Ville Lumière: Paris lights the way on climate

"We want to step out of the vicious circle of an economy which is an increasing drain on resources, and enter another circle… Paris is fully committed to combating climate change and determined to move forward as quickly as possible."  –Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris 

Sustainable energy infrastructure, finance and institutional investors

Policy makers should do much more to encourage pension funds and other institutional investors to put their ample assets into sustainable energy infrastructure. ...

We have the ingenuity and the financial means to confront climate change

Climate change is the pre-eminent challenge of our time. We need financing to mitigate and adapt to its impacts.  

From frenetic expansion to steady states

Challenging free trade orthodoxy is a heavy lift in our political culture; anything that has been in place for that long takes on an air of inevitability. But ...

There are no jobs on a dead planet

A structural shift to a low-carbon economy will entail gains in jobs, but also losses, and the first jobs to be lost are not those that you think. A just energy ...

Planetary limits, social needs and economics for the Anthropocene

The human economy is a physical system embedded in society, which itself is embedded in a finite global ecosystem. The primary goal of the economy should be to ...

A natural capital for a circular economy

Over the last century, resource extraction from non-renewable stocks has grown while extraction from renewable stocks has declined, reflecting the shift in the ...

Business brief: Innovation and urban mobility in Brazil

“What is the city but the people?” asked Shakespeare in Coriolanus

Electric vehicles are the answer to climate change

In bringing mobility to generations of women and men, motor cars opened the gates ...

Business brief: The Czech Republic's fourth Industrial Revolution

Innovation and creativity have long been hallmarks of the Czech Republic. After all, this ...

Migration challenge

"European leaders must stand before history in dealing with this humanitarian tragedy. They have the experience and the capacity to respond to this emergency ...

Progress for women and girls in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The UN Sustainable Development Goals could be a real game changer for gender issues, with wins in fraught areas such as reproductive rights. But there will be ...

We are entering a new era of migration

Even before the refugee crisis hit European countries, migration was at the top of the international policy agenda. All sides of such a sensitive debate have ...

Overcoming climate change and unleashing a dynamic, zero-carbon economy

The UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris 30 November-11 December is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reach a new international agreement to combat ...

Three things you need to know about climate change

Three key points will help world leaders and representatives of business, labour and civil society to strike an effective new deal on climate change at the crucial ...

The energy sector holds the keys on climate

When the International Energy Agency (IEA) was formed in 1974, concern over climate change was in its infancy. While the greenhouse effect was known it was not ...

Mapping carbon emissions

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions worldwide have been trending upwards for decades. A small group of large countries is responsible for the lion’s shar ...

Renewable workers

How will workers’ current skills match new requirements for labour in a green economy? So far, few countries have put in place real plans to address this question ...

Groundwater is not so well

Freshwater is essential for life, yet makes up only a tiny fraction of all water on earth. In many areas, especially arid and dry regions, underground aquifers ...

Capturing the “can do” spirit of the Sustainable Development Summit

The adoption of the post-2015 Agenda for Development at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York 25-27 September will be an important driver of the OECD’ ...

Mali: Why everyone should care about its future

There are many countries emerging from conflict. Why care about Mali?

Supporting green growth in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia’s booming economy presents major environmental challenges: during the past decades, the region’s growth model has relied on intensive resour ...

Getting public policies in line with climate goals

Policies that are not aligned with efforts to fight global warming risk hindering the transition to a low-carbon economy, and can worsen climate change. They ...

Water governance at stake

Investing in infrastructure for water is important, but how we govern water is more critical than ever. 

E-government generation

Are digital tools simplifying our interactions with public authorities? From document browsing to downloading of forms as well as administrative procedures, governments ...

Main economic indicators September 2015

Click here for the latest economic indicators ...

Shifting landscape in African development finance

The financial landscape has changed considerably in Africa since 2000. Private external flows in the form of investment and remittances now drive growth in exte ...

Food prices on a declining trend

Just like many other commodities, food prices have fallen in the last couple of years. Over the next 10 years, prices for all agricultural products are projected ...



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  • French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron came to the OECD on 18 September for a webcast discussion on economic reforms, inequality and the outlook, with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. You can watch the event by clicking on the photo.

  • Climate change: “We should not disagree when scientists tell us we have a window of opportunity–10-15 years–to turn this thing around” argues Senator Bernie Sanders.

  • In the long-run, the EU benefits from migration, says OECD Head of International Migration Division Jean-Christophe Dumont.
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