Media advisory - OECD 2021 Ministerial Council Meeting (Autumn session): 5 - 6 October


01/10/2021 -


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A Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level (MCM) will take place on 5 - 6 October 2021. The Meeting will be chaired by the United States, with Korea and Luxembourg as Vice-Chairs, under the theme of “Shared Values: Building a Green and Inclusive Future.”

The Ministerial Council Meeting 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.  

Part I of the MCM took place virtually on 31 May and 1 June and marked the handover in leadership of the OECD, reflected on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and shared priorities for the near-term recovery. Part II and its related events will shift the attention to addressing our medium- and long-term challenges, with a focus on the climate crisis and promoting the transition to net-zero to help build a green future, as well as on making the future more inclusive by promoting a digital transformation and creating opportunities for all. Building on our shared values – democracy, rule of law, human rights, and commitment to open and transparent market-economy principles and high standards in the digital economy – Members will adopt a new Vision Statement to guide the Organisation.


Events open to media


Monday 4 October 2021

10:00 - 11:30 (CEST)
High-level Roundtable on Strengthening ESG Approaches and Market Alignment to Foster Climate Transition

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This high-level roundtable will host a panel discussion with public and private sector participants on progress, challenges and policies for financial markets to foster a low-carbon transition. To support the discussion, the roundtable will include the launch of two OECD reports: “Financial Markets and Climate Transition: Opportunities, Challenges and Policy Implications” and “ESG Investing and Climate Transition: Market Practices, Issues and Policy Considerations, developed for the G20 Sustainable Finance Working Group.”


14:00 - 16:00 (CEST)           
The OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence: Progress over the Past Two Years and Future Directions 

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Held in co-operation with the Government of Korea, Members of the OECD Secretariat and the OECD.AI Network of Experts will give progress report on implementing the OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence.  


Tuesday 5 October 2021


10:00 - 12:00 (CEST)           
Addressing the Digital Gender Divides

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Held in co-operation with the United States government, this event will assess the current state of various digital gender divides, identify priority areas for further benchmarking efforts, and explore policy priorities for closing digital gender gaps both domestically and via co-operation in international fora.


13:00 - 14:15 (CEST)           
Blue Dot Network:  Catalyzing Quality Infrastructure Investment to “Build Back Better”                          

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Held in co-operation with the United States, Japanese and Australian governments, this High-Level Panel will discuss how operationalising Quality Infrastructure Investment through the Blue Dot Network can increase investment in developed and emerging economies, accelerate the transition to net zero emissions, promote greater consistency in ESG infrastructure investing, and attenuate certain political and social risks. 


15:00 - 15:45 (CEST)            
Ministerial Council Meeting Opening and Keynote Address

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Featuring remarks from OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann, U.S. Secretary of State and MCM Chair Antony J. Blinken, and Vice-Chairs the Republic of Korea and Luxembourg


Wednesday 6 October 2021


17:45 (CEST)                        
Ministerial Council Meeting Closing Press Conference

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Featuring remarks from OECD Secretary-General Cormann and U.S. Secretary of State Blinken


For further information, or to request interviews, journalists are invited to contact the OECD Media Office (; tel. +33 1 4524 9700).


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