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While the recovery process takes hold, we risk that short-term economic pressures shift policy-makers’ attention away from environmental concerns. But we need to continue pushing for green growth and cannot afford to delay our fight against climate change.
This meeting took place on 24-25 October 2013 in Helsinki, Finland, and was co-organised by the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE), the OECD/Task Force for the Implementation of the Environmental Action Programme (EAP Task Force) and UNECE. It presented an opportunity to review the implementation of National Policy Dialogues on integrated water resources management and on water supply and sanitation in EECCA countries.
This paper examines how institutional investors can access green infrastructure, the extent to which this is currently happening, and the barriers to scaling up these investment flows. Based on four case studies, broader lessons are drawn for governments on the policy settings which may support investment in green infrastructure by institutional investors.
The Government of Israel and the OECD co-organised an international conference on "Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities: Policy, Economics, Environment, Regulation and Technologies" on 23 October 2013, in Tel Aviv.
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.
The OECD is to review its chemical hazard assessment programme with the aim of providing a more specialised service for member countries from 2015.
Access data and reports for the Forestry, Fishing and Rural Development sectors from summary statistical reports and access to statistics in our Query Wizard, to analyses of spending and trends in these sectors.
Governments need to put together the optimal policy mix to eliminate emissions from fossil fuels in the second half of the century. Cherry-picking a few easy measures will not do the trick. There has to be progress on every front, notably with respect to carbon pricing, and that is what peer review and learning from best practice should help achieve, said OECD Secretary-General.
We must aim for their complete elimination by the second half of the century and need to come to grips with the risk of climate change. While many countries have announced ambitious targets to reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2020, and even mid-century, further efforts are needed.
Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change, according to a new OECD report.