Climate change

Climate lectures by OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría


Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General

The lectures represent the Secretary-General’s personal contribution to the OECD’s efforts to support governments in accelerating climate action, and as a leading global champion of strong climate action.

The lectures have conveyed major statements on the global state of play on climate policy and helped to identify key emerging issues, comment on challenging issues (such as the future of coal), and chart the way forward for governments around the world.

The Secretary-General has given five biennial climate lectures to date:

  • first lecture held in 2013 in London;
  • second lecture in 2015 in London;
  • third lecture in 2017 in Toronto;
  • fourth lecture in 2019, in Geneva;
  • fifth lecture in 2021, OECD Paris.



21 April 2021 - Conversation on our single most important intergenerational responsibility

This virtual conversation is the last climate lecture of OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. It is part of the series of Climate Lectures that the Secretary-General has given every two years since 2013. This year, the Secretary-General engaged in a moderated conversation with Ms. Laurence Tubiana, President and CEO of the European Climate Foundation, and Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute.


  • Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
  • Ms. Laurence Tubiana, President and CEO of the European Climate Foundation
  • Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute



  • Ms. Mairead Dundas, Presenter and Reporter, FRANCE 24


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July 2019 - Climate: Reclaiming our Common Future, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Hosted by the Graduate Institute in Geneva, in his fourth biennial climate change lecture, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría focuses on how countries can overcome the numerous political, economic and social barriers to achieve the rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed to safeguard our common future.



Videos from the 2019 Climate Lecture

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November 2017 - Climate Action: Time for implementation, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto

Hosted at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto, the third lecture focused on the "tragedy of the national horizon" and addressed the consequences of the insistence of national governments to fashion climate policies primarily, if not exclusively, from a national perspective and the implications for multilateral action on climate.

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July 2015 - Climate: What’s changed, what hasn’t and what we can do about it - Six Months to COP21, London School of Economics

Hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science and Aviva Investors in association with ClimateWise, the second lecture drew attention to the fact that coal use generates considerable costs to society from air pollution and adverse health impacts, in addition to being a major source of greenhouse gases. This point resonated with a global community eager to see the need for climate change action set within a broader economic and social context.

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October 2013 - The Climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions, London School of Economics

In association with the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Climate Markets & Investment Association, Norton Rose Fulbright, the Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the inaugural lecture, for example, highlighted that the world must move towards net zero emissions to the atmosphere by the second half of this century. This was a controversial proposition at the time, but one that found its way into the Paris Agreement and is now widely accepted. Read the full lecture.

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