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  • 14-March-2012

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    10th Annual Conference of the International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee

    We have made some incredible progress from a time when bribes were considered just part of doing business and companies could claim them back as a tax deduction. But there is still a long way to go. One of our main challenges is ensuring enforcement, said OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 13-March-2012

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    "Water: Meeting the Reform Challenge"

    The publication "Water: Meeting the Reform Challenge" is a call for action and a guide to getting the basics of water policy right. Sustainable financing, solid governance, and policy coherence: those are the key pillars, the building blocks for successful water reform.

  • 12-March-2012

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    “The Green Growth Challenge: No Nature, No Water, No Growth”

    Water is one of the world’s most precious resources. And today, cities, farmers, industries, energy suppliers, and ecosystems are increasingly competing for their daily water needs. As a result, the costs of inadequate water management are becoming higher and higher. And not just financially – but also in terms of lost opportunities, compromised health and environmental damage.

  • 9-March-2012

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    Combating Global Headwinds: the OECD Perspective

    Tackling the economic crisis, implementing structural reforms, generating jobs, mitigating climate change and reversing inequality are huge challenges that we can overcome if we work together, said OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 9-March-2012

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    Greece: OECD’s Gurría welcomes successful debt reduction outcome

    OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría congratulates the Greek authorities for the successful outcome of the voluntary Greek debt exchange programme.

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  • 8-March-2012

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    The OECD Gender Browser: A Benchmark for gender equality

    Launching the new OECD gender data browser in Chicago, Angel Gurría said that gender is maybe the most underexploited resource for the economy and the society nowadays. Opportunities for women are not equal in education, neither in the labour market, nor in entrepreneurship, or politics, he added.

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  • 29-February-2012

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    Global Economic Prospects and Rethinking Global Challenges

    We have much to learn from the emerging countries and their social and economic transformation in the past decades, and from the recent crisis in the developed world. It is high time we revised our conceptual framework, rethought our conventional wisdom and engaged in best-practise sharing.

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  • 24-February-2012

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    Going for Growth 2012: Structural Reforms can Make the Difference

    The crisis has acted as a catalyst for reforms. While they are sometimes unpopular, painful or both, they are necessary to make longer term growth stronger, more sustainable and more equitable, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

  • 22-February-2012

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    Agriculture in a Global Context

    To nourish the world population in 2050, we must increase food availability by 70 to 100%. This means that we need to engineer a shift towards policies that support innovation, productivity and sustainability and that provide farmers with the skills they need to grasp the opportunities of strong demand and high prices.

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  • 16-February-2012

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    Opening of the 11th Global Forum on Competition

    By removing barriers to entry in protected sectors and guaranteeing a level playing field for entrepreneurs, pro-competition reforms can unlock opportunities for investment and for the creation of jobs, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

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