Angel Gurría

Angel Gurría took up the post of Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on 1 June 2006, following a distinguished career in Mexico's public service as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance and Public Credit. After a 14-year tenure with the Finance Ministry, Mr. Gurría became President and Chief Executive Officer of Mexico's export-import Bancomext and of Nacional Financiera, the national development bank specializing in supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises.

One sixth of the world's population lives in fragile States, which are also home to one out of every three people surviving on less than a dollar a day. Of all the children in the world who die before reaching their fifth birthday, half were born in these countries. Of all the women who die in childbirth, one in three dies in these countries. While other developing countries are making progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), these fragile nations, ranging from Haiti to Nepal, from Burundi to Uzbekistan, are falling behind.