The OECD

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques, OCDE) is an organization of 30 countries that promotes policies that support the princples of representative democracy and a fee market economy.

OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to:

  • Support sustainable economic growth
  • Boost employment
  • Raise living standards
  • Maintain financial stability
  • Assist other countries’ economic development
  • Contribute to growth in world trade

The OECD promotes policies designed:

  • to achieve the highest sustainable economic growth and employment and a rising standard of living in Member countries, while maintaining financial stability, and thus to contribute to the development of the world economy;
  • to contribute to sound economic expansion in Member as well as nonmember countries in the process of economic development; and
  • to contribute to the expansion of world trade on a multilateral, nondiscriminatory basis in accordance with international obligations.

OECD and Virtual Worlds

The OECD has recognized the importance of virtual worlds. The Seoul Declaration for the Future of the Internet Economy of the OECD Ministerial meeting of 17-18 June 2008 stated:

WE INVITE the OECD to further the objectives set out in this Declaration, through multi-stakeholder co-operation, by:

Analysing the future development of the Internet Economy, namely: i) the important role and contribution of the Internet and related ICTs as a driver of innovation, productivity and
economic growth; ii) the economic, social and cultural impacts of emerging Internet technologies, applications and services, including virtual worlds, sensor-based networks and social networking platforms.

In light of this the OECD has participated in a number of events including tVPN’s Virtual Policy ‘08 and hosted the BERR-OECD Workshop on Virtual Worlds in March of 2009.

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Ren Reynolds

Ren is the founder of the Virtual Policy Network.

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