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 of the Parties in late 2015 in Paris, our leaders are facing a fundamental dilemma: to get to grips with the risks of climate change or see their ability to limit this threat slip from their hands.

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Global economy faces slower future–; –top earners capture more of income; Soundbites; Economy; Country roundup; Health spending starts to rise; Financing tough for SMEs; Development's productivity gap; Plus ça change… 

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Inequality warning–; –as income taxes rise; Economy; Soundbites; Country Roundup; Sovereign borrowing to fall; Tax information sharing advances; Take tourism seriously; Plus Ça Change... 

Education spending falters–; –as business startups are sluggish; Soundbites; Economy; Country roundup; Tax action launched; Trade aid; Plus ça change… 

Global tax problem-; -amid hesitant recovery; Soundbites; Economy; Country roundup; Aid falls; Regional tips; Plus ça change... 

Crisis drives up social spending–; –as tax revenues rise; Soundbites; Economy; Country roundup; Rebalancing act; Pensions struggle; Plus ça change… 

Some 83 million people suffer from diabetes in the OECD area. On current trends, that will rise to almost 100 million by 2030. 

Stop tax evasion; Greener tourism; Soundbites; New movement; Euro options; Better life yardstick; Economy; Country roundup; Outlook still fragile; Learning inequality; Plus ça change...

Mental illness alert; Rural promise; Economy; Country roundup; Global steel grows; Green growth platform; Soundbites; Plus ça change...

Outlook deteriorates; Transport tackles CO2; Development setback; News shorts; Adult skills; Wikigender; Four new members; Pensions; Tax drag; Liechtenstein affair; Economy; Soundbites; Eastern promise; Brazil visit; Plus ça change…

How much environmental damage is caused by agriculture? Quite a lot, though there has been improvement in some areas. The OECD's first international study of the state and trends of environmental conditions in agriculture since the mid-1980s gives a comprehensive picture.

Economic data

GDP growth: +0.5% Q2 2019 year-on-year
Consumer price inflation: 1.9% August 2019 annual
Trade: +0.4% exp, -1.2% imp, Q1 2019
Unemployment: 5.1% August 2019
Last update: 9 September 2019

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