Speeches / Presentations

  • 1-October-2015


    Global Parliamentary Network meeting - A conversation on the sustainable development agenda

    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.

  • 28-September-2015


    Remarks on the launch of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

    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.

  • 28-September-2015


    High-level conference on the Sustainable Development Goals: Africa's perspective

    Africa will play a make-or-break role in how the Sustainable Development Goals story plays out. Under the leadership of the African Union, Africans have already adopted their own development roadmap.

  • 27-September-2015


    Remarks at high-level event on a new rural development paradigm and the inclusive and sustainable new communities model inspired by Saemul Undong

    Tackling human development means tackling rural development – the two go hand in hand. We used to think the solution was rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. Now, we know that in well-performing economies, rural areas tend to be resilient, contributing to national wealth and social stability.

  • 26-September-2015


  • 25-September-2015


    Statement to the United Nations Summit for the Adoption of the post-2015 Agenda

    Now we have agreed that in less than 800 weeks we will lift the remaining 800 million people out of extreme poverty. It is a job for everyone. The Sustainable Development Goals apply to every person in every society, in every country – rich and poor.

  • 11-September-2015


    APEC Cebu Finance Ministers Meeting: Remarks on global economic and financial outlook, inclusive productivity and integration in APEC economies

    The Asia-Pacific region is and will remain the engine of the world economy going forward – it accounts for 57% of global GDP, 46% of world trade and more than a third of the global population – and there is much to celebrate about APEC’s achievements in recent years. However, APEC economies are not immune from risk.

  • 7-September-2015


    We can and we will make the SDGs happen - Launch of the Development Co-operation Report 2015: Making Partnerships Effective Coalitions for Action

    This year’s Development Co-operation Report shows how the need for co-ordinated action is more urgent than ever. In particular, we can and must ensure that Goal 17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for development – is set in motion quickly. The other goals depend on it.

  • 15-July-2015


    Leveraging pension funds for financing infrastructure development in Africa

    The impact of smart investment goes beyond private interests. Investing in infrastructure - especially social infrastructure - can connect communities, enhance social cohesion and make economic growth benefit the people. Yet, as the demand for infrastructure increases with growth, trade and urbanisation, developing countries are struggling to meet their infrastructure needs.

  • 14-July-2015


    Making the connection: Linking transparency and information exchange to domestic resource mobilisation

    It is a testament to how important this issue is that we have so many eminent Ministers and officials from OECD Global Forum member countries and observer organisations here. The Forum today has 127 members, of which more than half are developing countries. We are working on an equal footing to monitor commitments to global tax transparency standards because it is a global issue, and we are very much in it together!

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