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This Global Forum plays an important role as the tool for on-going dialogue on responsible business conduct. I am pleased to announce that today, Ministers from over 20 countries are coming together to discuss how to integrate responsibility considerations throughout government policies. Their work will contribute to protect internationally recognised fundamental rights and to ensure good governance, fair regulations, and transparency.
Esta tercera reunión “itinerante” de la Red Parlamentaria es parte de un esfuerzo que hemos venido realizando por acercar a la OCDE a los legisladores, a sus preocupaciones, a sus experiencias y conocimientos. Nuestra misión es ayudar a los gobiernos a diseñar mejores políticas para una vida mejor, y la perspectiva del legislador es imprescindible para lograr ese objetivo.
The United States is doing better, but the legacies of the crisis are heavy and there is a lot of room for improvement. As we gradually exit the gravest crisis of our lifetimes, we have the unique opportunity to push forward reforms which will lead to sustainable, green growth and some inclusive societies, said OECD Secretary-General.
The enduring idea that the rising tide of economic growth lifts all boats is no longer a universal truth. In the US, even before the Great Recession, the poorest were steadily losing ground. Between 2000 and 2012 the average disposable income of the bottom 10% in the US fell by 14%, underlined the OECD Secretary-General.
Over the past two decades, Canada has witnessed continued economic stability and progress despite the recent crisis that wreaked havoc in most other advanced economies. In fact, Canada has never had a banking crisis and has one of the highest levels of well-being, but challenges remain, said OECD Secretary-General.
Overall, Canada’s economy is in a strong position compared to most OECD countries. And its citizens enjoy one of the highest standards of well-being. The challenge is to secure this positive environment and strong social and economic model for the future, said Angel Gurría in Montreal.
As advanced economies struggle to consolidate recovery from the deepest financial crisis in modern times, promoting innovation becomes critically important to develop new products, new services, and new ways of doing thing, said OECD Secretary-General.
To tackle rising inequalities we need to reassess the way in which our economies grow. By placing inclusiveness at the heart of the growth debate we can open up opportunity so that every citizen can realise their potential, to contribute to, and benefit from, more equitable economic growth, said OECD Secretary-General.
Solving the long-term investment ‘puzzle’ must, by its very nature, be a joint effort between public and private sectors. Policymakers need to partner with institutional investors to find workable solutions, said OECD Secretary-General in Montreal.
New data collected by the World Health Organisation shows that outdoor air pollution kills over three and a half million people worldwide every year – far more than was previously estimated. Air pollution has now become the biggest environmental cause of premature death, overtaking poor sanitation and lack of clean drinking water, warned OECD Secretary-General at the International Transport Forum Summit.