It has been a great pleasure to receive all of you in Oslo for this unique conference. It has been a privilege to listen and take part in our discussions today.
Yes, we can make a difference!
Yes, this conference can constitute a turning point for international cooperation on growth, employment and social cohesion!
And I also know that with an appropriate policy response we can facilitate a job-intensive international recovery. If we fail to implement the right policies, we risk that unemployment remains high for decades, with huge costs to individuals and societies.
- Spotlight on human costs of around 210 million unemployed across the world
- Solutions seen in job-focused policy response, job training, social protection
- Global crisis not over until unemployment starts falling
The global recession has created a “wasteland of unemployment” that is likely to leave scars on society for years to come, unless action is taken to address the jobs crisis, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn warned.
ILO Director-General introductory remarks to ILO/IMF Conference on "The Challenges of Growth, Employment and Social Cohesion"
Dear Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, thank you for hosting us, here in Oslo, with a long tradition of global dialogue for effective and coherent international action.
Dear President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,
Dear Prime Minister George Papandreou,
Querido Presidente Rodriguez Zapatero,
Thank you all for having responded to our joint invitation.
Thank you to the political leaders joining us on this occasion.
Each of you, in different national circumstances, in difficult situations, is leading courageous battles. We are with you.
By Kemal Dervis
Published: September 13, 2010
Economists have argued that monetary policies a combination of low interest rates and either more government spending or less taxes can bring effective demand closer to potential output, reducing unemployment and idle capacity in the process.
By Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Oslo, September 13, 2010
Good morning. It’s a great privilege to be here, among such distinguished guests, to discuss the most urgent topic facing policymakers today—growth and jobs.