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Participatory subnational planning for REDD+ and other land use programmes: Methodology and step-by-step guidance

<p>This document presents a proposed methodology, and step-by-step guidance, for Participatory Subnational Planning (PSP), tailored to operationalise subnational REDD+ programmes. PSP is a participatory planning method presented as a comprehensive, yet cost-effective approach to identifying: drivers of deforestation and forest degradation; interventions to address these drivers; environmental and social benefits/risks of these interventions; and indicators and monitoring plans.</p><p>The PSP methods are outputs of the project &lsquo;Delivering Multiple Benefits from REDD+ in Southeast Asia&rsquo; (MB-REDD), implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. The report states that the methodology is generic and could be applied to any multi stakeholder land use planning process attempting to achieve a triple bottom line of economic, environmental and social returns.</p>

16 Sep 2014 15:06:23 GMT

Global water demand projections: past, present and future

<p>This research paper focuses on water demand projections (WDPs) which are widely used for future water resource planning. It argues that accurate WDPs can reduce waste or scarcity associated with overdevelopment or underdevelopment, respectively, of water resources. The paper examines how closely such past projected withdrawals match current water withdrawals to identify lessons that can be learned and strengthen future studies on WDPs. Six WDPs conducted before 1990 and seven conducted after 1990 are analyzed in detail. The review shows that the pre-1990 WDPs, which considered population as the main driver of change, overpredicted current water use by 20 to 130%. Unrealistic assumptions on the norms of water use in different sectors were the main reasons for large discrepancies. The post-1990 WDPs had sophisticated modeling frameworks. They integrated many exogenous and endogenous drivers of food and water supply and demand, with refined estimation procedures for domestic and industrial sectors.</p>

16 Sep 2014 14:54:50 GMT

State of the rainforest 2014

<p>Destruction of the rainforest and other tropical forests continue on a dramatic scale in spite of unprecedented global attention to the issue of deforestation and the role of forests in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. The global figures for deforestation are contested: Two main sources of data, the FAO&rsquo;s Global Forest Resources Assessment (2010) and a remote sensing study by University of Maryland (2013), use different technologies and definitions of forest and display huge variation between figures. We simply don&rsquo;t know how much rainforest is left on Earth, and how fast it disappears. Both sources agree, however, that tropical forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate. According to the FAO, 130 000 km2 of the world&rsquo;s forests are lost every year, the majority in the tropics. Simultaneously, the University of Maryland calculates the annual loss of tropical forest to be 92 000 km2. According to the latter, 1.1 million km2 (three times the size of Norway) have been lost from 2000 to 2012. Dense tropical rainforests once covered around 18 million km2 of Earth, but is now reduced to half of this size. Most of this forest was lost during the last 50&ndash;60 years, and rapid deforestation continues. Except for Brazil, which has reduced deforestation at a globally significant scale, other countries have not managed to show similar positive results on the ground &ndash; in the forest &ndash; in spite of political commitments.</p>

15 Sep 2014 17:08:36 GMT

Facing Uncertainty: the value of climate information for adaptation, risk reduction and resilience in Africa

<p>This report puts participatory scenario planning (PSP - a multi-stakeholder platform for making seasonal climate forecasts useful) into the broader context of climate communication, with a focus on Africa.</p><p>It is aimed at new users and intermediaries interested in integrating climate information into adaptation, resilience, disaster risk reduction (DRR), early warning, agriculture and other sector-based development programmes and related work. It explains why and how climate information is a valuable resource for informing responses to climate variability and change. Based on lessons from the Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) and national meteorological services in Ghana, Kenya and Niger, the report demonstrates how climate information can inform decision-making, planning and policy development and ensure results are climate resilient.</p>

11 Sep 2014 11:28:56 GMT

PACC Experiences: Gender and climate change adaptation

<p>This paper focuses on the mainstreaming of gender into climate change adaptation at all levels in the Pacific islands region &ndash; from national policy to on-the-ground initiatives.</p><p>It argues that there is universal benefit when all women and all men are able to fully participate in development decisions and actions. However, the paper highlights that mainstreaming gender will take time and effort and requires responsive institutional arrangements, political will and commitment, gender awareness and skills, and dedicated resources. The paper argues that agriculture is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and adaptation measures are vital to guarantee food security into the future.</p>

11 Sep 2014 11:19:27 GMT

Environmental impact assessment in sustainable water resources development: major issues of consideration

<p>This paper argues that to bring more environmental integrity to water resources development, major challenges such as population pressure, climate change, planning and policies should be properly addressed.</p><p>The&nbsp;paper aims to review the current level of understanding of environmental impact assessment of water resources development; to assess the major challenges to sustainable environmental systems from water resources development perspectives, and to identify major environmental issues that need to be considered in sustainable water resources planning and development. It argues that during project study and design, major environmental impacts of water resources development should be identified and made available for decision makers and the public. In the arena of Integrated Water Resources Management, the paper concludes that the environment should be considered as one of the legitimate users of water, and allotted reasonable amount of water for its sustainability.</p>

11 Sep 2014 11:07:23 GMT

Integrating gender equality in climate smart development

<p>This interactive tool offers support in integrating gender equality in climate smart development. Via tabs you can easily navigate between policy cycle, recommendations, quick links etc. This allows you to find relevant information without having to read the whole document.</p><p>The tool focuses on climate smart development in five different sectors: water, food security, energy, natural resources, and disaster risk reduction. Per sector you can directly access:</p><ul><li>Climate change effects on that sector;</li><li>Gender implications of these effects;</li><li>Recommendations and best practices for gender equality integration;</li><li>Useful resources &amp; tools.</li></ul><p>Furthermore, the tool includes a section on the policy cycle, identifying entry points for gender equality integration in different stages. Although it focuses on the policy cycle of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is equally useful for policy and programme cycles of other governmental and non-governmental institutions in various contexts.</p>

11 Sep 2014 10:23:31 GMT

Agricultural interventions and investment options for climate change in drought and saline - flood prone regions of Bangladesh

<p>Rice is the staple food in Bangladesh and crucial for the food security in the country. The alluvial soil deposits, through an extensive river network across Bangladesh, have contributed to a fertile land with high rice productivity potential. However, the frequent occurrence of floods, salinity and drought has repeatedly threatened the food security especially in the rural areas. Climate change is anticipated to aggravate the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events in Bangladesh by significantly impacting rice production. Noteworthy studies have proposed potential responsive measures by concentrating either on the technical or economic efficiency of the suggested interventions. To this end, the current report presents an outranking multicriteria approach enriched with a Geometrical Analysis for Interactive Assistance for a better reflection of the appropriate interventions to improve rice production on a farm basis.</p><p>Further, the investment options needed to implement these interventions are explored. The drought prone areas of Rajshahi and saline prone areas of Barisal regions were chosen for the study. The results indicated that water storage systems were prioritised in Rajshahi whereas the introduction of improved varieties in Barisal was of the highest importance. Also, the training seminars for farmers were deemed as a rather significant intervention for both regions.</p>

11 Sep 2014 10:02:11 GMT

Formative Mid - Term Review of the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) Program in the Amazon: Final report

<p>This is a mid-term review of RFN&#39;s Amazon Program, financed by the Norwegian MFA with annual budgets of 30 mill NOK in 2012 - 2013 reduced to 25 mill NOK in 2014. The Program is closely linked to other public Norwegian funding of RFN for the same purpose (Norad, Climate and Forest Initiative, plus Norwegian Brasilia Embassy support to many RFN local partners) with annual budgets between 70 and 75 mill NOK. The dual development goal of both the MFA and the Norad programs in support of RFN is that the Amazon rainforest is effectively protected and that the rights of its inhabitants are fully ensured. The main objective of the present review is to assess progress towards the MFA program ́s outcomes.</p>

04 Sep 2014 16:33:15 GMT

Chololo Ecovillage: a model of good practice in climate change adaptation and mitigation

<p>Chololo Ecovillage is a part of The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), an initiative of the European Union. This report argues that it provides an exemplary and empowering examples for communities to test, evaluate and apply a wide range of adaptation innovations in key sectors such as agriculture, livestock, water, energy and forestry. The project aims to provide practical solutions to the climate challenges as it works across several sectors. Through a holistic approach, the report argues that the project is breaking new ground, achieving synergies and strengthening the knowledge base of good practice in climate change adaptation, while reducing carbon footprints.</p>

02 Sep 2014 19:19:54 GMT

Climate change impacts and adaptation in South Africa

<p>This paper reviews current approaches and recent advances in research on climate impacts and adaptation in South Africa.</p><p>It finds that established research on the biophysical impacts of climate change on key sectors (water, agriculture, and biodiversity) integrates the climate change scenarios but further research is needed in a number of areas, such as the climate impacts on cities and the built environment. National government has developed a National Climate Change Response White Paper, but this has yet to translate into policy that mainstreams adaptation in everyday practice and longer-term planning in all spheres and levels of government. A national process to scope long-term adaptation scenarios is underway, focusing on cross-sectoral linkages in adaptation responses at a national level. Adaptation responses are emerging in certain sectors. Some notable city-scale and project-based adaptation responses have been implemented, but institutional challenges persist. In addition, a number of knowledge gaps remain in relation to the biophysical and socio-economic impacts of climate change.</p>

02 Sep 2014 19:08:36 GMT

Tracking climate change funding: learning from gender-responsive budgeting

<p>This paper looks at what budgeting for climate change initiatives can learn from gender-responsive budgeting (GRB).</p><p>It aims to guide lesson-learning from the experience of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) initiatives &mdash; and to a lesser extent child-friendly budgeting initiatives &mdash; that might inform initiatives in respect of budgeting for climate change. It draws on the author&rsquo;s experience of working on GRB and child-friendly budgeting in more than 30 countries and advising even more countries long distance on these topics. A separate <a href="http://internationalbudget.org/wp-content/uploads/Tracking-Climate-Change-Funding-Learning-from-Gender-Responsive-Budgeting-Technical-Companion.pdf">companion paper</a> describes in more technical detail the approach taken by various countries to gender budget statements.</p>

02 Sep 2014 19:03:59 GMT

Protecting our capital: How climate adaptation in cities creates a resilient place for business

<p>This report is based on the disclosure of cities&rsquo;&nbsp;climate mitigation, adaptation and water management data.</p><p>It argues that cities are leading the way on climate change. In 2014, 108 cities reported their carbon emissions inventories. The cities of Denver (USA), London (UK), Madrid (Spain), Durban (South Africa) and Taipei (Taiwan) reduced their emissions by a total of 13.1 million tons CO2 equivalent since 2009, a 12 per cent reduction. Cities are also increasing their resilience to the impacts of climate change. This year, cities reported 757 adaptation activities and 102 cities have climate adaptation plans.</p>

02 Sep 2014 18:56:29 GMT

Capturing synergies between water conservation and carbon dioxide emissions in the power sector

<p>This report concentrates on recommended strategies to capture synergies between cutting water use, reducing risks to the power sector, and also reducing emissions.</p><p>The authors of this report wanted to gain a more thorough understanding of potential conflicts and synergies between power generation and water use. They developed a mixed-integer linear programming model of the power sector that captures the key relationships with water. The model was then used to develop a series of scenarios for four case studies &ndash; the North Grid of China, India, France, and the state of Texas in the United States. The researchers found that cost-effective options exist that can cut water use, reduce risks to the power sector, and also reduce emissions of conventional pollutants and greenhouse gases from electricity generation.</p>

02 Sep 2014 18:50:20 GMT

Strategies for building resilience to hazards in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems: The role of public private partnerships

<p>Paper examining strategies to improve water, sanitation and hygiene provision and resilience, in developing urban contexts.</p><p>One of the largest risks to people living in urban areas in the developing world is a lack of improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) provision. Access to water and sanitation is an important factor in determining social vulnerability to natural hazards, not only for meeting immediate needs, but also for the wider application of relevant disaster prevention. The aim of this paper, published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, is to enhance understanding of how the resilience of WASH systems to hazards can be improved, and therefore help inform different strategies for public and private partnerships. So as to acknowledge the multi-levelled nature of resilience, risk at various relevant levels are taken into account: regional/river basin, urban area, and individual. </p><p>For each of these levels, the authors first describe the different components of risk, vulnerability and resilience of the WASH system that influence people׳s exposure to hazards, before illustrating these components using examples from case studies in the literature. Using a social learning lens - a crucial ingredient of resilience - opportunities for reducing risks through improving public&ndash;private engagement are then examined These are presented as strategies which could guide investment decisions; as pressures from climate change and development add up, businesses must become aware of the risks involved in operating and investing without considering ecosystem health, both in terms of the services they provide for mitigating floods and droughts, as well as in terms of the development approaches that define how ecosystems are managed. </p><p>The paper concludes that there is a need to develop an institutional culture that strives towards greener and more resilient urban environments with the help of various quality assurance methods. Partnerships must reach the poorer customer base, encourage informal small entrepreneurs, and boost financial mechanisms, e.g. micro-insurance, to support the most vulnerable in society. Other business strategies recommended to reduce vulnerability to water-related hazards in urban areas include integrating social and technical programmes that incorporate flood preparedness, and building micro-financial opportunities which can enable vulnerable people to transition into new livelihoods.</p><p>[adapted from source]</p>

02 Sep 2014 18:34:43 GMT

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Honiara, Solomon Islands

<p>The vulnerability and adaptation assessment for Honiara is to provide national and local government decision makers and community leaders with information relevant to defining their adaptation priorities and plans, with the view of eventually integrating this into their regular programmes and budgets. The vulnerability and adaptation assessment will also provide guidance in identifying where and what critical actions are needed to effectively manage the unavoidable impacts of climate change.</p>

02 Sep 2014 18:24:49 GMT

A country-led safeguards approach: guidelines for national REDD+ programmes

<p>These guidelines aim to support countries in determining how to respond the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other REDD+ safeguard commitments, by providing a framework to support the design of a country-led safeguards approach (CSA). It is argued that a CSA allows a country to respond to international and national safeguard commitments, by building upon the country&rsquo;s existing governance system (its legal, institutional and compliance frameworks) that, combined, can be used to operationalize safeguards and provide information as to how they are being addressed and respected.</p>

02 Sep 2014 18:20:08 GMT

Land use land cover change in the fringe of eThekwini Municipality: Implications for urban green spaces using remote sensing

<p>This study sought to determine a 22-year past and future land use and land cover trend and its implication on green spaces in an eThekwini Municipal Area&rsquo;s peripheral settlement. Results show a consistent pattern of decline in land use and land cover types associated with green spaces and an increase in impervious surfaces. The study is taken to confirm recent urban bio-physical transformation and anticipated increased pressure on peripheral urban green spaces in eThekwini Municipality. These changes can be attributed to natural urban growth and government led efforts like the Reconstruction and Development Programme. Findings in the study highlight the challenges faced by eThekwini Municipality, and indeed other South Africa&rsquo;s urban areas in maintaining urban green spaces and mitigating related implications like those associated with climate change. This study is taken to further demonstrate the value of multi-temporal remotely sensed datasets in planning, optimization and sustainable management of urban landscapes.</p>

02 Sep 2014 18:15:33 GMT

Forest carbon stocks in woody plants of Mount Zequalla Monastery and it’s variation along altitudinal gradient: implication of managing forests for climate change mitigation

<p>This journal article argues that carbon sequestration through forestry has the potential to play a significant role in ameliorating global environmental problems such as atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases&nbsp;and climate change. It documents a study undertaken to estimate forest carbon stock along altitudinal gradient in Mount Zequalla Monastery forest in Ethiopia. The results are taken to show a significant variation with exception for soil organic carbon stock. The amount of carbon stock in above and below ground biomass showed increasing pattern with increasing altitude whereas litter and soil organic carbon stocks showed decreasing pattern with increasing altitude. Overall this study points out Mount Zequalla Monastery forest has the potential to sequester plenty of CO2 with a considerable variation along altitude. Thus, the authors argue ,that it has paramount importance to give conservation priority to the forests to achieve climate change mitigation aspiration especially through forest carbon sequestration mechanism.</p>

02 Sep 2014 18:09:33 GMT

Women’s empowerment at the frontline of adaptation emerging issues, adaptive practices, and priorities in Nepal

<p>This study argues that there is a major knowledge gap in relation to the impact of multiple drivers of change on women in Nepal and women&rsquo;s role in adaptation to climate change and managing natural resources.</p><p>The scoping study aims to address this gap and identifies differences in impact and adaptive capacity between and among women and men. It also identifies appropriate and sustainable adaptation strategies which it is argued would ensure equitable access to resources, rights, and opportunities for marginalized, minority, and indigenous people. The findings of the study are taken to show that across Nepal, there has been an increase in rural women&rsquo;s workload rendering multiple effects on women&rsquo;s health, income, safety, nutrition, violence against women and ultimately on women&rsquo;s social, economic and political empowerment. It also argues that variability in water availability has negatively affected women&rsquo;s livelihoods.</p>

02 Sep 2014 17:59:19 GMT

Fish for the future: Fisheries development and food security for Kiribati in an era of global climate change

<p>This report provides background information for fisheries projects in Kiribati that aim to build food security, improve artisanal livelihoods and strengthen community engagement in fisheries governance.</p><p>The report provides information on the current status of Kiribati fishery resources (oceanic and coastal), their current governance and future challenges. It argues that fish and fisher alike pay little heed to maritime boundaries and bureaucratic distinctions. This report covers both sides of the oceanic/coastal boundary because of the I-Kiribati communities&rsquo; interest in oceanic fisheries such as tuna and their heavy dependence on its fisheries resources for food security and economic development. The report focuses on two potential pilot sites for community-based fisheries management projects: North Tarawa and Butaritari.</p>

02 Sep 2014 17:43:29 GMT

Gender-inclusive disaster risk management

<p>This paper focuses on the role of women in disaster risk management.</p><p>The &lsquo;Gender Tip Sheet&rsquo; is meant as a reference guide for staff and consultants of the Asian Developing Bank and its &lsquo;developing members&rsquo; for conceptualizing, designing, and implementing gender inclusive projects. It argues that women &ndash; with their extensive knowledge of communities, social roles of managing natural environmental resources, and caring responsibilities&mdash;increasingly play a critical role in disaster risk management. Its key message is that empowering women is the key to strengthening disaster resilience of communities.</p>

02 Sep 2014 17:36:27 GMT

Building resilient freshwater systems

<p>This paper argues that freshwater systems on small Pacific islands are fragile, and highly vulnerable to climate change. The islands need resilient freshwater systems to ensure water security for their people into the future. It outlines adaptation measures demonstrated by climate-resilient water systems projects in the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) programme. These include upgrading water infrastructure to improve water capture and storage, increasing the options for sourcing water, and improving water quality. The paper argues that climate analysis is a key step in the early planning stages of climate-sensitive projects, alongside other essential assessments such as socio-economic assessment and cost&ndash;benefit analysis. It also states that good governance is also vital for building resilient freshwater systems and gives examples from the six PACC projects.</p>

02 Sep 2014 17:25:20 GMT

Standards for results-based REDD+ finance: overview and design parameters

<p>The objective of this paper is to give an initial overview of existing and emerging REDD+ frameworks for results-based finance. It summaries key standards for channel results-based payments to REDD+, beginning by clarifying the terminology used in the context of voluntary and other REDD+ standards. The next section provides an overview of the most important results-based REDD+ financing standards. An annex summarizes each initiative or organisation&rsquo;s objective and background, and to the extent available, guidance or standards for main design elements. The paper introduces design elements such as scope and scale, reference levels, safeguards, leakage, permanence, additionality, registries, as well as measurement, reporting and verification. It argues that these design elements are vital for REDD+ to create effective and rigorous programs to reduce emissions and enhance carbon removals.</p>

02 Sep 2014 16:51:42 GMT

The effectiveness of climate finance: a review of the Amazon Fund

<p>This working paper looks at the effectiveness of the Amazon Fund, the largest dedicated fund supporting efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation in the Amazon.</p><p>It is managed by the Brazilian Development Bank with US$ 1 billion in funding from the government of Norway, and technical assistance support from Germany. The paper argues that the Fund has demonstrated that developing country institutions can meet high standards of fiduciary governance and operational transparency. Yet while the $1 billion committed to the fund is a significant sum relative to other climate funds, it is a small sum of money relative to the size of the Brazilian economy and the incentives that are driving deforestation. While the fund is intended to work on a payment for performance basis, in practice the paper argues that the payments have been less clearly linked to demonstrated emission reductions.</p>

02 Sep 2014 16:45:38 GMT

Fast Start Finance for forests: The challenge of maintaining momentum

<p>Since 2007, developed countries have provided substantial international public finance for programs that will reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+). This paper seeks to understand the role of REDD+ during the Fast Start Finance (FSF) period, by reviewing the five largest FSF contributions. The paper finds that: The majority of REDD+ FSF was programmed bilaterally, primarily as grants; The delivery of REDD+ finance reflects multiple contributor country objectives, including poverty reduction, and biodiversity protection; Major contributions have targeted heavily forested countries. Overall, however, emissions from deforestation and the allocation of finance are not closely linked.</p>

02 Sep 2014 16:39:28 GMT

Climate mitigation finance across developing countries: what are the major determinants?

