Article 1 of the OECD Convention defines the Organisation’s mission as being to:

  • support economic growth
  • boost employment
  • raise living standards
  • maintain financial stability
  • assist other countries’ economic development
  • contribute to growth in world trade

Major Work Areas:

  • Employment, education, social welfare
  • ensure equal access to education for all
  • promote effective and accessible health systems
  • fight social exclusion and unemployment
  • bridge the “digital divide” between rich and poor

OECD achievements: some examples

Improving transparency and ethics in international business
Principles of Corporate Governance
Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
Anti-Bribery Convention
Polluter-Pays Principle (PPP)

Simplifying tax issues in international transactions
Model Tax Convention

Helping emerging and transition economies
Co-operation programmes with emerging market economies including China, India and Brazil

Global Unemployment Statistics: http://www.oecd.org/department/0,3355,en_2649_34251_1_1_1_1_1,00.html

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