Environment Minister to chair OECD meeting

Published: Sun 25 Sep 2016 02:46 PM
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 environmental performance.
Dr Smith is leaving on Sunday 25 September and returns to New Zealand onSunday 2 October.

Next in New Zealand politics

Speech From The Throne
By: New Zealand Government
Law Commission Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations
By: Law Commission
New Zealand Government To Declare A Climate Emergency
By: New Zealand Government
Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team
By: Green Party
NZ Govt Considers Making House Prices Part Of RBNZ Mandate
By: XE Money Transfer
Green Party Respond To Government Review Of Housing Settings
By: Green Party
Rewriting The Rulebook On DNA In Criminal Investigations – Expert Reaction
By: Science Media Centre
Government To Consider Recommendations On DNA Use In Criminal Investigations
By: New Zealand Government
Climate Change An Economic Issue; Critical For The Planet’s Future
By: Make Lemonade
Climate Emergency Declaration A Win But Needs Action
By: Greenpeace New Zealand
Declaration Of ‘Symbolic’ Climate Emergency
By: Extinction Rebellion
Minimum Wage Hike Isn’t What The Economy Needs
By: New Zealand National Party
Why Not $50 An Hour?
By: ACT New Zealand
Greens Commit To Ensuring Strong Oceans Protection This Term
By: Green Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media