Combating Global Headwinds: The OECD Perspective

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Since its foundation in 1961 the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has fostered debate, encouraged knowledge sharing, and supported countries in advancing their reform agendas across a vast array of policy domains, including growth and development, employment and social welfare, innovation, and governance. While each of the OECD’s thirty-four member countries attempts to forge its individual path out of the economic crisis, all face the same challenges of finding new sources of growth and employment, and improving the well-being of their citizens in a sustainable manner. How effective have national governments been in articulating these new growth models? How are they dealing with the consequences of the global crisis for social cohesion, as income inequality in OECD member countries has reached its highest level of the past half century? How efficiently are governments partnering with the diverse actors required to implement policies effectively, such as subnational governments, cities, and the private sector? Join The Chicago Council and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation for a discussion with the secretary-general of the OECD, Angel Gurría, as he explores these issues and provides an overview of the OECD’s current perspectives on the global economy.

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