<p>This empirical study assesses the relationship between the characteristics of developing countries and the amount of official climate mitigation finance inflow. The results show that developing countries with higher CO2 intensity, larger carbon sinks, lower per capita gross domestic product (GDP) and good governance tend to be selected as recipients of climate mitigation finance, and receive more of it. CO2 emission is not used as a determinant of mitigation finance until the actual financial disbursement. Poverty aid tends to be allocated to countries with low CO2 emissions, possibly to avoid diverting aid from poorer developing countries. However, such a diversion is unavoidable if the share of mitigation finance in climate finance and in overall official development assistance (ODA) continues to escalate. This study calls for an equitable allocation of total ODA mitigation and adaptation finance in addition to the 0.7% ODA/gross national income target, and for transparent criteria and the verification of reporting on the allocation of mitigation finance.</p>

02 Sep 2014 16:14:57 GMT

The effectiveness of climate finance: a review of the Adaptation Fund

<p>This working paper looks at the effectiveness of the Adaptation Fund which has piloted new approaches to delivering climate finance.</p><p>The Fund is partly capitalised through a 2 per cent levy on the Clean Development Mechanism. The paper argues that it has played a significant role in scaling up available finance for adaptation in developing countries, albeit from a very low baseline, and operates with high levels of transparency. The paper started that early progress on a results framework helped focus the Fund&rsquo;s operations and foster learning. It also argues that The Fund&rsquo;s sourcing of finance has generated lower revenues than hoped, however, and substantial questions remain about the predictability of funding. The paper highlights that although accreditation processes have become more established over time, in practice ensuring strong coordination and ownership of programs across stakeholders in country is an on-going challenge.</p>

02 Sep 2014 16:11:00 GMT

Finding the money: a stock taking of climate change adaptation finance and governance in Nepal

<p>This report reviews climate change adaptation finance committed to Nepal from public sources of international finance during the period 2009 to 2012.</p><p>Projects and programmes are categorized in six types &ndash; pure adaptation projects, mitigation projects, projects contributing to both adaptation and mitigation, development assistance projects with some activities contributing to climate change adaptation, projects not relevant to climate change and projects with no detailed information available. Total adaptation funding is further analysed with respect to sources of funding, recipient types and sector wise allocation. The study has also looked at the fund flow mechanisms of three major climate adaptation projects in Nepal viz. Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP) and National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) projects.</p>

02 Sep 2014 16:02:40 GMT

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Small Island Developing States?

<p>CDKN summary of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, from a small island developing state perspective.</p> <This report, produced by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, presents the findings, implications, and recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change&rsquo;s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, from a small island developing states (SIDS) context. The report opens by contextualising the risks to the region from climate change, providing evidence, together with levels of certainty, to show that SIDS are already at significant risk from sea-level rise, increasing air and sea surface temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, and tropical and extra-tropical cyclones. Projections for these trends are provided for different SIDS regions, namely the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and the western tropical Pacific.</p> <p> The report moves on to discuss the impacts of climate change on SIDS development across a number of themes: tourism, coastal and marine ecosystems and fisheries, terrestrial ecosystems, infrastructure and settlements, public health, and freshwater availability. In some cases, climate change represents an existential risk for some SIDS due to sea-level rise, which risks (rising to &lsquo;high risk&rsquo; in the long-term) completely inundating some atoll nations during high tide events such as cyclones. </p> <p>A major hindrance to adaptation is that the costs of sea level rise impacts as a percentage of GDP is highest for the small islands from the Pacific. The damage costs for these small islands is vast, presenting barriers to locally raising the finances necessary. Resettlement and migration should only be considered as a last resort, to ensure focus remains on the need for mitigation through reducing greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p><A number of other key messages and recommended adaptation and development options include that:<ul> <li> </span> SIDS are already feeling the impact of climate change, and further change is now inevitable in the coming decades.</li> <li>SIDS stand to benefit from the integration of adaptation, mitigation and development approaches.</li> <li>A gradual transformation to a low-carbon economy implies new patterns of investment.</li> <li>International cooperation is vital to avert dangerous climate change impacts.</li> <li>SIDS governments can promote ambitious global action.</li></ul></p>

02 Sep 2014 15:52:00 GMT

The challenges of climate change: children on the front line

<p>UNICEF ebook on the challenges of climate change facing children around the world.</p><p>Representing 30 per cent of the global population, children are the largest, and most vulnerable, group of people currently affected by climate change. Not only that, but children represent the generation that must grow up dealing with the future impacts of climate change, and deliver the deep cuts to carbon emissions required in the coming decades. This ebook published by UNICEF brings together the knowledge and opinions of forty contributors - scientists, development workers, and experts in health, nutrition, and children&rsquo;s rights - to try and build a clear picture of what climate change means for children both today, and in the future.</p><p>Section one introduces the reality of climate change, explaining what is happening to the climate, and discussing the present and future climate realities for children. The impacts of climate change on children is explored in more depth in section two, looking at health risks, the need to change agricultural and food systems, and mitigating the impacts of environmentally driven migration on children. Section three concerns adaptation and children, asserting the need for a children-centred approach to adaptation. Urban and disaster risk reduction contexts are also covered in this section.</p><p>Child rights and climate change is the topic of section four, including inter-generational justice, and some critical thoughts on casting a gender lens on children in climate change. Section five discusses child participation and climate change, such as partnering with young innovators, engaging youth in games for learning about climate risks, opportunities for child empowerment through participation at United Nations climate conferences, and engaging children in the African climate change discourse. Finally, &lsquo;Where Next?&rsquo; is the title of the concluding section, with contributions on the latest scientific verdict on climate change, and inequality, climate change, and children&rsquo;s development.</p>

29 Aug 2014 16:16:22 GMT

Climate variability, adaptation strategies and food security in Malawi

<p>Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) working paper assessing factors determining subsistence farmers' selection of sustainable farming practices.</p><p>Malawi is ranked as one of the world&rsquo;s 12 most vulnerable countries to the adverse effects of climate change, with subsistence farmers increasingly suffering from a number of climate related impacts such as drought, dry spells, and floods. This working paper assesses farmer&rsquo;s incentives and conditioning factors in Malawi that hinder or promote climate adaptation strategies, and evaluates the impacts on crop productivity. It does so through household level data collected in 2011 from a large, nationally representative sample, combined with geo-referenced climatic and bio-physical information, and multi-level institutional characteristics.</p><p>The paper focuses on analysing the determinants of household farming practice selection and productivity impacts of four potentially risk-reducing climate-smart agricultural practices - maize-legume inter-cropping, soil and water conservation (SWC), trees, and use of organic fertilizer - that are high priorities in the Malawi National Agriculture plan. The authors argue that climatic variability and shifts in recent climate patterns are major determinants of farm practice choice. The study takes into account the possibility of farmers choosing a mix of approaches, and seeks to account for potential interdependence between different practices. Following this, the authors estimate the causal impact of the use of these practices on productivity, using instrumental variable techniques, as well as conditional recursive mixed processes. </p><p>The</strong> paper adds value to the available literature by further breaking down the impacts of these practices across different segments of the population; an issue scarcely addressed in the existing literature, a review of which is provided in section two. Data sources, sample composition and descriptive results are presented in section three, before section four presents the analytical methods with an emphasis on empirical models and hypothisised relationships. Section five discusses the main analytical results, and the paper concludes with key findings and recommendations in section six. These include:<ul><li>Exposure to delayed onset of rainfall and greater climate variability, and the biophysical sensitivity of plots, are positively associated with the choice of risk-reducing practices such as tree planting and SWC.</li><li>Wealthier households are more likely to adopt both modern and sustainable land management inputs.</li><li> Rural institutions, social capital, and supply-side constraints play a key role in governing selection decisions, particularly for tree-planting and fertiliser use.</li></ul></p>

29 Aug 2014 16:04:43 GMT

Environment and humanitarian action: increasing effectiveness, sustainability and accountability

<p>This study examines the integration of environmental considerations into humanitarian operations.</p><p>Key conclusions can be summarised into four categories: system-wide accountability and responsibility; mainstreaming environment at system and field level; advocacy and evidence; and funding environment in humanitarian action.</p><p>The study explores the current state of integration of environmental considerations into humanitarian operations and recommends collective action to improve the effectiveness, accountability, and sustainability of humanitarian action. It examines some of the achievements to date and proposes&mdash;based on extensive consultations &mdash; how the future agenda might be defined. Lessons and experiences of what has and has not worked to integrate environment into humanitarian operations are considered, building a case to support timely and consistent mainstreaming of environmental considerations during humanitarian action. The report argues that a failure to integrate will have negative impacts, causing environmental degradation and destruction, and ultimately lessening the survival and recovery prospects for the victims of conflict and disasters.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:52:53 GMT

Getting caught with our plants down: the risks of a global crop yield slowdown from climate trends in the next two decades

<p>This paper argues that climate change could have a large impact on crop yields and food security.</p><p>This paper estimates the risks that climate trends over the next 10 or 20 years could have large impacts on global yields of wheat and maize, with a focus on scenarios that would cut the expected rates of yield gains in half. The paper also finds that global warming has also greatly increased the chance of climate trends large enough to halve yield trends over a 10 year period, with a roughly 1 in 4 chance for maize and 1 in 6 chance for wheat. Estimated risks are slightly larger when using climate projections from a large ensemble of a single climate model that more fully explores internal climate variability, than a multi-model ensemble that more fully explores model uncertainty.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:36:52 GMT

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

<p>This report assesses the vulnerability to climate change of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.</p><p>It argues that cities must be at the centre of efforts to address the challenge of climate change, both to mitigate its causes and to adapt to its anticipated effects. This is because in urban areas, with higher population density, climate change will exacerbate and compound existing climate vulnerabilities, especially for the urban poor. It highlights that in Papua New Guinea urban populations are often located in hazard-prone areas in the coastal zone. Storm surges and sea-level rise can affect settlements, food production and infrastructure. A lack of basic services such as clean water supply and solid waste management can exacerbate the negative effects of climate change. The report argues that the poorest are almost always the most vulnerable, as they have less access to infrastructure, basic services and social safety nets in the event of a disaster.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:26:53 GMT

Global-to-local modelling of land use dynamics in Vietnam

<p>This paper presents the preliminary results of two hypothetical futures for Vietnam, a High Climate Impact and a High Economic Growth Scenario.</p><p>The results of the study are taken to show that the structure of the Vietnamese economy, land distribution, and the composition of the food consumption basket are little affected by the scenarios. Impacts are, however, visible across sectors, with important inter-sectoral linkages between primary and processing industrial sectors. For example, climate change, primarily modelled via yields, is shown to slow down the economy. An increased demand for land by crops at the cost of livestock and commercial (production) forestry pushes up land prices with knock-on effects for the rest of the economy. Food security deteriorates across the globe and in Vietnam, with substitution towards cheaper imports. Pursuing higher economic growth by increasing yields and technological progress in manufacturing and agriculture sectors can turn these developments around and minimise land price increases.</p>

29 Aug 2014 15:08:55 GMT

Energy and water: the vital link for a sustainable future

<p>Access to water and energy of the right quality and at an affordable price underpins poverty eradication and improved health. Water is used in energy production and energy in the provision of and treatment of water. However, if we don&rsquo;t manage the water resources wisely, the possibility to secure energy for all is at risk. The global demand for freshwater is under-going rapid changes and is projected to grow by 55 per cent between 2000 and 2050.</p><p>The chapters in this paper were prepared for World Water Week 2014, and titles include:</p><ul><li><p>Water and energy: a necessary evolution from dialogue to partnership?</p></li><li><p>The growing thirst for energy: is shale gas part of the solution, or part of the problem</p></li><li><p>Sustainable hydropower in the context of water and energy security</p></li><li><p>Forest, water, and carbon storage: creating synergies and balancing trade-offs in view of climate change</p></li><li><p>Water and energy in the urban setting</p></li><li><p>For better, for worse: the eternal interdependence of energy and water</p></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

29 Aug 2014 09:45:32 GMT

Final Report: Climate for development in Africa (ClimDev) – Climate sciences and services for Africa - strategic research opportunities for ClimDev

<p>The Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme is an initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The programme is seeking to deploy climate science in ways that lead to climate resilient development.</p><p>ClimDev-Africa is contributing to this vision by supporting activities that enhance the scientific base and observational infrastructure; strengthen partnerships between government institutions, private sector, civil society and vulnerable communities; and improve frameworks for decision-making, awareness and advocacy.</p><p>The purpose of this report is to present the ClimDev Partnership with a much narrower set of strategic research options by which ACPC and AfDB in particular could establish a unique presence in the realm of climate research and resilience planning. As a result, hitherto under-represented sectors and regions would be better equipped to manage risks as well as maximise development opportunities presented by climate variability and change.</p><p>A gap analysis was undertaken using different sources of evidence drawn from bibliographic metrics, previous research prioritisation exercises, peer-reviewed and grey literature, meta-analysis of web-based material, conference proceedings, ClimDev reports and proposal short-listing, an inventory of climate data requests, case studies and consultations with African experts.</p>

28 Aug 2014 09:52:34 GMT

Urban development: structured learning guide

<p>The purpose of this booklet is to support advisers in DFID to strengthen their knowledge of urban development themes by providing signposts to quality assured references, grey literature and other useful learning materials. This structured learning guide will enable DFID advisers from any cadre to improve their understanding of key policy and programming issues, but is particularly aimed at infrastructure, climate change and environment, and livelihoods advisers. The guide covers the thematic areas listed below:</p><ul><li>urban poverty &ndash; including resilience.</li><li>urban services &ndash; including water and sanitation, health and education issues.</li><li>urbanisation and growth &ndash; including evidence on pro-poor growth and issues of inequality.</li><li>urban planning &ndash; including participatory approaches to slum improvement such as slum dweller federations, small towns, mega-cities and secondary towns.</li><li>urban governance &ndash; including citizen inclusion, urban management and funding.</li><li>urban livelihoods &ndash; formal and informal, including social protection mechanisms, opportunities for the urban poor, rural-urban links, migration and urban food security.</li><li>cities and climate change</li><li>cities and disaster planning &ndash; including flood protection.</li><li>housing and Lland</li><li>women and urbanisation &ndash; including economic opportunities for women.</li></ul>

28 Aug 2014 09:42:49 GMT

Documentation of research on climate change and human health in southern Africa

<p>This report focuses on climate change and human health in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.</p><p>This report promotes the idea of establishing a knowledge sharing and research network in the region, with special reference to climate change and health, water and food security. The study was commissioned to map out research results and key institutions in the SADC region where work on climate change and human health is being carried out or was carried out in the past. The basis of the report is that a healthy population provides the required labour force for development and reduces the dependence ratio of a population resulting in economic growth. On the other hand a strong economy is able to invest in health thereby improving the population health status.</p>

27 Aug 2014 11:19:12 GMT

Climate change and human health in cities

<p>This chapter presents issues and case studies relevant to human health in cities under climate change induced conditions.</p><p>It argues that almost all the impacts of climate change have direct or indirect consequences for human health and that for a number of reasons city dwellers &ndash; especially those in low- and middle income nations &ndash; are especially vulnerable. The chapter discusses the most relevant conclusions from the health chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, looking at its application to cities. It presents an overview of urban health outcomes and their climate-related drivers and discusses the factors that can modify the impacts, including examples.</p><p>The chapter is taken from <a href="http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/earth-and-environmental-science/climatology-and-climate-change/climate-change-and-cities-first-assessment-report-urban-climate-change-research-network">Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network</a>, which was published in 2011.</p>

27 Aug 2014 10:49:58 GMT

Climate change vulnerability and adaptation preparedness in southern Africa: Zimbabwe country report

<p>This report is about the state of knowledge on climate change vulnerability and adaptation preparedness in Zimbabwe.</p><p>The report is aimed at supporting the demands of state and non-state southern African actors for climate change adaptation finance and the efficient administration of such funds. It argues that Zimbabwe currently has no specific policy response to climate change and that responses are fragmented, whereas they should be mainstreamed. The report also argues that there is a weak capacity to implement policies and strategies related to climate change adaptation. The report finds that public awareness, especially as it relates to adaptation, is lacking in Zimbabwe and that while many farmers are aware of climate change, many still view its effects in the light of normal seasonal climatic variability. It is also argued that an extensive effort is needed to integrate gender issues into Zimbabwe&rsquo;s response to climate change.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

27 Aug 2014 10:28:59 GMT

The cost of managing forest carbon under REDD+ initiatives: A case of Kolo Hills Forests in Kondoa District, Dodoma, Tanzania

<p>Countries considering participating in a REDD+ mechanism need information on what it would cost them to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. This study was conducted to estimate the cost of managing forest carbon under REDD+ initiatives in Kolo Hills Forest, Kondoa, Tanzania. Socioeconomic and biophysical information was collected through structured questionnaires, focus group discussions, and forest inventory, respectively. Results show that the community participated in managing the forest by undertaking a range of activities such as tree planting, patrolling, and fire protection. The estimated total cost was USD 418,349.38 while the average cost was USD 79.06/ha. The average carbon stored was 19.75 tC ha&minus;1, which is equivalent to 72.48 tCO2 ha&minus;1. Costs incurred by managing the forest in relation to tCO2 stored were USD 1.0485 tCO2 e&minus;1ha&minus;1. The project was found to be economically feasible at 5%, 10%, 15%, and 20% discount rates with NPVs of USD 107,102,331.83, USD 33,986,255.86, USD 10,312,945, and USD 1,245,905.11, respectively. The internal rate of return was 21.21% which is much higher than the World Bank rate of 15.8% and the Tanzania rate of 14.8%. We therefore conclude that the decision to undertake this REDD+ project was worthwhile and should be favoured against the &ldquo;do nothing&rdquo; alternative.</p>

