Speeches / Presentations


  • 11-February-2011

    English

    Green Growth

    The aim of the OECD Green Growth Strategy is to provide a clear framework for how countries can achieve economic growth and development while at the same time preventing costly environmental degradation, climate change and inefficient use of natural resources.

  • 10-February-2011

    English

    OECD Roundtable on Sustainable Growth

    At this roundtable, M. Gurría concluded that the topic of fairness and intergenerational solidarity is an essential part of our responsibility today and will be essential for the creation of a stronger, cleaner, fairer world economy tomorrow.

  • 9-December-2010

    English

    Tackling climate change: How to ensure the necessary finance flows

    In his remarks, A. Gurría said that countries need to be ambitious in taking unilateral actions and that a cost-effective approach to reducing emissions could cost just a fraction of a percentage point of GDP per year.

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  • 25-May-2010

    English

    3rd annual meeting of the OECD urban roundtable for mayors and ministers, “Cities and Green Growth”

    Speaking at the Urban Roundtable of Mayors and Ministerse, A. Gurría recommended to make the analysis of green growth more systematic and to develop a common set of urban environmental and economic indicators.

  • 22-April-2010

    English

    Climate change and competitiveness

    Our production and consumption patterns are causing irreversible damage to the earth and its atmosphere and we need to urgently reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, according to Angel Gurría. He added that cutting GHG emissions will inevitably involve a restructuring of the economy. Government policies must play a key role not only to enhance the competitive edge of “green” industries, but also to smooth the transition for those that

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  • 16-March-2010

    English

    Water Economics and Financing

    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.

  • 25-February-2010

    English

    Food and agriculture policies for a sustainable future

    In his opening remarks at the agriculture ministerial meeting, Angel Gurría said that the main challenge is to define what policy makers can do to create a competitive agro-food sector capable of feeding a growing world and conserving natural resources for future generations.

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  • 4-November-2009

    English

    Launch of the conclusions and recommendations of the environmental performance review of Ireland

    Since the last OECD environmental performance review of Ireland in 2000, environmental policies have been improved, environmental institutions strengthened, and significant investments made in environmentally-related infrastructure. However, important challenges remain, such as strengthening efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a better financial viability of water use, warned the OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 14-October-2009

    English

    Climate change: the biggest threat to economic recovery

    After a year of pain and pessimism, we are starting to see signs of an economic recovery. Green shoots are sprouting. Governments' bold economic and financial actions of over the past year are beginning to take effect. But we are not out of the woods yet...

  • 25-September-2009

    English

    G20 Summit: Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth

    Secretary-General Gurría called for the need to agree on common international targets in areas such as innovation and green growth predicting "they could become the overarching umbrella for the G20 Framework’s structural agenda".Gurria's remarks to G20 leaders reflected the fact that the focus on structural policies will constitute the principal element of the OECD's contribution to future work on the G20 Framework Strong, Sustainable

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