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The 2nd OECD-Southeast Asia Regional Forum will be held in Thailand on 27-28 April 2009. Drawing on bilateral discussions with several countries in the region and identifying areas of common interest, the OECD proposes the theme of Enhancing Competitiveness through Regional Integration.
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
Should central government leave regional development to local policy makers? Employment ministers from OECD countries, including Finland, Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, addressed such questions at a conference in Venice, Italy, from 17-19 April 2008.
Cross-Border Diaries - Bulletin on West African Local-Regional Realities, produced by the Sahel and West Africa Club
The "Atlas on Regional Integration in West Africa" is an ECOWAS/SWAC initiative, financed by the development co-operations agencies of France, Switzerland and Luxembourg.
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Rural Environment in West Africa , joint FAO/SWAC publication, March 2007
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Prüfbericht zur Politik für ländliche Räume: in Deutschland ist die Politik zur Entwicklung der ländlichen Räume noch immer stark auf den Agrarsektor konzentriert. In anderen Bereichen, die einen bedeutenden Beitrag zu Wachstum und Beschäftigung leisten könnten, werden dagegen die Entwicklungschancen noch nicht ausreichend genutzt.
Angel Gurría addressed the importance of local initiatives and regional development in helping countries adapt to the challenges of globalisation and technological change in his speech delivered at the Danish Growth Council.
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In OECD countries, rural areas account for three-quarters of the land and are home to a quarter of the population. Rapid changes in the international economy clearly have a different effect on these regions than on cities and towns, offering different challenges but also different opportunities.Improved communications and the Internet make it possible for many people to work just as effectively from a cottage in a village as in a city
Recent work is focusing on the contractual approach of multi-level governance, the design of grants transferred from central to sub national levels of government and the variety of agreements between municipalities.