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The OECD International Futures Programme was set up in 1990 to help decision-makers inside and outside government to come to grips with the challenges of the future. The Programme offers improved monitoring of the long-term economic and social horizon, with early warning on emerging domestic and international issues; pinpoints major developments and possible trend breaks; gives an analytical evaluation of key long-term issues; and better dialogue and information-sharing to help set policy agendas and strategies.
The programme's Forum for the Future provides a platform for informal high-level discussion on key issues, from the economy to the environment. All of this is backed up by the OECD and its International Futures Network: a global network of some 600 people in government, business and leading research institutions, all with a common interest in understanding long-term developments. An information base called Future Trends is available on CD-ROM.Observer readers are invited to visit the International Futures Programme's website .Future Trends Other stories on this Spotlight on the 21st century©OECD Observer No 217-218, Summer 1999


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GDP growth: +0.6% Q2 2018 year-on-year
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Unemployment: 5.2% Sept 2018
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