The annual Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD Forum) will be held on 6-7 June 2017, in Paris, France.
Under the overarching theme 'Bridging Divides', the Forum will highlight the importance of focusing on developing more integrated and inclusive economies and societies. Discussions will revolve around three main themes:
- Inclusive growth: The Forum will focus on some of the trends that are deepening societal divides, and increasing polarisation within societies, due to declining incomes and access to opportunity among social groups, countries and regions, and will highlight how international co-operation and digitalisation can contribute to bridging these divides.
- Digitalisation: There will be discussions around issues such as big data, robotics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, and how these new technologies are reshaping economies and societies, revolutionising the way we work, learn, and live.
- Trust: Topics for debate will include the 'post-truth' era and the increasing fragmentation of news and media brought through digitalisation, civic engagement, sharing the benefits of trade, and competition and responsible business conduct.
The Forum will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society organisations, and members of the academic community, for discussions on the most pressing social and economic challenges confronting society.
More information on the topics to be addressed during the two-day event will be made available on the Forum's website.