Commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the OECD Convention

 

OECD Leaders' Event ǀ 14 December 10:30-13:30 (CET)

 

The OECD commemorated the 60th anniversary of the signature of the OECD Convention on 14 December 2020 with a virtual event with Heads of State and Government of Member countries, the EU and Costa Rica. Co-hosted by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, and the Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurría, the event took stock of the state of affairs in the world economy, long-term trends, and of the specific contribution of the OECD to shape “better policies for better lives”.

Background


The OECD reached its 60th Anniversary in a unique and challenging context. As the world confronts the worst health, economic and social crisis since the 1930s, the OECD is once again rising to the challenge to support its Member countries and the global community in their response to the crisis and their efforts to foster a strong, resilient, inclusive and sustainable recovery. As an organisation whose roots lie in the Marshall Plan, the ideas of reconstruction, ambition and multilateralism are at the core of the OECD’s identity. Through its standards, data, analysis and evidence-based recommendations, sixty years later, the OECD continues to deliver “better policies for better lives”.

 

Agenda


Moderator: Axel Threlfall, Reuters

 

10:30-11:00 (CET)

OPENING SESSION

  • Welcome remarks by the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría

  • Keynote remarks by President Emmanuel Macron of France
     
  • Keynote remarks by President Pedro Sánchez of Spain

11:00-11:50 (CET) LEADERS’ PANEL 1

A TRANSFORMATIVE RECOVERY: FORGING A NEW CONSENSUS FOR ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRESS

This panel focused on the priorities for a strong, resilient, inclusive and sustainable recovery from COVID-19 role and the potential opportunities for the development, with OECD support, of a new narrative for economic growth in the post-COVID-19 world that better integrates economic, social and environmental dimensions.


Participants:

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand 

Iván Duque, President of Colombia 

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD 

Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic 

Charles Michel, President of the European Council 

Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government of Spain 

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission 

 

11:50-12:05 (CET) 

PRE-RECORDED VIDEO MESSAGES*

 

12:05-12:35 (CET) LEADERS’ PANEL 2

THE CASE FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION: MULTILATERALISM IN THE CURRENT GLOBAL CONTEXT

This panel addressed the need for greater international co-operation in the response to the COVID-19 crisis and the recovery, focusing on the challenges and opportunities for multilateralism in the current global context. The discussion covered key priorities for addressing the pandemic and its consequences and preparing for the recovery (e.g. vaccine development and distribution, international mobility, global value chains, co-ordination of economic policies, debt relief initiatives, etc.).


Participants:

Carlos Alvarado, President of Costa Rica 

Egils Levits, President of Latvia 

Gitanas Nausėda, President of Lithuania 

 

12:35 - 12:50 (CET)

PRE-RECORDED VIDEO MESSAGES*


12:50-13:20 (CET) LEADERS’ PANEL 3

THE GLOBAL ROLE OF THE OECD: 60 YEARS OF BETTER POLICIES FOR BETTER LIVES

This panel focused on the work of the OECD in its recent history across key priorities in the global agenda (e.g. taxation, trade and investment, inclusive growth, climate change and environment) and discussed major ongoing global initiatives key to a successful and more inclusive and sustainable global economy.


Participants:

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland 

Kyriákos Mitsotákis, Prime Minister of Greece 

Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General

 

13:20-13:25 (CET)

CLOSING REMARKS BY OECD SECRETARY-GENERAL

 

13:25-14:00 (CET)

PRE-RECORDED VIDEOS MESSAGES* BY LEADERS AND CLOSING BY MODERATOR

 

* The list below reflects confirmed video messages as of 9 December:

1. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Canada

2. Robert C. O’Brien, National Security Advisor, United States of America 

3. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, United Kingdom

4. Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister, Denmark

5. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister, Norway

6. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President, Turkey

7. António Costa, Prime Minister, Portugal

8. Micheál Martin, Taoiseach, Ireland

9. Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister, Belgium

10. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor, Germany

11. Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister, Sweden

12. Simonetta Sommaruga, President, Swiss Confederation

13. Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor, Austria

14. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister, Netherlands

15. Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister, Luxembourg

16. Giuseppe Conte, President of the Council of Ministers, Italy

17. Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister, Japan

18. Sanna Marin, Prime Minister, Finland

19. Scott Morrison, Prime Minister, Australia

20. Arturo Herrera, Minister of Finance, Mexico

21. Mihály Varga, Deputy Prime Minister, Hungary

22. Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister, Czech Republic

23. Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister, Poland

24. Moon Jae-In, President, Korea

25. Igor Matovič, Prime Minister, Slovak Republic

26. Sebastián Piñera, President, Chile

27. Janez Janša, Prime Minister, Slovenia

28. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Israel

29. Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister, Estonia

30. David Sassoli, President, European Parliament

  


   
DON'T MISS

Stakeholders' Panel: 15 December, 12:00-13:30 (CET)

The 14 December events will be followed by a Stakeholders' Panel on 15 December, which will bring together representatives from international organisations, private sector, civil society and academia, including former government leaders for a discussion on multilateralism and the need for collective action across a wide range of stakeholders to “build back better” in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis. 

» Visit event web page

 


Find out more  

The OECD's 60th Anniversary

60th anniversary events organised by the OECD Forum 

 

 

Related Documents

 

Annual report
Discover the
OECD
download
Brochure
Read our
annual report
download