Reminding a packed audience of the importance of dignity in people’s lives in his opening speech, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway set the tone for the sessions that followed (see "Dignity and People"). These started with a presentation of the OECD Better Life Index, which received more than 2 million visits from 180 countries since its launch in 2011, through lively debates on the future of education, banks, small businesses, the global middle classes, energy and politics, to discussions about austerity versus growth, trust in government, and how global value chains are changing trade. Inequality, gender, tax, Africa’s renaissance, and the presentation of the latest biannual OECD Economic Outlook were features of the second day of the OECD Forum.
The OECD Forum is designed for full audience participation, with its “idea factories”, food for thought lunchtime debates, live tweeting and interactive social media platforms, as well as a special custom-designed Forum app.
The soundbites below give just a flavour of the discussions. See www.oecdforum.org for more detail.
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