26 Aug 2014 17:00:33 GMT

Governing extreme droughs: enabling community-based aaptation in Marathwada

<p>Policy brief no. 4 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:19:40 GMT

Participatory assessment of adaptation options: climate chenge and extreme drought in Marathwada

<p>Policy brief no. 3 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:14:41 GMT

Community-based adaptation and differential vulnerability

<p>Policy brief no. 2 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:09:34 GMT

Water resources, agriculture, and drought. Understanding the context of drought in Marathwada

<p>Policy brief no. 1 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.</p>

26 Aug 2014 16:00:58 GMT

Opportunities for support to System of Rice Intensification in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi

<p>There is a great potential for increasing the production of rice in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. Many of the constraints on rice production are similar for the three countries. Common problems are low quality of seeds, lack of access to inputs, poorly functioning irrigation schemes, poor soil fertility management, weed infestation, low yields and low technical capacity. When System of Rice Intensification (SRI) was compared to traditional rice cultivation more than a doubling of yield is often found. However, these yield increases in the ongoing schemes are not necessarily only attributable to the SRI principles, but rather because of improved management practices like improved seed and better fertilization and weed control. The current socio-economic conditions for intensifying rice are also not very favourable as there is limited access to credit, limited availability of fertilizer, fluctuating prices and poor market access.<br />SRI is relatively more developed in Tanzania and Malawi than in Zambia but, in general, it is found on a very limited scale. There is no special policy to promote SRI in any of the countries. In Tanzania, SRI is being promoted under the &ldquo;Big Result Now&rdquo; program.</p>

26 Aug 2014 15:39:42 GMT

Real-time evaluation of Norway’s international climate and forest initiative. Synthesising Report 2007-2013

<p>This report presents the findings of a real-time evaluation of Norway&rsquo;s<br />International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) support of efforts to reduce<br />emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, taking into account forest conservation, sustainable management of forests and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).</p>

26 Aug 2014 15:11:55 GMT

Climate change, food security and trade linkages in South Asia

<p>This briefing paper examines the linkages between climate change, food security and trade in South Asia.</p><p>The paper clarifies that the South Asian region is particularly vulnerable to climate change owing to overly utilisation of natural resources. At the same time, South Asian countries are largely dependent on agriculture for employment and subsistence. As a result, trade policies at the national and regional levels are an important tool for ensuring food security.</p><p>The document underlines that no single country in the region has significant comparative advantage for production of all cereals. However, efforts to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in environmental goods and services may reduce the costs and increase the availability of climate-related technologies and goods.</p><p>Recommendations encompass:</p><ul><li>there is a dire need to design suitable trade policies at national level &nbsp;</li><li>agreements should be implemented at regional level along with a process of trade liberalisation by facilitating market access of exported products</li><li>participatory approach should be followed by policymakers when planning and implementing food security policies and programmes to achieve food security</li><li>inclusive growth model should be approached for regional balanced growth</li><li>governments should frame region-based policies for protecting environmental degradation and these should be implemented assiduously</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

23 Aug 2014 09:02:47 GMT

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Payments for nature values: market and non-market instruments

<p>A central element in the international negotiations on resource mobilization under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is to broaden the basis for financing the implementation of the convention. The issue of payments for nature values as resource mobilization is at the center of the controversy in these negotiations. The first Quito dialogue on biodiversity finance in 2012 clarified that international trading in biodiversity is more controversial than local and national markets in biodiversity values. Even though the Quito dialogue was not a platform for creating consensus, it was a common view, that a further study of the &ldquo;financialization of nature&rdquo; as a basis for making decisions on the use of market-based instruments for international financing of biodiversity was needed. The statement was reiterated at the second Quito dialogue in April 2014.</p>

17 Jun 2014 17:30:42 GMT

Evidence linking community level tenure and forest condition: An annotated bibliography

<p>This annotated bibliography provides evidence that community tenure over forests can result in more forest cover and more species-rich forests, less deforestation and degradation, and fewer fires than some other approaches to protecting forests. The authors initiated the review by identifying relevant scholarly articles published since 2002 based on interviews with experts and keyword searches of databases. Priority was given to review of articles that had been recommended by an expert, were empirical studies linking tenure to forest outcomes, expanded the geographic coverage, and/or were frequently cited. Particular attention was given to articles describing previous attempts to assess the evidence that enhanced community management rights are associated with better forest outcomes.</p>

16 Jun 2014 14:22:49 GMT

Lessons from implementing, adapting and sustaining community-based adaptive marine resource management

<p>This brief explores lessons from community experience of implementing management plans for community-based adaptive resource management in Solomon Islands. It focuses on the lessons learned from the different stages of: implementing, adapting and sustaining community-based adaptive marine resource management. Community-based marine resource management is recognised by the Government of Solomon Islands as the principle strategy for use in marine conservation and small-scale fisheries management. This strategy is particularly important in Solomon Islands due to the constitutionally recognized customary tenure systems that are in place in rural areas where the majority of the population resides.</p>

06 Jun 2014 14:44:36 GMT

Emerging insights into governance and sustainable management of Africa’s natural ecosystems

<p>The rapid economic growth in African countries must be reconciled with the maintenance of ecological processes and biodiversity. The importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems to support development objectives is increasingly acknowledged, and governments are beginning to implement and strengthen management and planning tools to achieve this objective. Shared international experiences reveal the successes of multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral approaches for long-term&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">and integrated terrestrial, coastal and marine management. </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6em">Best practices include the use of ecosystem-based management regimes for all ecosystems and their users, including mining,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">infrastructure development, ports, tourism, fisheries and conservation. Better ecosystem accounting is needed to make a compelling case for conservation and restoration, and enable the inclusion of ecosystems in economic frameworks for &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height:1.6em">planning and management. These instruments are essential to raise awareness of the importance of ecosystem services, and to map, monitor and value them appropriately.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6em">This policy brief recommendations include:</span></p><ul><li><p>adopt a holistic and integrated ecosystem-based services approach to inform planning and management priorities, and integrate these services into mainstream economic planning and development policy</p></li><li><p>q<span style="line-height:1.6em">uantify the economic value of ecosystems and their services, and use this to entice investment into sustainable financing for conservation</span></p></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>utilise rigorous scientific data and spatial mapping to determine conservation priorities&nbsp;and formulate policies that regulate development interventions, promote layered and developed governance systems that perform national, multi-sectoral and co-ordinating&nbsp;functions, and incorporate local co-management systems with communities and resource users</li></ul><ul><li><p>strengthen legal and regulatory frameworks to protect vulnerable ecosystems, especially Environmental impact assessments (EIAs) in new extractive sectors</p></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

06 Jun 2014 10:51:28 GMT

An Integrated Assessment of the Effects of Natural and Human Disturbances on a Wetland Ecosystem: A Retrospective from Phobjikha Conservation Area, Bhutan

<p>This report argues that, in the context of climate change, sustaining and restoring wetlands is considered a cost-effective strategy for climate adaptation that also brings co-benefits related to poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation. Its focus is the Phobjikha wetland, where it is argued there is a pressing need deepen understanding of its vulnerability to change, and the implications of these changes for surrounding land uses, ecosystem services, biodiversity, surrounding communities, and the Black-necked crane. Discussion revolves around biodiversity and ecosystems goods and services; drivers of change, community perception, and impact and local livelihoods which rely mainly on agriculture and animal husbandry.</p>

23 May 2014 15:19:21 GMT

Evaluation Cooperation. Rainforest Foundation Norway. Forum Kerjasama LSM Papua (FOKER). Papua and West Papua Provinces, Indonesia

<p>Background:<br />Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) started working with Forum Kerjasama LSM Papua (FOKER) in 2008, a network for CSOs in Papua and West Papua provinces with 118 member organizations. FOKER&rsquo;s mandate is to do advocacy related to development of Papua, and capacity building of the member organizations. The partnership was initiated by RFN supporting FOKER&rsquo;s campaign Save the People and Forests of Papua. The first part of the project focused on documenting and analyzing the conflicts related to forest management in the provinces, with the material that was developed to be used for lobby and campaigning in the following part of the project. This continued until 2012, and in 2013 a new long-term contract between RFN and FOKER was signed. The purpose of this project was to achieve laws and policies that would better protect, recognize and benefit the traditional communities of Papua and West Papua provinces.<br />This evaluation was the first external evaluation of FOKER&rsquo;s RFN supported projects. In addition to assessing the project in itself, the evaluation team also included an organizational review of FOKER.<br />Purpose/objective:<br />The evaluation had the following objectives:<br />&bull; To assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the RFN supported FOKER&rsquo; project(s) in Papua and West Papua provinces.<br />&bull; To provide an overview of the strengths, weaknesses, challenges and gaps in design and implementation of the RFN supported project(s), and recommendations for how weaknesses can be addressed.<br />&bull; To provide an overview of strengths and weaknesses of FOKER&rsquo;s organizational structure and internal management, and recommendations for how challenges can be addressed.<br />The evaluation was expected to contribute to strengthening FOKER as an organization as well as their project implementation.<br />Methodology:<br />The methodology included a combination of review of FOKER project documents, field travel, key informant interviews, focus group discussions with FOKER staff and member organizations as well as interviews with other key stakeholders. The evaluation team spent about two and a half weeks in Indonesia.<br />Key findings:<br />The evaluation concluded that whereas the project was fairly relevant, it had produced limited impact, especially for the traditional communities of the two provinces. The evaluation attributed this to a number of reasons, among others a lack of coherence between the various project documents and a design of campaign activities which was not found to be effective. The evaluation identified a number of internal challenges in FOKER.</p>

21 May 2014 18:01:57 GMT

Pacific Integrated Island Management Principles, case studies and lessons learned

<p>Integrated Island Management (IIM), aims to respond to the unique circumstances of small island ecosystems through development of holistic integrated management systems that operate at the scale of ecological, social or physical processes within, and to, islands. This document results from efforts to identify guiding principles for IIM in the Pacific. A short description of commonly used terms for other environmental management approaches is provided. This is followed by a brief description of ten guiding principles for maximizing effectiveness of IIM projects. Fifteen case studies from the Pacific region are highlighted to illustrate application of these guiding principles. Identified lessons learned and over over-riding considerations and recommendations are given such as: ensuring sustainability of human and financial capacity for ecosystem management projects; incorporating considerations of future climate change scenarios into IIM planning; and planning simultaneously for environmental outcomes and public health benefits.</p>

14 May 2014 15:51:39 GMT

Population and poaching of African rhinos across African range states

<p>This report analyses rhino number data and poaching statistics in Africa, focusing particularly on Southern Africa. The paper underlines that private rhino ownership has contributed to the overall success of increasing rhino numbers in South Africa. However, increasing security costs, and risks to investments and declining economic incentives are leading to increasing numbers of white rhino owners selling and getting rid of their rhino.</p><p>On the other hand, the document indicates that data on the trend in poaching is available for Africa and for individual range-states, yet it could not be disaggregated for the white rhino and black rhino in the time available. However, in the main range state South Africa, it appears a disproportionately higher proportion of the commoner white rhino are being poached compared to black rhino. This is due to white rhino being easier to find in the more open habitats they favour, besides their more sociable nature.</p><p>Key points include:</p><ul><li>in absolute numbers, South Africa has had the highest increase in poaching rate in recent years</li><li>poaching continues to escalate in South Africa despite the number of arrests continuing to increase year on year</li><li>in relative terms, poaching has been higher in recent years in Malawi and especially Mozambique where any rhinos that move across the border from South Africa are likely to have a very limited lifespan</li><li>if these trends continue, current rates of rhino population growth in general and white rhino population growth in particular could be threatened</li></ul>

14 Apr 2014 20:53:45 GMT

Poverty, poaching and trafficking: what are the links?

<p>This paper looks into the links between poverty, poaching and trafficking, indicating that this subject has been under-researched and poorly understood.</p><p>The paper admits that there is little hard evidence to support the claim that poaching occurs because of poverty, yet the authors state they are confident the links are there.</p><p>The document points that it is difficult to collect clear and detailed data on poaching precisely because of its illicit nature, and its frequent linkage with conflict zones, which makes research even more challenging. Nevertheless, the paper draws the following key findings:</p><ul><li>poaching in Sub Saharan African was produced via the historical legacy of colonialism</li><li>poverty is directly and indirectly linked to poaching and trafficking of ivory and rhino horn from Sub-Saharan Africa</li><li>there are different types of poachers, and they require different policy responses</li><li>there are direct links between conflict zones, illegal killing of wildlife, trafficking and poverty</li></ul><p>The authors conclude that a much better understanding of the relationships between poverty and individual poacher motivation is needed. Furthermore, they highlight the main policy responses to this issue, such as changing people&rsquo;s behaviour via negative and positive incentives, the development of tourism as a route to poverty reduction, and the legalisation of the ivory and rhino horn trade at the international level.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

11 Apr 2014 10:46:55 GMT

Fact sheet. Project: Analysis of the Impacts of Urban Land Use and Climate Change on Coastal Forest Ecosystem and Management (IULUCC - CFM)

<p>Coastal forests are among the hotspots of biodiversity and therefore critical for conservation in Tanzania. However, most of the previous climate change mitigation efforts in Tanzania focused on participatory forest management in rural areas and did not address the major driving force of deforestation and forest degradation from urban areas. Further, coastal forests have not been given adequate attention in climate research and on their resources linkages with urban and peri-urban environment.<br />This research is an attempt to address the problem of continued deforestation and forest degradation of coastal forests due to (i) lack of integrated urban and peri-urban land use plans and (ii) lack of adaptation measures to climate change impacts on livelihood activities of coastal communities.<br />Project Objectives:<br />The overall objective of the research project is to assess the impacts of urban land use and climate changes on coastal forests. Specific objectives are:<br />1. To assess the drivers and patterns of land use changes in coastal urban and peri-urban areas;<br />2. To analyze the impacts of climate change on coastal livelihoods and their implication on coastal forest degradation;<br />3. To assess the impacts of coastal urban and peri-urban expansion on coastal forest ecosystems;<br />4. To examine existing strategies in addressing coastal forest degradation;<br />5. To develop strategies for integrated coastal urban and peri-urban land use plans in support of climate change adaptation and coastal forest conservation.</p><p>- Output from the Norwegian funded Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation (CCIAM) Programme in Tanzania.</p>

28 Mar 2014 18:00:41 GMT

Fact sheet. Project: Comparative study of incentive options for forest - based emissions reduction, biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement; Case of Kilwa and Lindi Districts

<p>The project entails a comparative study on incentive options for forest-based emissions reduction, biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement, comparing villages with REDD+/PFM (Participatory Forest Managment) and without REDD+/PFM and also comparing each set of villages over time. The project interrogates the adequacy of incentives offered by REDD+ pilot projects in winning effective participation of communities living adjacent to project forests. Broadly, analysis takes a before-and-after approach in which changes are analyzed at the end of the project due to incentives made available by REDD+ pilot projects to communities. This design enables the analysis of forest management practices such as REDD+ and PFM over time and space in achieving the multiple outcomes: improved forest management, reduced emissions, improved local forest governance and improved livelihood conditions of forest owners/users. The study hopes to contribute in the design and implementation of effective and equitable incentive options for REDD+ and non-REDD situations in Tanzania and elsewhere with similar situations.<br />The study hopes to contribute in the design and implementation of effective and equitable incentive options for REDD+ and non-REDD situations in Tanzania and elsewhere with similar situations.<br />- Output from the Norwegian funded Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation (CCIAM) Programme in Tanzania.</p>

26 Mar 2014 19:32:47 GMT

Fact sheet. Project: Climate Change, Non - Timber Forest Products and Livelihood of Forest Dependent Communities - Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation in Tanzania

<p>Over 20 million Tanzanians depend on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) for their livelihood, but the extent to which NTFPs and community livelihoods are vulnerable to climate change is not well established. The coping strategies of these communities have not been fully documented either. Climate change threatens the livelihood security of millions of rural Tanzanian households that rely on natural resources and rain-fed subsistence farming . Women are especially affected, because their livelihoods are vulnerable to climate hazards that are expected to become more frequent. Deforestation is a major problem in Tanzania, and contributes to a loss of biodiversity and a decline in environmental benefits and services, including NTFPs for food and healthcare.<br />A majority of global efforts, including the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) initiative, have focused on developing appropriate mitigation measures to reduce the intensity and rapidity of climate change impacts. However, the need to develop adaptation strategies to cope with climate impacts is increasingly recognized. Adaptation strategies that enhance the resilience of ecosystems, ensuring the continued provision of goods and services, can be particularly important for poor people who depend on natural resources for their livelihoods, and who tend to have low adaptive capacity and high vulnerability to climate change.<br />This project seeks to understand the ability of forest dependent communities to respond to climate change. The aim is to reduce livelihood threats and forest degradation through vulnerability and adaptation assessments within the NTFPs context. The project will contribute relevant information to policy makers, particularly in the current implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation tactics through REDD initiatives in Tanzania. The expected outputs will contribute towards efforts to adapt to the impact of climate change, while ensuring sustainability of livelihoods and forest resources. -</p>

26 Mar 2014 19:03:05 GMT

Vulnerability assessment of important habitats for migratory species: Examples from Eastern Asia and Northern Australia.

