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OECD Ministerial Council Meeting 2015

The 2015 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) was held at the OECD headquarters in Paris on Wednesday and Thursday 3-4 June 2015, back to back with the OECD Forum, which started on 2 June (www.oecd.org/forum; see next article).

The MCM took place under the chairmanship of the Netherlands, with the Czech Republic, France and Korea as vice-chairs.

The meeting brought together OECD member and partner countries, and several international organisations, to discuss policies that can help unlock stronger, fairer and greener growth.

Special attention was paid to: promoting investment; enhancing innovation; fostering education and skills; improving the business climate, including through responsible business conduct; strengthening the multilateral trading system; supporting the Post-2015 Agenda for Development.

The discussions addressed the legacies of the crisis, with a strong focus on identifying new policy initiatives to meet the challenges of our time. As well as the customary plenary sessions, this year’s MCM featured discussions in an innovative breakout group format. In addition, ministers discussed forwardlooking policy scenarios and exchanged views on how best to further stimulate international economic and development co-operation.

A media conference closed the MCM on 4 June.


Chair’s Summary http://oe.cd/17O

Ministerial Council Statement http://oe.cd/17P

Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General http://oe.cd/17S

New Approaches to Economic Challenges http://oe.cd/17Q

Inclusive growth report update: http://oe.cd/17R

Other reports from the 2015 meeting, and from annual Ministerial Council Meetings held since 2009, are available at www.oecd.org/ mcm/documents (scroll to bottom).

Communiqués from 1976 to 2008 are available at www.g8.utoronto.ca/oecd/index.html

For all archives, contact Library&Archives@oecd.org

Investing in the Future: People, Planet, Prosperity

OECD Forum 2015

Jobs, climate change and widening inequalities are major concerns of citizens and policymakers, and these issues guided the key cross-cutting discussions at the OECD Forum on 2-3 June. The OECD Forum is a valuable opportunity to debate the issues and garner new ideas ahead of the annual OECD Ministerial Council Meeting. Indeed, since it was established in 2000, the OECD Forum has asserted itself as a “must-go” multi-stakeholder event on the global calendar, and the 16th edition was no exception. Some 2,000 people from over 70 countries gathered to listen to experts, meet authors and network among idea factories, discovery labs, lunch debates and discussion cafés. Many thousands of people followed the OECD Forum online (and participated via social media), commenting on innovation, climate change, investment and inclusiveness, and trying out the latest release of the OECD Better Life Index. For highlights and a list of main speakers, see www.oecd.org/forum

Extracts from Highlights

©OECD Observer No 303, September 2015

Economic data

GDP growth: +0.6% Q1 2019 year-on-year
Consumer price inflation: 2.3% May 2019 annual
Trade: +0.4% exp, -1.2% imp, Q1 2019
Unemployment: 5.2% July 2019
Last update: 8 July 2019

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