3rd OECD World Forum, Korea 2009


Charting Progress, Building Visions, Improving Life

 27th to 30th of October 2009 Busan, KOREA

  Exhibition Menu - 3rd OECD World Forum, Korea 2009

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 Some of the confirmed speakers

International Exhibition

 Closing session of the 3rd OECD World Forum



The OECD World Forum on “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy” was held in Busan, Korea on 27-30 October 2009.

This OECD World Forum focused on Charting Progress, Building Visions, Improving Life and attracted high level participants with a mixture of politicians and policy makers, opinion leaders, Nobel laureates, statisticians, academics, journalists and representatives of civil society from many countries. The 3rd OECD World Forum, was organised by the OECD and the Government of Korea (Korean National Statistical Office).


The Forum focused on three major questions: What does progress mean for our societies?; What are the new paradigms to measure progress?; and How can there be better policies within these new paradigms to foster the progress of our societies? The economic crisis made these questions even more important.


The forum gathered close to 2000 participants from more than 100 countries including; politicians and policy makers, opinion leaders, Nobel laureates, statisticians, academics, journalists and representatives of civil society.  We would like to sincerely thank all the speakers and participants who attended this successful event.

The working sessions confirmed the relevance and potential policy impact of the many on-going initiatives over the globe aimed at enhancing frameworks, processes, methods and tools for measuring and fostering the progress of societies.The conclusions of the 3rd World Forum marked the beginning of a new challenging and intense working phase. Read more about the conclusions of the 3rd OECD World Forum.




Some of the confirmed speakers included:

Fabrizio Barca, Director General, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy
Ohm Collins Chabane, Minister in The Presidency, South Africa

Juan Díez-Nicolás, President of ASEP, Spain
Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships
John Evans, General Secretary of Trade Union Advisory Council to the OECD (TUAC)
David Gruen, Executive Director, Macroeconomic Group, The Treasury, Australia
Angel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD
Oh-Seok Hyun, President, Korea Development Institute, KDI
Katsuji Imata, Deputy Secretary General of CIVICUS
Jeni Klugman, Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office
Tae-shin Kwon, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Korea
Yanghee Lee, Chair of the UN Commission on the Rights of the Child
Ahmed Lahlimi Alami, High Commissioner for Planning, Morocco
Denise Lievesley, President of the international Statistical Institute
Antonio Marzano, President, International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS) and President of National Economic and Labour Council (CNEL)

Geoff Mulgan, Director of the Young Foundation, UK
Mark Orkin, Director General, South African Management Development Institute, SAMDI
Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
Roger Ricafort, Director, Oxfam Hong Kong
Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Columbia University, New York
Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia
Anders Wijkman, Vice-President of the Club of Rome
Insill Yi, Commissioner, Statistics Korea

Soogil Young, President, National Strategy Institute (NSI), Korea


Please click here to view the speaker biographies, shown in the order that they appear in the agenda.


The 3rd World Forum was organised in the context of the OECD-hosted Global Project on “Measuring the Progress of Societies”, launched to implement the Istanbul Declaration, which affirmed the need to measure and foster the progress of societies, and was signed by the United Nations, the European Commission, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the OECD and the World Bank, among others at the end of the 2nd OECD World Forum.


International Exhibition


The International Exhibition at the OECD 3rd World Forum focused on issues related to "Charting Progress, Building Visions, Improving Life".


The scope included new technologies for visualising statistics, initiatives to measure and foster quality of life at local and national levels, eco-friendly green technology and with a particular focus on promoting green growth and social cohesion.  The Exhibition held 57 booths (stands) in total, 23 were International Exhibitor booths and 34 Korean Exhibitor booths.


During the Closing session of the 3rd OECD World Forum, Korea 2009, the following were launched


At the closing of the 3rd OECD World Forum, Pier-Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD presented the OECD RoadMap .  It was announced and  highlights OECD's policy, strategy and commitments to measure and foster well-being and progress "Measuring and fostering well-being and progress: the OECD roadmap".

Wikiprogress was launched at the 3rd OECD World Forum 2009 (Korea). The site is now live and seeking contributions from the progress community. Find it now!


Read the dynamic speech given by Mike Salvaris, which was presented at the closing session of the 3rd OECD World Forum:  Commitments and Conclusion Session




The awards panel was made up of a mixture of people from different regions of the world and from various organisations. They reviewed, discussed and choose the winners, as well as selecting the categories.


Awards Judges Panel:
Dr. Sulhee Kim:
Director General, Statistics Korea (South Korea)
Prof. Nicholas Nicodemus Nana Nsowah-Nuamah: Professor, Ghana University. (Ghana)
Tania Guzman Pardo: Associated Researcher, UNDP (Columbia)
Dr. Juan Pedro Laclette: Coordinator General,  Foro Consultivo Científico y Tecnológico (Mexico)
Dr. Jussi Simpura: Research Professor & Strategy Advisor, National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland)
Deanna Zachary: Project Manager, Applied Survey Research (USA)
Sue West: Research Fellow, McCaughey Centre, University of Melbourne (Australia)


Award Winners:

  • Best Operational Initiative: Jaeyeol Yee and Dukun Chang: Professors from the Department of Sociology, Seoul National University and Institute for Social Development and Policy Research (Session 2.2b)
  • Best New Indicators Initiative: Milorad Kovacevic from the UNDP for the work on Bosnia and Herzegovina (session 1.1c)
  • Best New Indicator Initiative for Engaging Citizens: Michel Renault and Yves Franchet for their initiative, Political and Ethical Knowledge on Economic Activities (PEKEA) Research Program (session 2.2f)
  • Best New National Initiative: Mariano Rojas for the initiative Midiendo el Progreso de las Sociedades: Perspectiva desde Mexico (session 2.2b)
  • Best Use of New Technology in a Report: Ulla Rosenstrom from the Prime minister’s office for their new project, Findicators (session 2.4f)
  • Best Exhibitor: Wolfram Alpha  http://www.wolframalpha.com/
  • Best Exhibitor stand: Statistics Korea (KOSTAT)  http://kostat.go.kr/eng




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