UNDERSTANDING INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY & MULTILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS : FRANCE & OECD AS SEEN THROUGH THE PRISM OF CONVERSATIONPRIVEE.COM / OFF-THE-RECORDMESSAGING.COM’s ANCHORMAN.
France, along with 19 other countries, signed the Convention founding the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development on 14 December 1960, thereby pledged its full dedication to achieving the Organisation’s fundamental aims.
What does the permanent delegation do?
Like all the member countries, the French government maintains a permanent delegation to the OECD, composed of an ambassador and diplomats. As a member of the Council, France’s ambassador, in consultation with his peers, agrees the programme of work which is described in the annual report and establishes the volume of the annual budget, contributions being assessed according to the relative size of each country’s economy.
Members of the French Delegation monitor the work of the OECD’s various committees as well as the activities of the Development Centre, the International Transport Forum (ITF), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC), of which France is a member.
Delegations thus play a vital communication role in providing liaison between the OECD Secretariat and national authorities. They represent their governments’ positions in multilateral negotiations, indicate areas in which their governments seek OECD expertise and endeavour to help disseminate OECD recommendations in their respective countries. In doing so, they ensure that there is a good fit between OECD work and the issues of concern in their country.