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.
The OECD @ 50 strives to improve the prospects of growth and welfare in Member and partner countries, encourages civic participation and equality of opportunities, and seeks to realign the economy with the environment, said 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”.
This innovative and interactive tool will enable you to rate your country on those things which make for a better life, according to your personal experience and criteria. We think it will make a significant contribution to help connect policy-making to human progress, said OECD Secretary-General.
“The global recovery is gathering momentum but this progress will not bear fruits if governments fail to tackle the social crisis,” said Mr. Gurría at the opening of the Ministerial Meeting of the OECD’s Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee.
“Rising inequality is not an inevitable trend. Better labour market and social policies for both men and women are key to tackling this serious threat,” said Mr. Gurría at the OECD’s Social Policy Ministerial meeting, chaired by Ms. von der Leyen, Germany’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.
At this roundtable, M. Gurría concluded that the topic of fairness and intergenerational solidarity is an essential part of our responsibility today and will be essential for the creation of a stronger, cleaner, fairer world economy tomorrow.
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Presentation at "Different dimensions of the quality of life, Turning Economic Growth into Better Quality of Life in Europe" Brussels on 14th September 2010.
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