28 April 2021

 NAEC - New approaches to economic challenges

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A Systemic Recovery

OECD Conference Centre 

The COVID-19 pandemic reveals the interconnectedness, complexity and fragility of our global system. Once this health and mental-health emergency is under control, we need to build a more resilient system to protect ourselves from such events in the future. This involves rethinking the design, operation and management of the overall economic system.

The scale and scope of the existential problems we are facing are now evident. They are systemic and solving them will require consideration of how the whole system works. Two years ago we looked at Systemic Collapse. NAEC has since been Confronting Planetary Emergencies with some of the world’s leading economists. We will now facilitate a debate on policy approaches to develop the resilience necessary for a Systemic Recovery.

This virtual meeting, organised with The Fields Institute and Rebuilding Macroeconomics, will provide a platform for  views on the recovery and how this could be accelerated through new thinking and new approaches needed to promote a Systemic Recovery.

The meeting is preceded by a Symposium on a Systemic Recovery on 26-27 April, organised with the Fields Institute in Canada and Rebuilding Macroeconomics in the UK.


> For external participants :

> For OECD staff: Register

> For OECD delegates: Register

> Watch the webcast

> Agenda (pdf) / Ordre du jour (pdf)

> Summary (pdf) / Compte rendu (pdf)

> Speaker biographies (pdf)


photo Mark Carney photo Rana Foroohar photo Paul Krugman photo Gita Gopinath photo Kenneth S Rogoff photo Mariana Mazzucato copyright Tania Cristofari photo William McRaven photo Jo Swinson Lt Gen Thomas P. Bostick photo Barry C. Lynn
Mark Carney
Rana Foroohar
Paul Krugman
Gita Gopinath
Kenneth S. Rogoff
Mariana Mazzucato
William H. McRaven
Jo Swinson
Thomas B. Bostick
Barry C. Lynn

Draft Agenda


 Opening Remarks


Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary-General

A Systemic Recovery

Moderators: Rana Foroohar, Associate Editor, and Martin Sandbu, European Economics Commentator, The Financial Times


  • Mark Carney, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action Finance
  • Gita Gopinath, Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund

  • Paul Krugman, Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London, and Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP)

Comments from OECD Committee Chairs, Ambassadors and Directors

NAEC - The Way Forward


Chair: Jo Swinson, Director, Partners for a New Economy (P4NE)

Neuroscience-inspired Policy

  • Admiral William H. McRaven, Professor of National Security, Lyndon B Johson School of Public Affairs at University of Texas at Austin

Systemic Resilience


Shock-proofing the Global Production System


Comments from OECD Committee Chairs, Ambassadors and Directors

Closing Remarks

  • Irena Sodin, Ambassador to the OECD, Permanent Representative of Slovenia
  • Juan Yermo, Chief of Staff to the OECD Secretary General