Speeches / Presentations

  • 25-March-2011


    Harmony and dissonance in international law

    Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law, Angel Gurría underlined that the OECD has 50 years of experience in turning dissonance into harmony by setting out international rules. He added that through multilateral cooperation we can overcome our differences and tune our economies to create shared development and human progress.

  • 23-March-2011


    Towards Coherence in International Economic Law: Perspectives at the 50th Anniversary of the OECD

    For the last 50 years, the OECD has been instrumental in developing policies, international rules and best practices to address global challenges. Now, as the world emerges from the grip of a major financial and economic crisis, the OECD is more committed than ever to helping governments build a more reliable global governance architecture.

  • 17-March-2011


    Building a High-Quality Teaching profession

    As fundamental technological and demographic challenges re-shape our economies, the quality of teaching, which is the biggest in-school influence on student learning, is the yardstick for long-term growth, said OECD Secretary-General.

  • 7-December-2010


    Presentation of the PISA 2010 Results

    In his presentation of the PISA results, A. Gurría underlined that education is the single most critical investment to raise the long-run growth potential of countries

  • 20-September-2010


    Launch of the OECD Economic Survey of the United States

    Supported by substantial stimulus measures, the US economy has started to grow again after the economic crisis but Mr. Gurría argued that efficient spending would be key to strenghten public finances. In this respect, the recent health-care reform, which includes measures to reduce the growth in health-care spending, is an important landmark, Mr. Gurría stated.

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  • 27-January-2010


    Avoiding a new financial crisis

    Adrian Blundell-Wignall talks about the impact of US proposals for banking reform and how they can help avoid a new financial crisis.

  • 25-January-2010


    Obama plan for banks can help to avoid a new financial crisis

    U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to separate core commercial banking from some higher-risk activities in financial conglomerates and to place a moratorium on further consolidation could help to avoid a new financial crisis by resolving some major risks inherent to the current financial system.

  • 16-October-2009


    George C. Marshall: A tribute from the OECD

    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.

  • 13-October-2009


    Fixing Finance - Origins of the financial crisis and requirements for reform

    What caused the global financial crisis, and what direction should the policy reform agenda take? Why did residential mortgage-backed securities and credit default swaps explode from around 2004? Adrian Blundell-Wignall discusses the origins of the financial crisis and requirements for reform at the New America Foundation on 13 October 2009, as part of the OECD Breakfast Series.

  • 30-September-2009

    English, Excel, 376kb

    Why does the United States spend so much more on health than other countries?

    The United States spent 16% of its national income (GDP) on health in 2007, which is by far, the highest share in the OECD. This presentation was given by Mark Pearson, Head of OECD Health Division, to the U.S Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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