• 30-October-2013


    Cancer Care - Assuring Quality to Improve Survival

    More than five million new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in OECD countries. Mortality rates are declining, but not as fast as for other big killers such as heart disease, and cancer survival rates show almost a four-fold difference across countries. In short, many countries are not doing as well as they could in the fight against cancer.

    Cancer Care: Assuring Quality to Improve Survival surveys the policy trends in cancer care over recent  years and looks at survival rates to identify the why some countries are doing better than others. It sets out what governments should do to reduce the burden of cancer in their countries. As well as an adequate level of resourcing, a comprehensive national cancer control plan appears critical, emphasising initiatives such as early detection and fast-track treatment pathways. Countries also need better data, particularly for patients’ experiences of care, in order to provide high quality, continuously improving cancer care.

  • 25-octobre-2013


    Examens environnementaux de l'OCDE : Italie 2013

    Ce rapport est le troisième examen des performances environnementales de l'Italie. Il évalue les progrès vers le développement durable et la croissance verte, et met l'accent sur les politiques qui favorisent une gestion plus efficace et efficiente de l'eau et la lutte contre le changement climatique.


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  • 24-October-2013


    Rural-Urban Partnerships - An Integrated Approach to Economic Development

    Urban and rural areas enjoy different and often complementary assets, and better integration between them is important for socio-economic performance. This report provides a framework to understand the changing relationships between urban and rural areas. It is focused on one approach that can enhance and better manage rural-urban relationships – the use of rural-urban partnerships. Specifically, it documents the characteristics of these partnerships and the factors that can hinder as well as enable rural-urban co-operation. Different governance approaches to manage rural-urban relationships are identified and discussed. Finally, recommendations are provided to help national, regional and local policy makers to build effective and sustainable rural-urban partnerships for better economic development.

  • 21-October-2013


    OECD Territorial Reviews: Puebla-Tlaxcala, Mexico 2013

    Encompassing 39 municipalities in two states, Puebla-Tlaxcala is the fourth-largest metropolitan zone in Mexico. Over the past five decades, the region has successfully attracted major national and international firms, building its reputation as both a manufacturing hub specialising in auto production and one of Mexico’s most important centres of higher education. Yet it also faces important challenges. Compared to other large Mexican metropolitan zones, Puebla-Tlaxcala has a disproportionate share of individuals with low skills, which could represent a bottleneck to future growth. Urban sprawl is another challenge with important economic, environmental and social consequences. Puebla-Tlaxcala's urban footprint expanded nearly eight times faster than its population over the past three decades, contributing to inadequate service provision and high levels of social marginalisation, particularly in the metropolitan periphery. To ensure that the region remains competitive and grows sustainably over the long term, this review recommends (i) improving workforce and economic development outcomes, particularly by raising the level of low-skilled workers; (ii) guiding urban growth more effectively to tackle urban sprawl and improve serve delivery; (iii) and addressing governance challenges by building capacity in the public sector and transitioning to forms of metropolitan governance.

  • 16-October-2013


    Energy Efficiency - Market Trends and Medium-Term Prospects

    Energy efficiency has been referred to as a “hidden fuel”, one that extends energy supplies, increases energy security, lowers carbon emissions and generally supports sustainable economic growth. Yet it is hiding in plain sight: in 2011, investments in the energy efficiency market globally were at a similar scale to those in renewable energy or fossil-fuel power generation.

    The Energy Efficiency Market Report provides a practical basis for understanding energy efficiency market activities, a review of the methodological and practical challenges associated with measuring the market and its components, and statistical analysis of energy efficiency and its impact on energy demand. It also highlights a specific technology sector in which there is significant energy efficiency market activity, in this instance appliances and ICT. The report presents a selection of country case studies that illustrate current energy efficiency markets in specific sectors, and how they may evolve in the medium term.

    The energy efficiency market is diffuse, varied and involves all energy-consuming sectors of the economy. A comprehensive overview of market activity is complicated by the challenges associated with quantifying the components of the market and the paucity of comparable reported data. This report underscores how vital high-quality and timely energy efficiency data is to understanding this market.

    This first Energy Efficiency Market Report sits alongside IEA market reports for oil, gas, coal and renewable energy, highlighting its place as a major energy resource. It summarises in one place the trends and prospects for investment and energy cost savings in the medium term, up to 2020.

    This Report joins the IEA market reports for oil, gas, coal and renewable energy, highlighting energy efficiency’s place as a major energy resource. It summarises the trends and prospects for investment and energy cost savings in the medium term, up to 2020.

  • 8-octobre-2013


    Sécurité alimentaire mondiale - Défis pour le système agricole et agro-alimentaire

    Ce rapport examine comment les modifications du fonctionnement des secteurs alimentaires et agricoles à travers le monde peuvent contribuer à réduire la faim et à atteindre la sécurité alimentaire mondiale. Le défi est de grande ampleur et multidimensionnel. Tandis que la production alimentaire répondra aux demandes d'une population mondiale croissante et plus aisée, des politiques gouvernementales efficaces peuvent stimuler la productivité et contenir la pression à la hausse sur les prix des denrées alimentaires. Elles peuvent également aider à faire en sorte que les ressources en terre et en eau soient utilisées de manière plus durable, et à ce que les agriculteurs aient la capactité de gérer les risques et de s'adapter au changement climatique. Les échanges auront un rôle important à jouer pour garantir une utilisation efficace et durable des ressources, et pour distribuer les excédents de denrées alimentaires aux régions déficitaires. Parallèlement, des réformes multilatérales sont nécessaires pour garantir un système mondial des échanges plus efficace et plus juste qu'auparavant.

