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The OECD works with governments to promote good practice to scale up and better target public and private finance to support climate-friendly investment. Save the date: Forum on using country systems to manage climate change finance (2-3 December 2013).
Issues related to water and sanitation are a priority for the OECD. A number of people working at the OECD are also involved through our War on Hunger Group. For example, last year the Group funded a project in Mozambique to reduce diarrhoea by at least 25% in children under the age of five by training in hygiene and changing current practices.
This year the United Nations has officially declared 19 November World Toilet Day to raise awareness of the sanitation crisis faced by millions every day. Similarly, the OECD places great importance on the issue of water and sanitation. It has undertaken significant work on the issue to help promote global awareness, encourage action and propose viable solutions.
Without new policies, by 2050, freshwater availability will be further strained, with 2.3 billion more people than today projected to be living in river basins experiencing severe water stress. Today: OECD celebrates World Toilet Day (19 November 2013).
“To eliminate emissions from fossil fuels in the second half of the century.” This ambitious objective sets the tone of OECD’s contribution to the COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland.
CCXG reports on Emissions Trading.
Tracking private climate finance flows, together with flows of public finance, is a key task in monitoring progress in the international effort to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. Further research and better co-ordination of ongoing initiatives are therefore required from this Research Collaborative open netowrk to improve the identification, measurement, and reporting of private climate flows.
The OECD organised a number of events focused on key aspects of the negotiations: side events on tracking private climate finance, establishing and understanding post-2020 mitigation commitments, and credible policies to achieve climate targets and mobilise private finance. The OECD also convened a High Level Breakfast addressing the issues around long-term investment and green infrastructure.
The CCXG (formerly called the Annex I Expert Group) is a group of government delegates and experts from OECD and other industrialised countries. Its aim is to promote dialogue on and enhance understanding of technical issues in the international climate change negotiations.
The 'water crisis' is largely a governance crisis. There is enough water on Earth for all, even in areas where temporary shortages may exist. Managing water for all is not only a question of hydrology and money, but equally a matter of good governance.