather the storm of the current jobs crisis. The Ministerial meeting was preceded by a Policy Forum on the morning of 28 September. The Forum provided an opportunity for Ministers to share their views on these important issues with the social partners, researchers, representatives of civil society and journalists.

  • Migration, employment and integration - Towards responsive, effective and fair migration policies - High-level policy forum on migration
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 29-30 June 2009
    During the first-ever OECD High-Level Policy Forum on Migration, ministers and senior officials in charge of migration and integration issues discussed the impact of the current economic crisis on international migration, management of labour migration movements and labour market integration of immigrants and their children.

  • Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level 2009 - The Crisis and Beyond: Building a stronger, cleaner and fairer world economy
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 24-25 June 2009
    OECD’s 30 member countries held their annual Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris on 24-25 June 2009 under the chairmanship of Korean Prime Minister HAN Seung-soo. This was the first time that Korea, which joined OECD in 1996, chaired an OECD Ministerial Council Meeting.

  • OECD Forum: Beyond the Crisis - For a stronger, cleaner, fairer economy
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 23-24 June 2009
    The OECD Forum is a "multi-stakeholder summit" which brings together business and labour leaders, civil society personalities, government ministers and leaders of international organisations to discuss the hottest issues on the international agenda. It took place in conjunction with the annual OECD ministerial summit.

  • Joint High-Level Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC)
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 28-29 May 2009
    This meeting provided an opportunity to take stock and build upon the progress achieved since the DAC and EPOC met at ministerial level in April 2006. Decision makers discussed urgent issues at the interface of environment and development co-operation and further deepened the strategic alliance between the Environment and Development Co-operation communities.

  • High-Level Policy Forum “Sickness, Disability and Work”: Addressing Policy Challenges in OECD Countries
    Stockholm, Sweden, 14-15 May 2009
    Employment and social affairs ministers from 15 OECD countries met in Stockholm to discuss ways to improve sickness and disability policies and make them central to labour market strategies to deal with the impact of the current crisis and beyond. The Forum on “Sickness, Disability and Work: Addressing Policy Challenges in OECD Countries”, organised by the OECD and the government of Sweden, aimed to help policy makers understand the importance of effective social and disability policies and how they can improve longer-term outcomes for the individuals concerned and society as a whole.

  • Territorial Development Policy Committee (TDPC) at Ministerial Level
    The OECD Conference Centre, Paris, 31 March 2009
    Over the past few years, governments have endorsed the need for a shift in regional policy approaches. However, the implementation of the shift has been a complex task. Urgent economic, social and environmental challenges provide renewed impetus for reform. This OECD meeting at ministerial level explored how countries can meet these challenges.

Meetings in 2008

  • High Level Tourism Committee Meeting
    Riva del Garda, Italy, 9-10 October 2008
    Policy makers, industry leaders and tourism experts discussed "The Tourism Economy and Globalisation: An Engine for Innovation, Growth and Employment" at this meeting. Drawing attention to the major advances made in the implementation of effective tourism policies aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of the tourism economy, it aimed to analyse the trends, challenges and policies that will shape tourism in the years to come as well as review the role of the OECD in this area.

  • OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy
    Seoul, 17-18 June 2008
    The meeting provided an ideal opportunity for government, business, the technical community and civil society to consider broad social, economic, and technical trends shaping the development of the Internet economy and to discuss policies that can respond to evolving societal needs. With a strong focus on innovation and growth, the meeting discussed the role of the Internet in the 21st Century through the three following topics: fuelling creativity, building confidence and benefits from convergence.

  • OECD Council at Ministerial Level - Outreach, Reform and the Economics of Climate Change
    Paris, 4-5 June 2008
    This year's OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) took place at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris under the chairmanship of Mme Christine Lagarde, French Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment, with Mexico and Switzerland as Vice-Chairs.
    OECD Ministers held the Ministerial Council Meeting with their counterparts from Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia and Slovenia, the five candidate countries for Accession to the Organisation, and from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, the five candidates for Enhanced Engagement.
    The economic impact of climate change, rising food prices and a broad range of other trade, growth and development issues were discussed.

  • OECD Forum: Climate Change, Growth, Stability
    Paris, 3-4 June 2008
    The OECD Forum is a "multi-stakeholder summit" which brings together business and labour leaders, civil society personalities, government ministers and leaders of international organisations to discuss the hottest issues on the international agenda. It takes place in conjunction with the annual OECD ministerial summit. It addressed this year 'The price of reform and the cost of inaction' through the three main topics which are climate change, growth and stability.

