OECD Outlines Climate Change Work for 2013-2014

OECD29 November 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a brochure, titled 'Work on Climate Change 2013-2014,' which outlines past and future work of the organization in relation to economic and policy analysis on climate change, and OECD fora for climate change discussions.

The brochure contains chapters on: economic and policy analysis on climate change, including mitigation, adaptation, and finance and investment; sector-specific analysis (agriculture and fisheries, energy, transport, waste, tourism and water); cross cutting issues, such as taxation and other market-based instruments, trade and environment, clean innovation, cities and multilevel governance, and employment and local development; and OECD fora for climate change discussions, such as the Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers, the Africa Partnership Forum, and the Sahel and West African Club.

The brochure underlines that OECD has been working on climate change economics and policy since the late 1980s, and works closely with governments to assist them in identifying and implementing least-cost policies to reduce emissions, as well as to integrate adaptation to climate change into all relevant sectors and policy areas. It highlights the role of the OECD in facilitating low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathways in developing countries, including by examining how public finance can be scaled-up and best targeted to help leverage private financial flows, and by enhancing the transparency of such flows.

The brochure further notes that the OECD Green Growth Strategy, delivered in 2011, provides a growth framework that ensures that natural assets provide the resources and environmental services on which wellbeing depends; calls for proper accounting of natural capital to avoid unsustainable growth patterns; and encourage low-carbon and climate resilient investment and innovation to sustain growth and create economic opportunities. [Publication: OECD Work on Climate Change 2013-2014]