I am honoured to receive this GLOBSEC European Award. The Organisation I lead, the OECD, is part of Europe’s story, part of Europe’s history. Originally founded in 1947 as the secretariat of the Marshall Plan, the OECD has been there from the outset of post-war European reconstruction. And the OECD will continue to play its part in Europe’s future by drawing on what we do best: advancing better policies for better lives.
I am delighted to welcome you to the “Barbershop Conference at the OECD”. Allow me to begin by thanking the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Mr. Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, for co-hosting our discussion.
L’OCDE est ravie d’accueillir, pour la deuxième année consécutive, la Conférence de Paris et d’approfondir notre dialogue avec le Forum économique international des Amériques.
I am delighted to be here this evening to kick off the launch of the joint OECD, World Bank and UN Environment initiative Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure.
We are brought together today by a fundamental recognition: all countries are in a process of continuous development; all are working to address structural challenges and many are struggling to achieve the necessary development outcomes. To deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development we need to acknowledge and comprehend this reality.
It is my pleasure to reflect with you on what has happened over the past decade, take stock of what lessons can be drawn from the crisis and how we are tackling the challenges. When I was appointed Secretary-General of the OECD in the summer of 2006, it was a pleasant time to be an economist.
It is a pleasure to be at the ESSEC Grand Ecole and address the brilliant young minds who will become the business leaders of tomorrow. We live in a world that is in constant evolution and facing new challenges, which is why this class on “Understanding and Changing the world” is of utmost importance. This is what we try to do at the OECD every day. I very much hope our perspective can inspire you.
Equity permeates the work of the OECD and it has been one of our top priorities for the past decade. Our latest tool, the Framework for Policy Action on Inclusive Growth, provides policy advice to inform action in key areas such as: investing in people and places that have been left behind; providing equal opportunities; and supporting inclusive labour markets, among others. Education remains at the core of these objectives.
Le plus récent de nos instruments, le Cadre d’action de l’OCDE pour les politiques de croissance inclusive, fournit des indications propres à guider les choix des pouvoirs publics dans des domaines clés, qu’il s’agisse par exemple d’investir dans les personnes et les territoires laissés de côté, d’assurer l’égalité des chances ou de renforcer l’inclusivité des marchés du travail.
I am also delighted to see so many other countries represented here today, representatives from civil society, organised labour and other International Organisations, and the entrepreneurs who are pushing these technological boundaries.