New paradigm for development – OECD -

The world has changed substantially since the OECD was created 50 years ago.

Anniversaries are right moments for looking back and looking forward.

The 50th anniversary of the OECD which is celebrated this year on the occasion of the 2011 FORUM, is a great opportunity to Angel GURRIA, Secretary-General, OECD to reaffirm what OECD stands for and what it is all about.

The extraordinary economic collapse, prompted by an out of control banking system, and the unprecedented Parliamentary expenses scandal in lots of European countries, have demonstrated the pressing need for governments and businesses to operate in a transparent, ethical way.

The OECD’s 50th Anniversary Ministerial Council Meeting is being hold as the gobal economy is struggling to emerge from the worst financial crisis and global recession since World War II.

Since 1961, the OECD has been a policy advisor and pathfinder on key issues for all the member countries.

Over the past five decades the OECD has also become a global standard setter.

The OECD has also proven that it is a relevant arena to discuss global challenges and to find common solutions.

Today, Ministers are facing a jobs emergency.

Unemployment across the OECD is 50% higher than in 2008 and predicted growth rates are too weak to reduce unemployment significantly in the near future.

Ministers also have to confront the rising spectre of social unrest.

The revolutions and uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa ( MENA ) are born of people’s aspirations for democracy, accountable government, political rights and social justice.

As the global economic landscape changes, the OECD will become even more important through its contributions to the G20 in the fields of strong, sustainable and balanced growth, employment and skills, trade and investment, price volatility, food security, taxation, innovation, anti-corruption and development.

For fifty years the OECD has been driving better policies for better lives.

We are confident that the OECD will continue to ensure that the well-being of citizens remains at the centre of OECD’s concerns !

We know, that after 50 years, the OECD’s objective is and remains to help member and partner country governments to formulate and implement better policies for better lives !