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The objectives of the meeting held on 5-6 June was to review the design and implementation of environmentally related credit lines supported by international financial institutions (IFIs) and donors which were disbursed through local commercial banks in EaP countries. The outcomes of the meeting would help governments in the region improve the policy- and regulatory environment for green lending.
This Global Forum plays an important role as the tool for on-going dialogue on responsible business conduct. I am pleased to announce that today, Ministers from over 20 countries are coming together to discuss how to integrate responsibility considerations throughout government policies. Their work will contribute to protect internationally recognised fundamental rights and to ensure good governance, fair regulations, and transparency.
The upcoming EU Water Initiative (EUWI) working group meeting reviews the implementation of National Policy Dialogues on integrated water resources management and on water supply and sanitation in selected countries of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region.
The European Union Water Initiative was launched at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. The objective is to create the conditions for mobilising all available EU resources (human & financial), and to coordinate them to achieve the water-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in partner countries.
In many areas today, there is no such thing as a “natural” landscape. Thousands of years of farming have selected and encouraged some species, marginalised or eliminated others. The land itself has been altered by ploughing, enclosure, herding and other human interventions. We may feel that we have tamed Nature. Reports like this new one from the OECD remind us of our ignorance and warn us about our arrogance.
The EUWI EECCA is the regional component of the EU Water Initiative focused on Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA). It supports work of the European Neighbourhood Policy and of the EU-Central Asia Platform for Environment and Water Cooperation, and helps to promote the progressive approximation to EU water policies, particularly to the EU Water Framework Directive, in EECCA countries.
This workshop focused on putting priorities into practice in OECD countries. Country-specific prioritisation, sectoral approaches, mainstreaming tools including questions on public sector finance and research needs were all topics covered during the two days of the workshop.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is increasingly recognised worldwide as an efficient waste management policy to help improve recycling and reduce landfilling of products and materials. This Forum took place on 17-19 June 2014, in Tokyo, Japan, to identify key challenges and opportunities for further developing EPR policies.
Have you ever wondered who was paying to recycle that plastic bottle you just threw away?
The OECD launched this follow-up project to the Environmental Outlook. A broad global assessment that encompass the economic growth implications of several environmental challenges.