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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.

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

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 the article from the OECD Insights blog here.

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