<p>The impacts of Climate Change on biodiversity are already visible. Studies show clearly that changes in distribution and behaviour of a large number of species are the consequence of shifts in local or regional climate, weather patterns and resulting changes of vegetation and habitat quality. The work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has also made us all aware that Climate Change is likely to be the main driver of biodiversity loss in future. The impacts of Climate Change cause additional pressures on ecosystems that are already stressed by overuse, degradation, fragmentation and loss of total area. In combination, these factors reduce not only ecosystem resilience, but also human options for coping with a changing environment</p><p>This publication is an aid in raising awareness by highlighting some case studies, assessing impacts and identifying possible solutions and mitigation measures. It will give decision makers and environmental experts an excellent overview of the links between Climate Change impacts and migratory species.</p><p>Originally Published In: UNEP; Conservation on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS); Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Migratory species and climate change: Impacts of a changing environment on wild animals. Bonn, Germany: UNEP/ CMS Secretariat. pp.18-25</p>

22 Mar 2014 14:52:19 GMT

Governing Africa’s mangroves: a sustainable future

<p>Despite their widely recognised socioeconomic and ecological value, mangroves are among the world&rsquo;s most threatened vegetation types. This brief argues that safeguarding mangroves will require urgent interventions aimed at ensuring that their vital ecosystem services and non-market benefits are adequately incorporated in policy and development choices.</p><p>The author believes policy-makers and planners must realise that mangroves need to be restored, protected, and managed. This will require more effective management tools and interventions, as well as mechanisms for minimising the tensions between extractive development and the conservation of mangrove forests.</p><p>The paper recommends that:</p><ul><li>policymakers should make greater use of ecosystem valuations and ecological accounting in order to evaluate developmental alternatives, and, where appropriate, accelerate and scale up investments in the management and restoration of mangrove ecosystems</li><li>rapid economic growth should be reconciled with the maintenance of ecological processes and coastal biodiversity, and adequate tools should be used to convert potential conflicts into synergies</li><li>mangrove management should be integrated with a broader spatial framework of coastal zone management, and the value of mangrove ecosystem services should be quantified and incorporated into environmental impact assessments (EIAs) as well as resultant mitigation/compensation plans and calculations</li><li>communities should be included in decision-making about mangrove protection and restoration</li><li>national and transfrontier protected areas should be enlarged and expanded in order to help conserve biodiversity, and maintain ecosystem services, and guidelines for regulating specific conservation zones should be improved</li></ul>

07 Mar 2014 12:35:10 GMT

Creating a sustainable food future: A menu of solutions to sustainably feed more than 9 billion people by 2050

<p>With population growth and development creating ever-more demand for food (noted here as comprising two-thirds and one-third a function of the increase respectively), humanity faces a growing food gap between what will be needed in 2050, and what can sustainably be produced. In this context, this report presents the interim findings of the World Resources Report 2013-14: Creating a Sustainable Food Future; a multi-agency effort to analyse the food gap challenge and identify solutions.</p><p> The report begins by presenting the issue as a balancing act of three ‘great needs’: reduced consumption, increased production, and environmental protection, before discussing the composition of the challenge. The report outlines the scale of the problem: already, 800 million people periodically go hungry, yet according to the reports projections, the world faces a 69 per cent gap between crop calories produced in 2006, and those most likely required by 2050. Intertwined in this problem are development and poverty challenges associated with a majority poor global agricultural labour force; issues of land-use and risks to biodiversity; the challenge to sustainably increase crop production without expanding area; the significant disruption threatened by climate change; and overfishing. Combined, these issues present a serious challenge to closing the food gap in a balanced and sustainable way. In such a broad and interconnected systemic problem, a number of diverse solutions will be needed. To reduce consumption, the report suggests: tackling obesity; reducing the consumption of, and increasing the efficiency of, animal product use; reducing food waste; and assisting Africa in its efforts to reduce fertility rates. </p><p>The report notes a number of potential areas for increased food production, e.g. the breeding of better seeds, widespread adoption of water and soil management best practice, and the increasing of pasture and aquaculture productivity. It is recommended that wild fish catch be reduced, and then stabilised. Carbon sequestration strategies, the benefits of improving ruminants diets, the balancing of fertiliser use worldwide, and the need to reduce emissions from paddy rice are also presented, together with a particular mention of the competition from biofuels, whose energy benefits are far outweighed by the impact on human consumption levels.</p>

31 Jan 2014 13:08:54 GMT

Diversifying Food and Diets: Using agricultural biodiversity to improve nutrition and health

<p>This book addresses the biodiversity dimensions of the challenge of eradicating hunger and malnutrition and makes the case for re-examining food systems and diets. The book is also intended to be used as a tool and a guide to promote the use of biodiversity within food production systems, and to demonstrate that by providing local solutions for diversifying diets, nutritional status can be improved, effectively and sustainably. The first half of the book outlines some of the challenges, and identifies potential solutions and opportunities to conserve, measure, and utilize biodiversity for improved diets and nutrition security. The second half provides 12 case studies on the links between agricultural biodiversity and diets and nutrition. Sustainable diets are defined as those which are respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems; culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable; nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy; while optimizing natural and human resources. The book is part of a larger series titled Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity.</p>

24 Jan 2014 11:50:30 GMT

Integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services in the post-2015 development agenda: Goal structure, target areas and means of implementation

<p>Published in the open access journal Sustainability, this paper examines the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) into the post-2015 development agenda. Present discussions at the United Nations on defining a new set of development goals are focused on poverty alleviation and sustainable development, key components of BES. Poverty eradication is also one of the foundations of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (SPB) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); this paper responds to CBDs call for consideration of the SPB, and the related Aichi biodiversity targets, in any post-2015 agreement.</p><p> The introduction to the paper argues the importance of BES for human health, livelihoods, and well-being, and provides context on the relationship between BES, the Millennium Development Goals, the work already done by the CBD, and the need to integrate these goals. Following this, the authors expand upon how BES are crucial for human well-being by explaining how it underpins a plethora of sectors and human needs, e.g. food production, water, livelihoods, etc. Current proposals for goals and targets in the post-2015 agenda are then examined to see how BES are addressed, with three broad views identified for how to address environmental sustainability: integrated goals, goals addressing earth system functioning, and goals addressing environmental limits. All ten proposals examined included reference to biodiversity and/or ecosystem services, though only three specifically mentioned the Aichi targets. Next, a pathways analysis is used to identify ways to eradicate global hunger while avoiding further biodiversity loss. </p><p>Three pathways are identified with the capacity to reduce both biodiversity loss and climate change: large-scale technologically optimal solutions with a high level of international coordination; decentralised solutions, such as agriculture interwoven with natural corridors; and consumption change, most notably a reduction of meat consumption and reduction of agricultural waste (particularly in developed and developing nations respectively). Finally, the authors use a three-tier framework (human wellbeing, resource base, and global public goods) to identify target areas and means of implementation, with particular reference to the Aichi targets.</p>

15 Jan 2014 15:36:42 GMT

Aligning Biodiversity Compensation and REDD+: a primer on integrating private sector conservation financing schemes in the tropics and sub-tropics

<p>This paper presents a conceptual framework to begin integrating biodiversity compensation and REDD+ at project level. The additionality assessment from linking project-level conservation areas is covered at great length and the authors argue that this issue is resolvable, on a project-by-project basis through a joint additionality assessment. Coordinating stakeholders working on both fields to collaborate on harmonizing approaches is also shown to be an inevitable requirement of national and jurisdictional REDD+ frameworks, and policies. As project-level scenarios have already provided analogous guidance and best practices for the singular implementation of biodiversity compensation actions and REDD+, this paper argues that new pilot projects can take the first steps forward to linking these innovative approaches to private sector financed conservation in the tropics and sub-tropics.</p>

09 Jan 2014 12:50:19 GMT

Horizons of functional food production in Syria and its exportation to international markets: Russia as an example

<p>F.F is a category that comprises an extended spectrum of foods and beverages, ranging from natural foods that contain functional components like lycopene in tomato and Omega-3 fatty acids in seafood, to fortified foods like calcium-fortificated orange juice or cereal fortified with vitamins and minerals.</p><p>Functional food (F.F) can be an opportunity for economic growth for many developing countries, particularly those enjoying biodiversity and cumulative traditional knowledge about health effects of domestic plant species.</p><p>This working paper aims to review the scope of F.F production in Syria for the purpose of exporting it to foreign markets, in which the demand on F.F is increasing rapidly, focusing particularly on the Russian market as a case study, and plantago as an example plant. This choice is in harmony with the general direction of Syria&rsquo;s government (i.e. stepping easterly) on the one hand, and because the Russian market is a demanding market for F.F in light of the Russian consumers&rsquo; awareness of health foods.<br /><br />Whilst the Syrian Arab Republic has a rich biodiversity, which paves the way for developing the F.F sector in a remarkable way, there are several required conditions for the development of the sector, such as a sustainable management plane for exploiting these bio-resources, in order to avoid depletion, and deterioration of this environmental wealth.</p>

07 Jan 2014 12:49:13 GMT

Dirty cotton - a research on child labour, slavery, trafficking and exploitation in cotton and cotton seed farming in India

<p>The introduction of genetically modified or BT cotton in India has increased the demand for cheap labour.&nbsp; Recognising the need to understand and address the growing concern over the engagement of children in the cotton industry in India, this study examines the issue of child labour in four cotton and cotton seed growing states in &ndash; Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra.<br /> <br /> The report highlights the following drivers behind prevalence of child labour in cotton industry:</p><ul> <li>BT technology is costly so farmers use cheap labour-children.</li> <li>difficulty in switching from BT technology due to changed soil chemistry and loans taken to meet costs perpetuate child labour</li> <li>BT cotton seed cultivation has relocated to impoverished areas to use cheap tribal labour and trafficked children from adjacent areas</li> <li>diminished regulation in seeds market has allowed companies to follow non-farmer friendly practices</li> <li>insufficient awareness about child labour law, right to education, etc among farmers, labourers and families of child labourers.&nbsp; Also, there is a myth that children's nimble fingers are ideal for cross pollination in BT cotton seed cultivation</li> <li>there is skewed supply and value chain of cotton, cotton seed and textiles</li></ul><p>To eliminate child labour and ensure that all children are able to get a fulfilled childhood enjoying the right to education and play, the following action is called for:</p><ul> <li>companies (seed, textile manufacturing, etc) should establish sustainable monitoring mechanisms to check child labour in their supply chains and ensure compliance with child rights</li> <li>national governments must ensure enactment of laws such as child labour laws, right to education, etc or to ensure their greater enforcement (when laws exist)</li> <li>civil society needs to create awareness for ethical consumerism and engage with different stakeholders (companies, governments, etc) to ensure their respective commitments and action for protection of child rights</li> <li>consumers need to demand information from companies about the use of child labour in their products before making their purchases and commit to using only child labour free products</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

02 Jan 2014 12:20:29 GMT

Building REDD+ for People and Nature: from lessons learned across Indonesia, Peru and the Democratic Republic of Congo to a new vision for REDD+

<p>This publication reports on WWF&rsquo;s forest and climate work between 2010 and 2013 which sought to develop models for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) that secure scalable forest ecosystem management while engaging those communities that live in and depend on forests in way improve their livelihoods. The report concludes that although valuable, REDD+ is not an end in itself but one tool to conserve biodiversity, reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change and although critical cannot exist in isolation.</p>

05 Dec 2013 16:43:52 GMT

Supplementing REDD+ with Biodiversity Payments: The Paradox of Paying for Multiple Ecosystem Services

<p>REDD+ is an emerging international climate policy mechanism which is being designed to deliver climate change mitigation benefits from tropical forests. REDD+ would make carbon payments to developing countries that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation below internationally agreed reference levels. Developing countries would be responsible for designing their own policies to achieve these emission reductions.</p><p>This paper concludes that it may be possible to shift a portion of REDD+ funding away from carbon payments and towards biodiversity payments and obtain both more biodiversity benefits and more climate benefits.</p>

22 Nov 2013 10:12:39 GMT

WWF Mara River Basin Management Initiative, Kenya and Tanzania. Phase III - final evaluation report

<p>The scarce water resources of the transboundary Mara River Basin (13,750 km2), in Kenya and Tanzania are essential to more than one million people, multiple water uses and the world-famous Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem and its economically very important tourism industry. These water resources are under threat due to increasing competition for water, pollution, environmental degradation and climate change. Improved management of the water resources is essential. Tanzania and Kenya have undergone water sector reforms and changed policy, legislation and institutions in order to implement the new approach of integrated water resource management (IWRM). WWF and partners implemented the Mara River Basin Management Initiative (MRBMI) to pilot the water sector reforms&rsquo; IWRM approach and to address threats and opportunities to the water resources.<br />The main purpose of the evaluation was to provide WWF and stakeholders with an independent assessment of the project achievements and to guide WWF in the design of similar future projects. The evaluation focussed on phase III of the MRBMI.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

04 Nov 2013 18:52:37 GMT

Pastoralists and wildlife conservation in western China: collaborative management within protected areas on the Tibetan Plateau

<p>Background Pastoralists have long inhabited vast areas of western China, including the Tibetan Plateau region. Their traditional land use practices and cultural conservation ethic have helped to protect the natural resource base upon which they depend and the wildlife that co-exist with them in the grassland landscapes. However, in a rapidly changing socio-economic environment, including significant expansion of the protected area system and regional comprehensive development plans, local communities do not always have an evident voice in the conservation and development dialogues that closely affect their lives.</p><p>With introduction and development of collaborative management - that is, a partnership between local communities, nature reserve authorities and other stakeholders - a landscape-level approach to conservation is now being modelled in Qinghai Province. Central to effective co-management are bi-directional relationships. There are also a wealth of direct and indirect services that may be provided by pastoralists under co-management, and in the compensation and payment options available to them in return for their critical services.</p><p>As this paper concludes, the contributions of pastoralists to wildlife conservation efforts are significant, but up to now insufficiently recognised. New insights regarding the relationship between pastoralists and wildlife conservation - including the potential role of community ecotourism, the development of local herders&#39; cooperatives and of trust funds, and the need for greater clarity in local regulatory frameworks - are provided herein, with presentation of specific experiences and lessons learned from a project piloted in the headwaters of the Yangtze River over the past decade. A fuller, richer model of co-management is recommended.</p>

30 Aug 2013 13:30:36 GMT

Indigenous women's preferences for climate change adaptation and aquaculture development to build capacity in the Northern Territory

<p>Research was carried out on South Goulburn Island, Northern Territory, to improve understandings of local, Indigenous people&rsquo;s dependency on marine resources, and of their perspectives on climate change, and aquaculture as a means towards adapting to climate change. Workshops and interviews were carried out mostly with women, but also some men with an emphasis on the use of participatory and visual techniques to encourage discussion of the future.</p><p>The research indicated that aquaculture could provide a diversified livelihood option, if carefully introduced and aligned with cultural values and preferred aspirations for the future. Success in combining aquaculture development with adaptation to climate change would depend on external stakeholders being very aware of local indigenous conceptions of the interconnections between environment and culture, and differences in worldview around the future, climate change and enterprise development. Such a (combined) process will also need attention paid to developing trust and communication, genuine support and engagement and indigenous involvement in decisionmaking.</p>

27 Aug 2013 01:56:06 GMT

Diagnostic assessment of select environmental challenges valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in India

<p>This paper reports on a wide range of research that estimates the value of ecosystem services (ESS) in India, including those related to forests, grasslands, wetlands, mangroves, and coral reefs. Estimates for forest services are based on an extensive Indian Green Accounting study, from which the values of timber and non-timber (fodder, water recharge, prevention of soil erosion, etc.) have been taken. There is an added non-use value of forests as well as an update of the value for forest sequestration based on the latest estimates of trends in forest management.&nbsp;</p><p>The total value of services from these ecosystems is estimated Rs.1.4 trillion (US$29 billion) in 2009 as a central estimate. This amounts to about 3.0 percent of the country&rsquo;s GDP in that year. Of the total value, wetlands are the largest at 48 percent. Of the other services, coral reefs and forests each account for 22 percent; followed by grasslands at 7 percent, and mangroves at 2 percent.</p>

27 Aug 2013 00:22:42 GMT

The climate and development challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean: options for climate-resilient, low-carbon development

This comprehensive report by the Inter-American Development Bank seeks to assess the physical and economic impacts of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), as well as adaptation options available. Additionally, the report examines how, and at what cost, the region can reduce its carbon footprint to a level consistent with global stabilisation goals. Chapter one looks at the various climate impacts that are likely to occur, including: warming, changing rainfall patterns and a reduction in soil-moisture impacting agriculture; coastal and marine zones affected by rising sea-levels; increasing intensity and frequency of extreme weather; spread of vector diseases and other health-related impacts; changes in hydrology; and potential rainforest dieback. Chapter two provides a current emissions and trends profile for key sectors, projections of a ‘business as usual’ scenario, and the financial costs of intervention. Finally, development cobenefits from adaptation and mitigation are discussed, with numerous examples provided and broken down by sector. Among the extensive research and analysis, some key conclusions and recommendations emerge: (1) The physical and natural damage to LAC associated with a now almost certain 2°C rise in temperatures are expected to be substantial. Key impacts will be felt in a partial collapse of the Caribbean coral biome, the disappearance of glaciers under 5000m, and a degree of savannisation in the Amazon basin. (2) Economic impacts in LAC will be significant, conservatively estimated to be $100b annually by 2050. Rapid adaptation efforts could significantly mitigate future economic costs, though not all losses in natural capital. (3) Global mitigation actions are essential to prevent greater damage, since LAC itself seems to have decoupled economic growth from that of carbon emissions (11 per cent down from 2000 levels). (4) Despite this, a ‘business as usual’ trajectory would lead to annual emissions five-times the level required as part of global climate stabilisation goals by 2050. This means significant mitigation efforts are needed across all sectors. (5) Adaptation and mitigation generate significant development cobenefits, though these are not sufficiently understood to guarantee to removals of barriers to action.

13 Aug 2013 09:10:13 GMT

Forests and trees for social adaptation to climate variability and change

Ecosystems provide crucial services to help people adapt to climate change. In conducting a review of the scientific literature, this paper shows how ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation can reduce social vulnerability to climate hazards, and highlights knowledge gaps and trade-offs that require more research. <br /><br />The paper examines the impact of climate variation or change, the social vulnerability, and the ecosystem services of the following five different uses of forests and trees.<br /><ul> <li>Forests and trees providing goods for local communities &ndash; Besides providing timber, they can act as a safety net by providing charcoal, firewood, food and a source of income diversification. Exclusion from forest and mangrove resources has been shown to increase vulnerability, disproportionately affecting the poor. </li> <li>Use of trees in agriculture to regulate water, soil and microclimate &ndash; Agroforestry is known to increase soil porosity, reduce runoff and increase soil cover, while nitrogen-fixing trees increase agricultural drought-resilience. </li> <li>Regulating water and protecting soil with forested watersheds &ndash; Water infiltration, rainfall interception and groundwater recharge are all influenced by forests, contributing to the regulation of base and peak flows. They also stabilise soil and reduce erosion, though their ability to mitigate extreme events is still debated. </li> <li>Forests as coastal protection from climate-related threats &ndash; Mangroves can protect coastal areas from storms, floods and erosion through the absorption and dissipation of wave energy. This is evident in post-disaster studies, local knowledge and correlation models between mangrove cover and storm impacts; however, quantification remains difficult. </li> <li>Regulating water and temperature with urban forests and trees &ndash; Shade, evaporative cooling, and rainwater interception are a few of the benefits of urban forests and trees. It has been estimated that adding ten per cent of green cover to city centres could reduce surface temperature by up to 2.2 degrees Celsius. </li></ul>The paper concludes by expressing the need for a greater understanding of the efficiency, costs and benefits, and trade-offs of ecosystem-based approaches with forests and trees. To aid in this, the abundant literature on ecosystem services should be revisited with a climate change related lens.

10 May 2013 08:02:21 GMT

Understanding relationships between biodiversity, carbon, forests and people: the key to achieving REDD+ objectives. A global assessment report

This report seeks to better understand the relationships between biodiversity, carbon, forests and people, so as to support the achievement of REDD+ objectives. It summarises the latest scientific literature to make sense of the complex web of relationships, how they may be affected by the implementation of REDD+ management activities, and the potential trade-offs and synergies between and among environmental and socioeconomic objectives.<br /><br />The introduction provides a summary of the issue, presenting contextual data to illustrate the importance of, and challenges faced by, forest ecosystems. It also discusses REDD+ and its aims of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, as well as conserving, managing and increasing forests as carbon stocks. <br /><br />The report is split into four chapters. The first chapter explores the relationships and impacts of deforestation and forest degradation on biodiversity, carbon and other ecosystem services. Covering a range of forest types, it gives a broad overview of biodiversity and carbon relationships in potential REDD+ programme regions. <br /><br />Impacts of forest and land management on biodiversity and carbon are the focus of the second chapter, which explores management and action approaches, identifying areas for improving agricultural practice, measures to reduce the impact of various extractive industries, and indicators for the effective monitoring of carbon and biodiversity.<br /><br />Social and economic considerations relevant to REDD+ are covered by the third chapter, including the social and economic context of governance and its consequences. This chapter concludes that REDD+ activities can greatly benefit poor people (particularly through participatory practices) and generate significant financial flows.<br /><br />The fourth chapter examines existing and future options for governance of REDD+, forest management and biodiversity. It explores options to synergise climate, forest management and biodiversity at both the national and international scale, including information on data collection, planning, policies and finance. The report concludes that governance is likely to remain pluralistic; rather than impose a singular solution, this complexity should be embraced.

