"The future is clearly digital, bringing challenges as well as opportunities." How will the German presidency of the G20 address the issue of digital transformation? Read the recent article by Sigmar Gabriel and Angel Gurría, published on The World Post, a partnership of The Huffington Post and the Berggruen Institute, to find out more. 

International crop prices started falling in 2012. The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025 projects that over the next ten years, real prices of most agricultural products will decline slightly, but remain higher than they were prior to the 2007-08 price spike. To find out more about the effects of declining food prices on consumers and farmers, read the blog by Jonathan Brooks on OECD Insights.

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Access to good and affordable housing has become a key challenge for many countries, with all too many people living in low-quality dwellings or facing housing costs they can ill afford, not to mention widespread housing shortages and homelessness. The new Affordable Housing Database can help policymakers address these problems.

The COP21 agreement missed the mark on shipping. The risks of delaying accountability from the shipping sector for 3% of global emissions are urgent: noxious chemicals and pollutants are released in concentrated quantities when ships are at port, revving their engines to move in and out. With estimates indicating that emissions from shipping are on the rise, up to 14% by 2050, the International Maritime Organization has reponded by urgently calling upon shipbuilders ensure that all new ships are 30% more efficient by 2025. Read "Carbon emissions all at sea: why was shipping left out of the Paris Climate Agreement?" on the OECD Insights blog. (May 2016)

A landmark meeting of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has decided to ramp up global efforts to curb desertification and drought.

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