OECD Forum 2008: Climate Change,Growth, Stability




The OECD Forum team is very grateful to the Governments of Belgium, France, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands and Switzerland for their generous support for OECD Forum 2008.











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Message from OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría

The global economy is weakening due to financial market turbulence, the turnaround in the global housing cycle, and soaring energy and food prices. The sub-prime crisis has revealed the vulnerability of the new financial order. Innovation in finance, like the securitisation of almost any form of debt into a tradable asset, might have been a way to spread risk, but it also introduced new weaknesses. National and international institutions including the OECD need to react better to anticipate crises and improve the communication regarding the issues at stake.

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Message from Agustín Carstens, Secretary of Public Finance and Credit, Mexico

OECD Forum 2008 takes place in the midst of challenging economic conditions, including downturns in some markets, rising food prices, and an urgent need to develop a more climate-conscious global economy. The Forum is an important opportunity to exchange views in a candid environment and to develop some new ideas about collaboration among OECD member countries (and about their assistance to non-OECD countries as well) towards building a path of strong and sustainable global growth.

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