In the lead-up to joining the European Union, Hungary made significant progress in reducing air and water pollution and protecting its nature and biodiversity, according to Mr. Gurría. However, he recommended that Hungary redouble its efforts, in order to further reduce pollution and use energy and raw materials more efficiently.
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.
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.
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.
In his opening remarks delivered at the ICGN conference, Mr. Gurría noted that the recent global financial crisis and the ensuing impact on global economic confidence and growth prospects had highlighted the great relevance of corporate governance, and the key contribution it can make to stabili
In his speech, Mr. Gurría stated that the OECD has to work with developed and developing countries and international organizations, both to improve policies for the Internet economy and to increase international co-operation on issues such as cybercrime and security. He also stressed the need to better understand the role and contribution of the Internet and related ICTs as drivers of productivity and economic growth.
In his speech delivered at the Conference of Montreal, Angel Gurría underlined that growing pressures from agriculture, energy production and industries were imperilling our water resources. He affirmed that all countries - OECD and developing countries alike – need to introduce urgently policy reforms and scale-up best practices to avoid dire consequences.
At the opening session of the OECD Forum 2008, Angel Gurría underlined that the overall effectiveness of actions against climate change would be eroded without the participation of all the world’s countries. He added that while the cost of ambitious mitigation policies would be considerably lower than the cost of inaction, they would still not be inexpensive.The OECD can help, through finding least-cost policy instruments designed to