Angel Gurria event

Climate: Reclaiming Our Common Future

Ángel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
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Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix, Geneva

As the world gets ready to begin implementing the Paris Agreement on climate next year, countries are looking to ramp up action and develop long-term, low-emissions development strategies. 

At the same time, carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise and climate change is increasingly impacting on people’s lives, disrupting national economies, exacerbating biodiversity loss and transforming ecosystems, including the ocean. The need for urgent, strong, co-operative action based on mutual trust and understanding has never been higher.

In his fourth biennial climate change lecture, OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría will focus on how countries can overcome the numerous political, economic and social barriers to achieve the rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed to safeguard our common future. The Secretary-General will argue that a shift in perspective is needed to ensure better two-way alignment between climate and wider societal goals.

Ángel Gurría has served as the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 2006. Mr. Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service in Mexico, including positions as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance and Public Credit in the 1990s.

This conference is organised in partnership with the OECD.