Nick Smith to chair OECD climate meeting

  • 26/09/2016
Nick Smith (Getty)
Nick Smith (Getty)

Environment Minister Nick Smith is heading to Paris to chair a major OECD environment event.

It's the first time a New Zealand minister has chaired the meeting, at which the 35 countries discuss ways to lift environmental performance.

The minister says the single biggest issue is climate change.

"It is an international issue which requires a strong level of cooperation. I think all developed countries are struggling to turn their emissions down so that we can meet that Paris Agreement goal."

The Government plans to ratify the Paris Agreement within weeks. Under the United Nations deal, New Zealand will set a goal of reducing carbon emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

"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," says Dr Smith.

Other issues on the table include water, biodiversity, air pollution, waste and resource use efficiency.

While in Paris, Dr Smith will also sit down for separate bilateral meetings with the environment ministers of Norway and Chile.

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