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Today, management of water resources is one of the major challenges confronting Israel. Accelerated population growth - along with economic growth - has placed additional pressure on Israel's limited water resources but the country is at the forefront of green innovations for water management.&l
The Negev region has the potential to deliver real and tangible benefits for regional development, green growth and social inclusion. The report explains how the region can exploit its existing strenghts and competitive advantages, including a niche in research, demonstration and testing in renewable energies and water efficiency.
In Israel, income inequality has risen substantially over the past three decades, from already high levels. To reverse this trend, policy makers should promote high quality and inclusive education, but also labour-market and social-policy measures.
Strengthening Cybersecurity is becoming “the new comparative advantage”, as companies and customers move to countries with safer and more reliable cyber-frameworks, said Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General.
High unemployment, weak public finances, slow and unequal growth overall, these are all challenges that Europe needs to address through decisive action and comprehensive structural reforms to turn into a reality the Dream of a prosperous, vibrant and fair society for all Europeans, said OECD Secretary-General in Brussels.
Though Latin American economies are growing quickly, they must reduce inequality and improve infrastructure and education to maintain the growth trajectory, said OECD Secretary-General at the International Economic Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean organised in Paris.
Welcoming the accession of Russia - a major nuclear power - to the NEA, Angel Gurría said that this signature also provides a strong political signal in the direction of the future OECD membership.
Following the Arab Spring, MENA countries have embarked on far-reaching political reforms, opening a window of opportunity to unleash the region’s tremendous potential. Policy-makers should now focus on employment, social justice, fair competition, anti-corruption and the rule of law, said OECD Secretary-General.
Our contributions to find sustainable solutions to the major policy challenges include Development, Gender and Skills. We also need to work together to build an inclusive agenda for growth and to define more effective policy options.
In the current economic situation, we can not afford to neglect the potential contribution of women to growth and development, said Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General