21 Jan 2013 16:14:01 GMT

Turn down the heat: why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided

This report, produced for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics, attempts to describe what climate change impacts are likely to be felt in a &lsquo;4&deg;C world', i.e. a world where global average temperatures have risen four degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. In doing so, it hopes to motivate actors and insert urgency into climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.<br /><br />The report first discusses presently observed climate changes and impacts, with extensive data and analysis provided across numerous areas. These include the following.<br /><ul> <li>Rising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: from a pre-industrial concentration of around 278 parts per million (ppm), the levels of carbon dioxide, as of September 2012, have reached 391ppm (increasing at a rate of 1.9ppm per year).</li> <li>Warming and rising sea levels: coral reefs are at particular risk and increased acidification is also an issue of concern.</li> <li>Loss of ice: summer ice in the Arctic has halved in the last few decades.</li> <li>Extreme weather and climate: increased severity and frequency of droughts and storms, and greater temperature extremes.</li> <li>Welfare impacts: it is estimated that just a degree Celsius rise in temperature could reduce economic growth by around 1.3 per cent.</li></ul><br />The paper then goes on to describe likely projections for the 21st century should a &lsquo;4&deg;C world&rsquo; become reality. Particular focus is placed on sea level rise, changes in extreme temperatures and sectoral impacts (agriculture, water, ecosystems/biodiversity and human health). These impacts are largely determined through an assumed linear growth. However, the final section of the paper warns of non-linear accelerating effects and impacts should certain 'tipping-points' be breached (either by introducing 'feedback' or else triggering 'cascades' of interlinked effects). <br /><br />The concluding remarks stress the importance of cooperative, international actions to avoiding an unacceptable four degrees Celsius rise in global temperature. A &lsquo;4&deg;C world&rsquo; would disproportionately impact less developed countries which are least equipped to deal with climate change. As well as the direct impacts on food security and loss and damage, a &lsquo;4&deg;C world&rsquo; would likely greatly impact efforts to eradicate poverty.

12 Dec 2012 09:01:19 GMT

Mainstreaming community-based conservation in a transboundary mountain landscape: lessons from Kangchenjunga

This paper draws recommendations for transboundary and participatory biodiversity conservation from the Kangchenjunga Conservation Landscape Initiative. This 'biodiversity hotspot' - shared by Bhutan, India and Nepal - is one of seven transboundary landscapes indentified by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) for regional cooperation development. <br /><br />Until the mid-1990s, conservation efforts in Kangchenjunga were primarily focused on the creation of Protected Areas (PAs), resulting in a collection of 'conservation islands' with different management regimes surrounded by a landscape in which biodiversity continued to decline. Since then, concepts of best practice in sustainable biodiversity management have transitioned from protectionist to a participatory ecosystem approach. This has led ICIMOD to develop conservation corridors in order to link the PAs and to assist countries in managing this transboundary landscape in a sustainable way.<br /><br />The influence of national policy in people-centred conservation in the area is discussed by country. Nepal has progressed significantly from strict protectionist strategies in the 1960's to initiate a number of new and amended legislative actions to recognise community rights, introduce buffer zone regulations to address needs and conflicts with locals, and further participatory forest conservation. Despite many progressive efforts, there have been mixed results in India with regard to implementation. Bhutan has empowered forest user groups in a representative system of conservation management covering 49 per cent of the country's geographical area.<br /><br />The paper concludes with five recommendations for Bhutan, India and Nepal:<br /><ul> <li>include community conserved areas within PAs, embracing the needs and role of local people in conservation;</li> <li>introduce legislation that grants rights regarding natural resources and participation in biodiversity management to community-based institutions, the poor and the socially marginalised;</li> <li>develop institutions and management programmes to identify and establish corridors between PAs;</li> <li>empower community-based institutions to fully participate in natural resource management;</li> <li>adopt a formal framework to address transboundary issues in the Kangchenjunga region.</li></ul>

22 Nov 2012 09:00:59 GMT

Prospects and Constraints of Madhupur National Park Management

The study was conducted in Madhupur National Park (MNP), which is very well known for its characteristics as deciduous forest. This study examined the constraints of park management, causes of deforestation and prospects of Madhupur Sal forests of Bangladesh. Data were collected from the Madhupur National Park authority and a study was done to have clear scenario of the park management and status of forest over time. It is evident from the study that due to various factors like anthropogenic disturbances, political abusement, absence of proper rules and regulations, willingless of the authority, encroachment of forest by locals/local leaders, illegal cutting of Sal trees, agro-forestry, and lack of adequate budget are main constraints for managing MNP. The study also revealed that about 1-3% of the forest is depleted each year, and about 50-80 years later, the forest will be completely vanished or scattered in somewhere.

31 Oct 2012 09:01:00 GMT

International regime on access and benefit sharing: negotiation dynamics and South Asian issues

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was instituted as the international regime that would serve as the basis to negotiate issues of access and benefit sharing (ABS) related to genetic resources. In this context, the current paper discusses the negotiation dynamics of the international regime on ABS, and issues for South Asian countries.<br /><br />The paper states that after about two decades of the institution of the CBD, the issue of ABS is still fraught with significant problems, mainly because of the lack of enforceability of the Convention due to its legally non-binding nature. In this respect, although all the countries in South Asia have signed and ratified the CBD, only two countries in the region have put in place related national legislation.<br /><br />On the negotiations front, the author demonstrates that:<br /><ul> <li>despite the fact that most issues remain unresolved and controversial, the implications of realising the agenda put forth in 2008 would be manifold and greatly help countries strengthen measures on ABS </li> <li>on the other hand, the developing world should bear in mind that negotiations should not be rushed into, for it is extremely important to arrive at balanced and carefully thought-out solutions as envisaged in the ABS regime&rsquo;s operational text</li></ul><br />Concerning South Asia, the document indicates that:<br /><ul> <li>the legal environment in the region lacks not only regulatory measures, but also implementation of measures that already exist</li> <li>therefore, South Asian countries should strive to strengthen their legal, regulatory and administrative frameworks on the ABS regime</li></ul><br />The paper concludes that South Asia requires an exhaustive international ABS regime to address the issues of access to biological and/or genetic resources and traditional knowledge, and stop biopiracy.

12 Sep 2012 21:34:15 GMT

Global environmental outlook 5: environment for the future we want

The fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) analyses the state, trends, outlook and responses to environmental change. It assesses progress towards meeting internationally agreed goals and identifies gaps in their achievement.<br /><br />The outlook examines the drivers of environmental change and the overarching socio-economic forces that exert pressure on the environment. Drivers such as population dynamics, economic demand, and unsustainable consumption and production patterns are processes that affect the environment and result, directly or indirectly, in increased emissions and destructive resource extraction. The report notes that, as pressures on the Earth System accelerate, several critical global, regional and local thresholds are close or have been exceeded. This can lead to abrupt and possibly irreversible changes to the Earth's life support functions with significant adverse implications for human wellbeing. <br /><br />According to the report, lack of reliable and consistent time series data on the state of the environment is a major barrier to increasing the effectiveness of policies and programmes. Moreover, despite evidence of continuing deterioration, many important drivers of environmental change, or their impacts, are not systematically monitored.<br /><br />The report makes the following recommendations for countries:<br /><ul> <li>monitor and assess the environment and integrate social, economic and environmental information into decision-making processes</li> <li>standardise approaches and build capacity for data collection</li> <li>invest in enhanced capacities and mechanisms at local, national and international levels to achieve sustainability</li> <li>strengthen global institutions to fulfil human needs while avoiding environmental degradation</li> <li>standardise approaches that address the underlying drivers of anthropogenic pressures on the Earth System, especially population growth and overconsumption.<br /></li></ul>

15 Jun 2012 09:49:30 GMT

Reefs at Risk Revisted

Like the original Reefs at Risk, this study evaluates threats to coral reefs from a wide range of human activities. It also includes an assessment of climate-related threats to reefs. In addition, Reefs at Risk Revisited includes a global assessment of the vulnerability of nations and territories to coral reef degradation, based on their dependence on coral reefs and their capacity to adapt.

23 Mar 2012 09:05:49 GMT

Resuscitating the Sundarbans: customary use of biodiversity & traditional culture practices in Bangladesh

The study is participatory work of different research wings, local communities of Sundarban. It explores the crisis already has created in mantaining biodiversity in sundarban due mismanagement and over exploitation of the resources there. If such kind of measures continues it will break up the ecological balance and call on unfortubnate natural disastrous , already bangladesh is facing. so the paper invastigates the secnario and find out some possible solutions for the drastic situation continuing in the sundarban,the only largest mangrove forest of the world.It is urgent to save Sundarban to maintain the harmony of nature , otherwise Bangladesh will face more havoc than present in future

20 Mar 2012 09:05:00 GMT

Integrating protected areas into climate planning

Though protected areas have increased considerably over the last 130 years, there are several troubling trends, including national and regional disparities, ecological gaps, a decline in the growth of new protected areas, and problems with ineffective management. However, society increasingly expects protected areas to provide an expanded array of benefits, including climate mitigation, resilience and adaptation. This paper discusses the integration of protected areas into climate planning.<br /><br />The article argues that despite the overall growth in protected area coverage, the reality is that:<br /><ul> <li>there are great disparities in the world&rsquo;s protected area estate</li> <li>the rapid growth of protected areas is not uniform across countries reflecing several underlying factors</li> <li>whereas growth of marine protected areas has been impressive, much of this gain can be attributed to a relatively small number of very large marine reserves</li> <li>there has been a marked decline in the rate of growth for terrestrial protected areas in the last decade</li> <li>legal designation of an area as protected does not always ensure effective management.<br /></li></ul>The paper poses the following questions for policy makers in relation to the maximisation of climate change resilience, adaptation and mitigation.<br /><ul> <li>Where should new protected areas be located?</li> <li>How should protected areas be managed?</li> <li>What factors and policies are necessary? <br /></li></ul>The article suggests the following policy direction:<br /><ul> <li>a robust and compatible policy environment is essential for an effective protected area system</li> <li>planners should assess the economic value of protected areas in relation to climate change</li> <li>protected area policy makers should explicitly link protected areas into national climate change planning</li> <li>planners should take advantage of climate funding to improve the enabling environment by advocating for restoring degraded key protected areas</li> <li>planners should incorporate climate change into ecological gap assessments and consider climate-related design features in the layout of new protected areas</li> <li>planners can better integrate protected area planning into sectoral planning such as transportation, energy and invasive species; assess and communicate the full economic value of protected areas in addressing climate-related issues and ensure that protected areas are an integral part of climate adaptation planning. <br /></li></ul>The paper concludes that although there are potential tradeoffs between managing protected areas for biodiversity and for climate, the overwhelming social, economic and ecological benefits of protected areas make them a natural and cost-effective investment.

28 Feb 2012 01:38:52 GMT

Geographical indications, in situ conservation and traditional knowledge

<p>Geographical indications (GIs) have been a neglected area in the various fora addressing biodiversity and intellectual property. This policy brief focuses on basic GI concepts and the overall conclusion of the overview of over 30 GI cases. <br /></p><p>The document demonstrates the following observations:</p><ul> <li>GI development may promote biodiversity conservation directly through the use of a specific genetic resource, or indirectly through management practices that include ecosystem considerations</li> <li>current trends in multilateral and national GI protection systems show that the issue is moving in practice, and indicate that developing countries are active in GI development</li> <li>value chain differentiation is a very important concept in terms of GIs and has important policy implications <br /></li></ul><p>The paper concludes that indications of source, basic labelling of generics and the possibility of registering GIs according to the specific value chain should be considered within GI implementation strategies. In addition, promoting innovative approaches to marketing with a geographical identity is required as well. <br /></p><p>Final general recommendations are that:</p><ul> <li>GI protection systems should focus on the creation of an enabling institutional environment to prevent the false use of GIs</li> <li>GI registration systems should be precise and flexible and also consider the legal framework for the development of governing bodies</li> <li>the governance features of GIs should contribute to the respectful and creative use of traditional knowledge and practices</li> <li>regarding hunger and poverty alleviation goals, it is important to avoid economic exclusion processes at the local and regional level as a consequence of developing only high-end valuable markets</li> <li>in terms of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agenda, the neglect of GIs within current conversations should end, and there should be deep discussions on GIs contributions to rural conservation <br /></li></ul>

27 Feb 2012 21:44:42 GMT

Bridging the gap on intellectual property and genetic resources in WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee (IGC)

<p>The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) committee on intellectual property and genetic resources (IGC) was created in 2000. This report argues that the IGC has an historic opportunity to contribute towards providing meaningful responses to concerns relating to biodiversity and intellectual property (IP). <br /></p><p>In this regard, the study emphasises that:</p><ul> <li>the relationship of genetic resources and traditional knowledge to intellectual property protection is a controversial issue</li> <li>one important challenge it raises stems from the fact that discussions have taken place simultaneously in a number of international forums that have different mandates</li> <li>the IGC has generated significant research and resulted in some technical measures, yet it has to deliver with respect to international norm setting</li> <li>in 2009, an important step was taken when the WIPO instructed the IGC to accelerate its work towards developing protective international instruments <br /></li></ul><p>The document figures that while a binding instrument is favourable, soft law solutions should not be ruled out provided they address concerns effectively. Furthermore, it points out these recommendations:</p><ul> <li>the Nagoya Protocol&rsquo;s new access and benefit-sharing standards should be supported in the IP system and addressed in ongoing negotiations in the IGC, the TRIPS Council, and FTAs</li> <li>a set of operational provisions should be added to the current IGC draft of objectives and principles in order to advance the process and facilitate their implementation</li> <li>the substance of the recent proposal by the IGC&rsquo;s Group of Like Minded Countries (GLMC) could provide a suitable basis for negotiations in the IGC</li> <li>the introduction of Biodiversity-related Disclosure Requirements (BRDRs) at the multilateral level should be complemented by other policy developments</li> <li>additional research on practical national experiences of BRDRs is urgently needed, which could be undertaken by IGC members directly or requested of the WIPO secretariat <br /></li></ul>

25 Feb 2012 21:42:22 GMT

Sundarbans: future imperfect climate adaptation report

The eco-region of Sundarbans is unique and fragile because it is one of the most extensive mangrove forests in the world. This report describes the Sundarbans region and the impacts of climate change using evidence from the people who live there, scientific data, and efforts to address the problems of the imminent threats and vulnerabilities to this fragile ecosystem.<br /><br />The report highlights the following recurrent themes from the voices of inhabitants of the Sundarbans.<br /><ul> <li>Rising sea level: most of the islands in the Sundarbans are low lying, meaning that as the sea level rises, land is lost to the sea. This puts further pressure on agriculture production, yet the salinity of the water destroys the productivity of the soil. <br /></li> <li>Unpredictable rainfall patterns: changing rainfall patterns are making conventional cultivation of crops difficult for farmers.</li> <li>Impact on fisheries: there are fewer fish because the increased salinity of water has caused them to migrate. <br /></li> <li>Frequency and intensity of storms has increased causing further vulnerability.</li></ul>The publication uses data regarding the Sundarbans over eighteen years to verify the climate witness accounts scientifically as follows.<br /><ul> <li>Environmental factors affecting farming: the contributing factors to decreasing rainfall and extreme weather can be scientifically measured using the ambient temperature change over land, as well as change in rainfall pattern and forest cover.</li> <li>Environmental factors affecting fishing: the studies show a steady decline in the catch per unit effort of fish and confirm that increasing salinity in the estuarine water is leading to a depletion of freshwater fish species.</li> <li>Sea level change and coastal erosion: the study concluded that the relative mean sea level in Sagar and adjoining areas of the Bay of Bengal was rising at 3.14mm per year, compared to a global estimate of between 0.5 and 3mm per year.</li> <li>Change in high intensity events: both studies concluded that although storms and cyclones were rarer, they tended to do more damage when they occurred. <br /></li></ul>The report concludes that the observations made by the inhabitants of the Sundarbans are mostly grounded in scientific fact.

20 Feb 2012 17:53:34 GMT

Wildlife-human interactions: from conflict to coexistence in sustainable landscapes. A cooperative research project between India and Norway

<p>Reports on a project which sought to understand the dynamics of wildlife human interactions in India and Norway (in a sample of multiuse landscapes) and to develop mechanisms of coexistence suitable to the countries. The project focussed on species that regularly come into conflict with humans, but which reflect <br />the diversity of forms these conflicts can take. </p><p>The report makes&nbsp;numerous recommendations&nbsp;for further research and addresses a number of policy implications arising from the study. These address wildlife management policy at both state and national level and some consideration is also given to the implications for Convention on Biological Diversity. The authors challenge stakeholders and decision makers&nbsp;to assess and implement actions to achieve a better coexistence between humans and wildlife based on the report's findings.</p>

26 Sep 2011 16:57:09 GMT

High mountain glaciers and climate change: challenges to human livelihoods and adaptation

<p>Climate change is causing significant mass loss of glaciers in high mountains worldwide. This report calls for accelerating research, monitoring and modeling of glaciers, snow and their role in water supplies. <br /></p><p>Although glacier systems are inherently complex overall trends indicate that&nbsp;globally glaciers are receding.&nbsp;This is likely to accelerate in the coming decades. Impacts of the shrinkage of mountain glaciers include changes in the flow characteristics of glacier-fed rivers, glacier lake outburst floods&nbsp;and changing flood severity and frequency. This will most likely increase human vulnerability in concerned areas, and&nbsp;have major impacts on food security. <br /></p><p>Recommendations of this report are as follows:&nbsp;</p><ul> <li>strengthen glacial research and trans-national collaboration with emphasis on mass calculation and the effects of glacial recession on biodiversity and&nbsp;water resources&nbsp;availability downstream</li> <li>improve modeling of precipitation patterns and effects on water availability in mountain regions, particularly in Asia and Latin America&nbsp;</li> <li>prioritise support to and development of adaptation to water-related disasters</li> <li>prioritise programmes and support to development and implementation of adaptation strategies for too much and too little water including strengthening the role of women</li> <li>urgently support the implementation and improvement of both small and large-scale water capture and storage systems</li> <li>improve efficiency of current irrigation systems through the use of green technology and agricultural knowledge <br /><br /></li></ul>

26 Aug 2011 08:11:25 GMT

Agriculture biodiversity and food security: two sides of a coin

This research paper explains the relationship between food production and agricultural biodiversity, and analyses the impact of indiscriminate loss of agricultural biodiversity on food security.<br /><br />Bangladesh has been suffering from food shortage for its 150 million people, though it has favourable climatic conditions to produce highly productive native crop varieties. The study condemns two major reasons for this food crisis in agrarian Bangladesh - the lack of proper use of agriculture biodiversity, and the practice of modern agriculture systems that are based on hybrid seeds, chemical fertilisers, and pesticides without paying much attention to the native varieties.<br /><br />The paper also blames the callousness of incumbent political regimes and obsolete agricultural tradition as the obstacles to achieve food sufficiency. Political decisions regulate the agro-sector in Bangladesh. After independence, most of the governments took attempts to gain self-sufficiency in food production. However, their short-sighted planning or narrow political interests hastened the loss of biodiversity. As one of the signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Bangladesh is committed to conserving its biological diversity. Regrettably, no special attention has so far been given in the budgetary allocation to conserve and use its unique agricultural biodiversity.<br /><br /><br />In conclusion the paper recommends some policies to maintain smooth food production and ensure food security. Replacing current mechanized agricultural production systems with sustainable production methods such as mixed farming systems and organic agriculture are highly encouraged for this purpose.

