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 challenges, and opposing voices, to contend with in the years ahead.

New web pages on sustainable development and the refugee crisis

All eyes are on New York this week and the United Nations summit to adopt the post-2015 ...

Sustainable Development Goals: A revolution begins

As negotiations near conclusion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), countries are honing in on what it will take to implement them. There are current ...

Education, learning and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Over the last three years, the United Nations has been working to establish a global ...

What we've learned–and have still to learn–from the financial crisis*

Financial crises do more than impose huge costs: they have bigger and more insidious effects. We face big challenges in maintaining ...

Unsettled economic picture

Economic recovery is holding up in the world’s advanced economies, but the outlook is unsettled due to stalling world trade and worsening financial markets particularl ...

Revenue statistics

Meeting budgetary targets is hard enough in any country, but for developing countries struggling to lift their economies to a higher stage of development, ...

Business brief: Innovation and urban mobility in Brazil

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

Business brief: The OECD and the G20 are moving in the right direction

Governments around the world are working together to combat perceived international ...

Business brief: The Czech Republic's fourth Industrial Revolution

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

French education reforms

Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem was at the OECD on 10 July to discuss France’s education reforms. She received OECD recommendations on making education more inclusive.

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 ...

More women on board

The 30% Club is a group of company chairmen, chairwomen and CEOs committed to achieving better gender balance at all levels of their organisations through volunta ...

Investing in green energy

A warming planet and a flat world economy have propelled the issue of investment in clean energy to the top of the policy agenda. The question has ...

Climate: What’s changed, what hasn’t and what we can do about it

In my first climate change lecture, nearly two years ago, my key message was that meeting the challenge of climate change required us to achieve zero net ...

We must change faster than the climate

A transition to a low-carbon economy is achievable, but will require a concerted, more consistent effort across a range of policy areas, from tradeable permits ...

A win for the planet is a win for people

The fates of humanity and of the environment are two sides of the same coin. That is why we must focus increasingly on not just development but sustainable developme ...

The opportunities and challenges of greener growth: Getting the whole policy package right

Climate change and, more generally, environmental damage have quantifiable economic and health costs, which weigh on long-term growth and well-being. If left ...

Why modernise official development assistance?

“To eradicate poverty we need to direct more development assistance and concessional loans to the poorest nations and mobilise m ...

Improving Nigerian investment

Since democracy was restored in 1999, Nigeria has engaged in ambitious reforms towards greater market liberalisation and economic openness. By far the mos ...

Reaching maturity in government use of social media

As those of us in the Northern Hemisphere come out of the dog days of summer and our thoughts turn from vacations to our regularly scheduled lives, what ...

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 ...

Doctors at large

People in the OECD area are living longer and healthier lives. Improved lifestyles are one reason, as are better medical treatments. But could the number of doctors ...

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 ...

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