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  • 11-April-2016

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    Japan: Boosting Growth and Well-being in an Ageing Society

    With 25 years of sluggish economic growth, Japan’s per capita income has fallen from a level matching the average of the top half of OECD countries in the early 1990s to 14% below that today. Weak growth, together with rapid population ageing, has driven public debt into uncharted territory. Revitalising growth is thus the top priority for the Japanese government. With the labour force shrinking more rapidly than the population, per capita output can only grow through improvements in labour productivity and labour force participation. Japan’s highly-skilled labour force and its technological leadership can help close the gap with leading OECD countries in per capita income. But broad-based structural reforms, as envisaged in the third arrow of Abenomics, are needed to allow these strengths to fully achieve their potential. The initial impact of Abenomics in 2013 was impressive, and the reform process needs to continue.

  • 11-April-2016

    English

    OECD Territorial Reviews: Japan 2016

    Japan is embarked on a demographic transition without precedent in human history: the population is both declining and ageing rapidly. This raises important questions about the country's future economic geography, as public policies will need both to respond to these shifts and also to shape them. Demographic change will have particularly important implications for the settlement pattern of the country, and this, in turn, will affect Japan's ability to sustain economic growth and the well-being of its citizens. This Review therefore focuses on the spatial implications of demographic change and the response of spatial policies to it, particularly as these interact with other policies aimed at sustaining the productivity growth that a "super-ageing" Japan will need in order to maintain its future prosperity. The Japanese authorities have recently put in place a complex package of long-term spatial and structural policies aimed at meeting this challenge. Their experience should be of first-order interest to other OECD countries, as most face the prospect of rapid population ageing and many are also projected to experience significant population decline over the coming decades.

  • 11-April-2016

    English

    Japan will need reforms to ease economic blow of a shrinking workforce

    Japan must make revitalising growth its number one priority with reforms to boost productivity and encourage more women and older people into jobs to compensate for its rapidly shrinking labour force, according to the OECD.

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  • 6-April-2016

    English

    Food Security and the Sustainable Development Goals - OECD Insights blog

    The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a significant number of interconnected objectives related to agriculture and food.

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  • 6-avril-2016

    Français

    Gestion des risques de sécheresse et d'inondation dans l'agriculture - Enseignements pour les politiques publiques

    Le changement climatique devrait augmenter la probabilité et l’ampleur des risques climatiques extrêmes, notamment les sécheresses et les inondations, auxquels le secteur agricole est tout particulièrement exposé. Même si les gains de productivité dans l’agriculture et l’évolution des politiques ont permis d’améliorer la gestion de ces risques en réduisant leurs impacts sur le secteur et les marchés agricoles, il n’en reste pas moins des marges de manœuvre significatives pour améliorer et coordonner les politiques en matière d’allocation et de droits d’usage de l’eau, de systèmes d’informations météorologiques et hydrologiques, d’innovation et de formation, d’assurance et d’indemnisation. Les risques de sécheresses et d’inondations constitueront sans aucun doute un enjeu majeur de politique publique, dès lors que l’augmentation de la demande de produits agricoles (aliments, fibres et énergie), la compétition croissante pour l’usage de l’eau et l’urbanisation accentueront les besoins de prévention et d’atténuation des risques, soulevant la question de leurs répartitions sectorielle et géographique.

     

     

  • 6-avril-2016

    Français

    Perspectives d'avenir pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture dans le monde

    Il nous faut relever le défi du développement d’un système alimentaire mondial capable de nourrir une population croissante et plus aisée tout en préservant les écosystèmes sensibles ; d’entrer en concurrence pour l’accès aux ressource naturelles limitées ; d’augmenter la croissance de la productivité agricole tout en atténuant le changement climatique et en s’y adaptant ainsi qu’aux autres dangers ; et de contribuer au bien-être dans les zones rurales.

    Ce rapport présente trois scénarios alternatifs contrastés pour illustrer différentes perspectives d’avenir. Les scénarios se fondent sur plusieurs modèles économiques mondiaux et sur de longues discussions avec les parties prenantes concernées. Le rapport souligne les considérations pour les politiques afin que les besoins futurs soient remplis de manière durable au plan économique, social et environnemental. Les scénarios mettent en lumière les incertitudes de fonds qui entourent la prise de décisions pour l’avenir, et indiquent l’importance cruciale que revêt la coopération internationale dans de nombreux domaines d’action.

     

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  • 1-April-2016

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    Making the Most of Public Investment in the Eastern Slovak Republic

    The Slovak Republic joined the European Union in 2004, the Schengen area in 2007 and the euro in 2009. These events, coupled with decentralisation reform and the creation of administrative regions, have brought significant change. While overall growth has been impressive compared to OECD countries overall, benefits have not accrued equally across the country. Public investment could potentially improve regional conditions and attract private funding, but governance bottlenecks stand in the way. This case study shows that the main obstacles to effective public investment are linked to high local fragmentation as well as the challenges national and subnational administrations face in designing and implementing investment strategies that correspond to local needs. Drawing on a detailed set of indicators, the study provides recommendations to address these challenges and make the most of public investment in the Slovak Republic.

  • 1-April-2016

    English

    A New Rural Development Paradigm for the 21st Century - A Toolkit for Developing Countries

    Three billion people live in rural areas in developing countries. Conditions for them are worse than for their urban counterparts when measured by almost any development indicator, from extreme poverty, to child mortality and access to electricity and sanitation. And the gulf is widening, contributing to large-scale migration to urban areas. This situation exists despite half a century of rural development theories and approaches, and despite the global momentum built around the Millennium Development Goals between 2000 and 2015. Without greater progress on rural development, it is unlikely that the new Sustainable Development Goals will be met. This book calls for a new paradigm for rural development that is equipped to meet the challenges and harness the opportunities of the 21st century – including climate change, demographic shifts, international competition and fast-moving technological change.

  • 31-mars-2016

    Français

    Forum mondial sur le développement 2016

    L’OCDE organise l‘Édition 2016 du Forum mondial sur le développement sur le thème « De l'engagement à la mise en œuvre des Objectifs de développement durable : politiques, données et financement ».

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  • 29-March-2016

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    Global mayors join forces to address inequalities and foster inclusive growth in cities worldwide

    Mayors from cities across the United States, Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America gathered in New York to launch a global campaign to address rising inequalities and foster inclusive growth in their cities, in their countries and worldwide.

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