Speeches / Presentations

  • 14-December-2011


    Youth Employment – A Call for Change

    Young people and their job prospects must be right at the centre of the policy agendas of our member and partner countries. Investing in youths is vital, we can neither accept nor afford a lost generation, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 17-November-2011


    EMPLOYMENT: Investing in youth

    The economic outlook has weakened significantly over the past six months, which is not good news for employment or the prospects of those looking for work. Policy action targeted on youth and the long-term unemployed can, and must, be taken.

  • 2-November-2011


    G20 Leaders Summit: Preparatory L20 Meeting

    The jobs crisis has three particularly worrying aspects. First, the risk of unemployment becoming entrenched is more and more real in a number of G20 countries. Second, the crisis impacts disproportionately on youth. Finally, growing inequality threatens to affect social cohesion and the living standards of vulnerable families and individuals. To deal with these threats, job creation must be restarted quickly, accompanied by stronger

  • 10-October-2011


    Addressing the social impact of the crisis

    Urgent action must be taken by the governments to tackle high unemployment and growing inequality. Good-quality social policies, particularly those addressed to the most vulnerable, should be seen as sound investments to promote economic growth and well-being, according to Angel Gurría.

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  • 5-October-2011


    OECD Debate at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

    Tackling the employment challenge and the rise in inequality, the most urgent issues for policy-makers, could be achieved within the current public budgets by using more in-work benefits, or improving equal access and quality of education and training said Angel Gurría.

  • 27-September-2011


    G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting (26/09/2011)

    Policies that promote job creation, better job opportunities and well-functioning social safety nets are crucial for helping the many who are still struggling to find jobs. These policies are not just spending items in a strained public budget. They are a vital social investment for the future, to help move our economies onto a path of sustainable economic growth and well-being.

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  • 15-September-2011


    Launch of the OECD Employment Outlook 2011

    The challenges of tackling high and persistent unemployment, especially for the young people, improving job opportunities and ensuring adequate social safety nets should be at the top of the political agenda, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

  • 11-July-2011


    Skills for the 21 century: from lifetime employment to lifetime employability

    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.

  • 21-June-2011


    Going social: A framework for growth and social cohesion in Korea

    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.

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  • 24-May-2011


    Exiting from the Crisis: Towards a Model of More Equitable and Sustainable Growth

    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”.

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