International futures programme

Focus

  • OECD Space Forum

    In 2006, the OECD launched the OECD Space Forum in co-operation with the space community. The Forum aims to assist governments, space-related agencies and the private sector to better identify the statistical contours of the growing space sector worldwide, while investigating the space infrastructure’s economic significance and potential impacts for the larger economy.

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  • Infrastructure needs: cross-sectoral foresight

    This project – involving telecoms, land transport, water and electricity – explores the many factors shaping demand for infrastructures worldwide over the coming decades, and points to the mounting difficulties, particularly in OECD countries, of financing growing infrastructure needs from public sector sources.

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  • The Future of the Ocean Economy

    The Future of the Ocean Economy: Exploring the prospects for emerging ocean industries to 2030

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In the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, the International Futures Programme (IFP) has provided strategic, long-term thinking and horizon scanning for the organisation since 1990. The IFP works in two specific sectoral areas:  the space sector and the future of the ocean economy. The OECD Space Forum was established in 2006 to assist governments, space-related agencies and the private sector to better identify the statistical contours of the space sector, while investigating space infrastructure’s economic significance, its role in innovation and potential impacts for the larger economy. The project on the Future of the Ocean Economy: Exploring the Prospects for Emerging Ocean Industries to 2030, is designed to gain a better understanding of the future development of ocean-based industries in terms of their potential to generate growth, employment and innovation, with special emphasis on the development potential of emerging ocean-based activities.

Events

Recent publications

The Ocean Economy in 2030

Space Economy at a Glance 2014

Strategic Transport Infrastructure Needs to 2030

The Future of Families to 2030

OECD Handbook on Measuring the Space Economy

Future Global Shocks: Improving Risk Governance

 

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