I am delighted to be in Warsaw to celebrate with you this 20-year milestone in the friendship and working partnership between the OECD and Poland. The past 20 years have been a success story for Poland: the country has grown faster than any other European economy and Poland’s economic progress has been accompanied by significant social accomplishments.
I am truly impressed by the large number of countries (99) that have joined this initiative and who are around the table today. More than half are not OECD or G20 members: 55% of this Ad Hoc Group. This in itself is a success, particularly in the context of the new Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) launched a few months ago, and which already includes 87 countries and jurisdictions.
Health at a Glance: Europe is a diagnostic tool. It presents key indicators of health and health systems in 36 European countries ─ including the 28 EU member states, five candidate countries and three European Free Trade Association countries ─ and is intended to help these countries assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of their health systems.
Under Darren’s leadership, the Ford Foundation has been, and continues to be, the great champion of the OECD’s work on inclusive growth.
It is an honour to welcome you to the third annual OECD Eurasia Week. Your participation, here, among so many high-level delegations, is testimony to the growing co-operation between the OECD and Eurasia countries. The enthusiasm we witness today affirms the OECD’s role as a ‘global policy network’, engaging with members and non-members, on topics that matter for sustainable economic development.
It is a great pleasure for me to be with you this morning, alongside two Champion Mayors of inclusive growth: Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, also the founding mayor of this initiative, and Mr Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar. I would particularly like to thank Madame Hidalgo for hosting us today at the prestigious building of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris.
Last month marked the eighteenth anniversary of the OECD's permanent observership of the UN General Assembly. Turning 18 is always a special milestone. For us, this coming of age coincides with a strengthening of the relationship between the OECD and the UN family which we are all proud of.
This event marks a great opportunity for the OECD and our Member countries to forge an operational partnership with the innovators and drivers of economic success – business. By joining forces we can disseminate the results of our research across new fora and redouble our common efforts to put policies to promote inclusive growth into action. But this discussion also marks a fantastic opportunity for business!
Allocution de clôture de la conférence inaugurale de la Semaine de l’éducation à Paris.
There is no innovation silver bullet; we need to draw on a broad arsenal of policies to unleash the transformative powers of innovation. But if we get it right, we can make innovation a driver of inclusive and sustainable growth and we can make it a driver of better lives in the Americas.