Happy 60th anniversary to the EU

Today 25 March 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the agreement that laid the ground for today's European Union, in which people, goods, services and capital can move freely among member states. The European Commission has been involved in the work of our organisation and its different bodies since the OECD began in 1961, thanks to a protocol to the OECD Convention. Both institutions share common values and aims, including promoting peaceful international co-operation, respect of human dignity, liberty, democracy and equality among our countries and people.

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Thinking of London

Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and their friends, of the murderous attack on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday 22 March ...

Growth-oriented policy agenda should benefit all workers and households

Inclusiveness should be a prime objective of growth-oriented policies, alongside productivity and employment, says this year’ ...

Closing the gender gap can boost the economy

Reconciling work and family commitments is a challenge in every country, but particularly for Japanese men and women. Much more so than in most other OECD countries, ...

Why a push for gender equality makes sound economic sense

This year’s OECD Forum coincides with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration, which was an important milestone to promote gender equalit ...

Forging a gender-balanced economy

“I am only a woman!” declares Sybylla Melvyn with deliberate irony, in the Australian classic novel, My Brilliant Career. When Miles Franklin wrote ...

Johnson & Johnson: Leading innovations for better health care

The OECD Health Ministerial Conference and ...

A new vision for living and ageing in America

I first stepped onto the stage at AARP’s Ideas@50+ national member event in San Dieg ...

OECD Observer roundtable: Ireland's innovation challenge

Ireland has bounced back from the crisis to become one of the OECD’s most dynamic economies ...

We need to address the migration backlash

The public is losing faith in the capacity of governments to manage migration. Opinion polls in a wide range of countries suggest that ...

Code is the poetry of a better world

Code is the next universal language. In the 1970s punk rock drove a whole generation. In the 1980s it was probably money. For my generation, the interface to ...

Women graduates

Traditionally, men have tended to be more educated than women in Korea, especially when it comes to higher education. Only 34% of doctoral ...

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

I have come here today to talk about the ambition needed to tackle climate change and the policy tools that can get us there. As we approach the Conference ...

Javier Goyeneche: "Because there is no Planet B"

Javier Goyeneche is the founder of ECOALF, a fashion brand that turns discarded fishing nets, post-consumer plastic bottles and coffee into ...

Big data, satellites and climate change

Meteorology was the first scientific discipline to use space capabilities in the 1960s, and today satellites provide observations of the state of the atmosphere ...

Greening France

France has significantly improved its environmental performance over the past ten years, as evidenced by the signing of the Paris Agreement ...

Urban water

Too much, too little, too polluted: these are three water risks facing many urban areas. By 2050, worldwide water demand will increase ...

Urban pollution: Clearing the air

Air pollution in African cities is a major health and environmental challenge that must become a focus of urban policies. 

Why technology matters for advancing women's financial inclusion

Women are consumers, business owners, farmers, employees and entrepreneurs. They are dependent on market systems and need access to finance to manage their livelihoods.

Fighting poverty means fighting sexism

Nowhere in the world do women have as many opportunities as men, whether those opportunities are economic, social or political. If we’re going to make our commitment ...

Women for peace

UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which was adopted in 2000, recognised, for the first time, the vital contribution of women to conflict prevention and resolution. 

Wikigender launches in French

Seven years after creating the Wikigender portal in English, the OECD Development Centre launched the ...

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 ...

Korea's work-life balance policies for sustainable growth

Of the abundant resources given to mankind, what is the most underused resource of our time? Without a doubt, women! 

Mind the gap

More women go to work today than 40 years ago, but their pay has not kept pace with men’s. Some 58% of women on average in the OECD area worked in 2008, up fro ...

Pay gap

Unequal pay between men and women continues to pose problems, despite decades of legislation by governments to address it, like the Equal Pay Act in the United ...

A costly gender gap

Everyone needs to be sufficiently financially literate to take informed decisions for themselves and their families as to their savings, investments, pensions ...


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