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  • 30-January-2019

    English

    Message from Rodolfo Lacy, Director for the Environment Directorate

    We are at the eve of a decisive decade for the Planet. This year gives our countries the opportunity to gain a head start on the adoption of transformational policies in anticipation of a reinvigorated Environment Agenda in 2020. In many global environmental domains, we will see new goals and targets up for adoption by international regimes.

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  • 24-January-2019

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    “What will a changing ocean mean to us, our jobs and markets?”

    The iconic ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau once said “For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realise that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”

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  • 12-December-2018

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    Aligning Development Co operation with the Objectives of the Paris Agreement

    The landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints a grim picture of our future if climate change continues to intensify. This year’s extreme weather events – record breaking heatwaves, wildfires, heavy rains, major tropical storms, diminishing Arctic sea ice – could soon become our daily reality. With only 12 years left to contain global warming to 1.5 degrees, we need to take bold and decisive action.

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  • 12-December-2018

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    OECD-UN Environment FI Event: Aligning Finance with the Goals of the Paris Agreement

    We are facing a climate emergency. The special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms that, without bold and urgent climate action, global warming will reach 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030. That’s barely 12 years away!

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  • 7-November-2018

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    Achieving responsible, effective and inclusive multilateralism

    The rising tide of protectionist measures, which we are witnessing, is harmful and costly. Recent OECD data has estimated that each dollar of new tariffs costs global households 40 cents, while each dollar of tariff reduction adds 90 cents to global household incomes.

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  • 25-September-2018

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    Launch of the Financing Climate Futures initiative

    I am delighted to be here this evening to kick off the launch of the joint OECD, World Bank and UN Environment initiative Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure.

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  • 16-July-2018

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    Launch of 2018 Economic Survey & Environmental Performance Review of the Czech Republic

    I am delighted to be back in Prague to present the OECD’s 2018 Economic Survey and the Environmental Performance Review of the Czech Republic.

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  • 9-June-2018

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    Charlevoix G7 Leaders’ Summit: G7 and Outreach Leaders Working Session

    The preservation of our oceans is indispensable for addressing many of the challenges facing the planet: from food security and climate change to energy provision, and even improved medical care through advanced marine biotechnology.

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  • 19-April-2018

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    2018 Summit of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate - The Arc of Ambition in 2018 and 2019

    I am delighted to join you at this Second Summit of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate to discuss the opportunities and challenges for accelerating the better climate, better growth agenda.

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  • 21-March-2018

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    Presentation of the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize

    My sincerest thanks to the Jury of the Prize, the President and Honorary President of the World Water Council, and to the dedicated team who have been working to advance the water agenda with me at the OECD. Many of them are here, and I share this prize with them.

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