Green growth and sustainable development

OECD at the UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen "COP15"


8/12/2009 - The impact of climate change is defining our lives, economies, and security.




OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría is speaking at the following events:  


Wednesday 16 December

  • Copenhagen Climate Summit for Mayors
    Wednesday 16 December – 9:00 - Grand Hall, City Hall.
    OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría gives a key-note speech on creating public/private partnerships to fund ‘green’ projects.   

    New OECD work, Competitive Cities and Climate Change, notes that cities are critical to efforts to avert global climate change. Cities consume ⅔ of all energy and increasing urban sprawl is producing ever more CO2. Local governments in OECD countries are responsible for 70% of public spending on environmental protection and investment and have put in place measures to reduce energy use such as road tolls and energy efficient building standards.

  • Economic Growth can be Green: Media Briefing by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría:
    Wednesday 16 December - 14:00 – 14:30 - Asgar Jorn, Hall H, Bella Centre
    Mr. Gurría recommends ways to encourage green economic growth, citing OECD analysis promoting environmentally and economically rational policies related to climate change adaptation, mitigation, technology, financing and development. Mr. Gurría will also present new OECD analysis on the economic costs and the GHG reduction potential of countries’ recently declared emissions targets.

    Two new OECD reports will be available:  Eco-innovation in Industry: a key engine for green growth analyses, and gives examples of, firms in the manufacturing and services sectors that have found innovative solutions to cut both costs and GHG emissions; and Climate Change and Cities (as above).

Thursday 17 December

  • OECD Secretary-General Intervention to the COP15 High Level Segment
    Thursday 17 December - 15:00 – 18:00 – Bella Centre
    Mr. Gurría delivers the official OECD statement to COP15.

  • OECD Side Event: The Economics of Climate Change
    Thursday 17 December - 18:15-19:45 - Halfdan Rasmussen
    Secretary-General Angel Gurría leads a high-level panel discussion on cost-effective policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change, based on the OECD report The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation: Policies and Options for Global Action Beyond 2012.

    Discussions will focus on  how to scale up and effectively deliver the public and private financing needed to support climate change and how to successfully implement cost-effective policy mixes, including use of emissions trading schemes, carbon taxes, removal of fossil fuel subsidies, and increased investment in R&D. Invited participants include heads of state and ministers from China, France, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway and the UK as well as representatives from Dow Chemicals and WWF.  

Further reading


Practical information

  • Interviews: please contact or + 336 07 39 39 72.

  • Publications stand: Our publications stand will have dozens of reports and publications freely available and/or on display for the entire two weeks of the conference (7-18 December). 



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