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Spring 2016


Celebrating International Women's day with a revamped OECD Gender Portal

What is the gender pay gap in your country? Do boys or girls perform better at school? In which country is it easier for women to start a business? The new OECD Gender Portal offers more than 80 key indicators and interactive charts that you can easily modify and share to see how your country compares on gender equality. For International Women’s Day 2016, the OECD has fully redesigned its online Gender Portal making it mobile and tablet friendly. Visit the site here

Policy Forum on the Future of Work & Employment and Labour Ministerial Meeting 14-15 January 2016

The Ministerial meeting took place under the chairmanship of Ireland, with France and Germany as vice-chairs. Ministers from more than 40 OECD and partner countries convened at the OECD headquarters in Paris for a rich exchange of ideas and experiences on how to build more resilient and inclusive labour markets in light of the lessons learned from the recent global economic crisis and in view of the ongoing changes in the world of work as a result of demographic shifts, technological change and globalisation.

The theme covered issues that are high up on the policy agenda of all OECD and major emerging countries with which the OECD has a growing partnership.The meeting also identified priority topics for future OECD work in the employment and labour policy field. 

"The [third] main factor shaking the world of work is digitisation. Unprecedented and continuously growing computer power, Big Data, the penetration of the internet, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and collaborative platforms, among other developments, are radically changing the prospects of what work is needed and by whom, and where and how it will be carried out."

- Stefano Scarpetta, Director, ELSA ("What future for work?", OECD Observer No. 305 Q1 2016)

Back-to-back with the Ministerial meeting, a Policy Forum on the Future of Work took place to discuss how digitisation is shaping the world of work and the implications for skills and labour market policy. The Forum brought together over 300 participants including key academics, Labour and Employment Ministers, entrepreneurs and leading representatives from the business sector and the trade unions. The discussions that took place during the Forum will shape the OECD and participating countries’ policy agenda to promote better jobs and well-being.

Pictured: photo by photographer Anne AR "I AM WITH THEM"'

OECD and UNHCR call for scaling up integration policies in favour of refugees

"This crisis is not just about numbers. This crisis is about people, it’s about lives." OECD SG Angel Gurría on the Humanitarian Crisis

The head of the OECD, Secretary-General Angel Gurría, and UNHCR's High Commissioner Filippo Grandi, at a joint high-level Conference on the integration of beneficiaries of international protection in Paris on the 28 January 2016, called on governments to scale up their efforts to help refugees integrate and contribute to the societies and economies of Europe. During the event there was a photo exhibition by photographer Anne A-R "I AM WITH THEM", who captures the life of refugee migrants traveling through the Balkans.

Read the full speech here. Pictured: photo by photographer Anne AR "I AM WITH THEM"'. Follow Anne A-R here.

COPE: OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality

The OECD has long been the world’s leading source of information and analysis of trends in inequality in developed countries. To make its analysis and recommendations ever more useful to policy makers, as part of the All on Board for Inclusive Growth Initiative, it launched the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality on the 26th of October 2015. The event was moderated with two panel discussions addressing why inequalities are a challenge to our society and a concluding session underscoring the need for inclusive growth. There was an open discussion with panellists, and in the final session, participants were invited to provide their ideas on priority areas for the work of the Centre.

The single most important comparative advantage of the COPE is OECD’s experience with policy-focused analysis and policy advice and the availability of relevant fora – Working Groups, Committees and Council meetings – in which policy options and recommendations to promote opportunity and equality can be discussed with national policy makers and other relevant stakeholders, such as the private sector and trade unions, and NGOs.

Watch the COPE video on "Opportunity and Equality for all" here.


Pensions at a Glance 2015

The 10-year anniversary edition of Pensions at a Glance highlights the pension reforms undertaken by OECD and G20 countries over the last two years. Two special chapters provide deeper analysis of first-tier pension schemes and of the impact of short or interrupted careers, due to late entry into employment, childcare or unemployment, on pension entitlements. Another chapter analyses the sensitivity of long-term pension replacement rates on various parameters. A range of indicators for comparing pension policies and their outcomes between OECD and G20 countries is also provided.

This report had strong media impact in print, online, broadcast and social media, here are some examples of international press:


Take a minute and use the "Compare your country" tool to see how your country compares to the OECD average.


Health at a Glance 2015

Health at a Glance 2015 shows that overall health expenditure continues to grow slowly in many OECD countries in line with GDP growth, although health spending fell in 2013 for a third consecutive year in Italy and Portugal and a fourth in Greece. 

The new edition of Health at a Glance provides a set of dashboards allowing readers to visualise the relative performance of different OECD countries on selected indicators. These dashboards show that all countries have wide scope for improving the quality of health care and tackling unhealthy lifestyles, such as obesity and harmful alcohol consumption.

No country consistently performs at the top of the country ranking on key indicators of quality of care, even those that spend the most on health. There is room for improvement in all countries in the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of different health problems.

Global media coverage of this publication was broad and deep with hundreds of articles being written in major global print editions. Here are just some examples of key articles:


Making Integration Work:

Refugees and others in need of protection

The Migration Division has recently launched the 1st edition of a series entitled Making Integration Work. The series draws on key lessons from the OECD’s work on integration, particularly the Jobs for Immigrants country reviews series. The objective is to summarise in a non-technical way the main challenges and good policy practices to support the lasting integration of immigrants and their children for selected key groups and domains of integration.  Each volume presents ten lessons and examples of good practice, complemented by synthetic comparisons of the integration policy frameworks in OECD countries. This first volume deals with refugees and others in need of protection, referred to as humanitarian migrants.

Additional releases:

  • Migration Policy Debates - In 4 pages, the Migration Policy Debates offer a comprehensive overview of latest developments in policies that deal with migration management and integration. 


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