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OECD’s Report on Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World

OECD’s Report on Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World

November 23, 2011

The Club de Madrid was invited to co-launch the OECD’s Report on Perspectives on Global Development 2012: Social Cohesion in a Shifting World on November 21st in Paris.

Member Wim Kok, President of the Club de Madrid, opened the event together with Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist of the OECD. Both acknowledged the mutual interest of this collaboration.

Interview to Ricardo Lagos, Member of the Club de Madrid, in RFI Español (Only available in Spanish)

Member Ricardo Lagos was a main discussant in the first session where, Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre, officially presented the Perspectives on Global Development 2012. Alan Hirsch, Deputy Director General of Economic Policy at the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation (Presidency of South Africa) and François Bourguignon, Director of the Paris School of Economics participated in the panel as well.

The afternoon session dealt with experiences and good practices in overcoming resistance in public policy making towards reinforcing social cohesion and Shared Societies. 

A lively discussion on the policy reforms for strengthening social cohesion, as well as the conditions and bottlenecks for policy implementation took place between members Wim Kok and António Mascarenhas Monteiro with Sarah Cook, Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).

The Club de Madrid members significantly contributed to the debate with lessons drawn from their own experience in The Netherlands and Cape Verde, and analyzed past successes and failures in managing social cohesion.

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