The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD) is an international organisation that works to build better policies for better lives. OECD's mission is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all, drawing on 60 years of experience
and insights to better prepare the world of tomorrow.
OECD brings together Member countries and a range of partners that collaborate on key global issues at national, regional and local levels. Through standards, programmes and initiatives, OECD helps to drive and anchor reform in more than 100 countries around the world. Member countries (38) span the globe, from North and South America to Europe and Asia-Pacific. They are represented by ambassadors at the OECD Council, which defines and oversees OECD's work as set out in the OECD Convention
. Member countries engage with OECD experts, use its data and analysis to inform policy decisions, and play a key role in its country reviews, which are designed to encourage better performances. The European Commission participates in this work but does not have the right to vote.
Together with governments, policymakers and citizens, OECD works on establishing evidence-based international standards and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. The OECD provides a forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting. Areas of focus include: