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The OECD Health Ministerial Conference and the OECD Policy Forum, with the purpose of discussing new ideas and policies to shape health reforms, can help ensure that future generations, and their children, have greater access to healthcare, grow up embracing health and wellness and possibly survive diseases we consider impossible to cure today. At the same time, adequate access to public health services can positively impact broader social and economic factors such as productivity.

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In Switzerland, as elsewhere in the industrialised countries, the health sector is undergoing major change due to a combination of several factors: ageing populations, on-going cost increases, treatments for new pathologies, but also the introduction of new technologies and the increasingly sophisticated demands of patients. Our belief is that appropriate training for highly skilled health professionals is an essential key to address these new challenges.

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The Faculty of Medicine at the Universit Paris Descartes is one of the leading medical teaching centres in France in terms of the number of students (about 13,000). It is regularly ranked 1st in France in terms of the percentage of students admitted to the top ranks of the medical internship examination. Our faculty took to the digital path several years ago and we intend to continue in this direction, given how the digital revolution can help train future doctors.

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I first stepped onto the stage at AARPs Ideas@50+ national member event in San Diego in September 2014 to deliver a keynote address urging the 8,000 attendees to disrupt ageing. Since then, the response has been overwhelming. It turns out that this is a message that people aged 50 and over have been waiting to hear. People across the country, from all walks of life, have been sharing their experiences with me and telling me that although they dont want to age the same way their parents did, they arent sure what to do about it. They are anxious to change the conversation in our society, and in some cases, to start having the conversation. They want more choices for how to live when they get older. They want new and better solutions to help them age with independence, dignity and purpose. They are ready to chart a new course. So am I.

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Ireland has bounced back from the crisis to become one of the OECDs most dynamic economies. A key help has been the continued inflow of capital investment from abroad, allowing the country to bolster its position as a European hub for the likes of IT, finance, pharmaceuticals, engineering, and more. Ireland has been an attractive destination for global high-value investments for decades, yet its own innovation system lags that of other similar-sized OECD countries. Closing the gap would strengthen the countrys long-term outlook, but how can this be done?

Safe international trade is essential for the economic growth governments are currently seeking but is threatened by the ever evolving asymmetrical threat of fraud and illicit activity. These crimes, be it through sale of counterfeits, contraband, tax evasion, avoidance of quality controls or theft of intellectual property, damage governments revenues, undermine policies and put at risk public health and citizens well-being.

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We are so used to all things digital that we can sometimes lose sight of just how enormous the phenomenon has become, and how disruptive it can be. The bit volume of cross-border digital flows has grown by 45 times in the past decade. An estimated 211 terabits of data, which is the equivalent of 8,500 entire Wikipedias, flow across borders every second. Approximately 12% of global consumer goods trade is now conducted via international e-commerce. Some 50 million small companies are now on Facebook alone, double the number in 2013.

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"We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work. Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books. Reading them, however, has not changed. Lawrence Clark Powell

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Not so long ago, globalisation was a favourite paradigm in international business. It was a trend that began in the late 1970s and accelerated in the 1980s, when corporate takeovers were the order of the day and multinational companies fixated on maximising short-term profits and boosting share prices. One approach was global sourcing, also called outsourcing or offshoring. The strategy typically involved moving the companys operations to wherever labour was cheapest. First the production work went abroad, and then companies were offloading all but their most essential core activities.

"Trinity has produced more entrepreneurs than any other university in Europe."

Interview withDr Patrick Prendergast,Provost and President, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

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"Electric vehicles are the only practical, affordable solution to our planets environmental challengesand they are available today. To get the most out of it, there is one condition: we need to act on a much larger scale. Also, the policy makers at the state and regional level must continue to encourage the switch to zero-emission vehicles."

"Even marginal shifts in public policy orhuman resource design can have a very positive impact on anemployees current state and healthy retirement prospects."

"Regional authorities in Africaare now getting involved in thefight against climate change bymaking concrete commitments."

Interview with Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio, President of the Assembly of Regions and Districts of C矌e dIvoire (ARDCI)

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"The start-up environment is exceptionally dynamic.Forbes magazine recently listed Dublin as one of the top seven cities in the world for start-ups. Ireland has the youngest workforce in Europe with 40% of the population under 29 years old."

Integrated planning, supported by clear public policies, new technologies and ways to safeguard the environment, is the path towards sustainable mobility in cities in Brazil, as elsewhere.

Safe international trade is essential for the economic growthgovernments are currently seeking, but is threatened by theever-evolving asymmetrical threat of fraud and illicit activity.

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"The number of peopleemployed in R&D has grownby 50% in seven years. An extensive infrastructure of excellent scientific centres has been built in the Czech Republic in recent years. Centres like ELI, CEITEC or IT4Innovations have managed to establish partnerships with foreign partners and have excellent equipment and top scientists at their disposal via their extensive networks."

"The OECD and the G20 are moving in the right direction. Their goals are ambitious as they try to modernise the international taxation system. Achieving consensus on fundamental tax issues among so many countries will be a major achievement."

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"A real problem for the worldeconomy is the locationmismatch between availablejobs and employees. Skills mismatch in an employment landscape is mainly an outcome of structural rigidities in labour markets, but it is also influenced by cyclical gaps between demand and supply. Job creation is fundamental, but all aspects of the skills mismatch must be addressed."

"There are many opportunitiesfor lifelong learning availableat the click of a button, sowhy is it that many employersstill report a 'skills gap'?"

"Investing in the future while tackling youth unemployment."

"Israels successes arise from the continuousneed for and support of innovative methods, technologies, holisticwater resource management and strategies for sustainably providing for the nations water needs."

"Turkish banks have had no difficultyaccessing foreign wholesale funding."

"Social perception is a prerequisitefor a level playing field amongall entrepreneurs."

"Each year about one-third of all the food produced globally ends up wasted even as hundreds of millions of people go hungry."

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Earlier in 2012 Fr嶮廨ic Oud嶧, Chairman and CEO, Societe Generale Group, met OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurr燰 to discuss the global economy, the business scene and the financial crisis. Here is an extract from their conversation.

A world leader in phosphates and its derivatives, OCP is strongly committed to contribute to a sustainable development of agriculture in Africa and to a real green revolution on the continent.

"The BRVM is the unique stock exchange for eight countries in WestAfrica: Benin, Burkina Faso, C矌e dIvoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger,Senegal and Togo."

An interview withNina Alida Abouna,Managing Director of theInvestment and ExportPromotion Agency (APIEX)

Since its beginnings, the International University of Rabat (IUR) has developed into an increasingly attractive model of innovative teaching, renowned for its professionalism and rigour both nationally and internationally.

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