25 Aug 2011 12:29:04 GMT

Climate change and biodiversity: IPCC technical paper V

<p>With the current rate of biodiversity loss greater than the natural background rate of extinction, a critical question addressed by this technical paper is &lsquo;how much might climate change (natural or human induced) enhance or inhibit these losses in biodiversity?<br /><br />Key findings of the document include:</p><ul> <li>changes in climate exert additional pressure and have already begun to affect biodiversity</li> <li>climate change is projected to affect all aspects of biodiversity, however, the projected changes have to take into account the impacts from other past, present, and future activities, including increasing atmospheric concentrations of CO2</li> <li>the general effect of projected human-induced climate change is that the habitats of many species will move poleward or upward from their current locations</li> <li>globally by the year 2080, about 20% of coastal wetlands could be lost due to sea-level rise</li> <li>the risk of extinction will increase for many species that are already vulnerable</li> <li>the effectiveness of adaptationand mitigation activities can be enhanced when they are integrated with broader strategies designed to make development paths more sustainable. </li></ul><p>The document&rsquo;s conclusion includes the following suggestions:</p><ul> <li>the development of monitoring systems, using multiple taxa, to assist in the detection of changes in ecosystems and biodiversity within them</li> <li>development and use of detailed and reliable regional scenarios of climate change in vulnerability analysis</li> <li>evaluation of case studies that deal with mitigation (including those in marine environments and carbon sequestration projects) ad adaptation projects on biodiversity</li> <li>identification of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use activities and policies that would beneficially affect climate change adaptation and mitigation options</li> <li>adaptation of project-, sector-, and regional-level environmental socio-economic assessment tools, and further development of a set of criteria and indicators to assess (quantitatively and qualitatively) the synergies and tradeoffs between climate change adaptation and mitigation options and sustainable development. </li></ul>

31 Aug 2010 11:40:57 GMT

Questioning conservation practice and its response: the establishment of Namaqua National Park

<p>This article summarises research carried out in Namaqualand in South Africa that identifies the discrepancies between rhetoric and practices in conservation. The author points at an on-going conflict between conservation and redistribution of land, suggesting that powerful conservationists tend to win this competition.</p><p>The article underlines that apartheid resulted in Africans being dispossessed of land on a large scale and restricted to overcrowded reserves. Particularly, the resulting land dispossession in Namaqualand confined non-whites to mission stations, which acted as places of refuge. However, people continue to feel strongly about the loss of their ancestral land, and they are keen to increase their land base.</p>The article reviews the story of Namaqua National Park that was established in 2002. The paper demonstrates how the expansion of the park outcompetes land reform in the area by the conservation fund being willing to pay far above the market price, which resulted in remaining landless neighbouring communities as they are.<p>Although land redistribution may be understood from a developmental point of view, the paper highlights the strong opposition from conservationists to this direction. In this respect, the article finds the following:</p><ul> <li>scientists and conservationists have for a long time maintained that livestock farming, as historically and currently carried out by the people in communal areas, is a threat to the environment</li> <li>livestock keeping represents a safety net against fluctuations in other incomes &ndash; as a &lsquo;bank account&rsquo; that herders can dip into to make up for regular seasonal shortages or when other sources fail</li> <li>conservationists may find it legitimate to neglect principles of ethics and transparency in order to pursue their goals&nbsp;</li> <li>this type of strategy may, however, in the longer term have adverse effects not only on local people&rsquo;s livelihoods, but also on environments.<br /></li></ul>

08 Apr 2010 16:00:41 GMT

Community Markets For Conservation Programme (COMACO) Phase II: appraisal of the proposal to the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Lusaka, Zambia

This paper reviews the proposal for a Phase II of the Community Markets for Conservation Programme (COMACO) in Zambia. The programme is seen as a tool to offer poachers and charcoal burners incentives for abandoning illegal activities to protect wildlife and biodiversity through improved farming technologies and access to agricultural markets.<br /><br />The paper notes that COMACO is well staffed with highly dedicated and talented employees, also willing to work in remote areas. Phase 2 of the programme emphasises improved food security and poverty alleviation. The paper finds the proposal for a Phase 2 of the programme is generally well argued and appears to fit with current Norwegian development assistance policies on food security and poverty alleviation, also in rural areas. However, it suggests a number of points to be considered in a revision of this proposal:<br /><ul> <li>there is a need for improved administrative clarity of the functioning of COMACO as a legal personality, and its legal ability to receive funding</li> <li>the approach carries substantial risks, both in the farming technologies proposed, in the production processes, and in the marketing segment</li> <li>more attention should be paid to agronomic detail, including planting densities of rice and maize</li> <li>the proposal is somewhat under-defined with respect to sociological impacts of its business model</li> <li>concern about HIV/AIDS and other communicable and vector-borne diseases have not been covered.</li></ul>The paper recommends that following this revision the Norwegian government should seriously consider the proposal for full funding.

18 Jan 2010 11:40:45 GMT

Wild resources and livelihoods of poor households in Democratic Republic of Congo

<p>Wild foods including bushmeat have long been recognised as important famine foods underpinning coping strategies for poor people. Yet there is mounting pressure from conservation agencies to limit the extraction of wild resources, particularly bushmeat. This ODI policy brief outlines research on the links between poverty and wild food use in a poor community of Congolese farming households with an average income of less than one dollar per person per day. </p><p>Policy Conclusions </p><ul> <li>Bushmeat and other wild foods play a vital part in the diets, livelihoods and food security of poor rural households. There are marked seasonal changes in wild food use, with major increases in the hungry season. These facts need to be taken into account in planning conservation strategies.</li> <li>Wild foods form a moderately important component of household diets but a very important component of household sales, particularly for the poor. Bushmeat and fish figure as superior goods (in the sense that their consumption increases proportionately with increases in household income). Wild plant foods figure as inferior goods. </li> <li>Within a community that is universally poor by regional and international standards, clear differences in access to and use of wild foods are associated with degrees of poverty. The very poorest households are disadvantaged in absolute terms, and are the least likely to benefit from hunting or its proceeds. </li> <li>The case study contradicts the view that banning market sales of bushmeat, and restricting consumption to subsistence use, offers a &lsquo;win-win&rsquo; strategy to the benefit of both conservation and the poor. All but the very poorest are likely to rely on sales. Selling bushmeat benefits the poor relatively more than the rich (though the very poorest may not even benefit from subsistence use).</li></ul>

11 Nov 2009 12:37:10 GMT

Reforming wildlife governance in East and Southern Africa: the role of corruption

<p>This brief looks at the role corruption plays in structuring wildlife governance systems in Africa by comparing the differing governance structures which have elicited variant economic and ecological outcomes. Wildlife is an important economic asset in Africa worth billions of dollars annually. The biological diversity is a natural spectacle and priceless global heritage. <br /><br />The author notes that Namibia is Africa&rsquo;s best example of the role that institutional reforms play in increasing wildlife population and investment in wildlife-based enterprises. Local communities and private landholders have been involved in decision making about wildlife use on their lands what has in turn generated strong incentives for local investments in conservation. This attracts wildlife-based enterprises that contribute to local and national economic growth and encourages further investments in conservation in a sustainable and virtuous cycle. <br /><br />In Tanzania however, reforms have made limited headway in the country and wildlife populations are declining as a result. Although reforms have been proposed and donors have extended support, governments are maintaining centralised wildlife governance arrangements, resisting the use of market-based mechanisms and thus creating opportunities for corruption.This has led to reduced benefits at the national level, by preventing market-based pricing of wildlife, and at the local level, through the failure to devolve greater rights over wildlife to local communities. These factors undermine incentives for conserving wildlife at all levels. <br /><br />The brief presents the following lessons from the comparison between Namibia and Tanzania: </p><ul> <li>reforms that decentralise user rights over wildlife can radically change the attitudes of landholders towards wildlife and shift incentives from eradication of wildlife towards conservation and investment <br /></li> <li>reforms are often incompatible with the private interests and motivations of influential political elites and policy-makers. This is because devolving rights over wildlife to local actors constitutes a shift in control over wildlife&rsquo;s economic value, which involves losing direct access to money and resources. </li></ul><p>To attain better outcomes, the brief suggests the following strategic responses to the political challenges facing wildlife and natural resource governance reforms: </p><ul> <li>local activists, community based organisations, donor and government agencies all need to collaborate to improve the existing level of knowledge with regard to patterns of natural resource use<br /></li> <li>donors should deal directly with the reformist constituency itself, which comprises non-governmental actors such as local communities, civil society organisations, networks, and even private sector entrepreneurs. </li></ul>

09 Oct 2009 11:58:50 GMT

Home gardens sustain crop diversity and improve farm resilience in Candelaria Loxicha, Oaxaca, Mexico

The home garden is an integral part of smallholders&rsquo; production strategies. This paper investigates how home gardens are integrated into local farming practices and how these influence biodiversity in Candelaria Loxicha, Oaxaca, Mexico. The paper finds that home gardens harbour high levels of biodiversity.<br /><br />Further findings include:<br /><ul> <li>most home gardens are multipurpose, providing goods for home consumption, sales, environmental services, and experimentation and learning</li> <li>plant diversity is higher in younger home gardens and in home gardens where owners actively exchange plant material with other people</li> <li>through practices such as plant exchange, seed storage, and the dispersion of seeds in different land uses, farmers avoid homogenisation and encourage plant diversity </li> <li>farmers manage their lands for resilience taking advantage of the patchy distribution of resources and optimising labour allocation </li> <li>both men and women participate in the establishment, care and management of home gardens, yet men and women take interest in and responsibility for different plants </li> <li>participation in communal or political work enhances the ability of male farmers to become engaged in exchange networks </li> <li>through their increased mobility, migrants move plants both from abroad and to their international destinations. </li></ul>The paper recommends that:<br /><ul> <li>future research and policies must be particularly responsive to social dynamics underlying land use management systems</li> <li>the role of migration and other adaptive strategies of farmers which impact on decisions related to practices that enhance biodiversity have to be understood and taken into account.</li></ul>

08 Oct 2009 13:28:15 GMT

Rights-based approaches: exploring issues and opportunities for conservation

The links between the realisation of human rights and the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity are receiving increasing attention worldwide. Experience has demonstrated that exclusionary approaches to conservation can undermine those same rights of affected communities and can undermine conservation objectives.<br /><br />The &lsquo;rights-based approaches&rsquo; (RBAs) to conservation presented in this document offer a number of positive ways forward, but they also raise a range of new challenges and questions. These include how to define RBAs in practical terms and how to determine what they mean for conservation policy and implementation. The experiences described in this volume make it clear that there is no one recipe for RBAs; however, each case study presents legal, policy, programming, or advocacy strategies that local people, government and NGOs and others can use to better understand their rights and responsibilities. <br /><br />The papers in this volume also illustrate that engaging with rights means engaging with the social dimensions of conservation. RBAs challenge the conservation community to move beyond its traditional boundaries, engage in new partnerships, take on demanding new tasks and seize new<br />opportunities. In conclusion, the authors highlight that there is a need to examine many more experiences in order to fully understand the implications of RBAs. This volume identifies many difficult questions for the conservation community and its partners to address.<br /><br />Case studies examined include: <br /><ul> <li>fulfilling rights and responsibilities in natural resource management in Colombia</li> <li>enhancing rights and local level accountability in water management in the Middle East: conceptual framework and case studies from Palestine and Jordan</li> <li>where conservation and community coincide:a human rights approach to conservation and development in the Cape Floristic Region, South Africa</li> <li>seeking respect for a Sherpa community conserved area in the Mount Everest region of Nepal</li> <li>integrating gender equality and equity in access and benefit-sharing governance through a rights-based approach </li></ul>

20 Jul 2009 13:40:12 GMT

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Global Forum on Environment 2014 - New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food-Nexus

The Forum will be held on 27-28 November 2014 in Paris and has identified three areas that can contribute to more integrated policy-making: improving knowledge of the interactions between the different dimensions; sending the right policy and price signals to users and financiers; and plugging the nexus into the broader development agenda, in particular in the context of post-2015 discussions.

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:29:00 GMT

OECD-CPI Dialogue: Improving Transparency and Accountability through Improved Tracking of Climate Finance Flows

The OECD and CPI organised a Dialogue on "Improving Transparency and Accountability through Improved Tracking of Climate Finance Flows" on 22 September in New York.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:00:00 GMT

The time for tough decisions on climate change is now

Reversing the damage is within our grasp, but it will hinge on a strong international climate agreement and policies that make polluters pay. Op Ed by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and Nick Stern, Chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, The Guardian.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:40:00 GMT

The water challenge: OECD's response

Without new policies, by 2050, freshwater availability will be further strained, with 2.3 billion more people than today projected to be living in river basins experiencing severe water stress. Latest information: The OECD participated in the Stockholm World Water Week from 31 August-5 September 2014.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:32:00 GMT

Iceland must balance growth in power and tourism industries with nature conservation, OECD says

Iceland must balance growth in power and tourism industries with nature conservation, OECD says Iceland has one of the world’s most pristine natural environments and its glaciers, volcanoes and hot underground springs bring major economic benefits via renewable energy and tourism.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:05:00 GMT

Think Green: education and environmental awareness

Education plays a crucial role in raising awareness of environmental challenges and shaping the attitudes and behaviours that can make a difference. A recently released Trends Shaping Education Spotlight looks at the role of education in both preparing and providing our citizens with the skills needed for a sustainable and productive future.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:08:00 GMT

Productivity measurement with natural capital and bad outputs

This paper presents a productivity growth measure that explicitly accounts for natural capital as an input factor and for undesirable goods, or “bads”, as an output of the production process.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:20:00 GMT

Personal tax treatment of company cars and commuting expenses: Estimating the fiscal and environmental costs

Company cars form a large proportion of the car fleet in many OECD countries and are also influential in determining the composition of the wider vehicle fleet. When employees provided with a company car use that car for personal purposes, personal income tax rules value the benefit in a number of different ways.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:48:00 GMT

Exploring Potential Data Sources for Estimating Private Climate Finance - Environment Working Paper

The paper reviews a number of commercial and public data sources to examine their potential for increasing coverage and understanding of the volume and characteristics of private climate finance beyond renewable energy projects. Such information is needed to assess progress towards the global transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:08:00 GMT

Research Co-operation between Developed and Developing Countries in the Area of Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity

Climate change and biodiversity loss have increasingly become the subject of international policy deliberations. It is widely recognised that strong and effective international co-operation is required to address these issues. Co-operation in science and technology between developed and developing countries is considered to be of particular importance.

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:56:00 GMT

Moving beyond rhetoric: Responsibility in practice

This Global Forum plays an important role as the tool for on-going dialogue on responsible business conduct. I am pleased to announce that today, Ministers from over 20 countries are coming together to discuss how to integrate responsibility considerations throughout government policies. Their work will contribute to protect internationally recognised fundamental rights and to ensure good governance, fair regulations, and transparency.

Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:08:00 GMT

Rain doesn’t follow the plow: climate change, agriculture and water

In many areas today, there is no such thing as a “natural” landscape. Thousands of years of farming have selected and encouraged some species, marginalised or eliminated others. The land itself has been altered by ploughing, enclosure, herding and other human interventions. We may feel that we have tamed Nature. Reports like this new one from the OECD remind us of our ignorance and warn us about our arrogance.

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:56:00 GMT

Expert Workshop on Adaptation Financing and Implementation, June 2014

This workshop focused on putting priorities into practice in OECD countries. Country-specific prioritisation, sectoral approaches, mainstreaming tools including questions on public sector finance and research needs were all topics covered during the two days of the workshop.

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

Global Forum on Environment: Promoting Sustainable Materials Management through Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is increasingly recognised worldwide as an efficient waste management policy to help improve recycling and reduce landfilling of products and materials. This Forum took place on 17-19 June 2014, in Tokyo, Japan, to identify key challenges and opportunities for further developing EPR policies.

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:04:00 GMT

Message in a bottle: Producers not taxpayers should pay for the waste they generate - Insights Blog

Have you ever wondered who was paying to recycle that plastic bottle you just threw away?

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:25:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

The Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) aimed to promote dialogue on the role of green investment banks, which are domestically-focused public institutions that use limited public capital to leverage or “crowd-in” private capital, including from institutional investors, for green infrastructure investment.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts: Conceptual Frameworks, Modelling Approaches and Research Needs - Environment Working Paper No. 66

This paper presents a framework to include feedbacks from climate impacts on the economy in integrated assessment models. The proposed framework uses a production function approach, which links climate impacts to key variables and parameters used in the specification of economic activity. The paper pays particular attention to the challenges of distinguishing between damages and the costs of adapting to climate change.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:07:00 GMT

An Overview of the OECD ENV-Linkages Model - Environment Working Paper No. 65

This document provides a detailed technical description of the ENV-Linkages model. The OECD ENV-Linkages Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model is an economic model that describes how economic activities are inter-linked across several macroeconomic sectors and regions. It links economic activity to environmental pressure, specifically to emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:05:00 GMT

Economic Implications of the IEA Efficient World Scenario - Environment Working Paper No. 64

In its 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency (IEA) produced an Efficient World Scenario to assess how implementing only economically viable energy efficiency measures would affect energy markets, investment and greenhouse emissions (GHG). Using the OECD ENV-Linkages macro-economic model, this report simulates the economic and environmental impacts which the IEA Efficient World Scenario implies.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:58:00 GMT

Sweden must keep innovating to maintain strong environmental record, says OECD

Sweden has shown a longstanding commitment to the environment, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and nitrogen leaching. Renewables supply more than a third of its energy needs. Sweden has set itself tough targets for the future, however, and must continue to innovate if it is to meet them, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Air pollution, the invisible killer - Insights Blog

Today’s post, marking World Environment Day, is from OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. Air pollution has become the biggest environmental cause of premature death, overtaking poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water.

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:22:00 GMT

Material resources, productivity and the environment

This report describes the material basis of OECD economies. It examines how material resources flow between the economy and the environment, and the factors that drive changes in resource productivity over time and across countries.

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:05:00 GMT

Managing our natural resources: can we build more with less? - Insights Blog

For World Environment Day on 5 June 2014, the OECD Environment Directorate looks at how we use and manage natural resources.

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, OECD says

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit vehicle emissions, a new OECD report says.

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

The ITF is an intergovernmental organisation within the OECD to tackle mobility issues for the 21st century. The Forum acts as a platform to advance transport policy and practice, with a view to ensuring transport's contribution to economic growth, environmental protection, social inclusion and the preservation of human life and well-being. The ITF 2014 annual Summit is being held in Leipzig, Germany on 21-23 may 2014.

