Resistance is futile. Higher carbon prices needed to guide the transition to carbon neutral growth

Kurt van Dender, Tax and Environment Unit, OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration Limiting the cost to societies of climate change and reducing the risk of catastrophic impacts requires deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement reached in Paris during the 21st session of the Conference of Parties in December 2015 (the COP21 […]

Productive Economies for Inclusive Societies: #OECD Forum 2016

Anthony Gooch, Director of the OECD Forum and the Public Affairs & Communications Directorate of OECD This time last year, the OECD Forum took place on the eve of an unprecedented series of UN and G20 international summits with the potential to shape global governance for decades to come.  In hindsight, 2015 proved to be […]

Carbon emissions all at sea: why was shipping left out of the Paris Climate Agreement?

Shayne MacLachlan, OECD Environment Directorate Newcastle, Australia has the dubious honour of being the world’s largest port for coal exports. There’s even a coal price index named after it: The NEWC Index. Surfing Novocastrian beaches not only means “watching out” for great-white sharks, but also “being watched” by the lurking great-red coal ships out beyond the […]

Food Security and the Sustainable Development Goals

Jonathan Brooks, Head of Agro-food Trade and Markets Division, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a significant number of interconnected objectives related to agriculture and food. SDG 2 focuses explicitly on food by seeking to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”, but multiple […]

Aid for Trade: From Hong Kong to Nairobi, and beyond

Frans Lammersen, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate The Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference, taking place this week in Kenya, offers an excellent opportunity to take stock of the achievements of the Aid for Trade Initiative and reflect on how to continue its relevance in the changing trade and development landscape. Ten years ago when opening the Sixth WTO […]