Speeches


  • 5-October-2016

    English

    Generating an innovation dividend from public spending

    Public procurement is one of the nerve centres of our economies: it represents, on average, 12% of gross domestic product (GDP) and 29% of total government expenditures across OECD countries. Used strategically, it can help make our economies more productive, our public sectors more efficient, and our societies and economies more inclusive, our institutions more trusted.

  • 3-October-2016

    English

    Acting Together to Boost Investment in the MENA: Launch of the EU-OECD Programme on Investment

    Global investment flows are picking up, standing at about 16% below their pre-crisis level. However, FDI flows to the MENA region continue to lag. Regional instability and insecurity has contributed to a fall of more than 50% between 2008 and 2015!

  • 29-September-2016

    English

    Africa Forum 2016: African Cities for African Development - opening remarks

    In the next five years, it is estimated that the world’s population will increase by more than 400 million. 90% of this increase is projected to occur in urban areas and Africa is a crucial part of this unprecedented story. The continent will become more urban than rural in the next 15 years.

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  • 28-September-2016

    English

    2016 Ministerial Meeting of the Environmental Policy Committee: opening remarks

    I am delighted to welcome you to the OECD Environment Ministerial meeting. Since we gather only every four years, it is an important opportunity to discuss the national and international environmental policy landscape for years to come. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will inevitably shape discussions.

  • 26-September-2016

    English

    Remarks at ratification of the Multilateral Convention for Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters by Switzerland

    This ratification marks the latest move in Switzerland’s significant efforts of recent years to implement the international standards on tax transparency.

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  • 26-September-2016

    English

    3rd annual meeting of the Government Foresight Community: opening remarks

    By engaging with different plausible futures, we are preparing ourselves for the policy challenges of tomorrow. We are doing better than predicting the future: we are creating it. I look forward to hearing how we can continue to champion the role and the value of policy-related foresight.

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  • 22-September-2016

    English

    Briefing on "States of Fragility 2016"

    As we strengthen our resolve to address the refugee crisis, the focus on providing short-term assistance, and medium-term resettlement options must not distract us from working on the longer-term issues at the heart of what drives these people from their homes in the first place: fear, conflict, and violence.

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  • 21-September-2016

    English

    The economic cost of violence against women

    Our estimates suggest that discriminatory social institutions – including violence against women – cost the global economy approximately 12 trillion US dollars a year. So while it is critical to put in place laws, budgets and plans to transform discriminatory social norms, we also need to empower women and girls, men and boys, to challenge – and change – these norms.

  • 21-September-2016

    English

    Enhancing social dialogue for decent work and inclusive growth: Launch of the "Global Deal" initiative

    The Swedish Government, the ILO and the OECD cannot do it alone. I encourage you to throw your support behind this Global Deal and make concrete commitments, so that together, we can build the collaborative, innovative, dynamic societies in which everyone can thrive.

  • 20-September-2016

    English

    Launch of the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth report "Working for Health and Growth"

    In Lyon and New York, we charted a comprehensive agenda for action for better investment in the health workforce. The release of "Working for Health and Growth: Investing in the Health Workforce" is a milestone in our common quest to create the right health jobs, with the right skills, in the right places.

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