This unanimous decision was an acknowledgment of Secretary-General Gurría’s work to shape a more relevant, inclusive and open organisation.
Ambassador Marten Kokk of Estonia, Dean of the Permanent Representatives to the OECD, said “Secretary-General Gurría has presided over a profound transformation of the Organisation. He has rallied the strong support of member and partner countries to change the OECD into a “do-tank”, widely recognised today as a leader in addressing the most pressing economic, social, environmental and governance challenges on the global agenda. In the tax domain alone the OECD has saved taxpayers all over the world €37 billion thanks to initiatives led by Secretary-General Gurría.”
Under his leadership, and as illustrated in the attached document (“Transforming the OECD: Secretary-General Gurría’s Major Achievements”) the OECD has increased its global outreach as a pre-eminent international standard setter in a number of areas ranging from taxes to integrity, and from competition policy to investment, among others. During his tenure, OECD membership has become more diverse, with an increasing number of countries from different regions seeking to join the Organisation. Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia all joined under Secretary-General Gurría’s tenure; Colombia, Costa Rica, Latvia and Lithuania are actively engaged in their ongoing process of accession to the OECD. Through the “Key Partners” programme launched in 2007, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa already participate in some of the main activities of the Organisation. The OECD has also launched a South East Asia Regional Program and enhanced its work with the MENA, Eastern and Central Europe, African and Latin American regions. The OECD is now actively contributing to advance global governance efforts, particularly through its work with the G20, G7 and APEC, as well as by providing analytical and policy support to the ongoing efforts to deal with climate change, trade and investment openness, and sustainable development.
Secretary-General Gurría has worked to put people’s well-being at the centre of the OECD’s efforts. He launched the New Approaches to Economic Challenges initiative (NAEC) to incorporate the lessons from the crisis, upgrade the OECD’s analytical frameworks and develop a comprehensive agenda for sustainable and inclusive growth. In order to address the social and economic legacies of the crisis, the OECD provided to countries a set of mutually reinforcing policy recommendations on education, skills, health, gender, employment and migration. In all these areas the OECD is recognised as a leading institution. The OECD has also pioneered the work on global value chains, trade in value added, trade in services and trade facilitation. Furthermore, it has launched new research and developed policy initiatives on issues like knowledge based capital, innovation, productivity, green growth and climate change.
Under Mr. Gurría’s tenure, the OECD created a new set of tools and instruments to measure, assess and inform on the trade-offs, synergies and impacts of economic, social and environmental reforms. By becoming “the place to go” on structural reforms, the institutional setting in which they occur, as well as how to make them happen, the OECD offers an open, fluid comfort zone for political leaders, policy makers and stakeholders to engage, discuss and define the best policy options and to quantify their potential impact on growth and well-being.
“I am honoured and humbled by the trust and confidence the members have bestowed upon me, and look forward to continuing to transform the OECD into a cutting-edge international organisation to promote better policies for better lives,” said Gurría.
In support of the renewal of his mandate, Secretary-General Gurría presented to OECD members the document “21 for 21”, which identified the bases on which to build a shared vision of the OECD going forward. Among the priorities proposed:
Curriculum Vitae of OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría