“Life is full of alternatives but no choice.” G20 leaders at the summit in Brisbane, Australia, in November should reflect on these words by Australian writer Patrick White, a Nobel Laureate, as they prepare their economic strategies for the years to come.
The OECD has worked closely with both the European Commission and the Committee of Regions for many years and continues to do so to promote effective regional development. In this respect, the OECD signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Committee of the Regions, recognising prior and future work together.
The OECD has been promoting public sector reforms inspired by the principles of open government for more than two decades. We believe in their capacity to improve good governance frameworks, to help government regain citizens’ trust and to create economic opportunities.
Strong, effective, inclusive, transparent and accountable institutions are the sine qua non for successful reform efforts. These will not only help win the trust of your citizens, but also to level the playing field for investors and entrepreneurs while supporting an environment that is conducive to a more balanced distribution of resources.
As the most advanced economies struggle to regain momentum after the global financial crisis, and as emerging and developing economies face new challenges in achieving convergence in living standards, our citizens’ expectations have never been higher.
The 10th Annual Meeting of the Senior Budget Officials (SBO) of Central, Eastern and Southeastern European (CESEE) Countries took place in The Hague, the Netherlands on 26-27 June 2014. The meeting included a review of progress made in the region in the decade since this annual meeting was inaugurated, and included a fruitful discussion on the key reform themes for the coming years.
“Pocos países han colocado tan alto en sus prioridades el reforzamiento de las instituciones públicas”, ha afirmado el Secretario General de la OCDE, Ángel Gurría, durante la presentación del informe en Madrid. “La reforma CORA es para España un medio de restaurar la confianza pública en las instituciones y garantizar una salida de la crisis con unas administraciones públicas más eficaces, transparentes y eficientes".
As we head towards 2015 and a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), our common future remains at stake. We are facing a plethora of issues including: growing inequalities; changing consumption patterns and population dynamics; increasing natural resource scarcity; and climate change, said OECD Secretary-General.
If governments at all levels work together to unleash the potential of cities and regions as engines of economic dynamism, they will greatly benefit national recovery and will create conditions for a better life, said OECD Secretary-General.
Wikiprogress online discussion on Latin America entitled "Quality Urban Life: How to make it a reality?".