Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
FHWA participates in the International Transport Forum at the OECD through the Joint Transport Research Committee. FHWA technical experts serve on Research Working Groups and lend their expertise to a variety of transportation-related projects developed through this intergovernmental organization. The OECD Joint Transport Research Committee champions best practices that address global issues affecting transportation. FHWA currently chairs the working group on Adaptation and Extreme Weather Events. The final report is due to the OECD Board of Directors in spring 2013.
The Office of International Programs (OIP) facilitates FHWA participation in OECD, prepares briefing papers, and assists with the coordination of travel to and from OECD conferences.
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The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development is a unique forum where the governments of 52 countries work together to address the economic, social and governance challenges of globalization as well as to exploit its opportunities. The Organization provides a setting where governments can compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practices and coordinate domestic and international policies.
Exchanges among OECD member countries are coordinated by the OECD secretariat in Paris, which collects data, monitors trends, and analyzes and forecasts economic developments. It also researches social changes or evolving patterns in trade, environment, agriculture, technology, taxation and more. The OECD helps governments to foster prosperity and fight poverty through economic growth, financial stability, trade and investment, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and development co-operation. It is helping to ensure that the environmental implications of economic and social development are taken into account. Other aims include creating jobs for everyone,attaining social equity and achieving clean and effective governance.