Environment and development

Recent Events


Recent events


18 February

OECD Workshop on Biodiversity and Development: Mainstreaming and Managing for Results, OECD, Paris, France

This workshop brought together over 85 representatives from the biodiversity and development co-operation communities to share experiences and insights on the key opportunities and challenges to mainstreaming biodiversity into development policies and planning and into development co-operation.


16-17 February

The 17th DAC Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) Meeting, OECD, Paris, France

 This meeting brought together representatives and experts from the Environment and Development Co-operation Committees to discuss on [i]Engaging the Private Sector in Action on Climate Change, Green Growth and Development [ii] Building Resilient, Sustainable Cities



10 December

Climate Finance Tracking - Learning from this year, challenges identified and topics for discussion amongst climate practitioners, OECD-EIB-CPI Informal Meeting at UNFCCC COP20, Lima, 11:00-13:00, EU Pavilion. This meeting was an informal exchange of ideas and concrete proposals for 2015, focusing on the fruitful collaborations throughout 2014 on climate finance tracking, between MDBs, IDFC, UNFCCC, OECD, CPI and others, and following on from the recent publication of a number of important climate finance reports.

Contact: stephanie.ockenden@oecd.org


4 December

Tracking public and private climate finance - Towards improved data and increased transparency, Side event at UNFCCC COP20, Lima, 13:00-15:00, EU Pavilion. With the objective to outline recent initiatives and collaborations in tracking public and private climate finance, this event included presentations and updates from the OECD Development Assistance Committee, the OECD-led Research Collaborative on Tracking Private Climate Finance, international finance institutions, country delegates and non-governmental representatives.

Contact: stephanie.ockenden@oecd.org ; raphael.jachnik@oecd.org. 


The role of the 2015 agreement in mobilising climate finance and enhancing action on adaptation, Side event at UNFCCC COP20, Lima, 15:30-17:30, EU Pavilion, Room Brussels. This event discussed two central pillars of the post 2015 agreement: mobilising climate finance and the role of climate change adaptation. In the first half of the event, the OECD/IEA Climate Change Expert Group presented new analysis showing how the agreement could address challenges in the following areas: (i) current international institutional arrangements, (ii) in-country policy and regulatory environments, (iii) financial instruments and tools, and (iv) methodologies for transparency. The second half of the event included a presentation and panel discussion on how the 2015 agreement can support climate change adaptation, building on OECD’s work in this area. This focused on: i) progress of national initiatives to set goals and strategies for adaptation; ii) overcoming key barriers to building climate resilience; and iii) the evolving role of development co-operation in supporting adaptation.

Contact: jane.ellis@oecd.org ; michael.mullan@oecd.org ; jan.corfee-morlot@oecd.org


22 September  

OECD and CPI dialogue: Improving transparency and accountability through improved tracking of climate finance flows, New York, United States. The OECD and CPI hosted this event, which aimed to help boost transparency and accountability in the tracking of climate-related development finance from public and private sources. 


18 September  

Third Experts' Meeting of the Joint ENVIRONET-WP-STAT Task Team to improve the Rio Markers, Environment and Development Finance Statistics, Paris, France. This mini-meeting reviewed progress against the Task Team’s work programme, in particular reviewing the status of reporting on Rio marked ODA disbursements and OOF, considering proposals for “fine tuning” the Rio marker definitions, and took stock of progress on capturing “green” multilateral flows within the DAC statistical system.  The future work plan and extension of the Task Team mandate for 2015 was also discussed. For information on the Task Team see here.


Training workshop with partner countries and interested parties on accessing and using OECD DAC Rio marker and environment-related development finance statistics, Paris, France. This interactive session will highlight the tools available on the OECD website to analyse external financing for development targeting environmental concerns in developing countries. Participants will be invited to share comments and suggestions on possible ways to improve accessibility and use of Rio marker data.  


26 August

African regional dialogue on climate finance, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: a session was organised by the Partnership for Climate Finance and Development during the Africa Platform of the Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership on 26 August 2014 in Addis Ababa. The session gathered government representatives from African countries to share their experiences in accessing, managing and using climate finance and gauged potential interest in creating an on-going, country-led dialogue on climate finance in Africa. For more information, contact alexis.robert@oecd.org and juan.casadoasensio@oecd.org. 


3 June

Second Experts' Meeting of the ENVIRONET- WP-STAT Task Team on OECD Rio Markers, Environment and Development Finance Statistics, Bonn, Germany. This meeting discussed progress on improving the quality, coverage, use and communication of the Rio markers and the environment marker, and discussed proposals for future work. Discussions included reporting on ODA disbursements and OOF, improving Rio marker definitions, identifying and measuring green multilateral flows within DAC statistics, and drawing on Rio markers for reporting to the Rio Conventions. For information on the Task Team see here.


