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Since the last OECD environmental performance review of Ireland in 2000, environmental policies have been improved, environmental institutions strengthened, and significant investments made in environmentally-related infrastructure. However, important challenges remain, such as strengthening efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a better financial viability of water use, warned the OECD Secretary-General.
Speaking at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Mr. Gurría emphasized the OECD’s continued support of the G20, outlining our work on trade and investment, unemployment, and climate change in the wake of the financial crisis.
Following the severe contraction of the Irish economy, Gurría indicated that stabilising the financial system, tackling unemployment, and raising competitiveness will be the main economic challenges for Ireland.
In a keynote speech delivered at the OECD 3rd World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Mr. Angel Gurría has warned that unless a new generation of statistics is developed to measure social progress and well-being, people may lose confidence in institutions and in the capacity of governments to address their problems.
Attending the International tax dialogue conference in Beijing, Mr. Gurría reminded that globalisation requires strengthened international co-operation on taxation which is essential to finance public services, infrastructure development and poverty reduction in rich and poor countries alike.
As we begin to see signs of economic recovery, policy debates are focusing on what kind of a post-crisis global economy we want. And the answer is “green”, according to the OECD Secretary-General.
In this statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of George C. Marshall’s death, the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría explains that George Marshall’s vision still inspires the organisation’s work today.
After a year of pain and pessimism, we are starting to see signs of an economic recovery. Green shoots are sprouting. Governments' bold economic and financial actions of over the past year are beginning to take effect. But we are not out of the woods yet...
Speaking at the education ministerial round table organised by the UNESCO, Angel Gurría underlined that education is the key to addressing the economic and social challenges of our times, including a way to get out of the crisis faster. According to the OECD Secretary-General, the 21st century schools will need to help young individuals to constantly adapt and grow, to develop their capacity and motivation, to expand their horizons
In his annual speech to the Centres of Governments network, Mr. Gurría reminded that this group is becoming more and more important as decision makers in OECD countries and beyond are being confronted by a combination of policy challenges of unprecedented size and complexity. According to the OECD Secretary-General, these challenges can only be addressed successfully if governments act together and learn from each other.