Green agenda

The environment, particularly climate change, features high on the agenda in OECD business in the months ahead.

“Environment and Global Competiveness” is the theme of the 2008 OECD environment ministers meeting (Meeting of OECD Environment Policy Committee at Ministerial Level), which will take place 28-29 April. Among the highlights, ministers will discuss the results of the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030, to be released on 5 March. Policy discussions will likely touch on environmental priorities for the coming decades, environmental co-operation with major emerging economies, competitiveness, eco-innovation and climate change.
The OECD environment ministers last met in April 2006, when they were joined by the OECD development co-operation ministers. More detail will be available in February at Information on the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030 is available at Contact: The OECD-based International Transport Forum has set “Transport and Energy: The Challenge of Climate Change” as the subject of its first ministerial meeting, to be held on 28- 30 May in Leipzig, Germany. Ministers there will discuss advances in energyefficient transport technologies, reducing CO2 emissions in goods transport, changing behaviour in passenger transport and the degree of transport dependency on oil. See forum2008.html

Barely a week later, OECD ministers will meet on 4-5 June to discuss “Outreach, Reform and the Economics of Climate Change” at the 2008 Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level. This is the summit in the OECD calendar, and this year France’s minister of economy, finance and employment, Christine Lagarde, will chair the event. Information will soon be available at

Environment also forms part of the theme of this year’s OECD Forum 2008, a multistakeholder public debate that takes place in conjunction with the ministerial meeting on 3-4 June. “Climate Change, Growth, Stability: The price of reform and the cost of inaction” will be debated by the OECD Forum’s gathering of over 1,000 leaders from government, business, labour and civil society, as well as from other international organisations. For more, see:

Economic data

GDP growth: -9.8% Q2/Q1 2020 2020
Consumer price inflation: 1.3% Sep 2020 annual
Trade (G20): -17.7% exp, -16.7% imp, Q2/Q1 2020
Unemployment: 7.3% Sep 2020
Last update: 10 Nov 2020

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