15 April

The Partnership for Climate Finance and Development hosted a focus session on "Climate finance and development: challenges, priorities and ways forward in the post-2015 era" at the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) High-Level Meeting in Mexico City. The focus session analysed the emerging priorities for effective climate finance and development co-operation. Participants discussed how activities related to effective climate finance and development co-operation can support the pursuit of UNFCCC objectives, Sustainable Development Goals and the broader post-2015 agenda.  


9-10 April

OECD DAC-EPOC Task Team on Climate Change and Development Co-operation Meeting, Zurich, Switzerland. This meeting examined approaches to monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation at the methodological and the national level. Participants also explored possible priorities for future work of the Task Team in the next biennium, should there be support by the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) and the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) to continue this joint work.


20-21 March

First Experts' Meeting of the ENVIRONET-WP-STAT Task Team on OECD Rio Markers, Environment and Development Finance Statistics, OECD, Paris, France. This meeting reviewed results of the stock take of members' reporting practices to the OECD DAC on environment-related Official Development Assistance and Other Official Flows, discussed further outreach and communication, considered options to improve the Rio marker methodology, and discussed improving the reporting of multilateral climate finance. 


20 February

OECD ENVIRONET Expert Workshop: Green Growth, Development Planning and Policy, Paris, France. The objective of this Workshop was to share experience, identify lessons and promote good practice among development partners on how to advance country-led inclusive green growth through in-country development planning and policy processes. 





2-3 December

Global Forum on Using Country Systems to Manage Climate Change Finance, Incheon, Republic of Korea. Organised by the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the OECD and IBON International, and facilitated by the Partnership for Climate Finance and Development.


5-6 December

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum: How to unlock investment in support of green growth?, Paris, FranceThe Forum is organised by the OECD and participation is open to a wide range of stakeholders from OECD Committees, agencies, government officials, civil society, academics and the private sector. 


19 November

OECD-CPI Consultation lunch on Development and Climate Change, COP19 side-event, Warsaw, Poland. The consultation was co-organised by the OECD and the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) and had two sessions, (i) on tracking climate finance and (ii) on strengthening development co-operation for adaptation.


3-4 October

3rd Annual Meeting of the San Giorgio Group on Expanding Green, Low-Emissions Finance, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Italy. The OECD is a partner organisation in the San Giorgio Group, along with Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), the World Bank and China Light and Power.


16 September

OECD DAC ENVIRONET and WP-STAT Working Session with IFIs and DFIs on Alternative Approaches to Track Climate Finance, Paris, France. Following the OECD Workshop with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) on Tracking Climate Finance held in February 2013, this working session studied, based on concrete examples, the possibilities to incorporate MDB data into the OECD Creditor Reporting System database.


7 July

G20 Development Working Group Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth, Moscow, Russian Federation. This Workshop expanded the G20 Development Working Group's (DWG) dialogue with representatives from developing countries on the lessons learned from their own experiences in designing and implementing inclusive green growth strategies.


4-5 July

National Scoping Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth in Zambia, Chisamba, Zambia. The event was organised by the government of Zambia, with support from the OECD, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to improve the knowledge base to help the government engage with local stakeholders to plan a transition towards an inclusive green economy. The Workshop report is available here


24-25 June

OECD DAC ENVIRONET and WP-STAT Workshop on Rio Markers, Climate and Development Finance Statistics, Paris, France. Workshop participants presented and discussed developments on the use and methodology of the Rio Marker system; and updates and facilitates member exchange on other climate-relevant OECD work.


3-4 April

Annual OECD DAC Senior Level Meeting, Paris, France. Officials from Cambodia and China presented their countries' green growth approaches in the context of national development planning and their challenges in promoting this policy agenda. DAC Senior officials exchanged experiences and shared agency strategies on their support to devleoping countries on green growth.


12 February

OECD DAC ENVIRONET and WP-STAT Workshop with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) on Tracking Climate Finance, Paris, France. The Workshop shared recent experience and views on methodologies for tracking climate finance, including the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) joint approach for tracking mitigation and adaptation finance, exploring how compatible this approach is with the OECD DAC Rio Marker system, and how MDB data could be reconciled through the DAC statistics system. 


15-18 January

Regional Workshops on Enabling Green Growth in Africa, Lusaka, Zambia. The Government of Zambia hosted two back-to-back workshops in January 2013 under the theme “Green Growth in Africa: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future” in partnership with the African Development Bank, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and the OECD. The workshops presented conceptual issues and policy tool kits on implementing green growth policy measures and strategic environmental assessments.