OECD Social Policy Ministerial Meeting, final communiqué


03/05/2011 - Social Policy Ministers meeting at the OECD today agreed several common principles to promote social cohesion and limit the negative social and economic effects of widespread job and income losses during the recent recession. These included commitments to:

  • combat poverty and social exclusion and provide adequate and financially sustainable social protection;
  • avoid a too-narrow focus on short-term expenditures only and also take into account the future benefits of social protection; and
  • seek ways to maximize the efficiency of social protection systems; and guarantee access to every family with children to appropriate support, paying special attention to vulnerable families.


Ministers also invited the OECD to start new work to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of different approaches to social housing, of social policies for young people hard hit by the crisis and of social protection systems.


The full communiqué is now available. More Information on OECD's Social Policy Ministers meeting at

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