Why an Environment Ministerial?

‌Environment Ministers from OECD and selected non-member countries will meet at OECD Headquarters in Paris on 28-29 September 2016 under the chairmanship of New Zealand, with Chile and Slovenia as Vice-Chairs.

The meeting will take place after two major international events in 2015, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These international events will significantly shape the national and international environmental policy landscape for many years into the future.

Ministers will have the opportunity to reflect on these developments and discuss how policies can help their countries to meet their commitments.

Against this backdrop, they have identified the topics on which to interact with experts, discuss policy options and share ideas.

What will ministers discuss?

  • Climate Change: Key Challenges Moving Forward - Issues around long-lived greenhouse gases (e.g. carbon dioxide) and short-term agents (e.g. methane) with a particular emphasis on how to determine the pace and sequencing of mitigation actions across different sectors and over time - How to manage risks and resilience, including both current risks, such as pressures on food production and risks of cities being flooded, and new risks, such as the spread of vector-borne diseases in areas that had previously been free of them. 
  • Resource Efficiency and the Transition towards the Circular Economy - Transition to an economy that uses resources more efficiently will have macro-economic implications - Policy levers governments can use to encourage and support this transition - Key challenges and obstacles in mainstreaming the circular economy across sectors with a focus on how to better align chemicals and waste-management policies to avoid exposure to hazardous substances.

Topics - Breakout sessions

  • Air Pollution from Transport – Outdoor air pollution in the form of fine particulate matter and ozone has grown significantly and caused more than 3.1 million premature mortalities in 2013 - What current policies are aggravating the situation and where policy changes should be considered?

  • Biodiversity – How biodiversity can be mainstreamed across sectors? and What policy mixes would be most effective in marine protected areas?

  • Nitrogen – Prevention of nitrogen entering the environment and what integrated strategies could be developed to address the different sources of nitrogen, how to better manage the trade-offs between costs and benefits of nitrogen use? and How to best address transboundary nitrogen pollution?

  • Water – Financing investment in water security and the particular issues around water pollution in urban areas.