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There is growth potential in agriculture, and not just in the countryside. In fact, encouraging large-scale urbal agriculture would plant the seeds of new growth and improve people's lives as well.
The OECD's capacity for change, inspired more by professional pathfinding than by politics, has transformed it into a multi-disciplinary policy innovator that can continue to build signposts for the future.
WWF's 2010 Living Planet Report demonstrates that we are currently using 50% more resources than earth can provide. If we allow current trends to continue, by 2030 we will need two planets to support us. It's clear that 'business-as-usual' is not the pathway to a prosperous future.
The G20 helped steer the world through the worst of the economic storm; now it must show it can set in motion a new governance for the post-crisis world. That's a task our organisation stands ready to help with, says the OECD's G20 Sherpa, Gabriela Ramos.
The aim of the OECD Green Growth Strategy is to provide a clear framework for how countries can achieve economic growth and development while at the same time preventing costly environmental degradation, climate change and inefficient use of natural resources.
OECD Green Growth Strategy Workshop: we asked Nathalie Girouard, the Green Growth Strategy Co-ordinator, for her views on some of the topics being discussed.
At this roundtable, M. Gurría concluded that the topic of fairness and intergenerational solidarity is an essential part of our responsibility today and will be essential for the creation of a stronger, cleaner, fairer world economy tomorrow.
To ensure that green growth policy recommendations are relevant to countries’ needs, the OECD organised a consultation to review the first draft of the Synthesis Report on 10-11 February 2011.
In his remarks, A. Gurría said that countries need to be ambitious in taking unilateral actions and that a cost-effective approach to reducing emissions could cost just a fraction of a percentage point of GDP per year.
“We must be able to grow our economy in ways that the earth can sustain. That means growth without carbon and using the earth’s amazing larder of natural resources in ways that keep ecosystems healthy.” says WWF chief James P. Leape