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.
The OECD Global Forum on Sustainable Development - Financing and Pricing Water: The Role of Government Policies, the Private Sector and Civil Society was held at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on 1-2 December 2008.
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.
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.
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.
Workshop on “Incentives to Capture the Biodiversity and Carbon Benefits for Reducing Deforestation: Linkages, Synergies and Limitations
At the worldwide launch of this report in Oslo, hosted by Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, OECD Secretary-General reminded that solutions to the key environmental challenges are available, achievable and affordable, especially when compared to the expected economic growth and the costs and consequences of inaction.
Powerpoint Presentations made during the OECD Expert Meeting “Sustainable Financing for Affordable Water Services"
The OECD Global Forum on Sustainable Development, in cooperation with the World Bank and Agence Française de Développement, will discuss how governments in developing countries can work with local private water companies to provide affordable safe water and basic sanitation.
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This book is part of the OECD Environmental Performance Reviews Programme which conducts peer reviews of environmental conditions and progress in each member country. It examines the progress made in water management in OECD countries in the light of the objectives of the “OECD Environmental Strategy for the First Decade of the 21st Century”. A first cycle of Environmental Performance Reviews, covering all member countries, was