Biodiversity, water and natural resource management

Water-related Speeches


A list of speeches by Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General can be found below.




6th World Water Forum, 12-17 March 2012, Marseille, France
-Opening remarks on the "Priorities of the Forum", delivered at the Opening ceremony.
-Keynote speech on “the Green Growth Challenge: No Nature, No Water, No growth”.
-Introductory remarks for the launch of the publication "Water: Meeting the Reform Challenge" at OECD side event.
-Opening Remarks on “Good Governance and Sustainable Financing: a Strong Nexus to Address”.


Water Economic Approach - France (in French only)


Water Economics and Financing - Book Launch for the Horizontal Water Programme, Paris, France

In his opening remarks for the book launch for the Horizontal Water Programme, Mr. Gurría underlined that good water management is important for a stronger, cleaner and fairer economy. 


Launch of the OECD Report “Managing Water for All: an OECD Perspective on Pricing and Financing”, Istanbul, Turkey

One billion people cannot get clean drinking water and 2.5 billion lack access to basic sanitation which cause 1.5 million preventable child deaths per year. While addressing the emergency of the current crisis, we must not forget that water is the most essential good and we should find new and innovative approaches to allow everyone access to water and sanitation, according to the OECD Secretary-General.


The Financial and Economic Crisis and Water, Istanbul, Turkey

The current crisis provides an impetus to push forward difficult reform, an opportunity that should not be wasted for the water sector, according to Angel Gurría. He affirmed that there were huge opportunities for job-creating and “shovel ready” investments in the water sector, particularly for water saving and the rehabilitation of networks, which require relatively short design and construction planning, compared to other types of infrastructure.


Water for All: A Matter of Good Governance - The OECD Perspective, Montpellier, France

In his remarks at the 13th World Water Congress, Mr. Gurría underlined that managing and securing access to water and sanitation for all is one of the world’s biggest challenges and needs a global response.


Water: an Under-Delivered Promise, Montreal, Canada

In his speech delivered at the Conference of Montreal, Angel Gurría underlined that growing pressures from agriculture, energy production and industries were imperilling our water resources. He affirmed that all countries - OECD and developing countries alike – need to introduce urgently policy reforms and scale-up best practices to avoid dire consequences.