“Oceanfills”: Yet another dumping ground

The world’s oceans are being damaged by a constant and unprecedented accumulation of waste known as marine debris. The waste, mostly from effluent human activities, is brought to the oceans through currents and often carried far from where it originated. 

What is a systems approach?

A systems approach can be applied to more complex administrative challenges, from transport and tourism to the environment.

Paradise lost: The imminent fall of tax havens

BEPS multilateral instrument will close loopholes in thousands of tax treaties worldwide.

Men are from Mars; women are poorly paid

“Employment rates for women have grown faster and are above where they were in 2008, but employment rates for men have not even gotten back to where they were ...

Employment now better than in 2008 thanks to services

Employment in OECD countries has finally caught up and passed 2008 pre-crisis figures with 67.6% of the working-age population now with jobs, according to the ...

Japan should boost inclusive growth to help address demographic and fiscal challenges

The Japanese economy has gained momentum, with “Abenomics” playing a key role in the country’s economic revival. But the lat ...

Labour productivity in 2015

Employment rates have been rising in several OECD countries, but productivity has not kept up. Indeed, a slowdown of productivity growth in the past years continued ...

Johnson & Johnson: Leading innovations for better health care

The OECD Health Ministerial Conference and ...

Interview with Luciana Vaccaro, Rector of HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

In Switzerland, as elsewhere in the industrialised countries, the health sector is undergoing ...

An interview with Gérard Friedlander, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Université Paris Descartes

The Faculty of Medicine at the Université Paris Descartes is one of the leading medical teaching c ...

Men are from Mars; women are poorly paid

“Employment rates for women have grown faster and are above where they were in 2008, but employment rates for men have not even gotten back to where they were ...

More effort needed to make the grade on gender equality

OECD countries and key emerging economies have made headway in closing gender gaps, but not nearly enough. Gender equality is still a long way off. This is the ...

Mel Young: "Homeless World Cup: how football can change the world"

The President of the Homeless World Cup, Mel Young, is recognised as one of the world’s leadin ...

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 ...

“Oceanfills”: Yet another dumping ground

The world’s oceans are being damaged by a constant and unprecedented accumulation of waste known as marine debris. The waste, mostly from effluen ...

Opening a new chapter in the infrastructure of Latin America

In Latin America, as elsewhere, sustainable infrastructure plays a vital role in improving the quality of life and supporting economic growth. I ...

Greening France

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

Eurasia: Investing for the future

After an extended period of relatively strong growth, the countries of Eurasia have recently experienced a series of powerful external economic shocks.* Lower ...

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 ...

Making Africa healthy

Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from the worst health status in the world, according to the authors of Making Medicines in Africa. ...

What is a systems approach?

A systems approach can be applied to more complex administrative challenges, from transport and tourism to the environment.

Paradise lost: The imminent fall of tax havens

BEPS multilateral instrument will close loopholes in thousands of tax treaties worldwide.

Evidence, persuasion and power: Diplomats in international organisations

Did you know that each of the OECD’s 35 member countries is represented by a mission with full diplomatic status? The size of these OECD delegations varies b ...

Checking out the job situation with the OECD scoreboard of labour market performances

Do you want to know how your country compares with neighbours and competitors on income levels or employment?

Our new interactive dataset allows ...

Addressing high costs of specialty drugs

Cancer represents an increasing budgetary pressure on healthcare systems. In OECD countries, total pharmaceutical spending accounts for one-fifth of healthcare ...

The race for excellence in scientific publishing

Seneca, a Roman philosopher, argued that quality mattered more than quantity. It is a dictum that may apply to scientific production, according to recent data ...


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