Here's a reminder about the upcoming OECD conference in Busan, Korea. I'm not going to be able to attend (unfortunately!), but I'd love to hear from any of you who will be attending. The conference looks like it will be fantastic.
If you would like to attend, then go and REGISTER now please on this webpage, by following the instructions. You will also find here logistical information including transport and hotels in Busan. We strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure your place. Please note that the special discount rate for accommodation is until 30 September 2009.
The 3rd OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy will address some crucial questions that today, in the current economic crisis, have become more important than ever. See the Preliminary Agenda. There are will be over 40 sessions that consider how the world is progressing (and how to measure that progress), what does a focus on wellbeing and progress mean for policy making and how can we improve the ways in which evidence on progress promotes change.
Some of the high level speakers include:
- Bader Omar Al-Dafa, Under Secretary-General of the UN, Executive Secretary of UN-ESCWA
- Fabrizio Barca, Director General, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy
- Ohm Collins Chabane, Minister in The Presidency, South Africa
- Juan Díez-Nicolás, President of ASEP, Spain
- Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships
- John Evans, General Secretary of Trade Union Advisory Council to the OECD (TUAC)
- Jean-Paul Fitoussi, President of the "Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques"
- Arturo González de Aragón, Auditor, General, Superior Audit Office of Mexico, Chairman of the Governing Board of INTOSAI
- Angel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD
- Oh-Seok Hyun, President, Korea Development Institute, KDI
- Katsuji Imata, Deputy Secretary General of CIVICUS
- Jeni Klugman, Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office
- Tae-shin Kwon, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Korea
- Lord Richard Layard, London School of Economics
- Yanghee Lee, Chair of the UN Commission on the Rights of the Child
- Ahmed Lahlimi Alami, High Commissioner for Planning, Morocco
- Denise Lievesley, President of the international Statistical Institute
- Antonio Marzano, President, National Economic and Labour Council (CNEL)
- Geoff Mulgan, Director of the Young Foundation, UK
- Mark Orkin, Director General, South African Management Development Institute, SAMDI
- Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
- Roger Ricafort, Director, Oxfam Hong Kong
- Sergey Stephashin, Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation
- Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Columbia University, New York
- Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia
- Anders Wijkman, Vice-President of the Club of Rome
- Insill Yi, Commissioner, Statistics Korea