OECD Forum 2013 – What is the Greatest Challenge We Face Today?

Held in Paris each May to coincide with the annual OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, the OECD Forum has emerged as a major international stakeholder summit. 

Leaders from all sectors of civil society gather to debate the most pressing social and economic challenges confronting society. Together with current and former heads of state and government, Nobel Prize winners, top CEOs, leaders of key non governmental organisations and trade unions, and prominent members of academia and media
… YOU TOO can play your part in helping shape responses to global challenges.

The big question at this year’s OECD Forum is 

what is the greatest challenge we face todayjobs, inequality, economic growth?’ 

Over the course of two days, panels discussed Promoting Inclusive Growth, Rebuilding Trustin economic and social interactions, Fostering sustainability and Inequality.

This blog gives you a brief overview of the Forum. 

You can find out more on the Forum, here or follow #OECDwk or for twitter updates.

Tuesday 28 May

10:00-10-30am: OECD Better Life Index presentation and the launch of the BLI in Spanish

10:00-12:00  Three Parallel Sessions
  • The 21st Century Production Revolution 
  • What’s Up with Banks?
  • SMEs – Backbone of the Economy

Lunch Time Debates

13:45 – 15:15   Three Parallel Sessions
  • The Asian Century 
  • The Unemployees 
  • Old Politics, New Politics 

15:15 – 16:45  Three Parallel Sessions
  • Austerity vs Growth: A False Dilemma
  • The New Societal Contract 
  • From School to Work 

17:00-18:30  Two Parallel Sessions
  • Trade in Value Added: The World Factory
  • Out with the Old, In with the New

18:30   Reception and Video Competition Award – See one of he videos below. 

Wednesday 29 May

9:00 – 10:30  Three Parallel Sessions
  • Addressing Inequalities for a More Inclusive Society (follow @Wikiprogress live tweeting)
  • Too Big to Pay Tax? 
  • Women of Influence (follow @Wikigender live tweeting)

10:30-11:00 – Keynote Address by Ministerial Council Meeting 

11:00 – 11:40 – Presentation of the Economic Outlook 

11:45 – 13:00 – Economic Outlook Debate – Growth and Jobs 

Lunch Time Debates

15:00 – 16:30  Two Parallel Sessions
  • The African Renaissance
  • The Enterprising State

16:30 – 17:00 – Forum Closing Session

See the full list of 100 plus speakers, here.

A great deal was packed into the two days so we hope this article helps you to  identify your areas of interest and navigate your way through the different sessions.

Wikiprogress has a page on the Forum, click here!

We hope you enjoy finding out about the 2013 OECD Forum

Before you go check out this video on the OECD’s Better Life Index!

The Wikiprogress Team