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

Twenty years ago climate change was viewed as just an environmental issue. Today it is squarely an economic issue. Climate change poses significant risks to our economic systems that could result in very large damages. To mitigate these risks we need to radically transform our economies and societies to stop global warming.

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

The OECD’s 34 member countries today affirmed their common resolve to work towards a deal on combating climate change at the COP21 talks in Paris in 2015. OECD accession countries Colombia and Latvia joined the statement issued at the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, attended by finance, economy, trade and other ministers.

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

Insight Blog - Wake up and save the coffee: Making development climate-resilient

A new OECD report describes what Ethiopia and Columbia are doing to sustain development in a changing climate.

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:56:00 GMT

Climate Resilience in Development Planning: Experiences in Colombia and Ethiopia

Developing countries are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Improving climate resilience is an essential part of countries’ efforts to reduce poverty and meet development objectives. How can this be achieved? This report shows steps countries are taking to address climate variability and prepare for future changes. It identifies key elements to integrate climate resilience into national development planning.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:14:00 GMT

Colombia must do more on environment for sustainable economic growth, says OECD

Colombia’s rich natural heritage as one of the world’s most bio-diverse countries is coming under increasing pressure from extractive industries, livestock grazing, urbanisation and car use, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Environmental Policies and Risk Finance in the Green Sector: Cross-country Evidence

Risk finance is essential for new ventures to commercialise new ideas and grow, especially in emerging sectors. Yet very little is known about the drivers and characteristics of risk finance in the green sector. This paper aims to fill this gap by providing a detailed description of risk finance in the green sector across 29 countries and identifying the role that policies might have in shaping high-growth investments.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:37:00 GMT

Insights Blog: IPCC and climate change risks - What would you do?

The latest Climate Change Report from the IPCC argues that human interference with the climate system is occurring, and climate change poses risks for human and natural systems. The report identifies eight major risks with high confidence, and says that each of these risks contributes to one of more of the five “reasons for concern”.

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum - March 2014

This event held on 18-19 March 2014 at the OECD is part of a series of seminars, organised by the OECD and the IEA, which aims to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between a wide range of experts on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. The agenda, presentations and list of participants are now available.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:30:00 GMT

Blog: Fighting the tide - Preparing for the water-related impacts of climate change

With headlines of record‑breaking water-related disasters around the world, this blog, written by Kathleen Dominique, OECD Environment Economist, discusses the water impacts of climate change. This post is part of Wikiprogress' series on "water" and the "environment".

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:04:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

The Netherlands is a global pioneer in water management with a long history of containing flood risks and reclaiming land from the sea. Yet it will need to adapt its water governance policies to meet the looming challenges of shifting demographics, regional development and climate change, according to an OECD report.

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Video: How should governments prepare for floods?

In light of the UK floods, this 3-minute Q&A with OECD Environmental Economist Kathleen Dominique discusses how governments should be preparing for climate change-related weather events.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

A call for zero emissions from the World Economic Forum in Davos

OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, gives his views in this blog from the World Economic Forum in Davos on the huge risk that carbon dioxide emissions pose to the economy and the environment.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

The Swedish Tax on Nitrogen Oxide Emissions: Lessons in Environmental Policy Reform - Environment Policy Paper No. 2

This case study describes the approach taken to reduce NOx emissions from combustion plants, the challenges encountered and the social, environmental and economic impacts. It concludes by discussing the wider lessons that are raised for other governments seeking to develop similar policy responses.

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

Environment at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators

This book offers a comprehensive snapshot of key environmental trends in OECD member countries since the early 1990s. Environment at a Glance 2013 contains comparative data and charts on everything from car ownership to fish captures that should be a useful reference tool as governments try to steer their economies in an environmentally sustainable direction, and to realise the associated economic opportunities.

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:26:00 GMT

OECD biotechnology newsletter updates

OECD major events and activities relating to biotechnologies: latest developments are updated biannually in this Newsletter.

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:51:00 GMT

The Political Economy of Fuel Subsidies in Colombia - Environment Working Paper No. 61

Colombia has made progress towards eliminating fuel and diesel subsidies and reducing discretionary spaces allowing for artificially low fuel prices, but challenges remain. This paper discusses the political economy of fuel subsidies in the country to understand why reform has been so slow.

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2013: How to unlock investment in support of green growth?

The 2013 Forum was held on 5-6 December and discussed how governments can improve their investment policy framework to reduce the risk and attract long-term private finance in support of green growth.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

South Africa shows good progress on environment, must keep up pace

In the two decades since apartheid ended, South Africa has made impressive strides to catch up with – and in some cases surpass -- the developed world’s environmental standards.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Insights Blog: OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

Issues related to water and sanitation are a priority for the OECD. A number of people working at the OECD are also involved through our War on Hunger Group. For example, last year the Group funded a project in Mozambique to reduce diarrhoea by at least 25% in children under the age of five by training in hygiene and changing current practices.

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD celebrates World Toilet Day

This year the United Nations has officially declared 19 November World Toilet Day to raise awareness of the sanitation crisis faced by millions every day. Similarly, the OECD places great importance on the issue of water and sanitation. It has undertaken significant work on the issue to help promote global awareness, encourage action and propose viable solutions.

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:57:00 GMT

OECD at UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw (COP 19)

The OECD organised a number of events focused on key aspects of the negotiations: side events on tracking private climate finance, establishing and understanding post-2020 mitigation commitments, and credible policies to achieve climate targets and mobilise private finance. The OECD also convened a High Level Breakfast addressing the issues around long-term investment and green infrastructure.

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:40:00 GMT

OECD Programme on Water Governance

The 'water crisis' is largely a governance crisis. There is enough water on Earth for all, even in areas where temporary shortages may exist. Managing water for all is not only a question of hydrology and money, but equally a matter of good governance.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Austria’s green economy flourishing but could do even better, OECD says

Environmental goods and services are now a bigger driver of Austria’s economy and job market than traditionally strong sectors like tourism and construction, thanks to the government’s policy of subsidising green investments, a new OECD report shows.

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Carbon taxes and emissions trading are cheapest ways of reducing CO2, OECD says

Carbon taxes and emission trading systems are the most cost-effective means of reducing CO2 emissions, and should be at the centre of government efforts to tackle climate change,according to a new OECD study.

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

This paper examines how institutional investors can access green infrastructure, the extent to which this is currently happening, and the barriers to scaling up these investment flows. Based on four case studies, broader lessons are drawn for governments on the policy settings which may support investment in green infrastructure by institutional investors.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

International Conference on Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities, Tel Aviv

The Government of Israel and the OECD co-organised an international conference on "Joining Forces to Develop Smart, Cost-Effective Urban Water Utilities: Policy, Economics, Environment, Regulation and Technologies" on 23 October 2013, in Tel Aviv.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:06:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

The OECD is to review its chemical hazard assessment programme with the aim of providing a more specialised service for member countries from 2015.

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

Governments need to put together the optimal policy mix to eliminate emissions from fossil fuels in the second half of the century. Cherry-picking a few easy measures will not do the trick. There has to be progress on every front, notably with respect to carbon pricing, and that is what peer review and learning from best practice should help achieve, said OECD Secretary-General.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Reducing fossil fuel emissions isn’t enough, OECD Insights Blog

We must aim for their complete elimination by the second half of the century and need to come to grips with the risk of climate change. While many countries have announced ambitious targets to reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2020, and even mid-century, further efforts are needed.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:25:00 GMT

Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says OECD

Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

The Political Economy of British Columbia's Carbon Tax - Environment Working Paper No. 63

This paper reviews the political economy of the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) tax in three periods: its origins, its survival in the face of political backlash, and its longer-term prospects. The BC launched North America’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax reform. The tax, applied to all combustion sources of fossil fuels, was introduced at a rate of CAD 10 per tonne of CO2.

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Ireland's Carbon Tax and the Fiscal Crisis - Environment Working Paper No. 59

This paper describes the features of the tax, recounts the story of its interplay between fiscal adjustment and helping meet the obligations to raise taxes, and implications for competitiveness and carbon leakage, environmental effectiveness and equity issues, and draws conclusions regarding why it happened, and provides tentative insights for other countries in a similar situation.

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

Climate Change Lecture by OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría in London on Wednesday 9 October

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will present a major address on the Organisation’s latest analysis of climate change, investment and energy policies in London on Wednesday 9 October, at 10:30am.

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum - September 2013

This event held on 18-19 September 2013 at the OECD is part of a series of seminars, organised by the OECD and the IEA, which aims to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between a wide range of experts on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. The agenda, presentations and list of participants are now available.

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Environment Action Programme Task Force: 2013 annual meeting

The meeting took place on 17-18 September 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia and marked the 20th anniversary of the OECD environment-related co-operation with countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:29:00 GMT

Addressing Competitiveness and Carbon Leakage Impacts Arising from Multiple Carbon Markets: A modelling Assessment - Environment Working Paper No. 58

Competitiveness and carbon leakage issues have been some of the main concerns in the implementation and discussions of climate policies. This paper examines the macroeconomic and sectoral competitiveness and carbon leakage impacts associated with a range of stylised mitigation policy scenarios.

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:32:00 GMT

National policy dialogue (NPD) in Turkmenistan

NPD in Turkmenistan

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:24:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

The OECD participated in this annual event held in Stockholm (1-5 September 2013) where two major reports "Water Security for Better Lives" and "Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters" were launched by the OECD's Secretary-General, Angel Gurría.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

Got water?

Climate change and rising demand are making it harder to meet the world’s water needs. At World Water Week 2013, the OECD will explore how to better manage this vital resource.

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

This paper proposes a new measure of stringency to measure the consequences of environmental regulations on investment, labour demand, and patterns of international trade that would be based on emissions data and which could be constructed separately for different pollutants.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

Responding to key well-being challenges in Austria

Important challenges for the future of Austrian well-being arise from demographic and environmental trends. The ageing of the population calls for a fair balance between life-time pension contributions and entitlements, drawing on the recent pension reform.

Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:11:00 GMT

Better Plays for Better Lives: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, OECD Insights Blog

The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: Consequences of Inaction warns that by 2050, under a worst-case scenario, we could see a 10% biodiversity loss; 2.3 billion more people living in water-stressed areas; and a 50% increase in GHG emissions, primarily caused by a 70% growth in CO2 emissions from energy use.

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:34:00 GMT

G20 Development Working Group Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth, July 2013

This workshop expanded the G20 Development Working Group’s (DWG) dialogue with representatives from developing countries on the lessons learned from their own experiences in designing and implementing inclusive green growth strategies.

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

This paper provides an update on recent developments in the field of Regional Trade Agreements and the environment. Issues arising in the implementation of RTAs with environmental considerations are examined as well as experience in assessing their environmental impacts.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

Governments around the world are encouraging people to factor the environment into their everyday lives and purchases. Is it leading to more sustainable consumption? Are households ‘going green’?

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Measures Supporting Minerals and Primary Metals Extraction and Processing: Case Study: Australia

Efforts to document government support benefiting specific sectors or industries have paid scant attention to support given to the non-energy minerals sector. The issue of support for this sector is explored by way of a case study of Australia, a leading producer and exporter of minerals.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

The rise in international investment and trade in goods and services related to renewable energy has been rapid but not always smooth. This paper surveys, through the lenses of market-pull and technology-push policies, the numerous domestic incentives used by governments to promote renewable energy, focusing on those that might have implications for trade.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

Evidence for the agricultural sectors of OECD countries from 1990 to 2010 shows improvements have been made in nutrient, pesticide, energy and water management, using less of these inputs per unit volume of output, according to this report. Environmentally beneficial practices by farmers, such as conservation tillage, improved manure storage, soil nutrient testing and drip irrigation, have also contributed to improvements.

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

Renewable Energy: Why the Definition Needs to be Revised (ProgBlog)

Climate change mitigation and sustainability are the key rationales for increasing the share of renewable energy. Yet definitions of renewable energy used by policy-makers are so broad that subsidy regimes and other policies to promote renewable energy are able to result in highly negative climate, environmental and human impacts.

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:51:00 GMT

Avoiding death by diesel, blog post by Simon Upton

"It is estimated that air pollution from diesel-fuelled road transport kills 10 times more people each year in France than those who die in road accidents": OECD Insights Blog's post by Simon Upton, head of the OECD Environment Directorate, founder and Chair of the Round Table on Sustainable Development, and former New Zealand environment minister.

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:37:00 GMT

Climate Change eXplorer: a new way of visualising climate-related data.

This new data visualisation tool brings over 40 different climate-related data sets to life by using animated plots for the period 1990-2010.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:55:00 GMT

New OECD report offers tips on how households can green their behaviour

People care for the environment, and a large majority state that they are willing to make compromises to green their lifestyle according to a new OECD survey of 12,000 households. However, the economic crisis has taken its toll, and the survey shows that the environment is slipping down on the list of people’s priorities.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

Saving the environment falls into that category for many people, but the good news for the planet is that the OECD has identified a group of people who “believe that sacrifices will be necessary to solve environmental problems”.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

This publication explains why green growth is vital to secure a more sustainable future for developing countries. Covering 74 policies and measures from 37 countries and 5 regional initiatives, this publication outlines an action-oriented twin-track agenda to guide national and international policies and practices to successfully tackle green growth.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

Cities can generate growth and jobs while becoming greener – this is the message of the OECD’s new Green Growth in Cities report. Drawing on case studies of Paris, Chicago, Kitakyushu and Stockholm, the report identifies green policies that can respond to urban growth priorities and suggests how to implement and finance them.

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Cash-strapped governments will need private sector investment to meet sustainable transport objectives, OECD says

Boosting private sector investment in sustainable transport infrastructure will be essential as governments seek to meet long-term economic and environmental objectives at a time of constrained public finances, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Why biodiversity matters

As we celebrate International Biodiversity Day, the outlook is not very encouraging. Around 12% of birds, 25% of mammals, and at least 32% of amphibians are threatened with extinction over the next century. Humans may have increased the rate of global extinctions by up to 1000 times the “natural” rate typical of Earth’s long-term history.

Wed, 22 May 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

We can’t use terms like “inclusive” and “green” as window dressing for the pursuit of economic growth as an end in itself. A real and profound change in how we think about growth is needed–one that doesn’t let special interests get in the way of creating a just, fair and sustainable economy with clean energy for all.

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

"Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN): Steering committee meeting

The first meeting of the EaP GREEN Steering Committee was held on 26 April 2013 in Berlin to discuss with representatives of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries the overall priorities of the programme, specific activities to be carried out in 2013, and the means of programme implementation.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Программа «EaP GREEN»: Первое заседание Координационного комитета

Первое заседание Координационного комитета программы «EaP GREEN» состоялось 26 апреля 2013 г. в Берлине. Заседание имело своей главной обсудить с представителями шести стран Восточного партнерства (Азербайджан, Армения, Беларусь, Грузия, Молдова и Украина) общие приоритеты программы, конкретные мероприятия, запланированные на 2013 г., и механизмы ее реализации.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:13:00 GMT

Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

China’s exceptional economic expansion has led to rising energy demand and pollution as well as other environmental pressures. Strong efforts by the government have moderated emissions of some types of air and water pollution from high levels but others, including greenhouse gas emissions, continue to rise. Poor air and water quality threaten human health, create other costs and reduce well-being.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:49:00 GMT

Cross-Border Trade in Electricity and the Development of Renewables-Based Electric Power: Lessons from Europe

To benefit fully from cross-border trade in electricity, interconnected countries need to establish a non-discriminatory trading regime based on co-operation and co-ordination, says this study of trade in renewables-based electric power in Europe.

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

The GGKP’s second annual conference will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 4-5 April 2013. The discussion will be framed around two headline themes: Greening global value chains and Measurement and reporting for green growth.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

The European Union may be facing some difficult economic challenges, but that's no excuse for not acting now to create an economy based on resource efficiency and low-carbon development. The benefits are potentially enormous, including lower greenhouse gas emissions, more efficient use of energy and resources and rising growth and innovation.

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

World Water Day: Big problems but there are solutions

This week, around 30,000 children under the age of five will die from water-related diseases, one every 20 seconds.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

This event held on 19-20 March 2013 at the OECD is part of a series of seminars, organised by the OECD and the IEA, which aims to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between a wide range of experts on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. The agenda, presentations and list of participants are now available.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:53:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

Italy has taken a range of initiatives to improve the management of its natural resources and reduce energy intensity. Despite this progress, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Italy says the country still faces numerous environmental challenges.

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

In his speech to OECD Ambassadors, the President of Iceland discussed how Iceland could offer lessons on the nature of a clean energy economy; and presented some insights from Iceland's recent challenges in dealing with the financial crisis.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

Blog post: Fossil fuel subsidies - billions up in smoke?

A new OECD report presents around 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the OECD’s 34 member countries and also highlights the successes and challenges in bringing about reform, says this OECD Insights blog post.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

OECD calls for better alignment of energy policy, public finances and environmental goals

Two new OECD reports provide wide-ranging evidence of how reforming subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels can help countries boost finances and meet green objectives.

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Green Growth in Africa Workshop January 15-18 2013: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future

Information on and background documents for the Green Growth African Regional Workshops, 15-18 January 2013. The workshops presented conceptual issues and policy tool kits on implementing green growth policy measures and strategic environmental assessments.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

Mexico is faced with difficult trade-offs as it pursues its economic, social and environmental goals. Like other emerging economies Mexico is balancing the need to protect its natural resources with the need to address high levels of income inequality and poverty.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Mexico must improve water governance, financing and regulation, says OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría

Mexico’s river basins are under severe water stress. The quality of rivers, lakes and aquifers is declining and floods, droughts, and hurricanes are more frequent. These are some of the alerts signaled in OECD’s Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Environmental Innovation in Germany - Environment Working Paper No. 53

This paper reviews the recent experience of Germany in encouraging innovation to reduce negative environmental impacts of economic activity. The essence of the German approach to policy-induced environmental innovation is discussed in the context of changing policy objectives, and illustrated with selected examples from waste management, renewable energy and transportation.

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:44:00 GMT

Regulatory Transparency in Multilateral Agreements Controlling Exports of Tropical Timber, E-Waste and Conflict Diamonds

This paper examines how three multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) incorporate transparency into their regulatory regimes: CITES (endangered species, especially tropical timber), the Basel Convention (hazardous e-waste), and the Kimberley Process (conflict diamonds)

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

UN Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP 18)

OECD involvement is focussing on climate finance and investment to support low-carbon and climate-resilient growth; design and governance of carbon market mechanisms and the role of institutional investors in mobilising long-term green infrastructure investment.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Launch of the 2012 Development Co-operation Report “Lessons in linking sustainability and development”

Secretary-General Angel Gurría launched the 2012 Development Co-operation Report “Lessons in linking sustainability and development” at the 48th High Level Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee in London.

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

Mobilising Investment in Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Infrastructure - Environment Working Paper No. 46

This paper addresses several broad issues for governments aiming to encourage private sector investment in low-carbon climate resilient (LCR) infrastructure, in both developed and developing world contexts.

