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OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría's address entitled, "An OECD Perspective on the Competitiveness of the European Economy," given after being inducted into the Spanish Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences in Barcelona on 22 November 2012.
Economic recovery appears to have come close to a halt in the major industrialised economies, with falling household and business confidence affecting both world trade and employment, according to Angel Gurría. Growth remains strong in most emerging economies, albeit at a more moderate pace.
Given the structural changes that have occurred in the global economy over the past twenty years, we should rethink the architecture of international co-operation, said Angel Gurría. He added that the multilateral system of the future needs to be more inclusive and should also reach out more effectively to non state actors: notably civil society and the private sector.
Es necesario repensar la arquitectura de la cooperación internacional a la luz de los importantes cambios estructurales que se han registrado en la economía mundial durante los últimos veinte años, según Angel Gurría.
Segun el Secretario general de la OCDE, A. Gurría, España debe y puede superar los desafíos importantes de nuestro tiempo. Ya se han tomado medidas importantes y necesarias. Hay que mantener ese rumbo en el futuro.
During a workshop on climate change organised by the European Union, Mr Gurría reminded that "far from perfect, the Copenhagen Accord is a hard-fought political agreement". He added that the world now needs to find an ambitious and legally-binding global agreement on climate change in Mexico and that the EU should continue to play a leading role for the negotiations.