OECD Environment Meetings at Ministerial level


Meeting of the Environment Policy Committee at Ministerial Level
30-31 March 2022

2022 ENV Ministerial

The OECD gathered Environment Ministers for a meeting on 30-31 March 2022 under the theme “Ensuring a Resilient and Healthy Environment for All” and featured two central focuses – climate and plastics. Ministers discussed the climate challenge and next steps after COP26, with critical themes including climate finance, mitigation and adaptation, pricing carbon and bridging the gap between longer-term goals and near-term commitments. The release of the OECD’s first-of-its-kind Global Plastics Outlook provides a unique input for Ministers to discuss plastics including the urgent need to reduce the amount of waste and toxic substances entering the environment, while making much more efficient use of scarce resources. Ministers also met in smaller breakout groups on a range of key environmental topics.


Meeting of the Environment Policy Committee at Ministerial Level
28-29 September 2016, OECD Paris

‌Environment Ministers from OECD and selected non-member countries met at OECD Headquarters under the chairmanship of New Zealand, with Chile and Slovenia as Vice-Chairs. The meeting took place after two major international events in 2015, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These international events will significantly shape the national and international environmental policy landscape for many years into the future. Ministers reflected on these developments and discussed how policies can help their countries to meet their commitments.


Meeting of the Environment Policy Committee at Ministerial Level: Making Green Growth Deliver
29-30 March 2012, OECD Paris

Environment Ministers reviewed the implementation of the Environmental Strategy for the First Decade of the 21st Century that they adopted in 2001; discussed future priorities for action based on the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction, which makes a strong case for green growth policies; and adopted a policy statement as input to Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012.


Joint High-Level Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the OECD Environment Policy Committee (EPOC)
28-29 May 2009, Paris

The Joint High-Level Meeting of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) provided an opportunity to take stock and build upon the progress achieved since the DAC and EPOC met at ministerial level in April 2006. Decision makers discussed urgent issues at the interface of environment and development co-operation and further deepen the strategic alliance between the Environment and Development Co-operation communities.


28-29 April 2008, Paris

OECD Environment Ministers met to discuss the environmental trends and projections in the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030, environmental co-operation between OECD countries and emerging economies, challenges (competitiveness concerns) and opportunities (eco-innovation) associated with policies to address climate change, and the enhancement of government-wide co-operation to address climate change.


Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the OECD Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) at Ministerial Level
4 April 2006, Paris

OECD Development and Environment Ministries and Agencies joined forces to launch a process to work in partnership with developing countries to integrate environmental factors efficiently into national development policies and poverty reduction strategies.


20-21 April 2004, Paris

The meeting of OECD Environment Ministers and partners was a timely opportunity to take stock of implementation of the OECD Environmental Strategy, to share experiences with the design of efficient and effective environmental policies and how to overcome some of the challenges to better policy integration and subsidy reform, and to highlight the role of partnerships in a globalizing world. Ministers adopted a Statement outlining priorities for Further Work at the OECD on Sustainable Development, and endorsed 3 OECD Council Acts to support environmental policy design and monitoring.


Meeting of EPOC at Ministerial Level
16 May 2001, Paris

When they met on 16 May 2001, OECD Environment Ministers adopted an ambitious OECD Environmental Strategy for the First Decade of the 21st Century. The OECD Environmental Strategy aims to provide clear directions for environmentally sustainable policies in OECD member countries, and guides the work of the OECD in the field of environment.