30/09/2010 - The OECD today reappointed Angel Gurría to a second five-year mandate when his current term finishes on 1 June 2011.
The decision by the OECD’s governing Council, composed of 33 member countries, constitutes an endorsement of Mr Gurría’s vision for the OECD as a more relevant, more open and more inclusive organisation. Portugal’s Ambassador to the OECD, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, the Dean of the Council, said the consensus decision reflected the “high regard” member countries had for Mr Gurría’s “energetic leadership” and reflected their confidence in his ability to lead the Organisation during the next five challenging years.
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In the context of the economic crisis and changes in the global economy, Mr Gurría said the OECD has to redouble its efforts.
“The pursuit of relevance continues to be my guiding objective in order to improve the well-being of our citizens and help design better policies for better lives,” he said.
Today’s decision comes as the OECD prepares to launch its 50th anniversary, described by Mr Gurría as “a milestone to take stock and to strengthen our will to build the institution.”
Mr Gurría said the OECD has an important role in helping to rebuild the confidence of citizens following the massive governance and business failures that lay behind the crisis.
“Citizens’ perceptions of the future are bleak and their tolerance of bad news is exhausted. We need to change this outlook and this negative psychology. That is a role for the OECD.”
“In the task ahead a return to growth is not sufficient as it will be taking place against a backdrop of high unemployment, large fiscal deficits and climate change. Promoting growth also entails measuring and defining wellbeing.”
“The organisation will continue to help countries in both the design and implementation of policies to tackle key global challenges – rebuilding trust, restoring public finances, identifying new sources of growth and delivering jobs and skills.”
Mr Gurría said the OECD must also continue in its role as a global standard setter. But he warned that the challenges are formidable. “The international consensus needed to deal with major issues such as climate change, migration or poverty is not happening.”
“The emergence of the G20 provides the OECD with an important opportunity to provide expertise on taxes, balanced growth, investment, trade protectionism, anti-corruption and job creation”, said Mr Gurría. He also renewed his call for the creation of a network of international institutions to work more closely together on issues of global governance.
He added the future relevance of the OECD also depended on a more effective and closer relationship with the emerging economies of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, as well as a successful conclusion to the OECD’s ongoing negotiations to welcome Russia as a member.
He added: “The raison d’être of this Organisation, is to be a source of evidence-based advice for governments and a standard setter to address many global challenges. We will do it armed with our core values: openness, objectivity, boldness, pioneering spirit and sound ethics.”
Curriculum Vitae of OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría