Media advisory - OECD 2021 Ministerial Council Meeting: 31 May - 1 June


28/05/2021 -

Virtual media kit
YouTube livestream link 
New time for closing press conference – 15.30 CEST Tuesday 1 June

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A Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level on "Shared Values: Building a Green and Inclusive Future" will take place virtually on 31 May-1 June 2021. It will include the launch of the OECD’s Economic Outlook and the transfer of leadership from current Secretary-General Angel Gurría to incoming Secretary-General Mathias Cormann.

The Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) is the OECD’s highest-level forum, attended by ministers of finance, economy, foreign affairs, trade and other government departments from the Organisation’s Member and Partner countries, as well as by representatives of other International Organisations.

This year’s MCM will be held in two parts, in May-June and in the autumn, under the Chairmanship of the United States with the Republic of Korea and Luxembourg as Vice chairs.

Topics for the May-June gathering will include: collaboration in the development and distribution of treatments and vaccines, exchanging information in tackling the pandemic, developing and implementing recovery plans to “build back better” and promoting policies to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges, and as well as promote a greener and more inclusive economy.

Events open to journalists

Monday 31 May 2021

OECD Economic Outlook

Time: 10.00-11.00 (CET) (08.00-09.00 GMT)

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The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for the world economy. OECD Chief Economist Laurence Boone will present the Outlook with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, in English, with French interpretation.

A summary of the Economic Outlook and key data will be freely accessible on the OECD’s website at You are invited to include this Internet link in reports on the Outlook.

Media requests to receive the Economic Outlook under embargo prior to release, or to obtain a password for the password-protected website, should be sent by e-mail to [email protected]. Journalists requesting an electronic version in advance of the release time agree to respect OECD embargo conditions.

Journalists must register to participate in an interactive presentation of the Interim Economic Outlook, via Zoom:

For further information on the Interim Economic Outlook, contact Lawrence Speer in the OECD Media Office (+33 1 4524 9700).

Tuesday 1 June 2021

Handover Event between Secretaries-General

Time: 10.00-10.30 (CET):

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  • Introduction by the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel
  • Remarks by outgoing Secretary-General Angel Gurría
  • Remarks by incoming Secretary-General Mathias Cormann

Ministerial Council Meeting closing press conference with US Head of Delegation Peter Haas and OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann

**New Time**: 15.30 CET (13.30 GMT)

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Journalists must register here to participate in the virtual press conference:

For further information, or to request interviews, journalists are invited to contact 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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