What makes us the OECD


Providing high-quality policy advice, multi-disciplinary perspectives and peer-learning approaches, the OECD is a unique international organisation which sets the standards and defines best practices in almost every field of economic and social policy.

Did you know? The OECD is the main reference for the certification and standardisation of certain agricultural commodities and inputs. The work of the Organisation involves both member and non-member economies and focuses on the creation of common criteria in order to facilitate international trade.

We seek to build common understandings and find innovative solutions to tackle the most pressing global challenges. By sharing experience, identifying best practice, providing state-of-the-art analysis and reliable comparative statistics in virtually all areas, such as trade, taxation, agriculture environment and more which help governments to improve their public policies.

Did you know?  The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an internationally standardised assessment, jointly developed by participating countries and administered to 15-year-olds in schools to see how far students near the end of compulsory education have acquired some of the knowledge and skills essential for full participation in society.

A hub for the discussion of global policy issues, we interact with governments, international organisations, parliamentarians, business sector, trade unions, academics, media and NGOs, building an unprecedented network of knowledge based on a deep-rooted conviction about the benefits of multilateral co-operation.

Did you know? As early as 1996, in its strategy paper Shaping the 21st Century, the OECD pioneered a set of concrete development objectives that could be measured and monitored over time.  The OECD also proposed a global development partnership effort to achieve ambitious yet realistic goals.  Unprecedented international consensus culminated in 2000 with the first inter-agency blueprint, A Better World for All, and the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the Millennium Declaration.

These and many more achievements have enabled the OECD to become the unique institution it is today. Find out more



Erwann Michel-Kerjan



James Poterba






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