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Since the last OECD environmental performance review of Ireland in 2000, environmental policies have been improved, environmental institutions strengthened, and significant investments made in environmentally-related infrastructure. However, important challenges remain, such as strengthening efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring a better financial viability of water use, warned the OECD Secretary-General.
As we begin to see signs of economic recovery, policy debates are focusing on what kind of a post-crisis global economy we want. And the answer is “green”, according to the OECD Secretary-General.
After a year of pain and pessimism, we are starting to see signs of an economic recovery. Green shoots are sprouting. Governments' bold economic and financial actions of over the past year are beginning to take effect. But we are not out of the woods yet...
Speaking at the meeting of the employment and labour ministers, Mr. Gurría affirmed that the current crisis offers an opportunity to discuss the jobs potential of a shift towards a low-carbon economy and what policies are needed to realise the potential of the "green jobs".
Secretary-General Gurría called for the need to agree on common international targets in areas such as innovation and green growth predicting "they could become the overarching umbrella for the G20 Framework’s structural agenda".Gurria's remarks to G20 leaders reflected the fact that the focus on structural policies will constitute the principal element of the OECD's contribution to future work on the G20 Framework Strong, Sustainable
In his remarks to the informal ministerial meeting on climate change, Mr. Gurría underlined that the difficult part is working out what exactly is a “fair share” of GHG mitigation in order to reach a successful agreement in Copenhagen.
Climate change is the greatest collective challenge that we have ever faced and the world needs a significant reduction in global emissions from current levels. Many developed countries have already committed to reduce GHG emissions in the near-term, but the targets must be more ambitious. At the COP15 Conference in Copenhagen, we have a unique opportunity to address this threat but many questions still remain without answers,
Speaking at the International Economic Forum of the Americas, Mr. Gurria called on all countries to use the economic crisis as an opportunity to promote ‘green’ growth. Collective action and bold political will, he said, will be necessary to draft environmentally sound stimulus packages, reduce emissions, foster green innovation, and work towards a successful UN Climate Change Conference at the end of the year.
Current financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation is clearly insufficient and the development co-operation community needs to think through its implications and come up with forceful responses, according to the OECD Secretary-General.
Nuclear energy can play an important role in the energy mix for the 21st century. Joining forces to allow nations safe and secure access to nuclear power is critical to rise to the challenge of energy security.