Forum 2009: Viewpoints

Disquiet, distrust and dissatisfaction mixed with anger about the global crisis, but also a broad desire for new and innovative policies, for change from the status quo and a strong call for determined leadership to improve standards and beat a path towards a stronger, cleaner and fairer economy: this was the overall tone of the sentiments expressed by participants at the 10th OECD Forum in Paris, 23-24 June, which is held annually in conjunction with the Ministerial Council Meeting.

For a decade now, more than 10,000 representatives from across the spectrum of government, business, trade unions, research, civil society and the media have used the annual OECD Forum as a "public summit" to exchange ideas, experiences and a chance to play their part in shaping policy responses to global challenges by feeding into discussions at the ministerial meeting.

With the world economy "hitting a wall", as Soumitra Dutta said in chairing a debate, this year's OECD Forum was no exception, with the crisis dominating virtually every session, from financial markets, integrity, corporate governance and green growth, to hot debates about energy, education, pensions and healthcare. Over 1,000 people attended this year's Forum.

Session summaries, speeches and a list of speakers can be found at

The OECD Forum Highlights magazine, an OECD Observer supplement for subscribers, is also available for download, with a limited number of printed copies available on request at

©OECD Observer No 274, October 2009

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