US and its allies dialogue on COVID-19, climate and infrastructure

Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Ministerial Council meeting on October 5 in Paris. (© Patrick Semansky / AP Images)

Countries around the world are coming together to rebuild a more inclusive and environmentally friendly world and strengthen economies in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to Paris to preside over the annual meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He also met with European Union leaders and French government officials to discuss fighting the climate crisis and investing in sustainable development.

We believe that our economic health is based on democracy, the rule of law, human rights and a commitment to open and transparent market economies.”Blinken said on October 5 during the opening of the ministerial meeting. “The influence of the OECD has always been based on its ability to apply these common principles to the most pressing challenges of the day, and to draw others to us.”.

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Thanks @MathiasCormann for directing the @OECD. We attended the ministerial meeting (#OECDMinisterial) to celebrate common values ​​and build a green and inclusive future. As the OECD celebrates its 60th anniversary, we recognize this forum as the primary space for market-oriented democracies to coordinate their economic policies.
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At the meeting, the leaders discussed:

  • Promote the global transition aimed at achieving net zero emissions.
  • Ensure that the benefits of world trade are shared by all.
  • Manage the impact of critical emerging technologies.
  • Promote the free flow of reliable data.
  • Find inclusive and equitable economic strategies that are consistent with common democratic values.

A strong, equitable and resilient global economy will not be possible without fully including women and girls”Blinken said on October 6 during a press conference (in English). “The same is true for LGBTI people, racial and ethnic minorities, and all other people excluded from full participation in the global economy. The OECD performs a fundamental task in all these areas”.

During the OECD meeting Blinken also joined business and civil society representatives to discuss the network Blue Point (Blue Dot Network) and the need to raise standards in infrastructure investment. The Punto Azul network, founded jointly by the United States, Japan and Australia in 2019, helps certify that infrastructure projects meet strong international standards.

In keeping with the goals of this network, Blinken has announced a new initiative Collaboration with the OECD: “Connecting the Dots: Building Trustworthy Systems to Address Corruption in the Infrastructure Sector” (Connecting the Dots: Building Trusted Systems to Address Corruption in Infrastructure). This initiative will address corruption in infrastructure projects around the world, complementing the openness and transparency objectives of the Punto Azul network.

And that is why the OECD’s work has never been so important. We have to prove that our approach can improve people’s lives, in our countries and in all countries. And in a more equitable way than it has been in the pastBlinken concluded.

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