The report focuses on the urban water management challenges facing cities across OECD countries, and explores national and local policy responses with respect to water-risk exposure, the state of urban infrastructures and dynamics, and institutional and governance architectures.
The 7th World Water Forum on the theme of “Water for Our Future” took place from 12 to 17 April 2015 in Daegu and Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea. The OECD Secretary-General chaired several high-level panels and the OECD actively participated through a series of events and the launch of four new reports.
The policy message is clear: more stringent environmental policies, when properly designed, can be introduced to benefit the environment without any loss in productivity, allowing new, cleaner technologies and business models to develop.
Limiting climate change to 2°C requires a major shift in investment patterns towards low-carbon, climate-resilient options. The challenge for policy makers is to ensure that clear, consistent and coherent signals are being sent to investors, producers and consumers alike.
Climate-related disasters have inflicted increasingly high losses on developing countries, and with climate change, these losses are likely to worsen. Improving country resilience against climate risks is therefore vital for achieving poverty reduction and economic development goals.
The OECD supports countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) to reconcile their environment and economic goals thus addressing the heavy environmental legacy of the Soviet model of development.