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  • 8-March-2012

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    Meeting the Water Reform Challenge

    The need to reform water policies is as urgent as ever. Water is essential for economic growth, human health, and the environment. Yet governments around the world face significant challenges in managing their water resources effectively. The problems are multiple and complex: billions of people are still without access to safe water and adequate sanitation; competition for water is increasing among the different uses and users; and major investment is required to maintain and improve water infrastructure in OECD and non-OECD countries.   Despite progress on many fronts, governments around the world are still confronted with the need to reform their existing water policies in order to meet current objectives and future challenges. Building on the water challenges identified by the OECD Environment Outlook to 2050, this report examines three fundamental areas that need to be addressed whatever reform agendas are pursued by governments: financing of the water sector; the governance and institutional arrangements that are in place; and coherence between water policies and policies in place in other sectors of the economy. The report provides governments with practical advice and policy tools to pursue urgent reform in their water sectors.
  • 7-March-2012

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    Environment: The Water Challenge: sharing a precious commodity

    Water management needs urgent reform if the world is to head off a serious deterioration in the quality and quantity of water available, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 8-February-2012

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    Green Growth: Making it Happen

    Faced with low growth, high unemployment and weak public finances, countries need to pursue new strategies to put the global recovery back on track. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría says green growth can boost productivity, create jobs and help build a stronger, cleaner and fairer world economy.

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  • 2-January-2012

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    Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels

    This publication provides preliminary, quantitative estimates of direct budgetary support and tax expenditures supporting the production or consumption of fossil fuels in selected OECD member countries. The information has been compiled as part of the OECD’s programme of work to develop a better understanding of environmentally harmful subsidies (EHS). It has been undertaken as an exercise in transparency, and to inform the international dialogue on fossil-fuel subsidy reform. It is also intended to inform the ongoing efforts of G20 nations to reform fossil-fuel subsidies.

    For each of the 24 OECD countries covered, the Inventory provides a succinct summary of its energy economy, and of the budgetary and tax-related measures provided at the central-government level (and, in the case of federal countries, for selected sub-national units of government) relating to fossil-fuel production or consumption.

    Many measures listed in this inventory are relative preferences within a particular country’s tax system rather than absolute support that can be readily compared across countries, and for that reason no national totals are provided.

  • 6-December-2011

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    Environment: Climate change aid up to USD 22.9 billion in 2010, says OECD’s Gurría

    New data show that the member countries of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) allocated up to USD 22.9 billion, or 15% of total official development assistance (ODA), to climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries in 2010.

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  • 1-December-2011

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    Environment: Transforming the energy sector to deliver greener growth

    Rising global energy demand and the need to drastically cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions require a transformation in the way we produce, deliver and consume energy, according to a new joint report from the OECD and IEA.

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  • 24-November-2011

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    Environment: Political courage in Durban needed to combat climate change, says OECD’s Gurría

    According to OECD’s latest analysis, global greenhouse gas emissions are projected to grow by another 50% in the next 40 years. This would result in a 3-6 degree increase of average global temperature by the end of the century unless governments take decisive action, says OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 10-November-2011

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    OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Slovak Republic 2011

    This 2011 review of the Slovak Republic's environmental policies and programmes covers recent developments, greening growth, implementation of environmental policies, climate change and energy, agriculture and the environment and international cooperation.
  • 10-November-2011

    English

    Environment: The Slovak Republic should integrate environment into its economic development

    As the Slovak Republic strives to increase productivity and competitiveness in the recovery from the financial crisis, the OECD Environmental Performance Review of the Slovak Republic recommends that it strengthen environmental policies.

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  • 8-November-2011

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    OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Israel 2011

    This 2011 review of Israel's environmental conditions and policies evaluates progress in sustainable development, improving natural resource management, integrating environmental and economic policies, and strengthening international co-operation. This report is the first OECD review of Israel’s environmental policy performance.

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