  • OECD Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Global Competitiveness
    Paris, 28-29 April 2008
    The meeting addressed recent environmental trends and projections, environmental co-operation between OECD countries and emerging economies, challenges (competitiveness concerns) and opportunities (eco-innovation) associated with policies to address climate change, and the need for enhanced government-wide co-operation to shift towards a low-carbon society.

Meetings in 2007

  • OECD Council at Ministerial Level - Innovation: Advancing the OECD Agenda for Growth and Equity
    Paris, 15-16 May 2007
    This year's OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) took place under the chairmanship of Pedro Solbes, Spain's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance. The main issues discussed at the meeting included: Globalisation, growth and equity; Innovation and growth; Enlargement of the OECD and Enhanced Engagement with selected non-OECD countries; and Future challenges for an open global trading system.

  • OECD Forum: Innovation, Growth and Equity
    Paris, 14-15 May 2007
    The theme of the 2007 Forum, 'Innovation, Growth and Equity', is a vital equation for a high-performing, more balanced globalisation. How to stimulate innovation for equitable growth and prosperity in our countries? This is the central question we must try to to answer in the debates here, according to Angel Gurría's opening speech.

Meetings in 2006

  • Meeting of OECD Education Ministers - Higher Education: Quality, Equity and Efficiency
    Athens, 27-28 June 2006
    At this meeting, ministers of Higher Education from OECD countries and invited observers discussed how to ensure that quality, equity and efficiency characterise all aspects of higher education.

  • High-Level Policy Conference: Boosting Jobs and Incomes
    Toronto, 15-16 June 2006
    At the conference "Boosting Jobs and Incomes", ministers, business leaders, academics and union representatives from civil society discussed the lessons that emerged from the assessment of the OECD Jobs Strategy, defining policies that work, and those that don't.

  • OECD Council at Ministerial Level: Delivering Prosperity
    Paris, 23-24 May 2006
    Under the chairmanship of Kostas Karamanlis, Prime Minister of Greece, ministers from OECD and other countries discussed a range of economic policy issues including how to ensure economic stability and improve economic performance, how to implement economic reforms for growth and employment, the strategic direction of the OECD and the follow-up to the WTO ministerial meeting in Hong Kong.

  • OECD Forum: Balancing Globalisation
    Paris, 22-23 May 2006
    The Forum is a multi-stakeholder summit which brings together leaders from business, government, labour, civil society and international organisations. The 2006 Forum themes included solving global economic imbalances, optimising the contribution of financial markets to economic growth, reaping the full benefits of technology and innovation, managing the successful integration of China and India into the world economy, creating jobs in the 21st century, and ensuring that trade and investment are effective and ethical motors for development.

  • Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) at Ministerial Level 
    Paris, 4 April 2006
    Economic development all too often brings with it environmental degradation, damaging the interests of the very people it is supposed to help. To examine how best to coordinate development aid with policies to safeguard the environment, ministers of development and environment from the main aid-giving countries of the OECD will meet in Paris.

Meetings in 2005

  • Meeting of the Public Governance Committee at Ministerial Level - Strengthening Trust in Government: What Role for Government in the 21st Century?
    Rotterdam, 28 November 2005
    The objective of this meeting was to review ways to bolster public confidence in government, in particular by improving communications with citizens and continuing to modernise the public sector and improve the quality of public policies and services.  The conference was organised with the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and attended by ministers and senior officials from more than 30 OECD and non-OECD countries.  Read the Statement by the Chair.

  • High-level Policy Forum on Ageing and Employment Policies
    Brussels, 17-18 October 2005
    People are living longer and yet spending much longer in retirement, but what is a boon for individuals threatens to be a bane for economies and social welfare systems. Unless OECD countries adapt their employment policies to the new demographic realities, they will face shrinking workforces and declining prosperity. To help set an agenda for change, government officials, social partners, academics and representatives of civil society organisations discussed the issues raised by OECD analysis. Their objective was to define a new set of age-friendly employment policies that will benefit the economy, society and older individuals themselves.

  • OECD Council at Ministerial Level: Enabling Globalisation
    Paris, 3-4 May 2005
    Under the chairmanship of Göran Persson, Prime Minister of Sweden, ministers from OECD and other countries discussed a range of economic policy issues including energy and investment, globalisation and structural adjustment.

  • OECD Forum: Fuelling the Future: Security, Stability, Development
    Paris, 2-3 May 2005
    The Forum is a multi-stakeholder summit which brings together leaders from business, government, labour and civil society, and takes place at the same time as the annual meeting of the OECD's council at ministerial level. This 2005 Forum focused on the world economy, trade and investment, energy, and development.

