Environment Minister to chair OECD meeting
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith leaves today for Paris, where he will this week be chairing the fourth yearly OECD
meeting of Environment Ministers.
“Environmental issues transcend national borders and require strong international cooperation. The major issues for
discussion include water, climate change, biodiversity, air pollution, waste and resource use efficiency. Specific
international issues will be the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals.
“The strength of the OECD is that the 35 member countries are similarly developed and have much to learn from each other
in improving environmental management. It also provides a smaller forum than the UN for addressing international
environment issues enabling a freer exchange of ideas and best practice. The OECD’s particular expertise is how good
environment management can be achieved alongside strong economic performance.
“It is a privilege to be chairing this Environment meeting, the first time for a New Zealand Minister. My selection for
this role reflects that New Zealand is well respected within the OECD for its environmental record.”
The Minister is also scheduled to have separate bilateral meeting with the Environment Ministers of Norway and Chile.
The Minister is also participating in a think tank of current and former OECD Environment Ministers on improving
Dr Smith is leaving on Sunday 25 September and returns to New Zealand onSunday 2 October.