OECD Forum virtual events


8 February

The School-to-Work Transition

Young people often report difficulties in navigating the school-to-work transition. This challenge has become even more significant as the initiatives which traditionally helped smooth this transition, such as work-based learning programmes and apprenticeship opportunities, have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the world of work itself is rapidly changing. Accelerating digitalisation, the green transition and population aging are all profoundly impacting the skills required to perform in the workplace, if not the very meaning of a successful professional career. 
This OECD Forum Virtual Event will focus on what can be done to help young people find professional opportunities, harness their skills and experience in a way that employers will value, and better understand workplace expectations. The results of a six-country survey led by Qualtrics to understand the challenges that young people are facing amidst the numerous transformations in the world of work will pave the way to a panel discussion, while Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills, will present the OECD’s latest insights. 

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The climate and Health Nexus

Despite being considered as the greatest health emergency of the 21st century, climate change's wide-ranging impact on human health deserves far more attention, to bridge the gap in knowledge and understanding and help drive appropriate action.

The session will focus on the international effort that requires in-depth understanding and co-ordination between multiple stakeholders—one in which international organisations like the OECD can play a critical role to systematically tailor policies aimed at simultaneously addressing the pandemic, the recovery and the transition to the net-zero economy.

How to Make Resilient Supply Chains Happen

Both the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia's unprovoked, unjustifiable, and illegal war of aggression against Ukraine have exposed pressure points in supply chains. Some of these points are known; many have yet to be better understood.

Countries and firms alike are now reflecting on how to build-up greater supply chain resilience. This OECD Forum virtual event will aim to support these important efforts by allowing for a strategic and solution-oriented discussion between leading stakeholders, to explore how we may best continue harnessing the benefits of globalisation, whilst better addressing its risks.

Women at the Frontline of the Recovery

Some fear that the impact of the COVD-19 pandemic may be putting back the clock to the 1950s, with many women potentially leaving the labour market forever. This is a key moment to harness our collective awakening to the fact that our economies and societies depend on the paid but also unpaid work in healthcare, childcare, education, long-term care and home care which is largely provided by women, and often by women from minority backgrounds. Drawing on the OECD Forum 2021 virtual event “Building a gender-inclusive recovery”, we will take advantage of this conversation to address what now needs to happen to make sure that women at the frontline of helping all of us through the pandemic get real recognition for their immense contribution to our societies.

Climate and Health

Climate change has been called the single biggest health threat facing humanity, and the Paris Agreement may well be the most important health agreement of the century.

As governments develop recovery plans from COVID-19, our panel will debate the issues needed to mitigate health risks linked to climate change and find long-term solutions to future challenges.


The New Geography of Work: From Home, Near Home and Beyond 

The last two decades have seen thousands of freelancers fulfil tasks remotely, while the Internet was breathing new life into nomadic lifestyles.

But the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this rise in remote working and millions of businesses and employees have found themselves “going remote” overnight, ushering in a profound reconsideration of the physical constraints linked to the workplace.

Is work from anywhere (WFA) here to stay? What are the implications and what can be done to reimagine geographies of work that benefit all?  Watch the replay


Equity in Education: Unlocking Opportunities Throughout Life

With children worldwide struggling with school closures and many adults faced with the task of reskilling, education has been immensely impacted during the pandemic. But the COVID-19 crisis has been an alarm for more than just equal opportunities; it’s also a plea for greater equity in the distribution of respect and status. The future of education lies in providing valued and recognised paths for everyone, whether it is through higher education or professional training programmes.  Watch the replay

OECD Forum Series: Delivering a Jobs-rich Recovery

Thanks to vaccine roll outs, some countries around the world are starting to ease COVID-19 restrictions and some are even experiencing a gradual return to “normality”. Yet the lasting and unequal impact of the pandemic on employment is not likely to go away soon. Prospects for the world economy have brightened but this is no ordinary recovery. This OECD Forum panel discussed how we can empower workers and build a jobs-rich recovery for all. Watch the replay

OECD Forum Series 2021: Building a Gender-Equal Recovery

The pandemic has magnified the need to consider gender equality and diversity as an integral part of policy making. Join us to discuss how the recovery can provide an opportunity to effect profound change, taking a more holistic approach to equity and equality – going beyond the traditional “gender” issues – to broader societal priorities that urgently need more inclusive approaches. Watch the replay

Addressing the hidden pandemic: The impact of COVID on Mental Health

An estimated one out of four persons worldwide now suffers from depression. Anxiety levels have been found to have risen in an even greater proportion. As COVID-19 has swept the globe, it is clear that another major health crisis has been marching silently in its footsteps: a mental health pandemic, whose impact may well outlive the virus itself. What can we do to minimise the impacts?  Watch the replay

OECD Stakeholder Talks: Shared Values - Building an Inclusive and Sustainable Future

The Stakeholders Talks will bring together voices from governments, international organisations, the private sector and civil society to reflect on the priorities in the fight against the COVID-19 crisis and the actions needed to “build forward better” for an inclusive and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.


16 December 2020
The benefits of a multigenerational workforce: Living, learning and earning longer 

15 December 2020
COVID-19: The great digital acceleration 

14 December 2020
OECD Leaders' Event 
Meet the Author: David Goodhart
A new societal contract for the recovery 

3 December 2020
Healthcare in the Digital Age

24 November 2020
International Co-operation and Vaccines

19 November 2020
Communicating on public health and vaccines in a climate of misinformation

30 September 2020
A Green COVID Recovery: the role of Finance

10 September 2020
Schooling in times of COVID-19




Ministerial Council Meeting 2022

Building on the outcomes of the 2021 MCM and the G20 Rome Summit, the 2022 Meeting of the OECD Council at the Ministerial Level (MCM) meeting focused on the international co-operation and coordination needed to build a better future for and with young people. This includes addressing economic and other consequences of Russia’s large-scale aggression in a post-pandemic world as well as finding the right policy mix to unleash the growth potential of OECD economies in the medium term, transition to a sustainable and inclusive economic model that leverages the digital and green transformation, and to build resilient health systems that sustain both population health and economic prosperity. The MCM also discuss enhancing the OECD's dialogue with Africa, strengthening gender equality and better aligning trade and environmental policies to build together a sustainable future. 

OECD 60th Anniversary

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.

Watch the celebrations of the OECD’s 60th anniversary which took place on 14 December 2020, alongside leaders and key stakeholders.

You can also view photos from the commemoration event here.