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  • 24-May-2016

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    National Urban Policies and Habitat III

    The OECD has been selected to co-lead one of the ten policy units contributing Habitat III taking place in Quito, Ecuador from 17-20 October 2016.

  • 20-May-2016

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    Inequality and urban growth

    This year London’s population overtook its historical high of 8.6 million reached at the outset of the Second World War, bucking the trend of many European and North American cities, which have experienced only slight, or even negative, growth.

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  • 22-April-2016

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    Local growth and development: An era of new priorities

    Not so long ago, “globalisation” was a favourite paradigm in international business. It was a trend that began in the late 1970s and accelerated in the 1980s, when corporate takeovers were the order of the day and multinational companies fixated on maximising short-term profits and boosting share prices. One approach was “global sourcing”, also called outsourcing or offshoring.

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  • 11-April-2016

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    Japan’s demographic and policy challenges in 5 charts - Insights blog

    Look at Japan and you see the future of many OECD countries. Extreme demographic shifts are re-sculpting the country in dramatic ways, defining future challenges and demanding new policy responses. Blog by Bill Below, on the challenges faced and the opportunities available.

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  • 21-March-2016

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    New Approaches to Economic Challenges in a Century of Cities

    Blog article on the complex and multi-dimensional challenges faced by city policy-makers in addressing urban issues at all levels of government.

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  • 6-January-2016

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    LEED Flash January 2016

    This is the newsletter of the OECD LEED Programme.

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  • 8-December-2015

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    Regional Studies Association Institutional Ambassador Award

    The Regional Development Policy Division was honoured to have been selected by the Regional Studies Association (RSA) to receive the Institutional Ambassador Award 2015 on 18 November. The award is in recognition of the high calibre of reports and measurement tools produced by the Regional Development Policy Committee and its supporting Working Parties.

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  • 29-May-2015

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    Prague: A single speed for progress

    A city’s brand is pivotal for its position in global society, particularly in global competition. Indeed, a city has many aspects of a commercial product. The very strong international brand that I represent is Prague, the million-strong capital of the Czech Republic.

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  • 26-May-2015

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    Business brief: Innovation and urban mobility in Brazil

    “What is the city but the people?” asked Shakespeare in Coriolanus. All city planning focuses on people and the quality of life. The big cities in Brazil took shape from the 1950s, when the country’s population amounted to approximately 52 million inhabitants, only 36.2% of whom lived in cities.

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  • 15-May-2015

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    How shared self-driving cars could change city traffic

    In 2011, TIME Magazine named collaborative consumption (or the sharing economy as it is often called) as one of the top 10 ideas that will change the world. Four years on, this prediction seems to be holding true. The number of companies operating in the sharing economy is rising rapidly in the transport sector alone.

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