The OECD Forum 2014, taking place 5-6 May, will be organised around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Forum discussions will feed into the OECD Ministerial Meeting Resilient Economies and Inclusive Societies: Empowering people for jobs and growth, where government leaders and ministers discuss issues on the global agenda. This year’s Ministerial meeting will be chaired by Japan, to mark the 50th anniversary of Japan joining the OECD.
The crisis has drawn attention to the stark reality of growing inequality and the uneven distribution of burdens and rewards across society.
The Forum programme will reflect on OECD’s vision for Inclusive Growth that combines a focus on strong economic performance with outcomes that matter for people’s quality of life.
Debates will feature new policy alternatives profiling positive opportunities linked to innovative trends around the shared economy, “big data” and the “Internet of Everything”, and dealing with issues such as demographics and ageing, access to skills, health, inclusive and sustainable urban planning, climate change, and overcoming the middle income traps.
Since the crisis, levels of inequality have been rising further; due to high rates of unemployment, long-term structural unemployment, in-work poverty, and low-paid employment in insecure jobs with little social protection.
In this context, the Forum will address progress on the OECD Action Plan for Youth, the potential for job creation through innovation, and how to ensure broader access to the knowledge and skills needed in the 21st Century Production process.
When addressing inequality, ensuring access to skills is key. Skills are critical to empowering individuals, to contributing to their resilience and flexibility in adapting to innovation, improving health outcomes, and increasing trust in political processes and peers.
The crisis has shone a spotlight on concerns about undue influence over public policy, and has led many to question the ability of our governments and institutions to find solutions.
Low levels of trust mean that fewer citizens vote. It also reduces social cohesion, makes reform difficult, limits access to financing and the capability of governments to re-launch growth. This is a central topic as we enter a year which will feature numerous elections in OECD countries, and in Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, and South Africa.
The Forum will focus on challenges for the global community, relating to open and inclusive government, fair and transparent tax rules, corruption, financial regulation and financial inclusion, and long term-investment.
The Forum Programme is here.
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