Donors should honour their aid for trade pledges to developing countries despite the economic crisis, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría as he opened the OECD Policy Dialogue on Aid for Trade, held in Paris on 3 November 2008.
In the midst of this financial crisis of global proportions, development aid budgets will be one of the areas of public spending under pressure as donor countries face up to the fiscal effort needed to restore the financial system. Despite these difficult circumstances, we must keep protecting and strengthening our development commitments, according to Mr. Gurría.
In his remarks, Mr. Gurría stated that the Accra Agenda for Action represents a significant step forward and presents donors and partners with a series of new concrete measures to accelerate movement towards agreed development goals.
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The world is rapidly transforming and a number of dynamic emerging economies,including South Africa, have become major players and trading partners with the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD). In this context, the OECD Members have recognised the need for theOrganisation to become more open and relevant in order to realise its strategicgoal of becoming an important hub for dialogue on globally
Statement by Mr. Eckhard DEUTSCHER, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, to the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting - session 4: the Economics of Climate Change
According to the OECD Secretary-General, the current international food crisis is a global challenge and agricultural commodity prices should remain high and grow more volatile in the next decade.
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Policy Statement on Strategic Environmental Assesment,DAC High Level Meeting, 21 May 2008, Paris
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Statement of Progress on Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation, adopted by the members of the DAC at the DAC High Level Meeting, Paris, 21 May 2008
In the 46th DAC High Level Meeting's opening session, Mr. Gurría underlined that the meeting agenda introduced major global policy challenges and reflected that globalisation is demanding increased and better global governance.
In his remarks delivered at the Session 1: Expanding Partnership for Development of the G8 Development Ministers’ Meeting, Mr. Gurría identified three points for discussion about development co-operation: achieving sustainable societies and economies; the Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, which is an important milestone in our efforts to achieve better results on development co-operation in all regions of the world; the