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OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015 Climate Change Mitigation Ageing and Employment Policies: Denmark 2015

Governments must step up R&D in frontier technology: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Meeting climate goals will require stronger policies to cut emissions: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Promoting longer working lives is vital for Denmark's future prosperity: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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COMMONWEALTH
Assessment of Debt Restructuring Operations in Commonwealth Small States

Assessment of Debt Restructuring Operations in Commonwealth Small States: Read and share | Book on Commonwealth Bookshop | Book on Commonwealth iLibrary

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NORDIC REGION
Future of biodiversity in the Barents Region

Future of biodiversity in the Barents Region: Read and share | Book on Norden iLibrary

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD/FISHERIES

Risk Management of Outbreaks of Livestock Diseases: Working paper

World Food Day 2015: Building Resilient Societies and Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty in the Sahel and West Africa Region: OECD Insights

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-Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability in the Netherlands: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS
The Innovation Imperative OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015

The Innovation Imperative: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The OECD's Revised Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment: Better data for better policy: OECD Insights

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Statistics - OECD Data, Analysis and Forecasts: FDI statistics database

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-New Approaches to SME and Entrepreneurship Financing: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Official Development Finance for Infrastructure: Working paper

UNDP-OECD DevCom Workshop "Let's talk about the SDGs": Event details

International Development Statistics (IDS): Online databases

Can cross-border co-operation be a tool for the stabilisation and development of Mali and its northern regions?: OECD Insights

World Food Day 2015: Building Resilient Societies and Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty in the Sahel and West Africa Region: OECD Insights

Sahel and West Africa Week at Expo Milano: 26-30 October

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-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Germany 2015: Book listing
-Multi-dimensional Review of Kazakhstan: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS
The Innovation Imperative

The Innovation Imperative: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Do environmental policies matter for productivity growth?: Webpage

Economics Department Working Papers:
-1264. The Costs of Flexibility-Enhancing Structural Reforms

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-OECD Economic Surveys: Brazil 2015: Book listing
-OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2015 Issue 2: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS
Quarterly National Accounts, Volume 2015 Issue 2 International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2015 Issue 4

Quarterly National Accounts, Volume 2015 Issue 2: Read and share | Book on OECD iLibrary

International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2015 Issue 4: Read and share | Book on OECD iLibrary

Employment situation, second quarter 2015, OECD: Press release

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-OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2015 Issue 2: Book listing

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EDUCATION
Schooling Redesigned OECD Reviews of School Resources: Kazakhstan 2015

Schooling Redesigned: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Reviews of School Resources: Kazakhstan 2015: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

How confident are students in their ability to solve mathematics problems?: PISA in Focus

OECD Education Today Blog: Latest posts

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS
Ageing and Employment Policies: Denmark 2015

Promoting longer working lives is vital for Denmark's future prosperity: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD reports wide gaps in well-being across Mexico's states: Press Release

The transition in the Mexican pensions system to one based on individual defined contribution accounts has increased its financial sustainability: Press Release

Employment situation, second quarter 2015, OECD: Press release

Fiscal Redistribution In Middle Income Countries: Working paper

Stat of the Week: Jobs and skills

OECD Skills and Work Blog: Latest posts

Forthcoming
-Connecting with Emigrants: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Labour Market and Social Policies: Colombia 2015: Book listing

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ENERGY
Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2015

Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2015: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-World Energy Outlook 2015

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ENVIRONMENT
Climate Change Mitigation Environment at a Glance 2015

Meeting climate goals will require stronger policies to cut emissions: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Environment at a Glance 2015: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Do environmental policies matter for productivity growth?: Webpage

Financing climate change action: Webpage

Forthcoming
-Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability in the Netherlands: Book listing
-The Economic Consequences of Climate Change: Book listing

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HEALTH

Public Expenditure Projections for Health and Long-Term Care for China Until 2030: Working paper

Foreign-trained doctors working in the USA and the UK by main countries of origin : Graph of the Month

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-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Australia 2015: Book listing
-Health at a Glance 2015: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015

Governments must step up R&D in frontier technology: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Information and communications technology on the OECD Data Portal: OECD Data

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NUCLEAR ENERGY
Projected Costs of Generating Electricity 2015

Projected Costs of Generating Electricity 2015: Book on OECD iLibrary

NEA Monthly News Bulletin: October 2015

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT
OECD Territorial Reviews: Valle de Mexico, Mexico OECD Reviews of School Resources: Kazakhstan 2015

