Speeches


  • 28-October-2016

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    Remarks at 1st edition of the International Award on Investor Climate-Related Disclosures

    We are all brought together by the collective global project to transform our economies, still hard-wired around fossil fuels, into green, low-emissions and climate-resilient economies. This is a huge challenge. It requires massive leadership, and well-aligned policies across government, as well as the scaling up of green finance. Given the scale of this investment, the role of finance is critical.

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  • 28-October-2016

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    Remarks at France-Ukraine Business Forum

    Just yesterday, the Prime Minister and I renewed the OECD-Ukraine Memorandum of Understanding, reflecting our continued determination to work together to address Ukraine’s reform priorities. We have agreed on three interrelated areas for further co-operation: (i) tackling corruption; (ii) strengthening public governance and the rule of law; and (iii) improving the investment and business climate.

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  • 25-October-2016

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    Growing stronger together in Seoul

    Since entering the OECD 20 years ago, Korea has made a habit of being at the front of the class. You have led the OECD on several fronts, from R&D intensity, to university graduation rates, and the number of hi-tech firms operating at the technology frontier!

  • 25-October-2016

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    Korea in the OECD: 20 years of progress

    The invitation for Korea to join the OECD represented the culmination of 35 years of extraordinary growth, which transformed Korea into a major industrial power with a leading innovation capacity. Korea has been among our most rapidly growing members over the past two decades, achieving a GDP growth rate of 4.2%, double the OECD average, and boosting per capita income from 57% of the OECD average in 1996 to 87% in 2015.

  • 24-October-2016

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    Remarks at "Friends of the OECD in Indonesia" breakfast

    Over the next two years, the OECD ─ working closely with Indonesia’s ministries ─ will conduct reviews on investment, SMEs, innovation, health systems, vocational education and training, government spending, and green growth.

  • 24-October-2016

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    OECD-Indonesia Launch Event: Joint Programme of Work 2017-2018

    The OECD’s relationship with Indonesia continues to flourish, reflected in the plethora of OECD projects and studies I am launching today: the 2017-18 OECD‑Indonesia Joint Programme of Work; our latest Economic Survey of Indonesia; and our first Open Government Review of Indonesia.

  • 17-October-2016

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    Implementing the New Urban Agenda through National Urban Policy: Ministerial Perspectives

    It is a pleasure to be here in Quito for a unique event that comes round only every 20 years. Habitat III is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rewrite everything we know about cities. And it is timely. For the first time in history over half of humanity lives in urban areas. By 2050 it will be nearly 70%. Urban policy is at the coalface of human and economic development, it’s key to our progress, and our well-being.

  • 17-October-2016

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    A mission to promote inclusive growth in cities

    Each and every one of us here in Quito is united in a single mission: to promote stronger, sustainable and inclusive growth. And to deliver, we must rely on cities! It is a mission that we will enshrine in the Declaration on the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All that will be adopted in Quito. And it is the mission at the heart of the OECD’s Inclusive Growth in Cities Initiative.

  • 17-October-2016

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    Launch of the National Urban Policy Programme

    We gather in Quito to chart the road ahead for our cities and societies. Today, more than 50% of the world’s population live in cities, and by 2100 that proportion will have surpassed 85%. This translates into great promise for reinvigorating growth, addressing our social and environmental challenges and ultimately enhancing people’s well-being.

  • 17-October-2016

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    All on board for inclusive growth in cities - Remarks at Habitat III

    We gather at a critical moment. No less than the future of our economies, our societies and our planet is at stake. If we are to rise to meet these challenges, then we need to work together to put people at the centre of our economies and ensure that no one is left behind!

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