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Opening Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General on Tuesday 29 October 2013. Main themes covered current economic outlook, climate change and green growth, OECD activities and tools to make the transition happen and next steps going forward.
This newsletter provides an update on the main events and activities of the Environment, Health and Safety Programme of the OECD.
This meeting took place on 24-25 October 2013 in Helsinki, Finland, and was co-organised by the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE), the OECD/Task Force for the Implementation of the Environmental Action Programme (EAP Task Force) and UNECE. It presented an opportunity to review the implementation of National Policy Dialogues on integrated water resources management and on water supply and sanitation in EECCA countries.
The Government of Israel and the OECD co-organised an international conference on "Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities: Policy, Economics, Environment, Regulation and Technologies" on 23 October 2013, in Tel Aviv.
The OECD launched this follow-up project to the Environmental Outlook. A broad global assessment that encompass the economic growth implications of several environmental challenges.
The programme has helped member countries and industry pool resources to assess the hazards of over 1200 industrial chemicals in its 22-year history, and has contributed to the development of many tools and techniques used in the assessment of chemicals around the world.
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The Programme has helped member countries and industry pool resources to assess the hazards of over 1200 industrial chemicals in its 22-year history, and has contributed to the development of many tools and techniques used in the assessment of chemicals around the world.
List of the Council Decisions and Council Recommendations, known collectively as Council Acts, that are relevant to the work of the Chemicals Programme.
Governments need to put together the optimal policy mix to eliminate emissions from fossil fuels in the second half of the century. Cherry-picking a few easy measures will not do the trick. There has to be progress on every front, notably with respect to carbon pricing, and that is what peer review and learning from best practice should help achieve, said OECD Secretary-General.
We must aim for their complete elimination by the second half of the century and need to come to grips with the risk of climate change. While many countries have announced ambitious targets to reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2020, and even mid-century, further efforts are needed.