OECD Week 2015 will focus on investment, inclusive growth, innovation, the new climate economy and the Sustainable Development Goals. It includes the annual Ministerial meeting, Forum 2015 and meetings linked to G20, B20 and L20 forums, bringing together Ministers from 34 member countries and Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, South Africa with representatives from business, trade unions, civil society, academia and media.
The Secretary-General will be awarded the Médaille de la Haute Assemblée, which is given to personalities that have contributed to strengthening the relation between Latin America and France.
There are now 42 adherents to the OECD Declaration on Green Growth. Lithuania has joined Costa Rica, Colombia, Croatia, Latvia, Morocco, Tunisia, as well as OECD members in having adhered to the declaration. Latest reports are now available on Zambia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Korea.
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Levels of alcohol consumption in France are among the highest in the OECD, but have been declining in the past 30 years. In 2012, an average of 11.8 litres of pure alcohol per capita was consumed in France, compared with an estimate of 9.1 litres in the OECD.
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Water resources allocation determines who is able to use water resources, how, when and where. Capturing information from 27 OECD countries and key partner economies, the report presents key findings from the OECD Survey of Water Resources Allocation and case studies of successful allocation reform.
The Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)'s Call for Applications for conference sponsorship and research fellowships for funding in 2016 is now OPEN. The CRP supports work on sustainable use of natural resources in agriculture, forests, fisheries and food production.
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Agricultural research fellowship award grants and international conferences sponsorships of the Co-operative Research Programme (CRP): Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems; advice for applicants for funding.
The key challenge is to reform the labour market to promote job growth. Further labour market reforms should be the top priority. The strong protection accorded by open-ended contracts hinders labour mobility, despite the progress brought by reforms regarding mass layoffs and the introduction of the rupture conventionnelle, a mutually agreed termination procedure.
France has begun implementing a series of important pro-growth structural policy measures, but boosting medium-term growth will require more ambitious action to reform the labour market, curb high levels of public spending and taxation and create jobs, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of France.