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Speaking at the meeting of the employment and labour ministers, Mr. Gurría affirmed that the current crisis offers an opportunity to discuss the jobs potential of a shift towards a low-carbon economy and what policies are needed to realise the potential of the "green jobs".
In his remarks to the informal ministerial meeting on climate change, Mr. Gurría underlined that the difficult part is working out what exactly is a “fair share” of GHG mitigation in order to reach a successful agreement in Copenhagen.
Climate change is the greatest collective challenge that we have ever faced and the world needs a significant reduction in global emissions from current levels. Many developed countries have already committed to reduce GHG emissions in the near-term, but the targets must be more ambitious. At the COP15 Conference in Copenhagen, we have a unique opportunity to address this threat but many questions still remain without answers,
As world leaders head into serious discussions in the coming weeks about how to address climate change, new OECD work will inform some of the most contentious isssues of the debate – those related to the costs involved. .
This Policy Guidance is intended to provide policy makers and practitioners in development co-operation agencies with information and advice on how to mainstream climate change into development.
The Declaration on Green Growth, adopted at the Council Meeting at Ministerial level on 25 June 2009, tasked the OECD with developing a Green Growth Strategy bringing together economic, environmental, technological, financial and development aspects into a comprehensive framework.
Speaking at the International Economic Forum of the Americas, Mr. Gurria called on all countries to use the economic crisis as an opportunity to promote ‘green’ growth. Collective action and bold political will, he said, will be necessary to draft environmentally sound stimulus packages, reduce emissions, foster green innovation, and work towards a successful UN Climate Change Conference at the end of the year.
Finland has reduced pollution and improved its environmental quality through pioneering approaches like green taxes.
Current financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation is clearly insufficient and the development co-operation community needs to think through its implications and come up with forceful responses, according to the OECD Secretary-General.
List of publications for Road to Recovery: Innovation, Jobs & Clean Growth