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Climate change is the greatest collective challenge that we have ever faced and the world needs a significant reduction in global emissions from current levels. Many developed countries have already committed to reduce GHG emissions in the near-term, but the targets must be more ambitious. At the COP15 Conference in Copenhagen, we have a unique opportunity to address this threat but many questions still remain without answers,
During the launch of the Employment Outlook 2009, Mr. Gurría warned that the unemployment rate is likely to continue rising into 2010 and could even approach 10% in the OECD area. He called governments to act fast and decisively to prevent the recession turning into a long-term unemployment crisis with its major social and economic consequences.
Growing advantages for the better educated and likely continuing high levels of unemployment as economies move out of recession will provide more and more young people with strong incentives to stay on in education, according to the Secretary-General commenting on Education at a Glance.
Mr. Gurría reminded that in recent months, thanks to pressure from the G20 to step up the drive against tax evasion, dozens of countries and territories have taken steps to conform to the international standards developed at the OECD. He affirmed that co-operation between tax administrations is now becoming the rule and the threshold of tolerance for tax evasion has dropped to zero.
Angel Gurría reitero que gracias a la presión que los países del G-20 han ejercido a nivel internacional en la lucha contra la evasión fiscal, decenas de países y territorios están tomando las medidas necesarias para adherirse a los estándares internacionales de la OCDE. Afirmo, que la cooperación entre las administraciones fiscales es ahora una regla y que el umbral de tolerancia hacia la evasión fiscal es ahora de cero.
In Brazil to launch the 2009 Economic Survey of Brazil, Angel Gurría talks about the main findings of the study and resulting policy recommendations.
In his remarks for the launch of the second global review on Aid for Trade, Mr. Gurría affirmed that more and better aid for trade is particularly important in the context of the crisis as it can help to build the capacity and infrastructure developing countries need to take full advantage of freer trade. Aid for trade should also support the broader development goals we all share, focusing not only on building trade capacities but
In his introductory remarks at the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, Mr Gurría noted that governments need to address the social and human dimensions of the crisis, which means that recovery plans have to support the most vulnerable and include investing in skills development, education and enhanced training projects.
Speaking at the G8 Summit Consultation with Social Partners in Rome on 26 June 2009, Mr Gurría urged the G8, BIAC, TUAC and OECD to join forces to help governments make the best use of labour market and social policies.
Addressing a conference organised by the French and German governments in Berlin on the fight against tax fraud and evasion, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed progress in implementing international standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes. He announced that the next meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Information Exchange, which guides the OECD’s work in this area, will take place