The United States is a founding Member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a multilateral organization with 38 member countries working together to promote economic growth, prosperity, and sustainable development. The U.S. Mission to the OECD provides policy analysis and coordination support to facilitate the U.S. engagement at the OECD and disseminates relevant research products to respective U.S. Government agencies, the public, and other interested stakeholders. The U.S. representation also engages at the highest-level within the organization to ensure decisions taken at the OECD reflect U.S. Government priorities.
Monitor, Report and Support OECD Activities
The OECD and associated institutions primarily work through more than 300 committees, expert groups, and working groups, which cover almost all areas of policymaking to assess data, review policy actions, highlight successes, and propose solutions for member countries. Over 40,000 participants from member and partner countries take part in these meetings every year representing governments, academia, business, and civil society. In addition, the OECD has a workforce of 3,300 employees, called the OECD Secretariat, organized through different directorates and divisions to provide expertise, guide policy making, and complement the work of the committees.
At the U.S. Mission to the OECD, the work of the OECD Committees and Secretariat is divided into thematic portfolios that are distributed among representatives of U.S. federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). These federal representatives engage with the OECD Committees and Secretariat daily to monitor and report on progress, provide recommendations, and facilitate U.S. stakeholders’ engagement with OECD counterparts.
Engage in OECD Decision-Making Process
The U.S. Permanent Representative represents the U.S. at the OECD Council, the organization’s overarching decision-making body composed of permanent representatives from other member countries and is chaired by the OECD’s Secretary-General. The Council regularly meets to discuss key issues at the OECD, share concerns, and take decisions by consensus. Once a year, the OECD Council meets at the ministerial level in the Ministerial Council Meeting, which brings together heads of government, economy, trade and foreign affairs from member countries to monitor and set priorities for the OECD’s work, discuss the global economic and trade context, and delve further into issues such as the budget or the accession process.
Outreach at the OECD
The U.S. uses the OECD to advance support for its economic innovations and standards among the public in OECD member states, resulting in the advancement of shared values and interests as well as a welcoming business environment for U.S. firms wherever OECD best practices and recommendations are adopted.
Public Affairs officers at USOECD conduct outreach aimed at OECD stakeholders, businesses, foreign governments, and external audiences through amplification of post activities on social media, public appearances of USOECD personnel and U.S. government visitors to post, and engagement with traditional media. The Public Affairs branch also supports USOECD-led speaker series to highlight OECD-related work of on high-level U.S. economic and foreign policy priority issues and strengthen relationships with OECD stakeholders by hosting U.S. expert speakers in targeted public appearances on issues relevant to the work of the OECD.