Harnessing digital transition for sustainable development: opportunities and challenges
We are in the midst of a digital transition that is having profound and transformative effects on our economies and societies. It holds great potential for enhancing individual well-being, promoting societal progress and helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, this unprecedented transformation is also creating considerable challenges for policy makers: can we guarantee a smooth transition? Can we ensure that no-one is left behind? Will the new digital economy translate into better lives? How can we address the downsides and the challenges related to cybersecurity, to privacy and to the misuse of these technologies?
Our 2019 Ministerial Council Meeting, chaired by the Slovak Republic, will gather Leaders and Ministers on 22-23 May in Paris, during OECD Week. We will discuss domestic and international public policies that can fully harness the great potential of digitalisation and address its disruptive effects, in areas such as competition, taxation, data governance, skills, inclusive growth, environment and trade. We will also discuss the role that the OECD can play in supporting member and partner countries as they navigate the digital transition for the benefit of all citizens.
Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
Future Trends of Digital Transformation
2019 MCM Who's who
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Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level
The Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) is OECD’s most important annual event, attended by the Ministers of Finance, Economics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and other ministries from the Organisation’s 36 Member countries, as well as Key Partner and Accession countries and High Level representatives from various International Organisations. Additional countries may be invited to participate in specific sessions of the agenda, upon the decision of OECD Members. At the MCM, Ministers give the Organisation its main mandates for the upcoming year.
This year's meeting will be chaired by the Slovak Republic, with Canada and Korea as co-chairs. Attendance to all sessions is by invitation only.
- 2018 Reshaping the Foundations of Multilateralism for more responsive, effective and inclusive outcomes
- 2017 Making globalisation work: Better lives for all
- 2016 Enhancing productivity for inclusive growth
- 2015 Unlocking investment for sustainable growth and jobs
- 2014 Resilient economies and inclusive societies: Empowering people for jobs and growth
- 2013 It's all about people: jobs, equality and trust
- 2012 All on board: Policies for inclusive growth and jobs
- 2011 Better policies for better lives
- 2010 From recovery to sustained growth
- 2009 The crisis and beyond: Building a stronger, cleaner, fairer world economy
- Communiqués from 1976 to 2008