El COVID-19 está teniendo un gran costo en términos de sufrimiento y vidas humanas. América Latina es hoy el epicentro de la pandemia de Covid-19 con más de 2,5 millones de casos confirmados y 100.000 vidas perdidas.
Just two weeks ago, the OECD updated its Economic Outlook, and the picture is bleak. Our forecasts indicate that this year we will face the biggest recession in the OECD's 60-year history. Given the uncertainty surrounding the development of COVID-19, we present two scenarios in the Outlook.
In this challenging context, entrepreneurs and young firms can play a particularly important role. While they are often even more vulnerable, in many cases they have also demonstrated remarkable agility in adjusting their business models and practices, and developing innovative solutions to the current crisis.
The OECD has been working hard to help countries navigate the pandemic and to sow the policy seeds needed to “build back better”. This is a key objective of our COVID-19 Policy Hub, which contains over 100 policy briefs, as well as a country policy tracker and extensive data.
COVID-19 has placed unprecedented stress on domestic and global supply chains. GVCs are essential: No country is able to produce alone all the goods needed to fight the global health crisis.
During the first part of this Forum, almost a month ago, we discussed how RBC needs to be an integral part of a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, our discussion will focus on ‘access to remedy’, which is a key aspect of the work of the National Contact Points (NCPs) for RBC.
The COVID-19 pandemic has converted our homes into our principal places of leisure, but also into our offices and the schools of our children. By bringing our professional lives into our personal ones, the crisis has shone a spotlight on the importance of housing policies for our well-being and the broader economy.
Two years ago, when we kicked-off this project together, we all agreed on one fundamental idea: we cannot talk about cities and provide adequate policy responses to the challenges they face without accurate and comparable data at a global scale. This is doubly important in the current context.
The OECD has been actively supporting our members and partners throughout the COVID-19 crisis. As part of our response, we launched a Digital Hub on Tackling the Coronavirus, providing a single entry point to the OECD’s analysis on the economic and social impacts of COVID-19.
Our latest Economic Outlook, released last Wednesday, paints a very bleak picture. The 6% annual decline in global GDP that we project for 2020 is far bigger than any other decline we have seen in the 60 years of the OECD’s existence.