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OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials has launched a “sponsorship programme” in which countries will share the testing of specific nanomaterials (MNs) at its 3rd meeting (November 2008). Much valuable information on the safety of MNs can be derived by testing a representative set for human health and environmental safety. In launching this “sponsorship programme” the Working Party agreed a priority list of MNs for
At the opening session of the OECD Forum 2008, Angel Gurría underlined that the overall effectiveness of actions against climate change would be eroded without the participation of all the world’s countries. He added that while the cost of ambitious mitigation policies would be considerably lower than the cost of inaction, they would still not be inexpensive.The OECD can help, through finding least-cost policy instruments designed to
In his remarks at the OECD Forum 2008, the OECD Secretary-General reminded the audience that successful efforts to address climate change will depend on various factors, such as getting the numbers right, identifying the most appropriate instruments, striking an all-inclusive global deal for the post-2012 architecture and promoting new policies that foster eco-innovation. But moving forward on all these tracks will depend on another
Current Developments and Activities on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials (3rd Meeting of the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials held on 28-30 November 2007)
According to the OECD Secretary-General, the current international food crisis is a global challenge and agricultural commodity prices should remain high and grow more volatile in the next decade.
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A new issue of the OECD Biotechnology Update has been published. This newsletter provides up-to-date information on the diverse activities at OECD related to biotechnology.
Climate change poses a serious challenge to social and economic development. Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions need to move hand in hand with policies and incentives to adapt to the impacts of climate change. How much adaptation might cost ...
The third meeting of the OECD DAC/EPOC Water Task Team took place on 10-11 April 2008.
Following a decision of OECD Development and Environment Ministers to work jointly on ensuring access to water supply and sanitation, a Task Team of experts from OECD governments was established on 22 March 2007.
In his speech delivered at the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting 2008, Angel Gurría discussed how promoting resource productivity and the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) can protect the environment while sustaining growth and prosperity.