OECD ministers to discuss climate change, trade and global economy at annual meeting, Paris, 4-5 June 2008


21/04/2008 - The economic impact of climate change, rising food prices and a broad range of other trade, growth and development issues will be discussed at the OECD’s annual ministerial meeting in Paris on 4-5 June 2008. France, represented by Christine Lagarde, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment, will chair the meeting, with Mexico and Switzerland as Vice-Chairs. 

Here is a preliminary timetable of related events, all at OECD headquarters, 2 Rue André Pascal, Paris 75016.

Thursday 29 May 2008
OECD/FAO Agricultural Outlook - News conference at 1.00 p.m. with Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD and Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, to present trends and forecasts in world agriculture and review the impact of rising food prices.

Tuesday 3 June - Wednesday 4 June 2008
OECD Forum 2008 - Government leaders, OECD experts and representatives of business, labour, civil society and the media will debate the issues on the ministerial meeting agenda. Speakers will include: Prince Albert II of Monaco; Doris Leuthard, Switzerland’s Federal Councillor for Economic Affairs; Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank; Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change; and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. Open to the media.

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Wednesday 4 June 2008
OECD Economic Outlook - News conference with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Jorgen Elmeskov, Acting Chief Economist, to present the Organisation’s latest analysis and growth projections for world’s major economies. 11.00 a.m, webcast live on

Thursday 5 June 2008
Final news conference with Christine Lagarde, French Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment and chair of the ministerial meeting and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría to present the conclusions of the meeting. 3.45 p.m. (to be confirmed).

Ministers from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa have been invited to attend the ministerial meeting, as have ministers from Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia and Slovenia, the five candidate countries for accession to OECD (

For further information on the Environment Ministers meeting, journalists should contact Helen Fisher in OECD’s Media Division (e-mail: helen.fisher @ ; tel. +33 1 45 24 80 97).

To register for the Agricultural Outlook 2008 news conference or obtain an embargoed copy in advance, journalists should contact Stephen Di Biasio in OECD’s Media Division (e-mail: stephen.dibiasio @ ; tel. +33 1 45 24 81 03).

To cover the ministerial meeting, the OECD Forum and/or the Economic Outlook news conference, journalists should register for accreditation here where full details of media facilities, news conferences and briefings will be provided.


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