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The OECD’s Working Group on Bribery sharply criticised the United Kingdom’s failure to bring its anti-bribery laws into line with its international obligations under the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and urged the rapid introduction of new legislation.
The OECD Development Centre will publish its latest Latin American Economic Outlook 2009 on Tuesday 28 October 2008, at 06:00 El Salvador time (13:00 in Paris, noon GMT).
A news conference to launch a new OECD report analysing trends in income distribution and poverty in the 30 OECD member countries will take place on Tuesday 21 October 2008 at OECD headquarters.
In the midst of this financial crisis of global proportions, development aid budgets will be one of the areas of public spending under pressure as donor countries face up to the fiscal effort needed to restore the financial system. Despite these difficult circumstances, we must keep protecting and strengthening our development commitments, according to Mr. Gurría.
As the financial crisis deepens and spreads, a decisive policy action is needed to restore confidence and restart the flow of credit, according to Mr.Gurría.
Governments need to put in place comprehensive strategies to make their tourism industries more competitive and work with industry and regional and local authorities to promote sustainable tourism development.
Given that the majority of the world’s population lives in cities accounting for 60 to 80 percent of emissions, cities are key actors in our efforts to achieve long-term sustainable solutions to the global climate change challenge, according to Mr. Gurría.
- Conference on Competitive Cities and Climate Change
The OECD’s latest economic survey of Australia, to be published on Friday 10 October 2008, identifies a number of challenges such as tackling inflation, increasing the number of people in work and raising public investment in infrastructure and education.
In the lead-up to joining the European Union, Hungary made significant progress in reducing air and water pollution and protecting its nature and biodiversity says OECD’s latest Review of the Environmental Performance of Hungary.
In the lead-up to joining the European Union, Hungary made significant progress in reducing air and water pollution and protecting its nature and biodiversity, according to Mr. Gurría. However, he recommended that Hungary redouble its efforts, in order to further reduce pollution and use energy and raw materials more efficiently.