Remarks by Angel Gurría,
New York, 28 September 2015
(As prepared for delivery)
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
It is my pleasure to participate in this historic launch of the new Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.
We have no time to lose. The 2030 agenda gives us just 800 weeks to lift 800 million people out of extreme poverty.
I am excited by the launch of this partnership. It can play a crucial role in driving a data revolution that improves lives and helps us make the right decisions to speed our progress towards the SDGs.
At the OECD, data is in our DNA. For over 50 years we have been collecting timely, accurate, high-quality data to support balanced growth and development. And we are constantly innovating. We have spent more than a decade pioneering measures of progress that go beyond the traditional focus on GDP, to look at well-being in all its dimensions. Through our Better Life Index, we’re using data to engage the public in a discussion on what matters most in life. And we are determined to exploit fully the new possibilities offered by big data and remote sensing to produce quicker, better and cheaper information. In all of these efforts, we are now working with more countries than ever before. The OECD will spare no effort in supporting this new partnership to help the world build the sound, modern information base it needs to achieve the SDGs.
Right now I can commit to four concrete OECD actions that help advance the aims of the partnership we are launching today:
In short, we are fully behind the 2030 Agenda, and are determined to make this partnership succeed. Achieving the SDGs means better data – and better data – and better data – for better lives. Thank you!