On 27-30 June 2007, an exceptional group of 1200 people from about 130 countries gathered in Istanbul to attend the 2nd OECD World Forum on “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy”. The Istanbul World Forum has given a unique opportunity for in-depth discussions about the measurement of progress, as well as some of the most important concerns facing the world, such as climate change, health and economic globalisation.
The Istanbul Declaration
The OECD, the European Commission, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the United Nations, the UN Development Programme and the World Bank affirmed in a declaration their commitment to measuring and fostering the progress of societies in all dimensions, with the ultimate goal of improving policy making, democracy and citizens’ wellbeing. Read the Istanbul Declaration in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Russian, Italian, Japanese and Chinese versions.
An increasing number of organisations and individuals have signed the Istanbul declaration after the Forum. Read more about organisations and people who signed the Istanbul declaration.
The Istanbul Forum – Proceedings
The Istanbul World Forum – Highlights
Measuring Progress: Does it make a Difference for Policy-Making and Democracy? – Opening speech by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
Measuring Progress: Does it make a Difference for Policy-Making and Democracy? – Closing remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
The OECD World Forum on “Measuring and Fostering the progress of Societies”: The Way Forward – Conclusions by Enrico Giovannini, OECD Chief Statistician [PowerPoint presentation]
OECD and international organisations to develop new approach to measuring progress of societies – Press Release, 02/07/2007
Some Istanbul World Forum sessions are available on video. Click here to watch the recorded sessions
What next? The way forward
First international exhibition on innovative tools to transform statistics into knowledge
The first international exhibition on “innovative tools to transform information into knowledge” has taken place during the OECD World Forum. This exhibition was a unique opportunity for those active in indicators and measures of progress to showcase their latest work, demonstrate innovative tools to disseminate data and promote new indicators. Read more about the exhibition
See Also 
- 1st World Forum in Palermo, Italy
- 3rd World Forum in Busan, Korea
- 4th OECD World Forum, New Delhi, 2012
- The Global Project Past Events
- Europeans’ Knowledge of Economic Indicators