OECD Forum 2016: 31 May - 1 June

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Forum 2016 Issues: Productive Economies, Inclusive Societies

Productivity & inclusive growth

OECD Week 2016 will place a central emphasis on the need for policies that

  • strengthen productivity
  • promote inclusive and sustainable growth

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Access to quality jobs

How can the OECD quality job framework help

  • ageing populations that may need to extend their working lives
  • 75 million young people unemployed worldwide

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Closing the gender gap

Gender equality is central to increasing productivity and inclusiveness:

  • focus on women in the workplace
  • focus on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
  • focus on social, cultural, legal, and political barriers

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Integrating migrants

The Forum will address the challenges posed by migration flows

  • with a particular focus on the economic, social and political impact of the sudden, large influx of immigrants and refugees into Europe
  • How best to meet the integration challenge?

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Innovation & the digital economy

  • What needs to be done to ensure larger sectors of the economy benefit from innovation?

  • What policies are available to support change and competition, yet provide fair social safety nets?

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Future of work

  • What will be the impact (both positive and negative) of further advances in digitalisation on the world of work?
  • What opportunities and challenges will digitalisation pose to labour market and skills policies?
  • How can we ensure that workers are well prepared to face the changing world of work?

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Future of education

  • Simply earning a degree no longer guarantees a job, while the rise of online education, peer-to-peer and experiential learning has paved a popular alternative route
  • Education systems have to increasingly focus on teaching values such as tolerance, respect, personal, social and environmental responsibility, integrity and self-awareness
  • How can these skills be taught and tested?

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International collaboration

2015 provided a historic opportunity to set the objectives needed to

  • eradicate poverty and promote more inclusive societies
  • address climate change and promote the circular economy
  • ensure inclusive international tax rules and provide the financing to implement these global goals

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Monitoring and implementation

Forum 2016 will be an opportunity to discuss

  • best ways to monitor and manage progress
  • how better collaboration is needed

to ensure the effective implementation of the

Boosting trade and investment

To stimulate productivity and innovation throughout the global economy and trigger a new wave of badly needed investment, we need to 

  • design predictable and stable regulatory environments
  • address barriers to trade
  • make financial systems more resilient and supportive of real economic activity

Global, regional and local OECD

Finally, OECD Week and the Forum will include a central focus on:

  • the Latin American and Caribbean region with the launch of a new regional programme
  • Japan with its chairmanship of the G7
  • China with its chairmanship of the G20

The actions taken by cities and their mayors will be given a special focus, as cities are excellent incubators for innovative policies.

Inequality and urban growth

This year London’s population overtook its historical high of 8.6 million reached at the outset of the Second World War, bucking the trend of many European and North American cities, which have experienced only slight, or even negative, growth.

Compared to other global cities, London is inching forward, with only nine new residents per hour, compared to double that number in São Paulo and over 70 in Delhi, Kinshasa and Dhaka. Nonetheless, London will accommodate a million more people by 2030.

Read the article by Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies


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