Publications & Documents


  • 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.

  • 27-September-2015

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    Air pollution and diesel: from theory to practice, Insights Blog

    The current Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal highlights the difficult reality of making the transition to a low-carbon economy. It also highlights the growing need for governments to make smart policies, based on actual costs.

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  • 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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    OECD and the Sustainable Development Goals: Delivering on universal goals and targets

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) builds upon the Millennium Development Goals and converges with the post 2015 development agenda. This new agenda for development sets targets and goals for developed and developing countries. For this ambitious and broad agenda to succeed OECD member country support will be invaluable.

  • 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.

  • 23-September-2015

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    Monetary Carbon Values in Policy Appraisal: An Overview of Current Practice and Key Issues - Environment Working Paper

    Cost-benefit analyses and other quantitative appraisals are used in many countries to support decision-making in public policy, including investment projects in sectors such as transport and energy. This paper discusses the range of approaches which can be employed to value changes in carbon emissions in policy appraisalsand presents some case studies and a survey of current practice in OECD countries.

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  • 21-September-2015

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    Global Forum on Environment

    The Forum is a venue that brings together international experts from member and non member economies to share experiences and explore common policy issues focusing principally on the environmental dimension of sustainable development and its linkages with economic and social policies.

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  • 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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