In this seminar organised by the Norwegian government, Mr. Gurría reminded that achieving ambitious climate stabilisation goals is possible provided all major emitting countries and sectors act immediately. He underlined that this will require significant changes in how we consume and how we produce but doing nothing is not an option, because the costs and consequences are a multiple of the known costs of action.
At the worldwide launch of this report in Oslo, hosted by Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, OECD Secretary-General reminded that solutions to the key environmental challenges are available, achievable and affordable, especially when compared to the expected economic growth and the costs and consequences of inaction.
In his speech, Mr. Gurría presented the climate change policies that should be put into place to limit further deterioration. Answering the crucial question "who pays for it", he noted that the countries who provoked climate change have a greater capacity to pay than those who joined the group of large emitters more recently.
In his remarks, Mr. Gurría reminded that the climate is already changing and he called for immediate concerted action and a real political commitment to combat its worst impacts. He mentioned the range of economic policy options available to address this major problem.
In his presentation of the OECD/WTO report "Aid for Trade at a Glance", Mr. Gurría noted that effective and systematic monitoring of aid flows will strengthen mutual accountability and will provide incentives to improve the impact of donors' assistance.
In his speech given at the OECD forum 2007, Mr. Gurría emphasised that access to reliable and safe water is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. The OECD is working to develop policy ideas and identify best practices to assist countries meet their water needs.
In his address, Mr. Gurría highlighted the alarming outlook for growth in carbon dioxide emissions. He also underscored the need for collective action in developing innovative and market-based solutions in order to foster competitiveness and opportunities for growth.
Discurso do Exmo. Senhor Angel Gurría, Secretário Geral da Organização para a Cooperação e o Desenvolvimento Económico (OCDE). Ministério da Economia e da Inovação, Lisboa, 2 de Maio de 2007.
Angel Gurría addressed the importance of local initiatives and regional development in helping countries adapt to the challenges of globalisation and technological change in his speech delivered at the Danish Growth Council.
In a speech at the Annual Conference of the Club de Madrid, Angel Gurría focussed on the political economy of climate policies. He spoke about a range of policies that could be used to help address climate change, and the considerable challenges of implementing them.