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Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is the forum in which 21 industrialized countries meet to discuss and try to harmonise their economic policies. Based in Paris, its members are: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Britain and the United States.

The OECD Pavilion is on Ile Notre-Dame, with Expo-Express, Minirail and Vaporetto stops nearby. Exhibits illustrate the principle aims of the OECD: (1) to achieve the highest sustainable economic growth and employment and rising standard of living in member countries, while maintaining financial stability and thus contributing to the development of the world economy; (2) to increase financial and technical assistance to the world's trade.

The 21 OECD countries are close to reaching the target they set of raising their joint gross national product by 50% between 1960 and 1970. Two-thirds of world trade is conducted by OECD members, also furnishing 90% of all aid to poor countries.