Media advisory - OECD Ministerial Meeting, 26, 28-29 October 2020


22/10/2020 -

The Path to recovery: stakeholder debate and OECD Ministerial Meeting, 26, 28-29 October


The 2020 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM), "The Path to Recovery: strong, resilient, green and inclusive", will take place virtually on 28-29 October. The MCM will follow a debate open to the public, on Monday 26 October, on the priorities for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MCM, chaired by Spain, will bring together ministers of finance, economy and trade from OECD countries to discuss measures to strengthen international co-operation and ‘build back better’ from the crisis. The OECD ministers will discuss macroeconomic policies and recovery plans, employment and social protection, trade and investment, resilient global value chains or the actions needed for a green recovery. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha González Laya will hold a closing press conference to report meeting outcomes.


Events open to journalists

Monday 26 October 2020

Multi-stakeholder debate (Pre-MCM Talks): Where are we today and what’s next? A transformative recovery: Towards more Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable economies and societies

Watch the webcast
Time: 13.00-15.15 (CET)

Opening remarks by OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría (Read the speech)

Panel 1: Where are we today? The state of the global economy and the priorities for the recovery

The discussion will revolve around two key questions:

  • In what ways is this crisis transforming our economies? 
  • What are the priorities that governments should consider in recovery plans and international co-operation initiatives?

Speakers include:

  • Ana Botín, President, Banco Santander Group (video message)
  • Laurence Boone, Chief Economist, OECD
  • Minouche Shafik, Director, London School of Economics
  • Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

In conversation: Angel Gurría will discuss with Arancha González Laya, Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the main priorities of this year's OECD Ministerial Council meeting, the priorities for the Organisation as it turns 60, and the prospects for reinforced and reformed multilateralism.

Panel 2: What’s next? Shaping new policy frameworks

The discussion will revolve around two key questions:

  • What transformations is the COVID-19 crisis bringing about in our world?
  • What are the priorities for transforming our economies and societies to “build back better”?

Speakers include:

  • Romina Boarini, Acting Director, Centre for Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity, OECD
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University and President of the UN Sustainable Development Network
  • Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge
  • Enrico Letta, Director of the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po
  • Javiar Solana, former NATO Secretary-General and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security (TBC)


Wednesday 28 October 2020

Opening of the 2020 Ministerial Council Meeting: Leaders’ session

Time: 12-12:45 (CET):
Journalists can watch the Opening Leaders’ session

The session will be opened by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, followed by a keynote address from the MCM Chair, Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain.

Speeches by the three Vice-Chairs: Chile, Japan, and New Zealand.


Thursday 29 October 2020

Final press conference of Ministerial Meeting with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha González Laya and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría

Time: 15.30 (CET)
Journalists can register for the virtual press conference.

The press conference will allso be webcast live, without registration.

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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