Science, technology and innovation policy

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy


The aim of the GFKE is to strengthen the OECD’s global relations and to take a broad and coherent view of the contribution of science, technology and innovation to the knowledge economy, essential for designing policy frameworks that will drive economic growth and social welfare in the 21st century.  It also provides a vehicle for dialogue among policy makers, business, consumers and other stakeholders in member and non-member economies on policy approaches that will help expand the benefits of the knowledge economy to all countries, including the less developed ones.

Read highlights from the 2014 event.  

OECD Global Forums are created by OECD committees as a way to involve a broader range of stakeholders in their work. They are not official bodies, nor are they meetings. Instead, they are communities of stakeholders that meet on the responsibility of one or more OECD committees. OECD Global Forums provide platforms for peer learning and policy dialogue on issues for which the relevance of OECD work is dependent on interaction with relevant non-members world-wide. Global Forums can also promote multidisciplinary and horizontal approaches beyond the scope of any single committee, and foster partnerships with other intergovernmental organisations. 


 help the committee identify relevant issues, including ‘next generation issues’,

 promote a convergence of views on the Committee’s outputs among a broad range of non-members and other stakeholders,

 ensure that these outputs are known and used among these stakeholders,

 share best practices in the implementation of the results. 

2014 Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy:
Data-driven innovation for a Resilient Society

Tokyo, Japan
2-3 October 2014



Past GFKE events

Istanbul 2013

The Future of Science and Innovation

In the current economic climate, innovation is one of the expected engines of sustained growth, beyond all the macroeconomic imbalances. Innovation is being mobilised for addressing social challenges like health or ageing, or environmental challenges like climate change. Whereas price adjustments (e.g. a carbon tax) and appropriate resource allocation (e.g. social contribution) are needed to manage and alleviate some of these problems, innovation is expected to bring the most sustained, durable solutions. S&I is now a global activity, it is not the preserve of rich countries, as emerging countries are taking an increasingly active participation by performing research and other types of innovative activities. 

Seoul 2012

Towards Strong, Green and Inclusive Growth

In its second edition, the Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy looked at approaches and policies that can help develop a sustainable and inclusive future with strong, green and inclusive growth. The GFKE 2012 examined the state of economies, addressed key challenges and explored good policy practices at the national level as well as steps that should be taken at the international level.

Paris 2011

Better Innovation Policies for Better Lives watch the webcast

The first GFKE examined the issue of improving national science and innovation policies.

Issues addressed include:

  • How can science and innovation help?
  • How can governments better leverage public funding?
  • Strengthening science-industry interactions
  • Changing the game – boosting entrepreneurship
  • Fostering green innovation
  • Science and innovation for inclusive development
  • International co-operation – scaling up good practices


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