COP21 was decades in the making, so how do we make future decades work for climate?

Shayne MacLachlan, OECD Environment Directorate Following the hand-wringing, relief-sighing and back-slapping in Paris after nailing the landmark agreement on climate change in December, I took myself off to a farm in rural England to enjoy the new year driving tractors and herding small children (not with tractors). Conversations with friends typically started with remarks about […]

How OECD and IEA contributed to COP21

Noe van Hulst, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the OECD With the world welcoming the new comprehensive global climate agreement at COP21 aiming to limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, it is worth noting the significant contribution that the OECD family has made. These contributions were aptly summarized in […]

COP21 agreement: A decisive turning point

Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General The Paris Agreement at COP21 marks a decisive turning point in our response to climate change. I strongly applaud this historic commitment and the robustness of a deal that includes an ambitious target for limiting the global temperature rise, a five-year review cycle, clear rules on transparency, a global goal for […]

Climate, Carbon, COP21 and Beyond

Chris Barrett, Executive Director, Finance and Economics, European Climate Foundation, and former Australian Ambassador to OECD. Chris is one of the discussion leaders at the OECD Forum IdeaFactory “Climate, Carbon, COP21 and Beyond” on Tuesday 2 June. The ECF was established in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to promote climate and energy policies to […]

The Earth Statement: for an ambitious, science-based, equitable outcome to COP21 in Paris

Today’s post, for Earth Day 2015, is from Johan Rockström, Nobel Laureate Mario Molina, Jeffrey Sachs, Leena Srivastava and John Schellnhuber on behalf of the Earth League, a network of 17 leading climate scientists and economists who, supported by the Global Challenges Foundation, have just published the Earth Statement this article is based on. 2015 […]

Moving forward on climate: Looking beyond narrow interests

Anthony Cox, Director, OECD Environment Directorate “National governments must take the lead and do so with a recognition that they are part of a global effort.” Speaking last week at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría urged countries not to retreat behind their national borders in dealing with climate […]