Remarks by Angel Gurría,
26 September 2015
New York, United States
(As prepared for delivery)
President Sall, Prime Minister Davutoğlu, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am delighted to participate in this interactive dialogue on delivering on a revitalised global partnership.
We now have fewer than 800 weeks to eradicate poverty, everywhere. That’s 800 weeks to lift 800 million people out of extreme poverty. This is an aspiration which I firmly believe the international community can deliver.
The current migration crisis is just the latest tragic reminder that cross-border challenges require cross-border solutions. And cross-border solutions require cross-border partnerships.
The Millennium Development Goals demonstrated the power of global goals to inspire action and mobilise resources. This includes record levels of aid – or Official Development Assistance (ODA) – from OECD DAC members, reaching $135 billion last year.
Aid will remain vital. But with the SDGs, the international community is now at the helm of a more sophisticated global development goals framework. The goals recognise the need to address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development.
What’s more, the SDGs are universal, to be embraced by countries at all levels of development. This includes OECD countries. Advanced and emerging economies must show leadership. They must show that the commitments made here in New York will result in action – on finance, on climate, on trade, for example. The OECD stands ready to help all countries translate goals into policy actions and – crucially – results.
We met two months ago in Addis Ababa to flesh out a plan to finance the SDGs. Yet our ability to achieve the SDGs in 800 weeks won’t depend on money alone, but on the right policy choices, on effective implementation, and on smarter partnerships.
Our recent 2015 Development Co-operation Report focused on Making Partnerships Effective Coalitions for Action. It draws out ten success factors for partnerships, which include strong leadership, country ownership, and a focus on results.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
Put simply, the OECD is the world’s largest “policy bank”. And it will play its part in supporting the achievement of the SDGs through smarter partnerships.
We are working with the United Nations on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC). And we will support the new Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data as it promotes timely, accurate and high quality data to measure sustainable development. The OECD is also proud to host PARIS21, the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century, which works to strengthen national statistical capacity in developing countries.
In the area of education, OECD PISA for Development is a partnership to better understand what factors help or hinder learning, particularly for poor or marginalised populations. And our Policy Framework for Investment (PFI) has been used by over 30 emerging and developing economies to support policies for high quality.
In the area of tax, we recently launched a unique partnership with UNDP – Tax – enabling the transfer of tax audit knowledge and skills to developing countries. In a pilot in Kenya, we found that every dollar spent on assisting tax authorities to tackle tax avoidance helped produce over $1000 in increased revenues.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Aristotle said that “friendship is essentially a partnership”. Our friendship brings us around the table, and our partnerships will help deliver the SDGs. The OECD will continue to work as a host, as a resource, as a platform, and as a friend to all manner of global partnerships for sustainable development, working hard to deliver better partnerships for better lives.