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  • 17-June-2020

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    Launch of the OECD report: Policy Actions for Housing Affordability in Latvia

    The COVID-19 pandemic has converted our homes into our principal places of leisure, but also into our offices and the schools of our children. By bringing our professional lives into our personal ones, the crisis has shone a spotlight on the importance of housing policies for our well-being and the broader economy.

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  • 16-June-2020

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    Cities in the World Webinar

    Two years ago, when we kicked-off this project together, we all agreed on one fundamental idea: we cannot talk about cities and provide adequate policy responses to the challenges they face without accurate and comparable data at a global scale. This is doubly important in the current context.

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  • 15-June-2020

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    OECD Competition Committee: Competition Policy in the Time of COVID-19

    The OECD has been actively supporting our members and partners throughout the COVID-19 crisis. As part of our response, we launched a Digital Hub on Tackling the Coronavirus, providing a single entry point to the OECD’s analysis on the economic and social impacts of COVID-19.

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  • 13-June-2020

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    Italian National Consultation Inaugural Session

    Our latest Economic Outlook, released last Wednesday, paints a very bleak picture. The 6% annual decline in global GDP that we project for 2020 is far bigger than any other decline we have seen in the 60 years of the OECD’s existence.

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  • 11-June-2020

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    UN High-level Thematic Debate on the Impact of Rapid Technological Change on the SDGs and Targets

    The format of today’s discussion bears witness to the rapid changes imposed upon us by the global coronavirus pandemic. In fact, Mr President: it was only six months ago that I had the privilege of welcoming you to Paris in person for a meeting of the OECD Council.

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  • 11-June-2020

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    OECD Workshop on Marine Plastic Litter

    Our discussions come at a particularly important time. Global plastics production has increased exponentially over the past 60 years, from next to nothing in 1950 to around 400 million metric tonnes today.

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  • 10-June-2020

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    First Ministerial Council Roundtable: The Path to Recovery: Alternative Scenarios and Macroeconomic Policies

    The OECD Economic Outlook which we released earlier today paints a grim picture. Our central scenario, assuming no resurgence of the virus in the coming months, forecasts a 6% decline in global GDP in 2020 – the largest annual decline in the OECD’s 60-year history.

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  • 10-June-2020

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    Virtual Session with Iceland’s Economic Council

    COVID-19 is the worst pandemic in more than a century, disrupting our economies and societies, as well as health systems, jobs and well-being. The economic impact is dire.

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  • 10-June-2020

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    Release of the June 2020 Economic Outlook: Revamping the international policy architecture to emerge from the pandemic stronger together

    What is truly extraordinary, though, is the context for this Economic Outlook, and its consequences for the global economy. We are in the midst of a combined global health, economic and social crisis that is the most severe that any of us have ever witnessed.

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  • 6-June-2020

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    OECD-WWF Dialogue: Nature-Based Solutions as a Force for a Green and Resilient Recovery

    Welcome to the second World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-OECD High-level Dialogue focusing on the importance of nature-based solutions (NBS), and how they can contribute to a green and resilient recovery.

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