Global relations have been an integral part of the OECD mission since its inception over 60 years ago. Article 1 of the OECD Convention states that the Organisation should "contribute to sound economic expansion in member as well as non-member countries in the process of economic development”.

The aim of the OECD’s Global Relations is to enhance co-operation with those economies where there is mutual interest in sharing knowledge and expertise, promoting reform, and finding joint solutions to common challenges. It intends to level the global playing field for more resilient, sustainable and inclusive growth. This co-operation is guided by the Organisation’s evidence-based policy advice and standards. Such engagement serves a mutual benefit by providing OECD Members and Partners with a platform to learn from each other’s policies, while also strengthening the Organisation’s global impact and ensuring its relevance for both Members and Partners.

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Regional approaches

The OECD works closely with many governments around the world through regional initiatives and activities in order to facilitate policy benchmarking and the exchange of good practices within and across regions.

More on our regional activities:
Africa, Eurasia, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and South East Europe.

Participation in OECD work

Beyond the Organisation's 38 Members, countries and economies may be invited to participate in Committees and other bodies through different types of partnerships. 

More about partnerships in OECD bodies

More about the OECD Global Forums

Country-specific co-operation

Partner countries' involvement in OECD work is mutually beneficial and essential for keeping the OECD inclusive and relevant. 

More on Enlargement

More on the Key Partners: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia & South Africa

More on Country Programmes: Morocco & Thailand

More on Fair Market Conditions for Competitiveness in six OECD partner countries

International Organisations

The OECD co-operates closely with a large number of international organisations. The form of this co-operation varies, depending on the issues and circumstances, from jointly financed activities or publications, through formal or informal participation in each other’s events, to exchange of information and statistics. 

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