"Toute crise prépare la suivante." These words by Michel Camdessus are a warning, but should also be a stimulus for policy, an invitation to be alert, to be in constant reflection, in constant attention, to understand what happened, what is happening and what can happen.
International co-operation between Parliamentarians is vital in these challenging times. Many citizens are questioning the value of openness, the multilateral system and even the functionality of our political institutions and democracy itself.
2017 was one of the most turbulent and challenging years for international cooperation. 2018 is not auguring an easier path. But you delivered, and you should be proud.
Welcome to the COPE International Diversity Forum, and welcome to the OECD. It is a great pleasure to have so many key actors with us today – and notably our keynote speaker Minister Hussen. Minister, your presence here is testimony of your country’s leadership on this issue.
It is my pleasure to open the inaugural OECD-IOM-UNDESA International Forum on Migration Statistics. We have a lot of ground to cover! The Forum includes over 240 high-level speakers and 700 registered participants from more than 90 countries. A warm welcome to you all, including those following us live on the web.
Our response to the climate challenge will define our collective future for generations to come. We must act. We must act swiftly, collectively, and decisively.
Over the years, these walls have seen us launch policy tools, instruments, standards and programmes to help countries harness the potential of globalisation. We see the OECD as a hub of globalisation. It has contributed to openness and greater international integration.
Over the next two days, you will be focusing on a wide range of issues, from sustainable finance, efficient capital allocation, the quality of shareholder engagement, and long-term thinking in the investment chain. All these issues lie at the heart of the OECD’s efforts to create fairer, more sustainable and more inclusive economies.
The ocean is our new economic frontier. It is vital for our well-being, for sustainable development and for our planet. The ocean holds great resource wealth and potential for boosting economic growth, employment and innovation.
What a necessary discussion: improving the effectiveness and efficiency of our public sectors! Of course we need to make them more inclusive, more green, more dynamic, more innovative. This is crucial to deliver the recovery and tackle climate change but also to win back our lost treasure: the trust of our people.