The OECD will draw on its multidisciplinary expertise, data, and tools – along with our ground-breaking work on climate finance, fossil fuel subsidy reform, measuring effective carbon prices, and policy alignment for a low-carbon economy – to deliver timely and evidence-based insights for this project, which has four main objectives.
Last year was also an impressive year for global gatherings, and for consensus. We welcomed the Sustainable Development Goals, and also reached major agreements in Addis Ababa, as well as at COP21 in Paris. But we cannot be complacent. As I have said before, this year we need to achieve three things: implementation, implementation, and implementation!
Cabo Verde’s experience reminds us that development is a never-ending process — a path of perpetual change. When Cabo Verde joined the Development Centre in March of 2011, it was only four short years after it had graduated from the list of least-developed countries.
The OECD is committed to forging new pathways to secure a sustainable future for the planet and the world’s people. I commend Turkey for prioritising sustainable development across G20 workstreams in 2015 and look forward to continuing this important work under the Chinese Presidency in 2016.
We are here today because we share a common cause: better governance for better lives. And, today, we have an excellent opportunity to reflect on the vital role of supreme audit institutions – or SAIs – in achieving this goal.
Uruguay becomes the Development Centre’s 51st member and our 10th from Latin America and the Caribbean. There is much to learn from Uruguay’s experience. Over the last few decades, Uruguay has skilfully navigated its way through economic and political turbulence, demonstrating its resilience and resolve. And its achievements are impressive.
The OECD is well placed to contribute to global follow-up on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) with its range of measurement, country assessment, peer review and peer learning mechanisms. Indeed, its data, expertise, and convening power can serve as a GPS for SDG implementation.
This report goes deep into questions about how to strengthen the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises and low-income developing countries in global value chains.
In the last decade, the world has made important progress in fighting extreme poverty, but we still have a long way to go. I just came back from New York, where the international community adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. Enthusiasm was in abundance, but the debate was pretty sobering.
I am excited by the launch of this partnership. It can play a crucial role in driving a data revolution that improves lives and helps us make the right decisions to speed our progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.