  • Meeting of OECD Social Affairs Ministers: Extending opportunities: How active social policy can benefit us all
    Paris, March 31-April 1 2005
    Social ministers from OECD countries discussed how social policies can help individuals and families achieve their potential and support economic growth. Much social progress has been made in all countries. But problems remain. Too many people are still exposed to risks of poverty in childhood, of exclusion from work in prime age, of isolation and limited self-sufficiency in old age. Active social policies that promote the economic independence of the individual provide solutions to these problems. Action is needed urgently before population ageing complicates reforms further. Ministers discussed which measures are needed to address these social challenges. They also discussed rights and responsibilities in social policy with non-governmental organisations.

  • Development Assistance Committee (DAC) High Level Meeting   
    Paris, 2-3 March 2005 
    The annual DAC meeting of aid ministers and agency heads looked for ways donor and recipient countries can improve the lives of poor people, including those suffering under unstable or corrupt governments, by using aid more effectively. Better co-ordination amongst donors and between donors and recipients will be a big step in the right direction, but indicators and monitoring are also crucial. The meeting also discussed the Mutual review of Development Effectiveness commissioned by the NEPAD heads of state.

Meetings in 2004

  • OECD World Forum on Key Indicators: Statistics, Knowledge and Policy 
    Italy, 10-13 November 2004   
    Statistics are fundamental for decision making. How can institutions improve the relevance, comparability and reliability of indicators? Around 500 experts met to debate these issues.

  • OECD Ministerial on Small and Medium Entreprises: Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovative SMEs in a Global Economy
    Istanbul, 4-5 June 2004
    Four years after the first ministerial conference on small and medium enterprises, SMEs continue to be essential drivers of economic progress and growth. In addition, there is a need to further assess the impact of globalisation on SMEs and the implications for emerging and developing economies. All of these factors call for ministers to provide the necessary political impetus for facilitating entrepreneurship and SME development.

  • OECD Council at Ministerial Level
    Paris, 13-14 May 2004
    Ministers from OECD and other countries will discuss economic policy issues, including the impact of ageing populations and prospects for international trade negotiations.

  • Meeting of OECD Health Ministers: Towards High-Performing Health Systems
    Paris, 13-14 May 2004
    Health Ministers from OECD countries will meet to debate ways in which they can improve the quality and efficiency of their health systems, including prevention.  In a joint session with Finance/Economics Ministers, they will also discuss ways to ensure the financial sustainability of health systems.  Rapid growth in health spending, together with a growing awakening to problems of quality in health care and opportunities to prevent illness and disability, raises the urgency of addressing these issues.

  • OECD Forum: Health of Nations
    Paris, 12-13 May 2004
    The Forum is a multi-stakeholder summit which brings together leaders from business, government, labour and civil society, and takes place at the same time as the annual meeting of the OECD's council at ministerial level. This year's Forum will focus on health policy challenges, from ageing and obesity to technology and financial sustainability.

  • Meeting of OECD Environment Ministers
    Paris, 19-20-21 April 2004
    OECD environment ministers will meet to assess their progress in implementing the ambitious OECD Environmental Strategy for the First Decade of the 21st Century, adopted in 2001. They will identify areas where they are "on track", and share experiences on how to overcome obstacles to better environmental policies.

  • Development Assistance Committee High Level Meeting
    Paris, 15-16 April 2004
    The OECD's Development Assistance Committee, which groups the world's principal aid donors, will review recent aid figures and the level of progress towards the targets set under the UN's Millennium Development Goals. The ministers will specifically look at how to achieve more co-ordinated approaches by OECD governments to support better-functioning armed forces, policing, and judicial and penal institutions in developing countries and regions to help ensure good governance and the rule of law. 

  • Meeting of OECD Education Ministers: Raising the Quality of Learning for All
    Dublin,18-19 March 2004
    Education ministers from OECD countries met to debate ways in which they can improve the quality and equity of their education systems. Many of them face huge challenges: widespread teacher shortages, changing social conditions and increasingly diverse student populations.

  • Meeting of OECD Science and Technology Ministers: Science, Technology and Innovation for the 21st Century
    Paris, 29-30 January 2004
    Themes of the two-day meeting focussed on policies to improve links between public and private research, on measures to ensure appropriate training, development and mobility of scientists and other highly qualified personnel, and on the role of science and technology in responding to global challenges including security and safety.

Meetings in 2003


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