Simon Upton is the Environment Director at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Environment Directorate is responsible for Environmental Performance Reviews of Member Countries, the economic analysis of policy instruments used to improve environmental outcomes and a wide range of work related to water, biodiversity, climate and chemicals. He has played a key role in the development of the OECD’s Green Growth Strategy.
Mr Upton is a New Zealander, a Rhodes Scholar and former Member of Parliament. He was Minister for Environment and Science & Technology during the 1990s. He chaired the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in 1999. He has chaired the Round Table on Sustainable Development at the OECD since 1998 and took over his current role as Environment Director in 2010. Mr Upton is a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment & Development (CCICED).