An Israeli delegation headed by Energy Minister Karine Elharrar left for France on Monday to attend an OECD conference on climate change.
After two years in which no meetings were held in person due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli delegation will attend an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conference on “building a green and inclusive future.”
The conference will focus on “advancing efforts to combat the climate crisis, promote sustainable development projects and expand opportunities for marginalized groups.”
Elharrar will speak at the opening session of the conference alongside US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and will discuss the adoption of the OECD’s standards and principles as part of Israeli legislation designed to combat the climate crisis.
In addition, she will state in her remarks “the desire of the State of Israel to deepen economic, research and development ties with the countries of the world, and especially with the countries of the region, as part of future peace processes.”
The conference is “a tremendous opportunity to promote relations with the countries of the world and to create collaborations in technological fields and to deal with the climate crisis within the framework of the most senior forum of the OECD countries,” stated Elharrar.
The conference is being held at the Ministerial Council Meeting level (MCM), the most senior forum of the OECD, in which the ministers of the member countries and other international representatives participate. This year’s conference is titled “Shared values: Building a Green Inclusive Future.”
The meeting will focus on the need for coordinated collective action to address global challenges such as the struggle with Coronavirus and the restoration of the countries’ economies following the crisis.
The meeting will also highlight the issue of tackling the climate crisis ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the UN climate conference to be held in Glasgow this coming November where Elharrar is expected to attend as part of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s delegation.