Speeches / Presentations


  • 19-October-2017

    English

    Launch of the “Seoul Implementation Agenda”

    It gives me great pleasure to be here today to launch yet another important initiative that strengthens our partnership and brings us closer to creating the inclusive cities that we strive for.

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  • 19-October-2017

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    Third Meeting of OECD Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth: Cities are the key to a just transition

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Third Meeting of OECD Champion Mayors. Let me begin by thanking Mayor Park for hosting us today and in particular, for his leadership in taking up the challenge of meeting both climate and inclusion objectives.

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  • 15-May-2017

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    Second International Conference on National Urban Policy

    I’m delighted to welcome you to the second International Conference on National Urban Policy. This is a timely conference, with urbanisation at the forefront of the international agenda. It is also an opportunity to take stock, less than a year after Habitat III in Quito, to ensure that we have the tools in place to implement the New Urban Agenda.

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  • 21-November-2016

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    From Ambition to Action: The Paris Action Plan for Inclusive Growth in Cities

    It is a great pleasure for me to be with you this morning, alongside two Champion Mayors of inclusive growth: Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, also the founding mayor of this initiative, and Mr Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar. I would particularly like to thank Madame Hidalgo for hosting us today at the prestigious building of the Hôtel de Ville in Paris.

  • 17-October-2016

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    Implementing the New Urban Agenda through National Urban Policy: Ministerial Perspectives

    It is a pleasure to be here in Quito for a unique event that comes round only every 20 years. Habitat III is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rewrite everything we know about cities. And it is timely. For the first time in history over half of humanity lives in urban areas. By 2050 it will be nearly 70%. Urban policy is at the coalface of human and economic development, it’s key to our progress, and our well-being.

  • 17-October-2016

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    A mission to promote inclusive growth in cities

    Each and every one of us here in Quito is united in a single mission: to promote stronger, sustainable and inclusive growth. And to deliver, we must rely on cities! It is a mission that we will enshrine in the Declaration on the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements for All that will be adopted in Quito. And it is the mission at the heart of the OECD’s Inclusive Growth in Cities Initiative.

  • 17-October-2016

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    Launch of the National Urban Policy Programme

    We gather in Quito to chart the road ahead for our cities and societies. Today, more than 50% of the world’s population live in cities, and by 2100 that proportion will have surpassed 85%. This translates into great promise for reinvigorating growth, addressing our social and environmental challenges and ultimately enhancing people’s well-being.

  • 17-October-2016

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    All on board for inclusive growth in cities - Remarks at Habitat III

    We gather at a critical moment. No less than the future of our economies, our societies and our planet is at stake. If we are to rise to meet these challenges, then we need to work together to put people at the centre of our economies and ensure that no one is left behind!

  • 13-October-2016

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    Linking up the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda: Remarks at UCLG World Congress plenary session

    This is the metropolitan century. Today, more than 50% of the global population – and two out of three people in the OECD – lives in cities. By the time the century draws to a close, more than 85% of the people on the planet will live in cities.

  • 13-October-2016

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    5th UCLG World Congress: The path to inclusive growth in cities

    The OECD has a long track record of providing governments at all levels with data and policy guidance in areas like affordable housing, transport and local economic development. With our coalition of Champion Mayors, we are taking this work even further!

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