Since 2004, the OECD World Forums on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy have provided a vital space to exchange knowledge and experience on the role of evidence-based policy in shaping a better world for all. Over the years the Forums have brought together thousands of actors from a wide range of communities - including policy makers, academics, statisticians, and civil society representatives - to discuss new ideas and approaches on how to measure well-being and put it at the heart of government decision-making. Much progress has been achieved since 2004 and many governments and organisations around the world are now implementing well-being frameworks to guide their actions, underpinned by increasingly sophisticated measures of inequality, sustainability and quality-of-life. Korea has been a pioneer in championing well-being measurement and policy, having hosted the 3rd OECD World Forum in Busan almost a decade ago. The OECD’s own Better Life Initiative has been deepening and expanding the statistical and policy research agenda on well-being since 2011, contributing to the Organisation’s mission to deliver Better Policies for Better Lives.
Continuing on this tradition, under the general theme “The Future of Well-Being”, this 6th OECD World Forum will look ahead to explore issues that will impact people’s well-being in the next ten to twenty years. Among the many factors that will impact people’s future lives, the Forum will focus on three trends in particular: the digital transformation, the changing role of governance, and the emergence of the private sector as a key actor in influencing well-being outcomes. As on previous occasions, the Forum will bring together inspiring speakers including world leaders, Nobel-Prize winners, and innovators and change-makers from government, statistics, research, business and civil society. The Forum will also draw on the lessons learnt from the OECD New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC), which over the past five years has looked into the shortcomings of analytical models in economics and promoted the adoption of new policy tools and approaches that take into account the growing complexity in our societies.
The city of Incheon in Korea is the perfect location to hold this forward-looking 6th OECD World Forum. It is an ancient city which looks to the future, embracing “smart” urbanisation to ensure that technological advancements are in balance with the natural environment and the lives of the people who live there. As a port city, it has long served as the gateway between Korea and the outside world, helping to make the country the beacon of modernity it is today.
We are very happy that the OECD and Statistics Korea will work together once more to push forward the boundaries of the well-being field, and look forward to welcoming practitioners from around the world to Incheon in November 2018 to help us achieve this goal.
Commissioner of Statistics Korea