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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.
- Conference on Competitive Cities and Climate Change
The OECD’s latest economic survey of Australia, to be published on Friday 10 October 2008, identifies a number of challenges such as tackling inflation, increasing the number of people in work and raising public investment in infrastructure and education.
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 says OECD’s latest Review of the Environmental Performance of Hungary.
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.
On October 15, OECD will publish the 2008 edition of its annual Revenue Statistics, which presents detailed comparable tax data in a common format for all OECD countries from 1965 onwards.
While in Budapest, Angel Gurría launched the OECD Environment Performance Review of Hungary and held bilateral meetings with several officials. He also attended the Conference on Financial Awareness where he spoke about the importance of financ
The Isle of Man and the United Kingdom announced that they have signed a bilateral agreement for the exchange of information for tax purposes, bringing to 11 the number of such agreements entered into by the Isle of Man.
Governments which are successful at reforming empower their people to make the most of globalisation, creating a favourable environment for education, for business, for innovation and for sustainable development, according to Mr. Gurría.
According to A. Gurría, climate change is a global challenge demanding a global solution. The will to implement the policies that will bring us to a low-carbon future is gaining momentum. Now is the time to reach a climate agreement. Doing so will require the commitment of all stakeholders.
With more and more high-school graduates going on to university, governments face tough decisions on funding and quality standards to ensure that their education systems respond adequately to booming demand for degrees, a new OECD publication shows.