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OECD Week 2011: Better Policies for Better Lives 24-26 May


OECD’s 50th Anniversary Forum and Ministerial Meeting are open to the media. Focussing on new sources of growth and jobs, gender equity, and building new partnerships with emerging and developing economies,  OECD Week will be chaired by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, with Germany as the vice-chair. Participants include heads of state and government, ministers, business and union leaders  and other civil society representatives. 


Main media events



Tuesday 24 May:
09:00 Opening session
, Better Policies for Better Lives, with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and European Commission President Herman Van Rompuy. This is followed by discussion about measuring progress, with Danilo Turk, the President of Slovenia, and  a presentation of OECD’s Better Life Initiative, the ‘beyond GDP’ approach to measuring the progress of societies.


The Forum programme continues:  new sources of growth;  gender;  restoring trust: financial regulation, consumer protection, and corporate governance; over-coming the crisis; shifting wealth; new paradigms for development.


Wednesday 25 May:
Mr. Gurria and OECD Chief Economist Pier Carlo Padoan present the OECD Economic Outlook and open discussions on the economy with Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and finance ministers from Chile and France.  The following  session,  about jobs,  includes interventions from Slovenian President Danilo Turk and ministers from Mexico, Spain and Sweden.



15:15 OECD’s Green Growth Strategy. Korean Prime Minister Kim-Hwang-sik opens the session followed by  a round table with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova and ministers from Denmark, Mexico and the Netherlands.  


17:00 Commemoration of the OECD’s 50th Anniversary.  Roundtable – Lessons and Challenges – with Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor Orbán; Chilean President Sebastian Piñera; the Prime Minister of Belgium, Yves Leterme: the Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou: and Czech Prime Minister  Petr Necas.


17:30 Address by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton followed by keynote speeches from French Prime Minister François Fillon and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan.


18:00 Ceremonial event and ‘family photo’ of the heads of state and government, and ministers.


18:45 US Secretary of State Clinton presides over three signing ceremonies: the invitation to Russia to join the OECD Anti-bribery Convention; the establishment of an OECD Centre for African Public Debt Management; and the adoption of the updated  Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. 


Thursday 26 May: photo op, then CLOSED TO MEDIA.

09:30 – photo op -  US Secretary of State Clinton chairs ‘new paradigms for development’ followed by discussions on trade and jobs lead by US Trade Secretary Ron Kirk. 


12:00 TBC – Closing Ministerial news Conference -  Secretary of State Clinton and OECD Secretary-General Gurria. 

Other media briefings 


Friday 20 May: 11.00 Media briefing on main issues of OECD Forum and Ministerial meeting with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. To register email


Tuesday 24 May

Held in the Media Centre unless otherwise indicated

  • 10:00 - Launch of OECD’s Better Life Initiative. OECD Forum 
  • 12:30 - Media briefing on the OECD’s Better Life Initiative with Martine Durand, OECD Chief Statistician and Anthony Gooch, Director of Public Affairs and Communications.
  • 13:00 - Launch a new report, Exiting from the crisis: Models for more equitable and sustainable growth with Richard Trumka, President of TUAC (Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD) and President of the US’s AFL-CIO; Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation); Ken Georgetti, General Secretary of the Canadian Labour Congress; and Sandra Polaski, Deputy Undersecretary US Department of Labour (TBC);  Auditorium.
  • 14:30 - Progress report on the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention presented by Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International.
  • 16:00 - Food price volatility with Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion, and Ken Ash, OECD Director of Trade and Agriculture.

Wednesday 25 May

Thursday 26 May

This schedule will be updated on an ongoing basis.
Last updated on May 18, 2011



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