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Welcoming remarks given by H.E. Mr. Abdoulaye Magassouba at the 7th Plenary PD-NR Meeting
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Welcoming Remarks by Günter Nooke at the 7th Plenary Meeting PD-NR
Now is the time to take strong action to ensure the best future possible for all children around the world. Let’s tap into all the positive energy that this ground-breaking summit has generated. Through our leadership and joint work, we can turn words into action, bringing the future we want into reality.
Our estimates suggest that discriminatory social institutions – including violence against women – cost the global economy approximately 12 trillion US dollars a year. So while it is critical to put in place laws, budgets and plans to transform discriminatory social norms, we also need to empower women and girls, men and boys, to challenge – and change – these norms.
The Swedish Government, the ILO and the OECD cannot do it alone. I encourage you to throw your support behind this Global Deal and make concrete commitments, so that together, we can build the collaborative, innovative, dynamic societies in which everyone can thrive.
Today we are celebrating international women’s day. I am delighted to welcome you on this occasion, because closing the gender gap in both the public and corporate sectors is critical, urgent, and long overdue.
In 2015, more than 1 million people crossed the Mediterranean Sea in search of international protection. 1.5 million claimed asylum in OECD countries. This is almost twice the number recorded in 2014. At the same time, they represent only about 0.1% of the total OECD population, and, even in Europe, they represent less than 0.3% of the total EU population. Europe has the capacity and the experience to deal with this inflow.
We cannot think “growth” and then only, as an afterthought, care about inequalities. This doesn’t imply that the objective of engineering stronger growth and higher productivity has become secondary or peripheral. We need to think about growth and inclusiveness imperatives together, right from the start of the policymaking process, in their circularity and complementarity.
Remarks at the launch of the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality.
We have long known that there is more to life than GDP, and whilst GDP growth is important for a successful economy, it should not be the sole compass to guide us towards success more widely. What we need is a more sophisticated instrument, some sort of GPS to measure progress understood as the improvement of people's quality of life.