Tuerk told the forum entitled "Statistics, Knowledge and Politics" that in time of low economic growth and high unemployment, GDP must not be a sufficient criterion for measuring social progress and the level of implementation of economic, social and cultural rights.
Human rights, such as the right to work, education and physical and mental health, can be implemented only gradually, and society must protect the most vulnerable groups also in time of recession, the president added.
According to him, national development policies have to take into account indicators such as distribution of profit and participation in decision-making.
Tuerk noted that social relief is not enough for development, and that the solution was only in productive and decent work. This requires improved working conditions and new approach in organisation of work, he added.
Societies also need a cohesive and comprehensive framework of policies for the promotion of new forms of paid work, such as social economy, volunteering and other employment opportunities, Tuerk concluded his address.
The Slovenian president met at the sidelines of the forum OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria, who presented current activities and analyses of the organisation in employment policy, introduction of green technologies and other topics related to the preparations for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference in Copenhagen in December.
Gurria expressed satisfaction with Slovenia's progress in the negotiations for OECD membership. He stressed that there were open issues in the area of corporate management, primarily in companies with state ownership.
Tuerk also met South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who presented the measures South Korea is implementing in fighting the financial and economic crisis. The pair also discussed cooperation between the EU and South Korea.
Lee emphasised as an important achievement a 3% economic growth this year, and noted that investments in green technologies were of extreme importance in the country's efforts to tackle the crisis.
According to the president's office, the officials agreed that cooperation between the EU and South Korea was entering a new phase following the recent signing of a bilateral agreement on free trade, which also allows for a greater role of Slovenia.
Tuerk added that both countries are interested in balancing trade, which would be achieved with more Slovenian exports to South Korea and boosted Korean investments in Slovenia.
The presidents emphasised car industry, logistics, electronics and tourism as potential areas in which cooperation between the countries could be strengthened.
Tuear and Lee also agreed that it was necessary that Slovenia and South Korea boost bilateral cooperation in culture and languages.
Korean language is studied at the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts, while Slovenian courses will soon be opened at the Chung-Ang University in Seoul and and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.