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Governments which are successful at reforming empower their people to make the most of globalisation, creating a favourable environment for education, for business, for innovation and for sustainable development, according to Mr. Gurría.
According to A. Gurría, climate change is a global challenge demanding a global solution. The will to implement the policies that will bring us to a low-carbon future is gaining momentum. Now is the time to reach a climate agreement. Doing so will require the commitment of all stakeholders.
With more and more high-school graduates going on to university, governments face tough decisions on funding and quality standards to ensure that their education systems respond adequately to booming demand for degrees, a new OECD publication shows.
In his remarks, Mr. Gurría stated that the Accra Agenda for Action represents a significant step forward and presents donors and partners with a series of new concrete measures to accelerate movement towards agreed development goals.
In his remarks at the 13th World Water Congress, Mr. Gurría underlined that managing and securing access to water and sanitation for all is one of the world’s biggest challenges and needs a global response.
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The world is rapidly transforming and a number of dynamic emerging economies,including South Africa, have become major players and trading partners with the members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD). In this context, the OECD Members have recognised the need for theOrganisation to become more open and relevant in order to realise its strategicgoal of becoming an important hub for dialogue on globally
In his remarks delivered at the APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting, Mr. Gurría explained that designing structural reform has been at the core of the OECD’s mission since its inception, to promote a better functioning of the global economy and raise living standards in member and partner countries. Now the OECD has gone one step further, trying to figure out how reform can be successfully implemented.
OECD countries believe that Enhanced Engagement should incorporate certain core elements that would be common with all partner countries.
During his official visit, Angel Gurría met with the President of the Republic of South Africa and other government officials. He also held a press conference for the release of the first OECD Economic Assessment of South Africa.
France is one of the international community’s key players in development co-operation. French Official Development Assistance was USD 9.94 billion in 2007, ranking France third among DAC member countries.