President Mandela stands in the pantheon of political leaders. He was blessed with an extraordinary ability, intelligence and memory, but it was his character that sets him head and shoulders above other leaders.
OECD saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela
It was with a heavy heart and a debt of gratitude that the world was bidding farewell to Nelson Mandela, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said in a statement today.
“Mr Mandela was a beacon of hope and wisdom in a world where countries all too often are inclined to close in on themselves in times of crisis,” said Mr. Gurria. “Beyond his legacy as a statesman, his role in promoting areas such as education for all was proof of his commitment to inclusiveness among men, women and children across the globe. He set a high bar for integrity and equality and will be sorely missed.”
Headline economic data
|GDP||+0.5% Q3 2013 (+0.9% Q2 2013)|
|Leading indicators||+0.7% Sep 2013, y/y (+0.6% Aug 2013)|
|Inflation||+1.3% Oct 2013 (+1.5% Sep) annual|
|Unemployment||7.9% Sep 2013 (7.9% Aug 2013)|
Data for OECD area. Latest update: 6 Dec 2013
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In a global economy, the benchmark for educational success is no longer improvement by national standards alone, but the best performing school systems internationally. Latest results from the PISA assessment, the world’s metric for evaluating learning outcomes at school, issued 3 December, show striking changes in the world’s talent.
The results of the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey, which assesses competence of 15-years-old students in maths, reading and science in 65 countries, delivered a rather unsatisfactory report card for France. PISA lands at a time when the debate on the future of the French educational system has heated up, with key reforms in the pipeline. Will the 2012 PISA survey help? We asked Education Minister Vincent Peillon to highlight the main lessons.
Case studies of specific products, particularly in the electronics industry, show that value creation along a global value chain tends to be unevenly distributed among activities. The highest value creation is found in upstream activities, such as the development of a new concept, research and development (R&D) and the manufacturing of key components. But it is also found in downstream activities, such as marketing, branding and customer service.
Latin America’s future as a region of innovation will be far from secure if investment in research and development (R&D) continues at current low levels.
Major events, like the Great East Japan earthquake or indeed the euro crisis, can have important ripple effects that spread well beyond the areas immediately concerned. More recently, the budget crisis that resulted in the shutdown of large parts of the US government and public services has raised the spectre of a default, the first in the country’s history.
Climate change is, to a large extent, water change. Water is the predominant channel through which the impact of climate change will be felt. More torrential rains, floods and droughts can be expected in many parts of the world. Not only that–climate change is reshaping the future for freshwater on the planet.
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- Measuring development goals
- Innovation in Latin America
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