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Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum

21-22 November 2023 - OECD Headquarters (in person with online streaming)






The convergence of the digital and green transitions presents opportunities and challenges for societal efforts to meet the Paris Agreement goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Digital technologies can facilitate the design of more efficient and effective environmental policies including by decreasing the cost of monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. The large-scale adoption of smart meters can support progress towards net-zero power systems, while big data and artificial intelligence (AI) can help to design smarter and more sustainable cities. At the same time, the growing carbon footprint of computing and increasing e-waste are key challenges. Both transitions are likely to drive substantial changes in skills demand and sectoral competitiveness, with important implications for affected workers, households, communities and regions.

Drawing on relevant work streams contributing to the OECD Horizontal Project on Climate and Economic Resilience (Net Zero+), this year's Forum will discuss how to leverage synergies and address trade-offs of the digital and green transitions to ensure progress towards greener and fairer societies.

• What are the joint impacts of the digital and green transitions on competitiveness of sectors and regions, and labour conditions?

• How can digital technologies improve the design, monitoring and enforcement of environmental policies, and what are the possible negative impacts?

• How can SMEs emerge more resilient, innovative and competitive from these societal transformations?

• What role do digital technologies play in ensuring smart, inclusive, and sustainable cities? • How has the international landscape shifted since the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement, and how could this affect international co-operation on green growth?

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