Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level 2012


Final reports

Chair's Summary

Ministerial Council Statement

Strategic Orientations by the Secretary-General

Secretary-General's Report to Ministers 2012

New Approaches to Economic Challenges - A Framework Paper

New Sources of Growth: Knowledge-Based Capital - Interim Project Findings

Better Skills. Better Jobs. Better Lives. The OECD Skills Strategy - Executive Summary

Gender Equality in Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship - Executive Summary

Towards a More Open Trading System and Jobs Rich Growth

The OECD's Relations with its Key Partners

OECD Strategy on Development

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As the future of the faltering global economy makes headlines worldwide, more than 60 ministers from OECD and partner countries met at the OECD’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting to decide new approaches to the social and economic challenges necessary to achieve durable and inclusive growth.

Speaking about the Ministerial, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said, “All on board means that we need to increase our efforts to restore growth so that no one is left behind - we need comprehensive strategies that put citizens at the centre of our policy efforts. Together, we will seek to provide concrete answers in pursuit of our mission of  'better policies for better lives': restoring growth and competiveness with new sources of growth and structural reforms, investing in people and skills to master the shift from lifelong employment to lifelong employability, promoting gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship, seizing the benefits of global value chains for trade and jobs as well as sharing our knowledge with countries at different stages of development.”


Angel Gurría
Secretary-General of the OECD

Under the chairmanship of Turkey, supported by vice-chairs Chile and Poland, the ministers looked at structural and social policies that can bring all citizens in all countries on board for a more secure future.

As governments ramp-up their fiscal consolidations plans – balancing budgets to pay down their debts – citizens are questioning why the most vulnerable are bearing the brunt of rising costs and falling social spending.

Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade discussed ways to make that growth jobs-rich, ‘green’ and equitable to ensure that all members of society – young people, women, and the low-skilled in advanced, emerging and developing economies – play a role in the recovery and reap its benefits.


Ali Babacan
Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Financial Affairs
of Turkey


Felipe Larraín
Minister of Finance of Chile

Waldemar Pawlak
Deputy Prime Minister of Poland
Minister of Economy

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