Green growth and sustainable development

OECD Green Growth Newsletter November 2011 (Issue Nine)




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


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Focus on green growth and technology transfer

Technology will be key to achieving green growth, in areas such as energy, transport and waste disposal. For environmental issues of international (or even global) concern, there are benefits to be gained from international policy coordination which extend beyond joint commitment to emission reductions. 


In recent years non-OECD countries have become important destinations and sources for transfer of environmental and climate change mitigation technologies.  Actions by developing countries to put in place policies that constrain emissions will also be critical to encouraging greater transfer of low-carbon technologies.


The OECD is examining ways to increase uptake of low-carbon technologies, including developing domestic capacity, international financing and international research collaboration. Read more about OECD work on technology transfer.


Rio+20 Conference, June 2012


The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, with the goal of securing renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges. OECD work on green growth will be a core part of the OECD contribution to Rio+20. Read the OECD inputs for the Rio+20 compilation document.

Call for papers: OECD – LEED Cedefop Green Skills Forum

The OECD - LEED Programme and Cedefop will hold a joint Green Skills Forum at OECD Headquarters in Paris on 27 February 2012. The forum will draw on lessons from work conducted by the OECD, Cedefop, and other organisations on the implications of green growth for skills development and training policies. These insights will contribute to the Green Growth Strategy, via LEED projects on measuring the potential of green growth and improving the effectiveness of green local development initiatives.


Organizers invite contributors to submit proposals of a maximum 500 words, and a short biography, to the conference organisers by 1 December 2011. A travel grant is offered. More information about the call for papers.


Green Growth Knowledge Platform

Created by collaboration between the Global Green Growth Institute, OECD, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of researchers and development experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice.  Through widespread consultation and world-class research, the GGKP provides practitioners and policymakers with better tools to foster economic growth and implement sustainable development.




The GGKP will host its inaugural conference on 12-13 January 2012 in Mexico City. The conference will assess the state of knowledge on green growth and launch an ambitious agenda for further practical research. 

Over time, the GGKP website will roll out new green-growth related programs, report activities from around the world, link to organizers’ flagship reports as well as create a collaborative online community for green growth stakeholders.

Recent events

On 5 October 2011 officials from OECD countries met in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to discuss in depth critical issues in the world economy.

The OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría (right) expressed the OECD’s commitment in recovering from the economic crisis through pairing “green” and “growth”, and reasserted the importance in green innovation as set out in the OECD’s Green Growth Strategy: “Since the Rio Earth Summit almost twenty years ago, we know that green and growth must go together. This Green Growth Strategy is about making it happen”. 



On 11-12 October 2011, the Global Green Growth Forum took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 3GF aims to facilitate a closer collaboration between public and private actors to drive the transition to a greener economy. Experts, national, international and private-sector leaders were invited by H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Denmark to discuss new and sustainable opportunities for economic growth. 


The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, echoed the need to have a tighter collaboration between all sectors, and stated that the progress made in Copenhagen will be crucial in determining the success of Rio in 2012: “Guiding the world toward green growth will lead to substantial gains and benefit the majority of humanity and our shared planet”.


The countdown to Rio+20: The Government of India, in conjunction with the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), organized in October a meeting entitled “Green Economy and Inclusive Growth”. The OECD gave a presentation on where green growth fits in the context of key development goals such as poverty eradication, food security and access to energy.

Recent publications

>>Further reading



November key events

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

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