Halving road deaths by 2020: A global health priority

Every year 1.25 million people are killed and as many as 50 million seriously injured in road crashes worldwide. This epidemic of road injury causes huge economic losses and places severe burdens on public health systems. Fortunately, this predictable and preventable global health emergency has now been given the international recognition it deserves. Road safety is included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal for Health, with a target to halve road deaths and injuries by 2020. This provides the strongest possible mandate for urgent action against a scourge that has become the number one killer of young people in all regions of the world. 

Our patients have changed, our health care must now follow

In the coming two decades, it is expected that the number of individuals aged 65 and over will nearly double, so that there will be over 1 billion older adults ...

People-centred health care: What empowering policies are needed

The word “patient” comes from Latin, and means “the one that suffers”. Health care has historically been about “taking care” and “pro ...

The healing power of information technology

OECD Observer: On the OECD health care conference website you paraphrase Donald Berwick: “We are all guests in our patients’ lives”. What exactly do you m ...

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.

Johnson & Johnson: Leading innovations for better health care

“Events such as the OECD Public Forum provide unique opportunities to fin ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: "Ethics for a sustainable globalised economy"

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the founder of the Global Forum for Ethics in Business. He visited the OECD on 19 October 2016, giving a talk ...

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 ...

Bridging policy silos to boost trust online

Three out of four people access the Internet everyday across the OECD. But one-third of those daily users don't yet ...

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 ...

Tax challenges, disruption and the digital economy

The digital economy is a transformative process, brought about by advances in information and communications technology (ICT) which has made technology cheaper ...

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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