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Economic activity in OECD countries will gradually pick up steam over the coming two years, but the recovery will be uneven and unemployment will remain persistently high, according to OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurría.
Angel Gurría recalled the role played by the OECD Bologna Process and Charter and the "need to harness the potential of SMEs and entrepreneurs in the fight against unemployment, social exclusion and poverty" in his remarks to the “Bologna+10” High-level Meeting.
In his remarks for the launch of the Environmental Performance Review of Japan, Angel Gurría noted that "Japan has made good progress in addressing a range of traditional environmental problems including air and water pollution, and waste management."
Opening the Socialist International council meeting hosted at the OECD, Mr. Gurría said that the crisis has revealed a growing loss of trust in the institutions. Political leaders and the Socialist International in particular, have a mandate for change and a duty to rebuild confidence by developping a new growth model for the 21st Century with a strong social dimension, he added.
To the Public Governance Ministerial Meeting, Angel Gurría underlined that "Trust is a key intangible asset, necessary for the functioning of our market economies", that "Trust is also needed for governments to undertake the necessary reforms to restore long-term sustainable growth."
At the Global Green Growth Conference 2010, Angel Gurría pointed out that 'Green Growth has the potential to shape the 21st century', that 'Green is compatible with growth; it is a source of growth.'
Governments need to become more effective in matching students’ and workers’ skills to the new needs of markets and having effective teachers that can do the job, according to Angel Gurría.
“Simply stabilizing debt relative to GDP in most countries will require a historical consolidation effort of anywhere from 6 to 9% of GDP (...) But in fact, even more is needed to bring debt back to sustainable levels.” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
In the current circumstances of weak recovery, high unemployment and constrained room for manoeuvre by macro-economic policies, a robust regulatory environment is key to return to a stronger, fairer and sustainable growth path, said OECD Secretary-General.
The Council of Europe celebrated its 60th anniversary last year and we at the OECD will turn 50 next year. We both have the aim of promoting dialogue and international cooperation to improve policies in different fields in order to ensure better lives for our citizens, said Angel Gurría.