Marcelo Suárez-Orozco to Address G20 Global Forum in Argentina

International gathering brings together global leaders in economics, employment, and education.

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies will speak at the Group of 20 (G20) global forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  Suárez-Orozco  will present a lecture titled, “Education & Globalization: New Skills, Old Skill, Soft Skills: What every child needs to thrive in the new economies, new technologies and new demographies of the 21st Century, at a session on “The Future of Work and Skills.” For the first time, the Forum will focus in part on education and the conference is the first-ever meeting of G20’s Education Working Groups, under Argentina’s presidency of the organization. Suárez-Orozco was invited to speak to G20 by the Ministry of Education of Argentina.

“I am deeply honored to represent the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at this high level gathering of officials, leading academics, and representatives of multilateral organizations from the G-20 countries,” says Suárez-Orozco. “The futures of work and the futures of education are inseparable in the age of interdependent economies, changing demographics, technological innovation, and disruption. In an ever more interconnected, miniaturized and fragile world, more is asked of education than ever before in human history.”

Suárez-Orozco will be joined on the panel by Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General of the Finnish National Agency for Education and former Minister of Education of Finland; and Monterrat Gomendio, head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Centre for Skills and Deputy Director of the Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD.

The Group of Twenty (G20) is a leading forum of the world’s major economies that seeks to develop global policies to address today’s most pressing challenges. The G20 is made up of 19 countries and the European Union. The 19 countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. The 2018 meeting of the G20 in Argentina is the first time the group has met in South America.

The theme of the G20 Forum in Argentina is Building Consensus for Fair and Sustainable Development.  The G20 Education Working Group provides a unique platform for high-level officials from G20 countries from the Digital Economy Task Force, the Employment Working Group, and the Education Working Group, international organizations, think tanks, and leading academics to discuss the opportunities, challenges, and latest policies regarding the future of work and skills.