The OECD is the preeminent intergovernmental agency focused on economic issues and global cooperation. The OECD Forum is a two-day event that brings together leaders and influencers from all sectors of civil society, the private sector, former and current heads of State, academics and the media, to discuss the most pressing global problems.

Global Voices Scholars gain an insight into global negotiations and contribute solutions to global challenges through this delegation. Topics covered at the forum not only include issues of global economics, but also the underlying causes of these issues, such as global warming and health epidemics, amongst other diverse subject areas. In 2019, less than 80 of the nearly 5000 attendees were aged under 30 years, and four of these were our Global Voices scholars. This is a truly unique and rare opportunity for young people.

At the Forum, our Global Voices Scholars have the opportunity to personalise their own daily itinerary to determine the official side-events, technical briefings, and civil-society events they would like to attend, based on topics that they are passionate about and that complement their subject matter interests. Global Voices also arranges for Scholars to meet privately with influential leaders at the Forum on the days following the official agenda.

Previous Global Voices OECD delegation meetings have included:

  • Anthony Gooch Gálves, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at the OECD

  • Ambassador Brian Pontifex, Australian Permanent Representative to the OECD

  • Mari Kiviniemi, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD, and former Prime Minister of Finland

  • Anthony Rottier, Executive Director of the OECD

  • George Mina, Australian Ambassador to UNESCO

Global Voices Scholars at the 2019 oecd forum

Global Voices Scholars at the 2019 oecd forum