OECD 50th Anniversary Forum: A Big Moment for Development

This week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will gather for its 50th Anniversary Forum in Paris. The OCED, established in 1961, is made up of 34 member countries who aim to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. See the video below for an overview of the OECD and its work.

The theme for this year’s forum, “Better Policies for Better Lives,” emphasizes development policy and economic growth. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is chairing the Ministerial meeting later in the week, is set to deliver key remarks on new paradigms for development—reflecting principles President Obama laid out in the policy directive on global development released last September and consistent with findings from the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). The State Department gave details of the new approach last week in a press briefing.

As MFAN Principal and Brookings fellow Noam Unger writes, “Apparently Secretary Clinton is planning to lay out a detailed vision that is meant to “expand the discussion from aid effectiveness to development effectiveness.” This is an important step since the U.S. and other countries trying to support sustainable development must establish more coherent approaches across a wide array of policy areas that impact development, like trade, agriculture, investment, energy, military security and migration.”

The 50th Anniversary public forum runs from May 24th-25th and the Ministerial Council meeting will take place from May 25th-26th. While all of the panels and presentations will likely touch on development and growth in some way, below is a list of discussions to key an eye out for:

  • Tuesday, May 24th Session – Measuring Progress of Societies
    • Keynote: Danilo Turk, President, Republic of Slovenia and Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, OECD
    • Panel 1: Better Policies
    • Panel 2: Better Lives
  • Tuesday, May 24th Session – Gender: Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship
    • Panel 1: Babies and Bosses
    • Panel 2: Women’s Economic Empowerment with Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, State Department
  • Wednesday, May 25th Session – Shifting Wealth
    • Panel 1: Emerging Economies with Robert D. Hormats, Under-Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs
    • Panel 2: Trade and Investment
  • Wednesday, May 25th Session – New Paradigms for Development
    • Moderated by J. Brian Atwood, Chair, Development Assistance Committee
    • Panel 1: Sustaining Development with: Paul Collier, Professor of Economics, University of Oxford; Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank; Farah Karimi, Executive Director, Oxfam Novib; Dambisa Moyo, Author and Economist; and Kanayo Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development.
    • Panel 2: Mobilizing Domestic Resources and Partnerships with: Marco De Ponte, Secretary-General, ActionAid Italy; Bernd Eisenblatter, Chairman, Deutsche Gesellshcaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit; JoseFernandez, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs; Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan, Minister of Finance, South Africa; Mahmoud Mohieldin, Managing Director, World Bank.

For the full forum agenda, click here. Please note, some of the panels will be webcast (www.oecd.org/oecdweek).

Secretary Clinton will be delivering her remarks at the Ministerial Council meeting on Wednesday, May 25th beginning at 11:30 AM EST.

MFAN will be covering key events from the OECD forum and Ministerial meeting, providing updates on a daily basis via Twitter @ModernizeAid, Facebook, and the blog. We will also look to highlight the work of our Partners who will be providing updates.

This is an exciting week for development and we hope you’ll check back with us soon!

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