Environment: Rio+20 must deliver inclusive green growth, says OECD’s Gurria


12/06/2012 - Rio+20 faces challenges that the Rio Earth Summit could not have foreseen: a growing gap between the rich and the poor, a global economic crisis, and some 2 billion more people by 2050 relying on the planets natural resources and the environment.


The OECD delegation to Rio+20, led by Secretary-General Angel Gurría, invites you to 3 side-events:

Tuesday 19 June, 2:00 – 6:00p.m.: Green Innovation in Tourism, hosted by the OECD, UNEP and the UNWTO.  Venue: SENAC, Av. Ayrton Senna, Barra da Tijuca.

Thursday 21 June, 5:00 – 6:30p.m.: Tailoring Green Growth Strategies to Country Circumstances: practical steps towards achieving sustainable development.  Venue: RioCentro T9.


Friday 22 June, 2:30 – 4:30p.m.: High-Level Event on Green Growth and Developing Countries. Venue: EU Pavillion, Athlete’s Park, RioCentro


OECD’s key inputs to Ri0+20.  OECD’s key inputs to Ri0+20


For further information about these events, or for interviews with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría or other OECD staff please contact Helen Fisher, OECD communications manager (phone: + 336 07 39 39 72).


On current trends, by 2050 there could be 4 billion people living in water-stressed areas. The world will use 80% more energy, most of it based on fossil fuels, increasing green house gas emissions by 50% by 2050 and temperatures by up to 6°C by the end of the century.


Sprawling cities, farming and climate change could kill off another 10% of biodiversity and mature forests, and air pollution will be the top environmental cause of premature deaths worldwide by 2050. The number of premature deaths from particulate air pollution could double, reaching 3.6 million people pear year globally. .

There’s only one way forward – going green to boost economic growth and improve the environment. Countries will need to choose a green growth path that fits their specific challenges, while taking into account social issues by investing in people, making employment more inclusive, and redistributing taxes/transfers.


Pricing natural resources properly, making pollution more costly, and removing fossil fuel subsidies would be good for the environment and national economies. Smarter regulations can also help protect human health and the environment, support new clean technologies and boost green private investment and jobs.


Aid from donor countries – more than USD 5 billion annually for environmental protection – as well as technology transfer, open trade, and investment can give all countries a fair chance to grow green.


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