The forum will tackle a range of pressing policy issues in the areas of the world economy, international trade and investment, energy, climate change, employment, development and the Millenium Development Goals.
The OECD Forum is a major multistakeholder summit which brings together business and labour leaders, civil society personalities, government ministers and leaders of international organisations to discuss the key issues of the 21st century. It is a truly public event, emphasising a diversity of views, serious debate and opinion on a range of headline policy issues. However, it is not a talking shop. What is unique about the OECD Forum is that it enables participants to shape the outcome of the annual OECD ministerial summit, which will be held on 3-4 May 2005. In short, the forum/ministerial nexus lies at the heart of the OECD knowledge network.
Göran Persson, prime minister of Sweden, will be chairing the OECD’s 2005 Ministerial Council meeting, and making a keynote address to Forum 2005. The 3-day event will be opened by the OECD secretary-general, Donald J. Johnston. Other confirmed speakers include: Jean-Philippe Courtois, CEO, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa; Karel de Gucht, minister of foreign affairs, Belgium; Thierry Desmarest, chairman, Total; Gérard Mestrallet, chairman and CEO, SUEZ; Eivind Reiten, president and CEO, Hydro, Norway; and John Sweeney, president, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
Confirmed commercial sponsors for 2005 include Hydro, the Islamic Development Bank, Merck, Microsoft, Société Générale, SUEZ and Total. Knowledge partners include INSEAD, the University of Tokyo and a group called Alliance, which links Columbia University, France’s École Polytechnique, Sciences Po (the French Institute of Political Studies), and the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
To find out more about sponsoring or supporting the OECD Forum, contact: John.West@oecd.org.
In 2004 some 1,500 people attended the Forum from all over the world. Mexico was chair.
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