Biodiversity, water and natural resource management

Water-related speeches


A list of speeches by Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General can be found below.


World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden, 28 August - 2 September 2016


"Let's Talk About Water" panel and film event on "Water Policy in the Age of Big Data", Paris, France l 21 September 2015

  • , Opening remarks. 

7th World Water Forum, Korea l 12-17 April 2015


Global Forum on the Environment: New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Paris, France l 27 November 2014


High-Level Panel on Infrastructure Financing for a Water Secure World, Paris, France l 24 November


World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden l 1-6 September 2013


Launch of the OECD reports, Mexico City l 8 January 2013


Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel


6th World Water Forum, Marseille, France l 12-17 March 2012


Water Economic Approach - France (in French only)  l 3 May


Water Economics and Financing - Book Launch for the Horizontal Water Programme, Paris, France l 16 March

In his opening remarks for the book launch for the Horizontal Water Programme, Mr. Gurría underlined that good water management is important for a stronger, cleaner and fairer economy. 


Launch of the OECD Report “”, Istanbul, Turkey l 17 March

One billion people cannot get clean drinking water and 2.5 billion lack access to basic sanitation which cause 1.5 million preventable child deaths per year. While addressing the emergency of the current crisis, we must not forget that water is the most essential good and we should find new and innovative approaches to allow everyone access to water and sanitation, according to the OECD Secretary-General.


The Financial and Economic Crisis and Water, Istanbul, Turkey l 17 March

The current crisis provides an impetus to push forward difficult reform, an opportunity that should not be wasted for the water sector, according to Angel Gurría. He affirmed that there were huge opportunities for job-creating and “shovel ready” investments in the water sector, particularly for water saving and the rehabilitation of networks, which require relatively short design and construction planning, compared to other types of infrastructure.


Water for All: A Matter of Good Governance - The OECD Perspective, Montpellier, France l 1 September

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.


Water: an Under-Delivered Promise, Montreal, Canada l 10 June

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.



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