The report focuses on the urban water management challenges facing cities across OECD countries, and explores national and local policy responses with respect to water-risk exposure, the state of urban infrastructures and dynamics, and institutional and governance architectures.
Investment, new technologies and business models are essential to spur our transition to an economy combining sustainable growth with reduced impact on the environment, and to harness the latter as a source of new inclusive growth. Climate, carbon and COP21 will be some of the key issues of this year's Forum.
In this defining year for climate change policy and low-carbon investment, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed senior government officials and key actors in financing green infrastructure investment for a targeted discussion under the Chatham House Rule.
The policy message is clear: more stringent environmental policies, when properly designed, can be introduced to benefit the environment without any loss in productivity, allowing new, cleaner technologies and business models to develop.
Limiting climate change to 2°C requires a major shift in investment patterns towards low-carbon, climate-resilient options. The challenge for policy makers is to ensure that clear, consistent and coherent signals are being sent to investors, producers and consumers alike.
Climate-related disasters have inflicted increasingly high losses on developing countries, and with climate change, these losses are likely to worsen. Improving country resilience against climate risks is therefore vital for achieving poverty reduction and economic development goals.