Green growth: We must propose an agenda for action

To ensure that green growth policy recommendations are relevant to countries’ needs, the OECD is organising a consultation to review the first draft of the Green Growth Strategy Synthesis Report on 10-11 February 2011. The workshop will bring together policymakers and experts across OECD and partner countries, as well as a range of stakeholders from international organisations, business, and civil society.

In today’s post, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría looks at the issues workshop participants will be discussing. 

Since the economic and financial crisis, efforts to promote green growth have been intensifying. The crisis provided the impetus, but green growth is not a short-term response. The dynamic will persist over the coming years with a number of initiatives being rolled out by governments and international organisations, including the OECD.

The Green Growth Strategy Workshop is unique in bringing together expertise from so many different areas inside and outside government. One of the key issues we will be discussing over the next two days is that green growth is a core economic concern. It has implications for finance, employment, consumption, innovation and training, in addition to the environment. It therefore needs to be tackled with a high degree of co-ordination across the whole of government.

We also need to determine how to re-frame growth beyond GDP in a way that can help governments hold themselves accountable for performance. Our traditional definitions of “performance” and “progress” will need to be called into question.

The green growth narrative will have to resonate with a truly global audience. That means clarifying environmental risks and their implication for future economic growth across different countries.

We cannot content ourselves with identifying and analysing issues and goals. We must propose an agenda for action, including a practical policy framework and a set of tools to measure progress. This will also need to recognise the key barriers and trade-offs that the transition to green growth will present.

We have set ourselves ambitious targets, but I am confident that this Workshop and future initiatives will help us reach them.

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OECD work on green growth

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