Averting systemic collapse – experts seeking new approaches to meet at OECD 17-18 September 2019


11/09/2019 - Conservation scientists warn that up to a million plant and animal species face extinction. Climate experts say rising sea and temperature levels will impact the health and security of billions of people. Economists wonder when the next global recession will hit.    

Meanwhile, the Amazon burns.

Are our strained systems and ecosystems living on borrowed time?  Are we approaching a tipping point?

Averting Systemic Collapse, a conference hosted by the OECD on 17-18 September 2019, will bring together experts who believe our current policy approaches are no longer adequate to address the complex, interconnected and dynamic nature of today’s environmental, economic and social problems.

Meeting systemic challenges requires a better understanding of the interaction of risk and complexity, they say. Greater collaboration across scientific disciplines is needed to strengthen public policy.

The conference, which is open to the media, will explore new analytical tools and techniques and promote “systems thinking” to improve anticipation and resilience. Contributing to the debates will be experts from a range of fields, including economics, political science, engineering, physics, and biology.

Averting Systemic Collapse is organised under the OECD’s New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) initiative. A number of reports on systems analysis for policymaking, new economic approaches and innovative analytical tools will be discussed at the conference.

Journalists wishing to attend should register at, identifying the media they represent.

Further information is available at the NAEC website or from the OECD Media Office: ; tel: + 33 1 4524 9700.


Working with over 100 countries, the OECD is a global policy forum that promotes policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.


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