    Environ deux tiers de la population pauvre mondiale vit dans des régions rurales , où l'agriculture est la principale activité économique. Ce rapport examine comment les politiques gouvernementales peuvent augmenter les revenus des familles agricoles et rurales, et ainsi améliorer l'accès aux denrées alimentaires de la population pauvre. Bien que la croissance des revenus soit essentielle à la sécurité alimentaire à long terme, elle n'est pas suffisante. Des politiques complémentaires, comme l'amélioration de la santé et de l'assainissement, sont requises pour garantir une meilleure alimentation de la population. Il faut donc prendre des mesures à de nombreux niveaux. Ce rapport a pour objectif d'aider les responsables politiques à établir des priorités au niveau mondial, régional et national.

  • 27-September-2013


    OECD Territorial Reviews: Antofagasta, Chile 2013

    Chile has been very successful in turning its natural resource endowments into a generator of growth and modernisation. However, its mining regions, including Antofagasta, face the challenge of developing a critically important primary sector in a manner that contributes to both economic growth and broader measures of well-being. Antofagasta's long term sustainability goals include a more diversified economic base, supported by a city that is lived in for its high quality of life and the opportunities it offers. To achive this, it will need to make the most of its natural endowments, improve the city's physical attractiveness and ensure better urban policy outcomes. It will also require regional and local actors to act in a strategic and innovative manner. This study focuses on economic diversification, urbanism and governance in the city of Antofagasta. Consideration is given to: economic and socio-economic trends such as those associated with labour markets and skills, as well as quality of life factors; opportunities for specialisation, diversification and innovation within and beyond the mining cluster, including throught its port network; urban policy challenges especially in land use, waste management, environment and public transport; and to the role of public governance in helping the city realise its economic and quality of life objectives.

  • 26-septembre-2013


    Une meilleure réglementation des partenariats public-privé d'infrastructures de transport

    Les pouvoirs publics s’efforcent souvent d’attirer le financement privé en s’appuyant sur des partenariats public-privé (PPP), afin de maintenir l’investissement tout en limitant les dépenses publiques. Le bilan des PPP est toutefois mitigé. Dans le secteur des transports, les projets PPP ont dans certains cas permis de réaliser d’importantes économies, mais ils ont plus souvent donné lieu à des dépassements de budget. Les PPP sont exposés à une surestimation des recettes et lorsque les projets rencontrent des difficultés financières, les risques ont tendance à revenir à la charge du contribuable.

    Le rapport examine la nature des risques et de l’incertitude liés aux différents types de projets PPP ainsi que les conséquences pratiques du transfert des risques aux partenaires privés. Il évalue l’impact budgétaire des PPP et examine les procédures budgétaires et les règles comptables en vue de limiter le passif que les PPP peuvent créer dans les finances publiques. Il fait aussi le point sur les avantages respectifs des péages, des paiements de disponibilité et des modèles de base d’actifs régulés pour attirer les investisseurs privés vers le financement des infrastructures publiques sur une base durable.

  • 24-September-2013


    Transition Towards a Sustainable Nuclear Fuel Cycle

    Future fuel cycle characteristics, feasibility and acceptability will be crucial for the continued development of nuclear energy, especially in the post-Fukushima context. Fuel cycle choices have both long- and short-term impacts, and a holistic assessment of their characteristics, cost and associated safety issues is of paramount importance. This report associates quantified impacts with foreseeable nuclear energy development in different world regions. It gives initial results in terms of uranium resource availability, fuel cycle facility deployment and reactor types. In particular, the need to achieve short doubling times with future fast reactors is investigated and quantified. The report also provides guidelines for performing future studies to account for a wider range of hypotheses on energy demand growth, different hypotheses regarding uranium resource availability and different types of reactors to be deployed.

  • 24-September-2013


    Summary of the Fourth International Nuclear Emergency Exercise (INEX-4) - Exercise Conduct and Evaluation Questionnaires

    The International Nuclear Emergency Exercise (INEX) series, organised under the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Working Party on Nuclear Emergency Matters (WPNEM), has proven successful in testing, investigating and improving national and international response arrangements for nuclear accidents and radiological emergencies. Early INEX exercises focused on the national and international aspects of early phase management of nuclear power plant emergencies. Starting with INEX-3 (2005-2006), the international community began looking at issues concerning longer-term consequence management. In 2008, the WPNEM started preparing the INEX-4 series, which was conducted in 2010-2011 and addressed consequence management and transition to recovery in response to malicious acts involving the release of radioactive materials in an urban setting. The goal of INEX-4 was to provide a basis for enhancing emergency management through the exchange of exercise experiences from participating countries and the identification of good practices and common issues. This summary report provides general outcomes based on country responses to the INEX-4 evaluation questionnaire and suggests areas of focus for future consideration.

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