Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
Meeting of the Council at Ministerial Level - Session 3: Green and Growth go together
OECD Conference Center, 25 May 2011, 15h15
Distinguished Leaders, Ladies and Gentlemen:
The launch of our Green Growth Strategy is a landmark in the history of this Organisation.
It is a great pleasure to present this report with Prime Minister Kim-Hwang-sik of Korea. His country has been a beacon for us all in leading on Green Growth.
An Actionable Framework
The Strategy provides an actionable framework for addressing the twin challenges of expanding economic opportunities, while reducing environmental pressures that could seriously undermine our ability to seize those opportunities.
It brings together three deliverables:
Let me briefly highlight some key recommendations.
One size does not fit all, but some principles apply broadly
Green growth is not about piece-meal measures - we need a transformational change in our economic model of growth.
Implementation: Where the Rubber hits the Road
The implementation of green growth at the country level needs to mirror the multi-sectoral approach we have taken at the OECD to develop this Strategy. This also implies a leading role for Ministries of Economy and Finance to ensure that the contribution of natural capital to growth is captured in economic policy making.
But our job at the OECD does not end here. We will continue to work on indicators to monitor progress. We will tailor the Strategy to provide country and sector specific guidance. And we intend to make Green Growth an integral part of our Economic Surveys.
I very much hope that the recommendations of the OECD Green Growth Strategy reach as many countries as possible. And we count on your help.