Speeches / Presentations

  • 18-September-2013


    Tackling Inequalities in Development Policies

    Development aid policies have helped developing countries reduce extreme poverty, strengthen institutional frameworks and develop a middle class. But there are still 2.4 billion people living in poverty and inequalities in many countries are still at record levels, and in some cases rising, said OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 28-May-2013


    People First! - Secretary-General's Opening Remarks to OECD Forum 2013

    This OECD Forum and the Ministerial Council Meeting that follows, are precisely about people. This is the raison d’etre of this event: the wellbeing of our people. So be confident, you are at the right place, this Conference is about you, and your families, and your friends, and their dreams, fears and opportunities, said Angel Gurría.

  • 17-avril-2013


    Vers une économie mondiale plus forte, plus propre et plus juste : l’humain avant tout !

    La crise a eu un impact dramatique sur des millions de familles, en particulier sur la jeunesse. Il est plus que temps de placer l’humain au cœur de nos politiques et de nos stratégies économiques afin de créer une croissance dont tout le monde puisse bénéficier et qui préserve l'environnement, a déclaré le Secrétaire-Général de l'OCDE en ouverture du Forum du Nouveau Monde.

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  • 3-April-2013


    Together We Stand: Inclusive Growth

    Our economic growth models have not equitably distribute benefits. Inequalities were brewing under the surface prior to 2007 and increased almost everywhere even during periods of sustained economic growth. We need to reverse this trend, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 5-February-2013


    OECD-Korean Development Institute Joint Conference on Korea’s Social Policy Challenges

    Korea is well known for its successful transition from hardship to prosperity and technological prowess. This amazing transformation and strong economic performance have allowed the country to make important progress also in the social sphere. However, like most of the members of the OECD, Korea still faces significant challenges to building an equitable and inclusive society.

  • 17-December-2012


    Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now!

    OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría gave opening remarks at the launch of the OECD report, "Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now!"

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  • 5-June-2012


    Social Policies in Israel - Future Directions

    In Israel, income inequality has risen substantially over the past three decades, from already high levels. To reverse this trend, policy makers should promote high quality and inclusive education, but also labour-market and social-policy measures.

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  • 25-April-2012


    Promoting Social Cohesion in Japan

    Given the high debt level, large-scale increases in social spending are not affordable. Instead, Japan needs to focus on the underlying cause of rising equality and poverty through structural reforms that can provide a double dividend by boosting economic growth and social cohesion.

  • 5-December-2011


    Divided we Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising (Speech)

    There is nothing inevitable about high and growing inequalities, said Mr Gurría. Our report clearly indicates that upskilling of the workforce is by far the most powerful instrument to counter rising income inequality. The investment in people must begin in early childhood and be followed through into formal education and work, he added.

  • 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

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