Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development

COP21 and public governance

 

THE PUBLIC GOVERNANCE CHALLENGES RELATED TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Combatting climate change requires coordinated action on multiple levels: between countries but also from the centre of government to line ministries, and on to regional and local governments and their citizens.


These bodies must not only function effectively individually, but increasingly they must work in harmony and with common resolve.

Improving governance at all of these levels will be vital to our ability to mobilise our societies to meet COP21 objectives.  


This page highlights the main public governance challenges related to combatting climate change, including the roles of urban policy, procurement and water governance.

    OECD 

A CENTRAL ROLE IN CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION

A special session of the Centres of Government network brought together 41 representatives from 25 countries and the European Commission to discuss the role of the Centre in supporting policies to promote the transition to low-carbon economy. The meeting focused on:

  • Keeping senior government ministers and the head of government focused on climate change mitigation.

  • Stop leaving climate change mitigation efforts as a stand-alone initiative with its own targets & benchmarks.

  • Developing appropriate coordination mechanisms and use existing coordination expertise.

  • Design a process that sets targets that span electoral cycles and involves the opposition.

 

THE SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BE IN CITIES

 

  • By the end of this century, almost 9 billion people are projected to live in cities, corresponding to nearly 85% of the total global population.

  • Growing urbanisation and rapid economic growth are escalating green house gas emissions. Cities are having an increasingly important role in addressing climate change mitigation

  • The OECD Mayors and Ministers in Mexico meeting discuss urban development programmes that bridge the policy gap in tackling climate change and promote green growth, mobilising investment, creating jobs and ensuring sustainable, inclusive urban growth.

  • Cities are in a unique position to empower citizens and help them understand the key issues and public policies under development.

  • But cities can’t do it alone: co-ordination between local and national levels is essential.



STRATEGIC GOVERNMENT SPENDING CAN PROMOTE COP21 OBJECTIVES
 

  

SUSTAINABLE WATER SUPPLY REQUIRES GOOD WATER GOVERNANCE AT ALL LEVELS

 

THE METROPOLITAN CENTURY

OECD‌‌‌‌

Report outlines future urbanisation trends & consequences, including relationship between cities and CO2 emissions.

 

RESILIENCE TO MAJOR FLOODS: PARIS

‌‌OECD‌‌   Study examining flood risk prevention in Paris and the impacts of a major flood on the well-being of citizens, the city & the economy.

MEASURING AIR POLLUTION IN CITIES  & REGIONS

Effective Public Investment Working Paper

 

This paper presents a new set of estimates of exposure to air pollution at the city, regional and national levels for the 34 OECD countries.

BOOSTING RESILIENCE

OECD‌‌‌‌‌‌‌   Report examining what countries have achieved in terms of strengthening resilience to natural and man-made disasters.

PRINCIPLES ON WATER GOVERNANCE

‌‌OECD‌‌   The 12 Principles set standards for more effective, efficient and inclusive design and implementation of water policies.

CITIES AND CLIMATE CHANGE

OECD

 

Report highlighting the importance of addressing climate change across all levels of government to help achieve national climate goals and minimise tradeoffs between environmental & economic priorities at local levels. 

GREEN GROWTH IN CITIES

OECD

 

Urban policies are crucial for achieving national environmental and green growth goals. This report contains case studies which show how on how environmental policies can contribute to growth.

COMPACT CITY POLICIES

OECD

 

Report examining how compact cities contribute to green growth policies and looks at developing indicators to monitor and track policy performance. 

OECD at #COP21

OECD‌‌

 

Overview of the positive action being taken by the OECD to support COP21 objectives, including information on our side event.

THE OPPORTUNITIES OF URBANISATION

 

 

 

 

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