Views vary on how much of a difference the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) actually made to the world. But on one thing people seem more or less united: They were a great communications tool. Will the new set of goals adopted at the United Nations in October prove equally effective as a communications tool?
Governments have agreed to work together to hold the increase in global average temperature to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Yet, the world is currently on course for a global mean surface temperature increase of around 3-5°C by the end of the century.
Le changement climatique et, plus généralement, les atteintes à l’environnement entraînent des coûts économiques et sanitaires quantifiables qui pèsent sur la croissance et le bien-être à long terme. Si rien n’est fait, le changement climatique pourrait faire baisser le PIB mondial de 0,7 % à 2,5 % d'ici 2060, avec des disparités suivant les régions.
The European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) struggle with environmental challenges related to the consumption and end-of-life management of many harmful products. This policy manual considers the potential use and implementation of four categories of product-related economic instruments to address some of these challenges: product taxes, tax differentiation based on environmental factors, deposit-refund systems and extended producer responsibility (EPR).
Addressing climate change requires urgent policy action to drive a global infrastructure and technological transformation. The latest report 'Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy' presents the first diagnosis of the alignments of policy and regulatory frameworks with climate policy goals. Join the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) for a webinar exploring these issues on 5 October 2015, 15:00-16:30 (Paris time).
I am excited by the launch of this partnership. It can play a crucial role in driving a data revolution that improves lives and helps us make the right decisions to speed our progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
As we approach COP21 it is becoming increasingly clear that more ambition is needed to get us on a 2 degree pathway. But it is not just about committing to emission reduction targets by 2030. Governments need to demonstrate how their policies will credibly put them on a pathway to even deeper reductions.
Le Secrétaire général de l’OCDE, M. Angel Gurría, a appelé aujourd’hui l’ensemble des pays à s’investir pleinement pour donner corps aux nouveaux Objectifs de développement durable (ODD), soulignant que les économies avancées et émergentes avaient une responsabilité particulière, celle de traduire ces objectifs de portée mondiale dans leurs politiques nationales et d’aider les pays en développement à faire de même.
We now have fewer than 800 weeks to eradicate poverty, everywhere. That’s 800 weeks to lift 800 million people out of extreme poverty. This is an aspiration which I firmly believe the international community can deliver.
We know that the adverse impacts of climate change are expected to slow growth and exacerbate poverty. An effective climate response is therefore not only an environmental necessity but an integral part of sustainable development.