Inequality is growing and the distribution of burdens and rewards across society is becoming more uneven. This raises concerns about undue influence over public policy, and leads many to question the ability of our governments and institutions to find equitable, lasting solutions to the crisis.
Tackling social challenges requires generating more and better quality jobs and ensuring the effective provision of public services. But the main engines of economic growth (including trade, investment and credit) have not yet recovered their pre-crisis dynamism.
At the same time, long-term trends, such as ageing populations and climate change, impose significant policy constraints and challenges.
To achieve sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth in these conditions, people need to be both empowered and protected.
The resilience of our economies, societies and institutions has to be strengthened.
This message will be at the heart of the discussions at OECD Week 2014 bringing together the annual Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level and the OECD Forum. The key issues on the global agenda will be debated by all stakeholders – business, labour, civil society and academia – as well as by ministers.
OECD Forum 2014 (5-6 May 2014) will be organised around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Quality Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Resilient economies for inclusive societies
Combining growth with improvements in living standards and quality of life.
Creating quality jobs through innovation, and broader access to the type of knowledge and skills needed in the 21st Century Production process
Ensuring policymaking is not captured by the 1% and is about better policies for better lives.
Better Life Index
There is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics.
Focused on the main theme of empowering people for jobs and growth, the 2014 Ministerial Council Meeting (6-7 May 2014) will take place under the Chairmanship of Japan, with the United Kingdom and Slovenia as Vice-Chairs.
Empowering people for jobs and growth
Presentation of the latest Economic Outlook by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and acting Chief Economist Rintaro Tamaki.
New approaches to economic challenges
Both an organisation-wide reflection on the roots of and lessons from the global crisis, and an exercise to review and update the OECD’s analytical framework.
Resilient economies & inclusive societies
Developing the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to resist, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks.
Strengthening OECD's engagements with non-Member countries via partnerships for global resilience and development.
Strengthening the multilateral trade system to revitalise cross-border trade and investment flows.