Green Talks LIVE

Published 16th April 20 4:00 PM

The OECD Green Talks Live webinar series brings world experts together on pressing environmental issues for a global audience. These free webinars are open to the general public and participants are welcome to pose questions during the Q&A segment. Video recordings of Green Talks are made available online afterwards.

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Available webinars:

18 Feb 2020

Towards Land use

Land use is central to many of the environmental and socio-economic issues facing society today. Understanding how to feed global populations, while tackling the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change is, therefore, a key question for policy makers. How can governments align national strategies to achieve sustainable land use? What institutional arrangements foster coherent policy making in the nexus of land use, climate, biodiversity and food? What policy instruments can be used to create sustainable land use systems?

22 Nov 2019

Scaling up climate-compatible infrastructure

The OECD estimates that USD 6.9 trillion is required globally each year to 2030 to make infrastructure climate-compatible. For developing countries that need to increase infrastructure access and quality, this requires scaling up and shifting public and private capital towards climate-compatible alternatives. National development banks (NDBs) and development finance institutions are poised to play a role in scaling up investment for climate-compatible infrastructure. What are the key advantages for these institutions in supporting the Paris Agreement? How can governments and the international climate finance community fully enable this potential? On 22 November 2019, Anthony Cox of the Environment Directorate, along with Özlem Taskin and Jens Sedemund of the Development Co-operation Directorate discussed key insights from recent work under the Financing Climate Futures initiative on the role of NDBs in scaling up climate-compatible infrastructure with the case studies on Brazil and South Africa.

14 Nov 2019

Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater: Hazards and Policy Responses

Pharmaceuticals are an important element of medical and veterinary practice, and their beneficial effects on human and animal health are widely acknowledged. However, an area where we lack a common understanding is what happens when these pharmaceuticals are constantly discharged into the environment, through pharmaceutical manufacturing, consumption and excretion, and improper disposal of unused or expired products.

On 14 November 2019, Hannah Leckie of the Environment Directorate OECD further discussed the effects of pharmaceutical residues in the environment, greater international collaboration and accountability distribution, and policy actions to prevent and remedy emerging concerns surrounding aquaculture. You can read more in the OECD report Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater: Hazards and Policy Responses.

17 Oct 2019

Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater: Hazards and Policy Responses

During an OECD Green Talks LIVE webinar on 15 October 2019, Jonas Teusch from the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and Anthony Cox of the OECD Environment Directorate discussed the key findings from the OECD publication, Taxing Energy Use 2019, which presents new and original data on energy and carbon taxes in OECD and G20 countries, and in international aviation and maritime transport. Please note that the video frame of our panelists is not available for this version due to a technical bug during the webinar recording.

9 Sep 19

Making Blended Finance Work for Water and Sanitation

Water-related investments are key for sustainable development and inclusive growth. Blended finance can play a critical role in mobilising commercial finance and strengthening the financing systems on which water-related investments rely on. Water flows as a prerequisite through every one of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), especially those on food security, healthy lives, energy, sustainable cities and marine and terrestrial ecosystems. We need a water low-carbon resilient infrastructure. Delivering these environmental ambitions will require historic scaling of financing on water related investments. These requires using existing sources of finance more strategically. On 9 Sept 2019, Kathleen Dominique of the Environment Directorate OECD and Wiebke Bartz-Zuccala of the Development Co-operation Directorate OECD, discussed ongoing OECD work on blended finance and what has worked in the past as well as the potential to scale up blended finance approaches to apply to a broader range of investment types and contexts.

9 May 2019

The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Human pressures are undermining the biodiversity that underpins all life on land and below water. Ecosystem services delivered by biodiversity, such as crop pollination, water purification, flood protection and carbon sequestration, are vital to human well-being.

Despite these benefits, global biodiversity is on the decline. The post-2020 global biodiversity framework, to be agreed upon at CBD COP15 in Kunming, China in 2020, presents a crucial opportunity to put in place more specific and measurable targets and to catalyse action to halt and reverse biodiversity loss.

On 9 May 2019, Rodolfo Lacy and Katia Karousakis of the OECD Environment Directorate discussed on-going OECD work on post-2020 targets, indicators and the measurability implications at global and national level, including key messages from a recent OECD international expert workshop.


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Published 16th April 20 4:00 PM