Speeches / Presentations


  • 15-May-2018

    English

    OECD Social Policy Ministerial Meeting: Social Policy for Shared Prosperity: Embracing the Future

    Let me begin by thanking Minister Duclos for chairing this meeting and our co-vice chairs ─ Minister Achtsioglou (Greece), Minister Vieira da Silva (Portugal) and Minister Strandhall (Sweden) ─ who will lead this afternoon’s break-out sessions.

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  • 14-May-2018

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    Launch of the report “Is the Last Mile the Longest?” Nordic Gender Effect at work - OECD Social Policy Ministerial Meeting

    I am delighted to present the report “Is the Last Mile the Longest? Economic Gains from Gender Equality in Nordic Countries” and would like to commend the Nordic Council of Ministers for this important initiative.

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  • 14-May-2018

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    Challenges for the Global Economy and Possible Responses: Multilateralism that delivers

    It is a pleasure to address the Montreal Council of Foreign Relations. The former OECD Secretary-General, Donald Johnston, was here almost twelve years ago (in 2006). His speech was about keeping up with competitiveness in an increasingly interconnected economy, at a time when the economic situation was profoundly different from today.

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  • 1-November-2017

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    Munk School of Global Affairs: Climate Action -Time for implementation

    I want to focus on the urgent and systemic issue of climate change, which is more than just an environmental problem. Just two days ago, the 2017 Lancet Countdown report was released, showing that climate change is already a critical public health issue, one disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable as well as those least responsible for anthropogenic warming.

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  • 31-October-2017

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    Toronto Global Forum: Redefining globalisation

    There is no single factor that can explain the rise of protectionism in the US, Brexit, Catalan separatism and the strength of populist parties in the Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Austria and other countries.

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  • 31-October-2016

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    OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes the signature of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA)

    “I congratulate Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on the signature of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). The deal comes at a crucial time when slowing trade growth and low investment are contributing to the weakness of the global economy.

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  • 14-June-2016

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    Prospering in a Low-growth Era - Conference of Montreal Keynote Address

    Today’s theme – prospering in a low-growth era – suggests that growth rates have declined permanently and that we should focus on how to prosper in such new conditions. There are many problems facing us today not directly related to the pace of economic growth. Indeed, some challenges, like climate change, may actually be eased by slower growth.

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  • 13-June-2016

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    2016 Economic Survey of Canada

    I am delighted to be in Montreal to launch the 2016 Economic Survey of Canada. I would flag that we are today also releasing another report, in our Better Policies series, which looks at Canada’s policy performance across a broad range of areas, with recommendations in each. I handed a preliminary version of this report to Prime Minister Trudeau late last year, but we have been refining it since then and today are making it public.

  • 11-June-2014

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    Launch of 2014 Economic Survey of Canada and Employment and Skills Strategies in Canada

    Over the past two decades, Canada has witnessed continued economic stability and progress despite the recent crisis that wreaked havoc in most other advanced economies. In fact, Canada has never had a banking crisis and has one of the highest levels of well-being, but challenges remain, said OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 10-June-2014

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    Round-table on “Societies and the Imperative of Innovation”

    As advanced economies struggle to consolidate recovery from the deepest financial crisis in modern times, promoting innovation becomes critically important to develop new products, new services, and new ways of doing thing, said OECD Secretary-General.

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