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"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.
During this 50th Anniversary Forum, we will discuss with you new ways to measure progress; we will share ideas on how to green our lives. We will talk about education, babies and bosses, women’s empowerment and jobs for tomorrow. We will talk about bringing confidence back and dealing with the crisis’ long-term effects. And we will dive into the fascinating dynamics of shifting wealth and new development paradigms.
This innovative and interactive tool will enable you to rate your country on those things which make for a better life, according to your personal experience and criteria. We think it will make a significant contribution to help connect policy-making to human progress, said OECD Secretary-General.
Mr. Gurría underlined the importance of tackling the challenges of unemployment and inequality. He said: “we need a more inclusive and greener model of growth based on sound institutions… And we must focus even more in our relations with social partners to reach such joint goals”.
A lesson from the crisis is that international cooperation is important both in dealing with the emergency and in shaping the way forward, agreeing on common principles and setting common rules, said A. Gurría.