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. It determines our capacity to engage competitively in global trade and to grow our economies. In our cities, where 80% of the region’s population lives, infrastructure helps reduce poverty by enhancing access to basic services and facilitating access to knowledge and employment opportunities.

Is there still time to save our trust in government?

Public trust is not doing well in many modern democracies. If it is the canary in the coal mine, in survey after survey, the canary has been brought up wheezing ...

New energy in the electricity sector

With new business models emerging, competition in the electricity sector is beginning to stir.

The rise of the digital economy has led numerous markets ...

Priming up for primary school

Why do children in their last year of pre-primary education spend so much time playing and the year after sitting in large classes listening to their teacher? ...

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 ...

OECD Observer roundtable on pensions

Healthcare is not the only service feeling the effects of ageing populations. Pension systems are also under financial pressure, with ...

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 ...

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 ...

Casting light on dementia’s shadow

Over 46 million people worldwide are estimated to be living with dementia, with the numbers projected to almost triple to 132 million by 2050. The strong link ...

Inequality: Can Sweden reconquer utopia?

Income inequality is relatively low in Sweden compared to the OECD average, but a rapid rise from the 1990s has threatened this hallmark ...

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 ...

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 ...

Urban water

Too much, too little, too polluted: these are three water risks facing many urban areas. By 2050, worldwide water demand will increase ...

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. ...

A more violent world?

If you have had the impression that there is more violence in the world nowadays, you may not be wrong. According to States of Fragility ...

The policy maker’s guide to graft

Think back to a time when your purse or wallet was stolen, or your laptop with all your files in it lifted from your bag, or any other possession taken ...

Governing data for better health and healthcare

The healthcare sector is awash with data, whose range and volume are growing exponentially. But they will sit unused in data warehouses, ...

People-centred healthcare: What empowering policies are needed

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

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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