Croissance verte et développement durable

OECD Green Growth Newsletter Issue Six: May 2011




The OECD Green Growth Newsletter keeps OECD Committees and other stakeholders informed about the OECD’s green growth activities.


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Green growth during OECD Week


Green growth will be a key theme of OECD Week, to be held 23-27 May 2011. The Green Growth Strategy will be launched at the Ministerial Council Meeting, 25-26 May, and various activities will take place at the 50th Anniversary Forum, 24-25 May, including a workshop and a panel discussion. The Forum is by invitation only with a limited number of places available. If you are interested in registering, please send your request to giving the reason for your interest and details of your professional qualifications.

Green growth reports for Ministerial meeting

Following the comments provided by countries and other stakeholders, the reports have now been finalised and are available on the International Green Growth Dialogue site. The reports will be released as publications on 25 May. Documents available:

  • Towards Green Growth (Green Growth Strategy Synthesis Report) (C/MIN(2011)4)
  • Tools for Delivering on Green Growth - Annex 1 (C/MIN(2011)4/ANN1)
  • Harnessing Freedom of Investment for Green Growth - Annex 2 (C/MIN(2011)4/ANN2)
  • Towards Green Growth - Monitoring Progress: OECD Indicators (C/MIN(2011)5)




Focus on green growth and development

Matching green growth policies and poverty reduction objectives will be important for adapting the green growth framework to emerging and developing countries. There are important complementarities between green growth and poverty reduction, which can be capitalised to help drive progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. These include, for example, bringing more efficient infrastructure to people (e.g. in water and transport), alleviating poor health associated with environmental degradation and introducing efficient technologies that can reduce costs and increase productivity, while easing environmental pressure. Given the centrality of natural assets in low-income countries, green growth policies can reduce vulnerability to environmental risks and increase the livelihood security of the poor.


Read more about green growth and development.



Share your green growth initiatives


To help countries implement green growth policies, it can be useful to share lessons learned from experience. We have received some examples of country initiatives in preparation of the Synthesis Report, and we encourage countries to share more detail on their experiences with a wider audience.

We invite you to submit specific case studies on the International Green Growth Dialogue platform, under the discussion:


What green growth initiatives are being implemented in your country?


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Recent events

Green growth and development has been a hot topic at recent events. Challenges and policies for promoting inclusive growth, an OECD-World Bank conference on 24-25 March, aimed to identify novel policy approaches to raise and sustain economic growth while strengthening social cohesion in mature, emerging-market and developing economies. The conference featured a session on making green sources of growth more inclusive.


The 16th Africa Partnership Forum met on 21 April to discuss economic growth, investment and job creation. The statement from the meeting  emphasized that a “conducive business environment is ultimately based on effective national policies that promote development that is politically, economically, socially and ecologically sustainable.”

The 2011 NEPAD-OECD ministerial conference on accelerating the pace of reform by mobilising infrastructure and agricultural investment, organised by the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative, was held in Dakar, Senegal on 26-27 April. It included a session on green investment for growth and job creation in Africa, which touched on climate-compatible growth, the role of pension funds in financing green growth initiatives and fostering a green economy.

Recent publications

  • 27/04/2011: Economic Survey of New Zealand 2011 - Chapter 4: Green growth and climate change policies (pictured)
  • 14/04/2011: Job-rich Growth in Asia - Chapter 3: What role do local governments and local stakeholders have in an inclusive job-rich recovery?

    11/04/2011: Environmental Performance Reviews: Portugal 2011 

  • 11/04/2011: Economic Survey of France 2011, featuring a chapter on France's environmental policies: Internalising global and local externalities   

  • 06/04/2011: Clean Energy Progress Report (IEA)

  • 06/04/2011: Benefits of Investing in Water and Sanitation

  • 04/04/2011: Technology Roadmap: Smart Grids (IEA)

  • 18/03/2011: Greening Growth in Japan - Environment Working Paper No. 28


>> Further reading

May key events


For more information, see the events calendar on the International Green Growth Dialogue.

Contact us


Nathalie Girouard, Green Growth Co-ordinator,

OECD Green Growth website | International Green Growth Dialogue site



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