Governments have a tough enough job delivering on the economy, and ensuring that their country can provide education and health systems that work, essential services such as water and electricity, not to mention roads, railways and clean air – can we really expect them to make us happy too?
Equality between the sexes has come a long way in the past 50 years or so, and in some areas (life expectancy, education) women are now ahead of men in many countries. So why do we still need an international women’s day?
We all want to come out of the crisis with a more sustainable economic system that delivers better lives for everyone, but just what is the right policy recipe to deliver the quality jobs and investment, trust and transparency, and effective regulation that we need?
The global economy is not out of the woods yet, and 2013 is a critical year if we are to leave the crisis behind and create more sustainable growth and employment. Easy to say – but what is being done, and what more can be done, to make it happen?
Gender equality is a necessity, not an option if we are to move on from the economic and financial crisis to create more sustainable and inclusive economies and societies around the world. So what are we waiting for?
November marks the 50th anniversary of the OECD Observer, an award-winning public magazine which addresses the policy challenges of our times. Flicking through the issues, from 1962 to today, is like taking a trip through modern history.
The financial and economic crises have highlighted the need for change in the way our governments and systems operate. But the real question is what changes will deliver inclusive, open and responsible governance that can reduce inequality and promote economic growth.
The OECD will have its eyes on Latin America this week with the release of three reports: a report on tax revenues in Latin America, a report on the economic projections for the region with a special chapter on SMEs and their central role in unleashing Latin America’s growth potential and a book on the challenges of water governance in Latin America and the Caribbean.
A return to growth is essential to leave the crisis behind. But the path to growth will be difficult for governments if they do not rebuild trust with their citizens.
Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto ended his European tour with a visit to OECD headquarters in Paris and delivered a speech on the challenges for Mexico and its role in a changing world.