The Global Role of the OECD and the Case for Collective Action and Multilateralism in the Post-COVID World


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


The OECD commemorated the 60th anniversary of the signature of the OECD Convention. As part of the occasion, this Stakeholders' panel brought together high-level representatives from subnational governments, international organisations, private sector, civil society and academia, including former government leaders to broaden the discussion and complement on the outcomes of the discussions from the Leaders' Event on 14 December.

The discussion focused on multilateralism and the need for collective action across a wide range of stakeholders to “build back better” in the aftermath of the worst health, economic and social crisis the world has known since the Second World War. This includes addressing challenges and opportunities raised by climate change, inequalities, or the emergence of digital technologies, including the tax challenges of the digital economy.



12:00-12:05 (CET)


  • Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD

  • Ms. Arancha González Laya, Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Spain


12:05-12:45 (CET)  PANEL 1


The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed the worst global health, economic and social crisis at a time when the multilateral system was already strained. It is costing many lives and threatening the stability of democracies, economies and societies, with developing countries likely to be hit the hardest. It has also revealed entrenched social, cultural and economic inequities and injustices, which can no longer be overlooked.

Under this backdrop, this first panel discussion focused on how effective multilateralism, including through the OECD, can ensure a strong, inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery, and be reinvigorated for the post-COVID world.

  • Ms. Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London
  • Mr. Enrique Iglesias, Former President, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Ms. Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
  • Ms. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights and Former President, Chile
  • Mr. Pascal Lamy, President, Paris Peace Forum and Former Director-General, World Trade Organization

Moderated by Ms. Karen Tso, Anchor, CNBC Europe


12:45-13:25 (CET)  PANEL 2


The COVID-19 is a global crisis that knows no borders and have affected every country and community. The crisis has also intensified weaknesses that were confronting the world even before the pandemic struck: slow economic growth, widening inequalities in income, wealth and opportunities, and the breakdown of trust.

Panelists exchanged experiences regarding different initiatives to foster a strong, resilient, inclusive and sustainable recovery and discuss how the crisis and the recovery provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to join forces and contribute to economies and societies that leave no one behind.

  • Ms. Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture
  • Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • Ms. Christy Hoffman, General Secretary, UNI Global Union
  • Ms. Gabriela Bucher, Executive Director, Oxfam

Moderated by Ms. Karen Tso, Anchor, CNBC Europe


13:25-13:30 (CET)


  • Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD

Find out more  

Leaders' Event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the OECD Convention

The OECD's 60th Anniversary

60th anniversary events organised by the OECD Forum 

Tackling Coronavirus (COVID-19) - browse OECD contributions


Related Documents


Annual report
2024 Ministerial Council Meeting documents
2024 Ministerial Council Statement