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,
S'exprimant à l'occasion du Forum économique international des Amériques, M. Gurría a affirmé que la crise économique ne devait pas servir de prétexte pour reporter la mise en place de mesures ambitieuses face au changement climatique et aux autres défis environnementaux mais être envisagée, au contraire, comme un tremplin vers une économie mondiale plus verte et durable. Selon le Secrétaire général, un changement fondamental semble
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.
Un milliard d’êtres humains ne disposent pas d’eau potable et 2.5 milliards n’ont pas accès à des services d’assainissement de base, causant chaque année 1.5 million de décès évitables d’enfants. Alors que les gouvernements mettent en place des plans d'urgence pour répondre à la crise, nous devons garder à l'esprit que l’eau reste notre bien le plus essentiel et trouver des approches inédites et novatrices pour permettre à tous
The current crisis provides an impetus to push forward difficult reform, an opportunity that should not be wasted for the water sector, according to Angel Gurría. He affirmed that there were huge opportunities for job-creating and “shovel ready” investments in the water sector, particularly for water saving and the rehabilitation of networks, which require relatively short design and construction planning, compared to other types of
In a world where advance-countries will have to increase their water spending by huge proportions to maintain existing level of service, and the developing countries have huge supply and sanitation challenges to meet, it is fundamental to have good water management practices, according to Mr. Gurría.
While political will is necessary to tackle climate change, financial measures are needed to keep down the cost of action. According to Angel Gurría, "Ministers of Finance share a common responsibility to help shape cost-effective policies to respond to climate change."
Given that the majority of the world’s population lives in cities accounting for 60 to 80 percent of emissions, cities are key actors in our efforts to achieve long-term sustainable solutions to the global climate change challenge, according to Mr. Gurría.
In the lead-up to joining the European Union, Hungary made significant progress in reducing air and water pollution and protecting its nature and biodiversity, according to Mr. Gurría. However, he recommended that Hungary redouble its efforts, in order to further reduce pollution and use energy and raw materials more efficiently.