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Food prices are literally a matter of life and death, especially for the poorest of the poor, who already spend up to 80% or 90% of their income on food. Unfortunately, our medium term projections for global supply, demand and prices of agricultural commodities show that most prices look likely to trend significantly higher in the coming decade.
A. Gurría said that attracting enough high-skilled candidates for some countries may require introducing elements of supply, as well as demand-driven migration in their immigration regimes.
The global recovery is becoming self-sustained and more broad-based but is taking place at different speeds across countries and regions. Tackling high unemployment, fiscal consolidation and global imbalances remain the key challenges, says OECD Secretary-General.
Canada’s challenge is to develop a sustainable green growth strategy centred on innovation and human capital, and design “even better policies for even better lives”, declared A. Gurría at a conference in Ottawa.
"Canada and the OECD have been working together for five decades to produce better policies for better lives. We must use this partnership to reshape the global economy according to new values of inclusiveness, environmental respect and creative interdependence", said Mr. Gurría.
"With the OECD Strategy for Development, we will take stock of the formidable arsenal of OECD’s broader public policy experience, and assess how it can be useful in a development context", declared Angel Gurría in his welcome Address to the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE).
Our 50th anniversary provides us with an historical opportunity to launch a new approach to development across the Organisation. We will be working to develop a full fledged strategy on development, engaging more closely with emerging and developing countries to help us understand better their diverse realities, said OECD Secretary-General.
We are celebrating the OECD’s 50 Anniversary in the aftermath of the worst financial and economic crisis in our lifetime. This is an opportunity to take stock and to question ourselves: Why couldn’t we avoid the crisis? What needs to be done to prevent another crisis? Are our economic theories, our economic models, and our assumptions still appropriate? What adjustments do we need in our mandate in order to fulfil our mission of
Mr. Gurría declared that the Green Growth strategy provides an actionable framework for addressing the twin challenges of expanding economic opportunities, while reducing environmental pressures that could seriously undermine our ability to seize those opportunities.
The global recovery is firmly under way, but is taking place at different speeds across countries and regions, according to the OECD Secretary-General.