OECD Territorial Reviews: Valle de México, Mexico: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Reviews of School Resources: Kazakhstan 2015: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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-OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook 2015: Book listing

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY
OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015 The Innovation Imperative

Governments must step up R&D in frontier technology: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Innovation Imperative: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Making Open Science a Reality: Working paper

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-Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability in the Netherlands: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015

Governments must step up R&D in frontier technology: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-New Approaches to SME and Entrepreneurship Financing: Book listing
-The Missing Entrepreneurs 2015: Book listing

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TAXATION

OECD holds second regional Network Meeting on BEPS in Eurasia: More information

Forthcoming
-Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes - Azerbaijan, Colombia, Costa Rica, Gabon, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Romania, Samoa, Senegal: Book listing
-Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital 2014 (Full Version): Book listing

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TRADE
International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2015 Issue 4

International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2015 Issue 4: Read and share | Book on OECD iLibrary

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TRANSPORT

Transport Policy Matters: Blog

Statistics Brief: October

Forthcoming
-Adapting Transport Policy to Climate Change

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY
OECD Territorial Reviews: Valle de Mexico, Mexico

OECD Territorial Reviews: Valle de México, Mexico: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD reports wide gaps in well-being across Mexico's states: Press Release

OECD work on Regional Development: Webpage

OECD work on Rural Development: Webpage

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG and THE OECD OBSERVER

Making innovation work

Today, innovation is central to advanced and emerging economies alike; in many OECD countries, firms invest as much in the knowledge-based assets that drive innovation, such as software, databases, research and development, firm-specific skills and organisational capital, as they do in physical capital, such as machinery, equipment or buildings. Read more

World Food Day 2015: Building Resilient Societies and Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty in the Sahel and West Africa Region

The official programme marking World Food Day takes place today at the Universal Exposition in Milan, under the theme, “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty”. This theme underscores the role of social protection in ensuring that food and other basic needs of the most vulnerable individuals and households are addressed. Read more

The OECD’s Revised Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment: Better data for better policy

Let’s start with a quiz. Which country is the second biggest direct investor in China? Who are the largest investors in India and Russia? You probably won’t believe it, but the answers are... Read more

If this is a war on emissions, governments need a strong arsenal

More than 150 countries have submitted their post-2020 Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Such contributions are vital to the COP21 climate change conference in Paris this December. Read more

Can cross-border co-operation be a tool for the stabilisation and development of Mali and its northern regions?

Mobile populations, transhumance and nomadic herding, a valley at the interface between the desert and the savannah, cultural diversity between Arab-Berber and sub-Saharan worlds, everything in northern Mali reminds you that this area is a transition zone between Mali and Algeria. Read more

The innovation imperative and the design of learning systems

Education has become increasingly important worldwide, including politically. Probably the key driver for this is economic – the fundamental role of knowledge and skills in underpinning and maintaining prosperity. No argument has more political purchase today regarding education’s value than that it enhances competitiveness. Read more

Rich or poor? We’re not sure...

Back in May, we asked you a simple question – are you rich or poor? For once, this question wasn’t rhetorical. Thanks to the OECD’s Compare Your Income tool, you could actually check for yourself where you stood on the income scale – rolling around in money or struggling to make ends meet. Read more

We need to talk about the SDGs

Views vary on how much of a difference the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) actually made to the world. But on one thing people seem more or less united: They were a great communications tool. They took the abstract concept of “development” and turned it into a series of mostly concrete goals – fewer poor people, more kids in school, healthier mothers and babies, and so on. Read more

Eating soup with a knife: Confronting warfare in the Sahara

Insurgency is a cause of underdevelopment in large areas of West Africa, holding back the task of achieving social and economic progress.
Combating an insurgency is never easy at the best of times, but in a desert, it is slow and messy. Indeed, to quote Thomas Edward Lawrence–known to many as Lawrence of Arabia–it is "like eating soup with a knife". OECD Observer article

Sustainable Development Goals: A revolution begins

As negotiations near conclusion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), countries are honing in on what it will take to implement them. There are currently 17 goals on the table, and by the time the UN summit to launch the goals takes place in September, the much-emphasised “transformative” nature of the goals could gain traction, as could the “revitalised global partnership” called for under Goal 17. OECD Observer article

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