The New World Forum

The New World Forum builds upon the success of the "New World Colloquium" initiated in 2009 by the French government and a visionary team of leading economists.


The Forum emerged onto the international stage as a significant political, economic, and financial annual meeting. It gathers political, economic, and corporate leaders to openly and honestly debate the fundamental issues that define the realities of those who govern.


For its 6th edition, the New Word Forum was held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on October 7-8, 2014.

Message from the Chairman

For its sixth edition, the New World Forum is tackling the dual, urgent topics of imagination and daring.


To imagine the company and skills of tomorrow, so that working methods, job policies and goals can be geared toward them right now.


To imagine also the next industrial revolutions, bringing new global economic growth. In the race for technological progress, what maps do developing countries have in their hands? And do our reputedly aging economies still have the power to innovate?


The strength of the New World Forum, is to dare to address – with no taboos – the issues posed by the profound reorganization of the global landscape: Will Europe be able to react in time to adopt the means to sustainably restore its growth and, with it, the confidence of its people? What kind of Europe do we want to bequeath to future generations? How should Africa, now booming, take its economic destiny in hand to secure the sustainable economic growth it is promised? How will the emerging spaces of the New World – large urban areas, fast-growing regions – redraw the map of economic influence?


Innovation permeates the very fabric of the Forum, with an exceptional session where statesmen are called on to deliver their vision of the fundamental objectives of current and future economic policies. With what means? For what priorities?


For two days, the New World Forum debates will align with critical thinking on the major challenges of concern to citizens, governments and multilateral organizations. Major players and observers of changes in this world, such as public and, business leaders, economists and experts will be there to add their contribution.


I hope that all of us – speakers, participants, and those online – will engage in a constructive debate, where imagination and daring reign.


Wishing everyone a good Forum,


Jean-Paul Fitoussi

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The Programme

10:00 - 11:00 Opening Session

11:00 - 12:45 Plenary Session 1 The Future of Work

14:15 - 16:00 Plenary session 2 The End of Innovation?

16:15 - 18:00 Plenary session 3 What Europe for the Generations to come?

10:00 - 11:45 Plenary session 4 Where are the New Emerging Areas?

14:15 - 15:45 Plenary session 5 Africa: the Future is now

16:00 - 17:00 Plenary session 6 Should Economic Policies Pursue Other Objectives?

17:00 - 17:30 Closing Session

The Strategic Council

The mandate of the Strategic Council, chaired by Jean-Paul Fitoussi, is to identify and put forward the main themes and focus points of the programme of the Annual Meeting of the New World Forum.

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Gérard Mestrallet


Gilles Finchelstein


Gérard Askinazi

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Louis Schweitzer

Louis Schweitzer

Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama, May 2011

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