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What individuals know and can do has a profound impact on the competitiveness, productivity and social cohesion of their countries. But most importantly it has an impact on the quality of their lives; on their achievements and self-fulfilment, according to OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
Sustaining economic growth is certainly important to promote social cohesion but growth alone cannot solve all problems. Instead, well-targeted social policies are essential to promote social cohesion and reverse the upward trend in income inequality. This is the “go social” challenge facing Korea, said OECD Secretary-General in Seoul.
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”.
"By signing this Memorandum, our organisations commit to deliver a multidimensional and coherent policy advice, to promote the cross-pollination of our assessments, ideas and solutions to ensure better jobs for better lives", said OECD Secretary-General.
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Read the speech by OECD Deputy Secretary General, Aart de Geus, during the opening session of the 10th International Entrepreneurship Forum, held in Bahrain on 9-11 January 2011.
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.
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OECD System of Unit Labour Cost and Related Indicators: Report from the Annual Update to Seasonal Adjustment Models – August 2010
"Cutting unemployment and fiscal deficits at the same time is a daunting challenge but it needs to be tackled head on. Despite signs of recovery in most countries, the risk remains that millions of people may lose touch with the labour market. High joblessness as the new normal can not be accepted and has to be tackled by a comprehensive policy strategy", said Angel Gurría at the launch of the OECD Employment Outlook 2010.
G20 countries need to keep up the momentum of structural economic reform in order to boost confidence and job creation, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria tells G20 leaders.
OECD Secretary-General outlines the steps governments should take to boost job creation and reduce unemployment as the global economy strengthens.