OECD Members form a like-minded community of democracies, with shared values regarding the rule of law and the respect for human rights, individual liberty, transparency, and gender equality. Their ambition is that OECD standards and recommendations have a global impact and serve as reference points in many areas of economic, environmental, and public governance.

OECD Global Relations help the Organisation achieve these aims, by:

  • integrating partner countries and economies into the Organisation’s knowledge base;
  • providing a platform for policy dialogue and peer learning;
  • promoting OECD standards and policy recommendations; and
  • working to level the global playing field.

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Key Partners and Country Programmes

Since 2007, the OECD has aimed to enhance its co-operation with Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, later designated as Key Partners. The OECD continues to engage with Key Partners in a flexible manner on the basis of shared interests and mutual benefits. Strategic, country-specific frameworks for co-operation facilitate a tailored approach to engagement with the Key Partners. The Organisation also works with specific countries through Country Programmes, which help to anchor national policy reforms in OECD standards and best practices. Other forms of country-specific co-operation take place through tools such as Memoranda of Understanding and Action Plans. Learn more:

Key Partners Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, South Africa

Country programmes Egypt, Morocco, Thailand

Memoranda of Understanding Kazakhstan, Singapore, Ukraine, Viet Nam

Action Plans Ukraine

Our regional approach

Regional approaches facilitate the participation of countries as a group in selected OECD activities. They highlight progress made by some countries and encourage others to follow suit, thereby fostering regional co-operation and integration, while also facilitating co-ordination and monitoring of OECD work across regions. The Organisation has five Regional Programmes and is strengthening its engagement with Africa. Learn more:



Middle East and North Africa

Latin America and the Caribbean

Southeast Asia

South East Europe

Participation in OECD work

Participation in meetings of OECD bodies – such as OECD committees, working parties and Global Forums – is the backbone of the OECD’s engagement with partner countries and economies, allowing them to take part in OECD work, share best practices and identify issues of common interest. Learn more:

Partnerships in OECD bodies

OECD Global Forums

Global fora and international organisations

The OECD contributes data, analysis, and expertise to global fora such as the G20 and G7, as well as the United Nations and specific regional fora such as APEC, ASEAN, the Pacific Alliance, the African Union, and the Union for the Mediterranean. The OECD also co-operates with the World Trade Organization, International Labour Organization, and international financial institutions, including the IMF and the World Bank, and with multilateral and regional development banks.

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