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.
Making sense of and communicating data requires imagination and creativity. The bolder and more ambitious we are, the better we can produce, analyse and communicate policy-relevant data to support better water policies for better lives.
This new OECD inventory puts the spotlight on almost 800 spending programmes and tax breaks that governments use to encourage the production or use of fossil fuels. These policies are found in both our member countries and in key emerging economies at national, state and provincial levels.
Si nous ne parvenons pas à réduire à zéro les émissions nettes de CO2, les températures continueront d’augmenter. Lorsque je l’ai dit, voilà deux ans, certains en doutaient. Aujourd’hui, je suis heureux de voir que ce constat fait autorité et qu’il constitue un objectif commun.
In his remarks to the Business & Climate Summit, the Secretary-General said that business lies at the heart of what we need to achieve on climate action. If Governments produce clear, credible and coherent national policies and clear messages and signals, the full transformative power of business, markets and human ingenuity will be unleashed.
Speech to open the OECD’s second annual Green Investment Financing Forum – the GIFF – with Al Gore. This event, which is part of Climate Week Paris, is a key staging post on our journey to COP21 at the end of the year.
Climate policy and competitiveness issues have created a new need for international co-ordination, beyond the scope of our current frameworks. There is no need to trade economic growth for environmental stringency. Environmentally stringent policies are an incentive for greater efficiencies which leading edge companies can easily achieve.
Green is not only compatible with growth; green is a source of growth. Sweden was one of the first countries to understand this and showed tremendous leadership when it introduced the world’s first carbon tax in 1991, amidst the economic crisis. Yet there is so much more that can be done to foster a fast transition to a low-carbon world whilst creating the competitive economies of the future.
By 2050, the world’s population will have risen to 9 billion. By then, the demand for water will have risen by 55% and demand for food by 60%. And on top of this, a world economy that is four times larger than today could be using up to 80% more energy.