Croissance verte et développement durable

OECD Green Growth Newsletter Issue Three: November 2010



The OECD Green Growth newsletter will keep OECD Committees and other groups participating in the Green Growth Strategy informed about the OECD’s green growth activities.


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Spotlight on green growth: G20 Summit, China, developing countries


The OECD participated in the G-20 Leaders Summit held on 11-12 November 2010 in Seoul, which saw a renewed commitment to achieving strong, sustainable and balanced growth and ensuring a more robust and resilient global economy for all. As well as developing an Action Plan to address economic growth, food security, sustainable energy and trade issues, the Leaders Declaration states:

“We are committed to support country-led green growth policies that promote enviromentally sustainable global growth along with employment creation while ensuring energy access for the poor. We recognise that sustainable green growth, as it is inherently a part of sustainable development, is a strategy of quality development, enabling countries to leapfrog old technologies in many sectors, including through the use of energy efficiency and clean technology.”

Green growth has had a high profile at other recent events. The OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría gave the keynote speech at the Global Green Growth 2010 conference in Copenhagen on 8 November 2010, looking at business and political issues around a transition to greener growth.

“We need to tune our economies and markets so that they provide the right incentives to mobilise the talent and insights of business for green innovation. We need clear demand signals that can guide innovation efforts in directions where they are most likely to produce tangible environmental gains.”

For green growth policies to be successful, they have to take into account the needs and objectives of developing countries. Recent green growth workshops in Beijing and Seoul between OECD and emerging and developing countries such as China, Indonesia, South Africa, and Ethiopia have highlighted the common interest in integrating environmental considerations into growth frameworks.

Synthesis Report consultation process

The Synthesis Report of the OECD Green Growth Strategy, requested by Ministers at the 2009 Meeting of the Council at Ministerial Level, will be submitted to Ministers in May 2011.  

The OECD Council will be the body which signs off on the Synthesis Report itself. All member and partner countries will receive the first draft of the report in January and– similar to the review process for the Interim Report – will be asked to make written submissions.


All relevant Committees and Working Parties will be briefed on progress to date at the time of their meeting. The Synthesis Report will be based on material which goes to regular Working Parties and Committees in the usual way. Any material that Directorates supply as input to the Report will be either work that is already published, or work that is in the pipeline for a coming meeting. These meetings remain the opportunity for Delegates to look at the work.


Making it easy for delegates and stakeholders to find OECD work on green growth is a priority in this project. All papers for the draft Synthesis Report will be made available on the International Green Growth Dialogue site throughout the project. Please check the site regularly or select Receive email notifications to be informed via email when new content is added.

Workshop 10-11 February 2011


The purpose of the Workshop will be to review the first draft of the Strategy's Synthesis Report and to seek feedback to ensure that it is a genuinely useful tool for governments and a reflection of countries’ needs.


The Secretariat will be working with delegations, international organisations, business, and civil society groups to identify the most appropriate participants.


Invitations will be issued shortly. To indicate your country’s interest in attending, officials should email their Delegation. For other participants, contact Space will be limited.

They’re talking about green growth  


Current OECD work on green growth : Green growth issues are being discussed by many OECD Committees. This page on the IGGD lists upcoming and recent meetings, the agendas and the documents discussed.


Read the latest OECD Insights blogs on green growth


Business as usual is not an option: by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.


Focus on food and agriculture

Many countries aim to reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture and fisheries while feeding a growing and richer global population. Anticipated growth in the demand for food and agricultural raw materials due to expanding world population and incomes will place considerable demands upon scarce natural resources, particularly land and water, used in the sector.

Moreover, agriculture and fisheries will have to adapt to climate change and contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The agri-food and fisheries sectors have a role to play in contributing to greener growth, in particular through facilitating the uptake of green technologies and management practices and reducing waste in the food chain. This will involve the reform of subsidies that distort efficient resource use and are environmentally harmful, freer international trade, shifting towards targeted policies that will support poor and vulnerable farmers, reward the provision of ecosystem services, and encourage R&D, technologies and management practices to improve resource use productivity.


The OECD will publish a report on food and agriculture as a companion piece to the Synthesis Report of the Green Growth Strategy. This will address in detail the green growth policy issues related to agricultural innovation and practices, renewable resource use, domestic and trade policy measures, as well as how green growth policies could be implemented. Other green growth work will look at the political economy of reform in rebuilding fisheries, and how to ensure that trade supports green growth.


Over a billion people in the world live on less than a dollar a day and a similar number suffer from hunger and undernourishment. Indeed most of the world’s hungry are chronically hungry, chiefly because they are poor. The OECD Global Forum on Agriculture 2010 on 29-30 November 2010 is concerned with identifying ways in which governments can accelerate agricultural development and tackle the twin problems of poverty and food insecurity.


A special session is planned on Food and Agriculture during the Workshop in February 2011.


Read more about green growth and agriculture.

Recent publications

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November/December 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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