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  • ECONOMY: OECD growth slows slightly in Q4

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    21 February 2017

    GDP growth eased to 0.4% in real terms in the OECD area in the fourth quarter of 2016, from 0.5% in the third quarter, estimates show. US growth slowed sharply but GDP rose in Germany and France. It eased slightly in Italy and Japan, while UK growth was stable. For 2016 as a whole, real GDP grew by 1.7% in the OECD area, down from 2.4% in 2015.

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  • ITALY: Continuing with reforms essential for sustaining recovery

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    15 February 2017

    The Italian economy is emerging from a long recession, thanks to policy actions and reforms such as the Jobs Act. The latest OECD Economic Survey of Italy says that a people-centred focus should be maintained to enhance employment, skills, productivity and well-being, and underlines the importance of putting Italy’s banks on a sounder footing.

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  • GERMANY: Promoting well-being among families

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    27 February 2017

    A more even sharing of responsibilities between partners not only improves work/life balance but family well-being too, a new report argues. Dare to share: Germany’s Experience Promoting Equal Partnership in Families views the challenges from an international perspective and recommends policies for improving the well-being of children and parents.

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  • SWEDEN: The economy shows resilience but faces challenges

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    8 February 2017

    The Swedish economy is growing strongly, with unemployment trending downwards (see chart) and living standards still among the highest in the world. However, further policy actions will be needed to address new challenges and continue to deliver inclusive, resilient and green growth, the latest OECD economic survey says.

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  • CITIES: Why national urban policy frameworks matter

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    24 February 2017

    In 1950 New York and Tokyo were the only urban agglomerations on the planet with populations in excess of 10 million. By 2030, the number of megacities is projected to surpass 40, with seven of the world’s top ten megacities in Asia. Cities will present challenges and opportunities for policy makers.

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  • OECD Better Life Index


    What’s important for your well-being? Create your Better Life Index or see how your country fares based on OECD quality of life indicators such as education, health and civic engagement. Share what’s important to you and explore what matters most to users from around the world.

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  • Responsible business and sustainable development

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    Private investment is key to secure the US$3.3 to 4.5 trillion needed yearly to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. An OECD report looks at how to ensure that doing good for people and the planet is also good for business.

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