Publications & Documents


  • 28-September-2015

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    Betting the planet: A climate reality check

    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.

  • 28-September-2015

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    Drying Wells, Rising Stakes - Towards Sustainable Agricultural Groundwater Use

    Groundwater has provided great benefits to agriculture irrigation in semi-arid OECD countries, but its intensive use beyond recharge in certain regions has depleted resources and generated significant negative environmental externalities. The report provides a characterisation of the diversity of groundwater systems, reviews policies in OECD countries, and proposes a package of recommendations to ensure that groundwater can sustain its services to agriculture and contribute to climate change adaptation.

  • 26-September-2015

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    OECD’s Gurría urges countries to act on UN Sustainable Development Goals

    OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría today called on all countries to fully engage with the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and said advanced and emerging economies had a particular responsibility to translate the global goals into national policy and to support developing countries in doing the same.

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  • 26-September-2015

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  • 25-September-2015

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    Coherent policies for sustainable and low-carbon societies

    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.

  • 25-September-2015

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    Better Policies for Development 2015 - Policy Coherence and Green Growth

    In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) come to an end, the international community is embarking on a new global framework for sustainable development. The international community, including the OECD and its members, will need to adapt its policy instruments and working methods to successfully achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This report contributes to this process by introducing the concept of Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD), along with a proposal for monitoring coherence.
    Better Policies for Development 2015 provides an overview of the core actions involved in aligning separate – and sometimes opposing – policy objectives, as well as managing potential trade-offs and synergies between them. In particular, it applies a policy coherence lens to green growth, as one of the priority areas for policy coherence identified in the OECD Strategy on Development.
    The report includes numerous contributions from intellectuals, member states and civil society.

  • 21-September-2015

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    Putting the information revolution to work for water

    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.

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  • 21-September-2015

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    OECD Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels 2015

    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.

  • 21-September-2015

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    Support to fossil fuels remains high and the time is ripe for change

    Government support to fossil fuel consumption and production in OECD countries and key emerging economies remains high, at USD 160-200 billion annually, according to a new OECD report. This support is hampering global efforts to curb emissions and combat climate change.

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  • 17-September-2015

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    OECD work on green growth 2015-16 - Brochure

    The framework of the OECD Green Growth Strategy provides a lens for looking at growth and identifying mutually reinforcing aspects of economic and environmental policy. It recognises the full value of natural capital as a factor of production along with other commodities and services. This brochure provides a detailed overview of recent work and ongoing projects on green growth at the OECD.

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