Speeches / Presentations


  • 13-April-2015

    English

    High-Level Panel on Infrastructure Financing for a water secure world - 7th World Water Forum

    Water insecurity is one of the greatest challenges we face. It already dents global economic growth to the tune of USD 500 billion a year, with inadequate water supply and sanitation alone estimated to cost an annual USD 260 billion. Yet the situation looks set to worsen.

  • 13-April-2015

    English

    7th World Water Forum: Opening Remarks

    I am delighted to be here in Daegu at the 7th World Water Forum. It is amazing to see the best and the brightest gathered around two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. The water challenge is one of the most pressing global issues of our times.

  • 13-April-2015

    English

    Water: The way forward - from thematic priorities to strategic considerations

    Concluding remarks at the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) high-level political dialogue on the priorities for the water sector in the post-2015 development agenda

  • 3-February-2015

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    Is there a Need for Cooperation on National Climate Change Policies?

    Climate policy and competitiveness issues have created a new need for international co-ordination, beyond the scope of our current frameworks. There is no need to trade economic growth for environmental stringency. Environmentally stringent policies are an incentive for greater efficiencies which leading edge companies can easily achieve.

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  • 27-November-2014

    English

    Water-Energy-Food: Taking on the Nexus

    By 2050, the world’s population will have risen to 9 billion. By then, the demand for water will have risen by 55% and demand for food by 60%. And on top of this, a world economy that is four times larger than today could be using up to 80% more energy.

  • 26-November-2014

    English

    Financing Infrastructure for a Water Secure World

    Water security is one of the greatest challenges we face today, yet the situation has never looked more perilous. By 2050 the OECD Environmental Outlook projects that nearly 4 billion people will live in river basins under severe water stress, and global nitrogen effluents from wastewater are projected to grow by 180%. Whilst, over the same period, global demand for water is expected to grow by 55%.

  • 25-November-2014

    English

    4th Meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative

    This Initiative was created following the OECD’s commitment at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille in 2012 to spearhead robust economic and evidence-based analysis, tailored policy dialogues, and multi-stakeholder consultation in support of better water governance.

  • 19-November-2014

    English

    Angel Gurría congratulates new Indonesian President for cutting fuel subsidies

    Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD congratulated the newly elected President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, for taking a bold first step in his economic reform agenda by substantially cutting fuel subsidies.

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  • 13-November-2014

    English

    Strengthening Global Growth: The G20 Brisbane Summit’s Challenges and Contributions

    The G20 needs to go structural, social, and green! With fiscal and monetary policy room nearly exhausted, structural reforms are the best choices, sometimes the only choice. The OECD battle cry in this regard has been unchanged since 2008: “go structural!”.

  • 24-September-2014

    English

    The post-2015 agenda must steer a transformational shift towards sustainable development

    As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approach their expiry date, we must focus our efforts on ensuring a brighter, more inclusive and sustainable future for all. We face a plethora of common issues: growing inequalities; changing consumption patterns and population dynamics; increasing natural resource scarcity; and ongoing illicit financial flows.

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