The OECD: New wings or still the same old club?

The political landscape of global governance is changing profoundly. This is posing great challenges to policy makers and organisations such as the OECD.

Towards sustained progress in global health care

For everyone working in the healthcare sector, 2017 arrives with much to celebrate and a great deal to ponder. On the one hand, we can look back on decades o ...

The PISA 2015 scorecard: Must do better on inequality

Which country does best at reading and science? Are young students well equipped with the 21st-century skills they will need to face ...

Gender equality: Let’s bring the men to the table

Women 20 (W20) was launched by the G20 in 2015 as a step forward for gender equality. Including men ...

How to escape from the low-growth trap

Now is an opportune time to deploy effective fiscal initiatives and promote inclusive trade policies.

Measuring the economy in the age of digitalisation

Recent years have seen a rapid rise in digital transactions, notably through web-based “sharing economy” platforms that have bridge ...

Country snapshots 2017-18

The country snapshots below are extracted from OECD Economic Outlook No 100, November 2016. For details and updates, visit www.oecd.org/oecdeconomicoutlook.

Jobs in the digital era work differently

"We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ...

SICPA: Building trust in global supply chains

Safe international trade is essential for the economic ...

The ascendancy of digital trade: A new world order?

We are so used to all things digital that we can sometimes lose sight ...

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 ...

Refugees, facts and better policies

Over 65 million people, or one person in 113, were displaced from their homes by conflict or persecution in 2015. This troubling statistic ...

Making mathematics accessible to all

Do you know what an arithmetic mean is? Or a polygon? On average, fewer than 30% of students across OECD countries understand the concept ...

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. 

Can Malaysia become a high-income country by 2020?

If you are scanning today’s uncertain global economy for stories of encouragement, then look no further than Malaysia. For just as the famous Petronas Tower ...

Tapping Latin America’s young potential

After years of strong performance, Latin America’s economies are facing a dimmer outlook. The region’s GDP growth will be negative f ...

Africa: Towards comprehensive revenue data

The African Union has made harmonising economic statistics across Africa a key objective of Agenda 2063, which is its 50-year pan-African ...

The OECD: New wings or still the same old club?

The political landscape of global governance is changing profoundly. This is posing great challenges to policy makers and organisations such as the OECD.

A 21st century vision for urbanisation

If urbanisation is one of the most important global trends of the 21st century, with some 70% of the world’s population forecasted to live in cities b ...

Trento Centre continues forward

Since 1982 the OECD Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) has advised governments and local authorities on how ...

Road death challenge

Every year about 1.2 million people die in crashes on the world’s roads and many millions are seriously injured. This heavy toll come ...

Cloud computing

The diffusion of internet-based cloud computing among private companies has picked up over recent years, with higher uptake within large ...

China’s urban-rural divide

Income inequality between China’s rural and urban areas has surged in recent years. The per capita income of urban households in 201 ...


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