OECD Forum Speakers Series: The Geneva Consensus

 

Pascal Lamy, Honorary President, Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute
former Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO)

THE GENEVA CONSENSUS:
Making Trade for All



Tuesday 4 February 2014, 11:45 – 13:15
OECD Conference Centre, Auditorium

 


As part of the OECD Forum Speakers Series, Pascal Lamy, Honorary President, Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, and former Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), delivered a presentation entitled “The Geneva Consensus: Making Trade for All”.

In this book, Pascal Lamy outlines his views on the significance of open trade in generating global economic growth, reducing poverty and creating jobs around the world. He argues that trade can only act as a motor for growth if the correct mix of domestic and international economic and social policies is in place. This approach – the 'Geneva Consensus' – requires deeper co-operation and policy coherence between international organisations.

Pascal Lamy also chairs the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations which calls for a radical shake-up in politics and business to deliver progress on climate change, reduce economic inequality, improve corporate practices and address the chronic burden of disease. Now for the Long Term (Report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, 2013) is the product of a year-long process of research and debate undertaken by a group of eminent leaders on the successes and failures in addressing global challenges over recent decades.

Pascal Lamy served two terms as Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from September 2005 to September 2013. He is currently Honorary President of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, President of the Oxford Martin School’s Commission on Future Challenges, Vice-President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Member of UNAIDS, Member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques and of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company.

 

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