Cities are important generators of wealth, employment and productivity growth and often quoted as the engines of their national economies.
Rural regions in OECD countries are important economically and demographically. Increasing globalisation, improved communications and reduced transportation costs are drivers of economic change in rural areas. However, promoting rural development poses numerous policy and governance challenges.
Innovation is the main and increasing source of growth in OECD countries. Regions are key players in shaping innovation and in mobilising untapped potential for national growth.
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The Daegu Declaration was handed to the OECD-SG at the 7th World Water Forum
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The Principles on Water Governance help countries get the best from their water systems.
These OECD Principles provides a framework for governments to put in place better water policies and they will be used to develop a broader OECD perspective on water management over the coming years.
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List of the participants who attended the 5th WGI meeting on 26 May 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland
As the OECD celebrates its 10th Rural Conference this edition will look at the next steps for the OECD Rural Policy Programme and consider the direction for future work.
This book examines trends in ageing societies and urban development before assessing the impact of ageing populations on urban areas and strategies for policy and governance. It includes nine case studies covering Toyama, Japan; Yokohama, Japan; Lisbon, Portugal; Calgary, Canada; Cologne, Germany; Brno, Czech Republic; Manchester, United Kingdom; Philadelphia, United States and Helsinki, Finland.
China needs a new model of urbanisation to match the shift to a new model of growth. For decades, both urbanisation and growth have been based on robust export demand, cheap labour, cheap land and artificially low pricing of environmental externalities. None of these can support growth or urban development in the future.