Biodiversity, water and natural resource management

Water-related speeches


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


World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden, 28 August - 2 September 2016


"Let's Talk About Water" panel and film event on "Water Policy in the Age of Big Data", Paris, France l 21 September 2015, 
Putting the information revolution to work for water
, opening remarks. 


7th World Water Forum, Korea, 12-17 April 2015
Opening Remarks, 12 April 2015.

Water: The way forward - from thematic priorities to strategic considerations, concluding remarks, UNSGAB meeting "High-level political dialogue on the priorities for the water sector in the post-2015 development agenda", 12 April 2015.

OECD side event on water and cities, opening remarks, Daegu, 13 April 2015.

The Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth - Policy Priorities for a Water Secure World, remarks by Angel Gurría, 13 April 2015.

High-Level Panel on Infrastructure Financing for a water secure world, opening statement, 13 April 2015.


Global Forum on the Environment: New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, 27 November 2014, Paris, France

Water-Energy-Food: Taking on the Nexus, opening remarks.


High-Level Panel on Infrastructure Financing for a Water Secure World, 24 November, Paris, France

- Remarks on Financing Infrastructure for a Water Secure World.


Stockholm World Water Week, 1-6 September 2013

Remarks on "from Global Goals to Concrete Actions - Strategies for Effective Implementation", UNSGAB side event, Securing the Future: Designing a Post-2015 Water Goal, 2 September

Remarks on Water Security for Better Lives, OECD-Global Water Partnership Side-Event, 2 September

  Launch of the OECD reports: Environmental Performance Review of Mexico and Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico, Mexico City, 8 January 2013.


Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Remarks by Angel Gurría, 6 June 2012, during his Official visit to Israel.


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", OECD side event.


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.