Addressing global challenges requires a collective and concerted effort, involving all actors. Through partnerships and alliances, and by pooling comparative advantages, we increase our chances success."
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

1,200 Participants gathered in Istanbul for the OECD World Forum

1 July 2007

The second OECD World Forum, “Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies: The OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge, and Policy”, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 27-30 June, brought together 1,200 participants from developing and developed nations across the world. The Forum’s participants spanned the public, private and civil sector, comprising individuals from all areas of society. Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, chaired a session entitled “Tackling Global Problems: The Role of Foundations”, which explored the role that major foundations play in fostering projects, how they can better coordinate with each other to enhance outcomes, and how their contributions can be measured. The panel featured Darren Walker, Vice President of the Ford Foundation, Paul Brest, President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Gordon Hein, Vice President for Programs of the Asia Foundation, and Steve Killelea, founder of the Global Peace Index. More information about the session can be found here.

Following its predecessor, the first World Forum “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy”, which was held in Palermo, Italy, in 2004, this year’s Forum focused on the role of information production and dissemination for knowledge generation and the importance of information in the ‘statistics, knowledge and policy’ chain. The second World Forum is part of a long-term project on measuring progress in societies, and similar events are planned to follow this year’s Forum in the coming years. The forum ended by producing a Declaration.