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:07:00 GMT

OECD helps countries track and secure climate finance and boost green infrastructure investment and low-carbon technologies

The OECD offers impartial data and evidence-based policy advice on scaling-up climate finance, and incentivising green infrastructure investment and low-carbon technologies.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Africa: Evidence from Patent Data - Environment Working Paper No. 50

This paper presents comparative data on innovation in selected climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies in the context of Africa. Such analysis informs policy aimed at encouraging international technology transfer and development of domestic innovation capacities.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted. On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is safe for people and the environment.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Water in Latin America and the Caribbean: better governance can improve access

In Latin American and Caribbean countries the population is growing faster than the world average, intensifying land use and increasing urbanisation. The region is also prone to the negative impact of climate change and natural disasters, putting further pressure on natural resources.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

Noted actors in development share their views on what progress has been made from the past 50 years, the remaining challenges and the way toward a more efficient future in development.

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Towards green investment policy framework: The Case of Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Infrastructure - Environment Working Paper No. 48

This report advances a “green investment policy framework” taking infrastructure investment as a starting point and looking only at climate change mitigation and adaptation. It highlights the significant opportunities and many challenges that exist today in both developed and developing countries to transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient (LCR) development through investment in both renovated and in new infrastructure.

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:18:00 GMT

Global Forum on Biotechnology: The Evolving Promise of the Life Sciences

The OECD and the ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum jointly organised a one-day Forum on 12 November 2012 in Paris. The event was both retrospective and forward-looking. The forum concluded that the promise of biotechnology is not set but evolves with fresh scientific knowledge, novel laws and regulations. The future of biotechnology needs to also integrate social and cultural dimensions.

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Is there life on Mars?

Is there life on Mars? -article by Julia Laplane, OECD

Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:49:00 GMT

COP11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The eleventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in Hyderabad, India (COP11, from 8 to 19 October 2012).

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 14:16:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

Developing effective policies to reduce illegal trade in environmentally sensitive goods requires a clear understanding of what drives this trade and the circumstances under which it thrives, says this report.

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum

Organised jointly by the OECD and the IEA, this seminar held on 26-27 September 2012 aimed to promote dialogue and enhance understanding between a wide range of countries on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. This seminar was an informal meeting outside of the UNFCCC negotiations and discussions are non-attributed.

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:13:00 GMT

Green transformation of small businesses: Achieving and going beyond environmental requirements - Environment Working Paper No. 47

This report aims to help environmental and other competent authorities in OECD countries to promote green business practices among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It analyses different ways to establish environmental regulatory requirements for facilities with low environmental risk (most of which are SMEs).

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

A Framework for Financing Water Resources Management

This report provides a framework for policy discussions around financing water resources management that are taking place at local, basin, national, or transboundary levels.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:31:00 GMT

The determinants of invention in electricity generation technologies: A patent data analysis - Environment Working Paper No. 45

This paper analyses the determinants of invention in efficiency-enhancing electricity generation technologies that have the potential to facilitate climate change mitigation efforts, including fossil fuel based technologies aimed at reducing carbon emissions, renewables and nuclear technologies.

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

OECD Insights: Is this as good as it gets?

The latest OECD Environmental Outlook is equally alarmist about “the consequences of inaction”, to quote the book’s subtitle. Terrestrial biodiversity is projected to decrease by a further 10% by 2050.

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 17:04:00 GMT

World water week 2012 - Insights Blog: Water stewardship: Does the OECD practice what it preaches?

World water week provides a unique forum for the exchange of views, experiences and practices between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities.

Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:32:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

OECD countries have agreed new rules to strengthen current environmental and social due diligence processes when providing export credits and to create financially prudent incentives to support business projects with low CO2 emissions. The second agreement also aims to encourage support for advanced climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

Today, management of water resources is one of the major challenges confronting Israel. Accelerated population growth - along with economic growth - has placed additional pressure on Israel's limited water resources but the country is at the forefront of green innovations for water management.&l

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

Slovenia's rich and diverse environment is under pressure from the country’s expanding economy. OECD’s first Environmental Performance Review of Slovenia says that greening growth, including though green tax reform, better use of public and private finance, could help Slovenia.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

Germany is successfully limiting the amount of carbon, energy and resources required to grow its economy. Though the public is generally satisfied with the level of environmental quality, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Germany warns that ch

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

This report is part of the OECD work programme on eco-innovation policies. The objective of this work is to complement the knowledge base on eco-innovation policies in OECD countries and to provide empirical material for additional research on policy issues related to eco-innovation.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

This publication presents a major meta-analysis of 'value of a statistical life' (VSL) estimates derived from surveys where people around the world have been asked about their willingness to pay for small reduction in mortality risks.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Durban Climate Change Conference

The UN Conference (28 November-9 December 2011) involved OECD experts to focus on green growth and climate change, adaptation and mitigation, carbon accounting, improving transparency (“MRV”), climate finance and technology.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: The Slovak Republic should integrate environment into its economic development

As the Slovak Republic strives to increase productivity and competitiveness in the recovery from the financial crisis, the OECD Environmental Performance Review of the Slovak Republic recommends that it strengthen environmental policies.

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: OECD supports Israeli initiative to develop a green growth plan

In recent years Israel has strengthened its environmental policies and now should develop a green growth plan that combines environmental, economic and social policies.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

Inducing environmental innovation is a significant challenge to policy-makers. Efforts to design public policies that address these issues are motivated by the fact that innovations can allow for improved environmental quality at lower cost.

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

"The success of green growth will depend on whether it is a shared global agenda. Many developing countries are not yet fully equipped to introduce new ‘greener’ policies and tap into the benefits of a green future", declared Mr Gurría at the Global Green Growth Summit.

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Towards a green economy: How Spain's energy sector can help combat climate change

Our economies need a change of engine. The age of carbon is over. Renewable energies are the only future viable source if we want to protect life. Spain must be at the forefront of this transformation, turning the environment and green growth into its new engine of development.

Wed, 04 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

Despite Portugal’s economic and political challenges, it is still committed to improving the environment. The government sees green investment in its stimulus package and green tax reform as part of the solution to the national budget deficit.

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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Rio+20: A voice from Sheffield, UK

Ruby Smith, 21, is a support planning co-ordinator for Sheffield Council, in Sheffield, UKRio+20 is a unique and historic opportunity for world leaders to prioritise development and plan a better world for future generations.I would like to ask delegates to remember the importance of putting...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Rio+20: A voice from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Seida Saric is country director for Women for Women International in Bosnia and HerzegovinaFoundations of any development rest on active and equal participation of both men and women in social, political and economic spheres of life. Women play a much more active role which, in turn, does not have...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

This policy brief, produced by Care International, outlines a bilateral Reduced Emissions form Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) pilot project ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

This letter is written by the Executive Chair of Indonesia's National Council on Climate Change, Rachmat Witoelar; it outlines Indonesia's Nationally ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

This document was submitted to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), a World Bank programme that aims to assist developing countries with Reduced ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

This report discusses the climate change adaptation needs of the Asia-Pacific region; it was undertaken in order to inform USAID's Regional Development ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Cities and Resilience

This policy brief highlights the key issues discussed at the Cities and Resilience Dialogue held in Bangkok, Thailand, in September 2009. The event assessed ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership

This policy brief, produced by Care International, outlines a bilateral Reduced Emissions form Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) pilot project ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) Letter

This letter is written by the Executive Chair of Indonesia's National Council on Climate Change, Rachmat Witoelar; it outlines Indonesia's Nationally ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Readiness Preparation Proposals (R - PP)

This document was submitted to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), a World Bank programme that aims to assist developing countries with Reduced ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

This report discusses the climate change adaptation needs of the Asia-Pacific region; it was undertaken in order to inform USAID's Regional Development ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment

This report discusses the climate change adaptation needs of the Asia-Pacific region; it was undertaken in order to inform USAID's Regional Development ...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

The doughnut can help Rio+20 see sustainable development in the round | Kate Raworth

Resource use has both an environmental ceiling and a social foundation, below which lies deprivation, but the doughnut-shaped space between the two demands our attentionIn 2009, Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre brought together some of the world's leading Earth-system scientists...

2012-06-16T00:00:00-00:00

Rio+20 Earth summit: walkout at 'green economy' talks

Negotiators from developing countries insist wealthy nations must help fund their move to sustainable developmentEurope's financial crisis should not be used as an excuse for inaction and underfunding of moves towards a more sustainable global economy, a senior Brazilian diplomat warned at the...

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

U.S. proposes tighter rules on soot pollution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration proposed stricter standards to control harmful soot from heavy industry on Friday, a move expected to save lives but which drew criticism from Republicans and industry worried the costs of compliance will hurt the economy.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

Analysis: CO2 market has failed to promote cleaner energy

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's emissions trading scheme has failed to create incentives for utilities to use cleaner energy fuels, meaning that governments will have to switch to simpler tools, such as subsidies and regulation, to enforce emissions reduction targets.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

Australia cuts number of firms to pay carbon tax

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will levy a controversial carbon tax on about half the number of companies originally expected, a government list released on Friday shows, which may limit the economic and political impact of the tax which starts on July 1.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

Cities Bet They Can Curb Traffic With Games of Chance

To tackle congestion, clogged urban centers are testing the lure of prizes to persuade motorists to change their driving habits.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

Africa: Can Rio+20 Create a Climate of Change for Poor Communities?

[AlertNet]Climate change is often described in numbers - degrees of temperature rise, metric tonnes of carbon emissions. These numbers add up to devastating consequences: erratic rainfall, crop failure, hunger. But climate change also has a human face.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

Africa: Seizing the Opportunity for a Sustainable Future

[AlertNet]The 1992 Earth Summit was a bright moment for the environmental movement. For the first time, presidents and prime ministers - more than 100 in all - were "coming together to save the earth," as a headline on the cover of Time magazine put it.

2012-06-15T00:00:00-00:00

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World Business

China 'injects $81bn' into top banks

China's central bank is said to be injecting 500bn yuan ($81bn; £50bn) into the five biggest state-owned banks to counter slowing growth.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:17:52 GMT

Nasa picks astronaut ship designs

The US space agency picks the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space - a capability lost when the shuttles retired in 2011.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:42:09 GMT

Japan's Pioneer sells unit to KKR

Japan's Pioneer restructures and sells its DJ equipment unit to US private equity firm KKR in a $550m deal.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:30:36 GMT

Russians urged 'don't panic'

Russian authorities urged people not to panic on Tuesday as the rouble fell to a new all-time low against the US dollar amid concerns about the effect of sanctions on the country's economy.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:33:04 GMT

Judge overturns Uber ban in Germany

A German judge has overturned a temporary injunction which banned Uber from operating one of its services in the country.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:50:41 GMT

Global firms 'need new tax rules'

Moves to tackle corporate tax avoidance on a global scale are unveiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:27:18 GMT

Radisson halts Vikings sponsorship

Hotel chain Radisson suspends its sponsorship of NFL team Minnesota Vikings after one of their players was charged with child abuse.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:05:06 GMT

German investor confidence falls

Investor sentiment in Germany fall for the ninth month in a row as conflict in Ukraine and weak economic growth in the eurozone undermine confidence, a survey suggests.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:44:08 GMT

Alibaba raises price of share sale

Chinese online giant Alibaba increases the price range of its initial public offering, meaning it could raise more than $25bn when it lists in New York.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:48:05 GMT

UK inflation rate falls to 1.5%

Cheaper food and fuel prices helped to push down the UK consumer price inflation rate to 1.5% in August, official figures show.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:10:38 GMT

Gaultier quits ready-to-wear clothes

French fashion house Jean Paul Gaultier is to stop making ready-to-wear clothes for both men and women, and will focus on "haute couture" and perfume.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:09:52 GMT

Asos shares fall 14% on poor outlook

Shares in online fashion firm Asos fall 14% in early trading after it downgraded its profit forecast for the coming financial year.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:24:35 GMT

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn

Mojang, the Swedish firm behind the popular video game Minecraft, is bought by Microsoft for $2.5bn (£1.5bn).

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:10:51 GMT

Air France warns disruption to rise

Air France has warned that disruption will get worse as a week-long strike by its pilots continues.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:46:55 GMT

Business urges post-referendum unity

A leading Scottish business group calls for the country to unite "to drive Scotland forward", whatever the referendum result.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:39:42 GMT

VIDEO: What are Scotland's currency options?

The question of which currency an independent Scotland would use has dominated the campaign. Newsnight's economics correspondent Duncan Weldon investigates the options.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:55:22 GMT

AUDIO: The little known biggest web retailer

Alibaba, the world's largest internet retailer, is set to float on the US stock market, in what may be the world's biggest-ever IPO.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:04:02 GMT

VIDEO: Giving every Indian a bank account

In a landmark initiative to help the poor, the Indian government has launched a plan to provide every household with a bank account.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:45:16 GMT

AUDIO: Avoiding business and office jargon

The journalist and author John Lanchester has written a book that aims to decode the language of finance.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:17:06 GMT

VIDEO: Why Scots poll is affecting the pound

The pound has fallen to its lowest level in 10 months amid uncertainty about Scotland's future within the UK.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:55:48 GMT

VIDEO: Russia warning to EU over sanctions

Moscow threatens to ban EU flights over Russian airspace in retaliation for further European Union sanctions.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:15:30 GMT

VIDEO: Malaysia tourism hit by air disaster

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 six months ago has had a negative impact on the country's once-thriving tourism industry.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 06:56:35 GMT

VIDEO: Hi-tech education for Chinese children

Joanna Wei talks about her educational company Creatica, which runs hi-tech classes for Chinese schoolchildren.

Sun, 07 Sep 2014 18:53:58 GMT

Bosses and cash vanish at shoe firm

Chinese footwear firm Ultrasonic has announced the disappearance of its chief executive and chief operating officer, along with most of its cash.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:45:58 GMT

Google worker lived a year on campus

Three Google workers recall living for months at a time at the firm's headquarters in California taking advantage of the perks it offers.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:57:16 GMT

HSBC settles with US regulators

The British bank HSBC will pay $550m (£338m) to US regulators to settle claims that it mis-sold mortgage-related bonds ahead of the financial crisis.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:10:21 GMT

US retail sales driven by car buying

US retail sales rose by 0.6% in August, compared with the previous month, driven by car purchases, the US Commerce Department says.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:34:00 GMT

Malaysia MH17 tragedy 'avoidable'

The boss of Emirates tells the BBC the airline would have avoided flying over Ukraine if it had been told high-altitude missiles were in the area.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:24:18 GMT

OECD sees global economy held back

A slow recovery among nations using the euro is holding back the global economy, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:27:12 GMT

Thai tuna firm nets Norwegian rival

The world's biggest producer of canned tuna, Thai Union Frozen Products, is buying Norwegian seafood firm King Oscar for an undisclosed sum.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:05:57 GMT

US strengthens sanctions on Russia

The US imposes new sanctions on major Russian banks, defence and energy firms, hours after a similar move by the European Union.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:04:44 GMT

Uganda predicts bigger coffee crop

Uganda's coffee farmers are looking forward to a bigger harvest of beans this year thanks to more rain

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:01:28 GMT

Investments in Zimbabwe 'plunging'

Investment in Zimbabwe more than halved in the first six months of 2014, the country's central bank chief announces as President Mugabe visits China.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:26:58 GMT

South Africa economy avoids recession

South Africa avoids falling into recession after second-quarter GDP figures show the economy grew by 0.6% during the April-to-June period.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:22:04 GMT

First Android One smartphones launch

The first Android One handsets go on sale in India, offering “high quality” features and downloads at a relatively low price.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:16:26 GMT

Sinopec sells stake for $17.5bn

Sinopec strikes a deal with 25 local and foreign investors to sell 30% of its retail arm in a deal valued at $17.5bn.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:45:00 GMT

UK to refund Chinese tourist visas

Chancellor George Osborne announces plans to refund the cost of up to 25,000 visas for Chinese tourists in an attempt to attract more visits to the UK.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:27:12 GMT

US firm assessing offer for Tottenham

US private investment company Cain Hoy Enterprises confirms it is considering a takeover offer for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:26:46 GMT

Man United predicts fall in profit

Manchester United predicts profit and revenue to fall as a result of its failure to qualify for Champions League.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:16:16 GMT

Ferrari chairman quits after 23 years

Ferrari's long-time chairman Luca Di Montezemolo is stepping down and will be replaced by Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:33:43 GMT

Squeezing out water to save the future

It is the one of the biggest environmental problems facing us – our water is running out. It could lead to food shortages, disease, even war. Meet the businesses trying to reduce our water usage.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:22:23 GMT

3D print your racing car

It's tech that is busy changing how almost everything is made - 3D printing of racing cars, drones, fashion, human tissue and prosthetics - even soil and food.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:08:46 GMT

Innovate or face business extinction

Big companies often find it difficult to innovate, stymied by short-termism and a fear of risk taking. But if they don't, oblivion beckons.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 23:09:05 GMT

Picking the best business location

Choosing where to locate your business is a vital decision for any new start-up, as business reporter Perry King reports from Canada.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:16:37 GMT

The start-up boss rejected 45 times

Nick Hungerford, the founder and boss of online investment company Nutmeg, talks about how he set up the business.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:14:11 GMT

Kenya's business beauty queen

Terry Mungai has built a beauty empire, including 12 salons, three training schools, the Miss World Kenya franchise and now a cosmetics shop.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:12:01 GMT

GM announces hands-free Cadillac

General Motors has announced that by 2016, some of its Cadillacs will incorporate self-driving functions.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:37:02 GMT

Aston Martin appoints new chief

UK luxury carmaker Aston Martin hires senior Nissan executive Andy Palmer as its new chief executive.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:59:13 GMT

Russia to start car scrappage scheme

Russia says it will introduce a new scrappage scheme worth 10bn roubles to try to boost flagging car sales.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:24:10 GMT

The PoW who built a $180m business

The US prisoner of war who built a $180m company

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:28:02 GMT

A tale of two financial centres

Would London lose out if Scotland leaves?

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:02:29 GMT

Build your Martian dream home

Is this how the cities of Mars will be built?

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:00:30 GMT

Africa's first education tablet

How Africa's first education tablet computer was created

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:01:28 GMT

The end of Atlantic City's hot streak

Atlantic City's long hot streak comes to an end

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:47:51 GMT

How is the referendum affecting markets?

How is the Scottish referendum affecting markets?

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:06:16 GMT

What makes a global top 10 university?

What are the world's best universities?

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:39:51 GMT

What exactly is Alibaba?

Getting the lowdown on China's internet giant

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:01:21 GMT

How to be a big fish in a small pond

'I like being a big fish in a small pond'

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:02:10 GMT

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UAE, Georgia discuss regional, int'l developments

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan met Tuesday with...

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:32:55 GMT

'Password fatigue' haunts Internet masses

(MENAFN - Arab Times) SHINGTON June 25 2013 (AFP) -Looking for a safe password You can give HQbgbiZVu9AWcqoSZmChwgtMYTrM7HE3ObVWGepMeOsJf4iHMyNXMT1BrySA4d7 a try. Good luck memoriz...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:31:27 GMT

Profits of Kingdom's firms set to rise 172

(MENAFN - Arab News) DUBAI: The opening of Saudi Arabia's stock market (Tadawul) to direct foreign investment early next year is set to coincide with a pick-up in earnings growth i...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:25:17 GMT

Kuwait- Man City rescue thrilling draw against Arsenal

(MENAFN - Arab Times) LONDON Sept 13 (AFP): Martin Demichelis' late header saved Manchester City from a second successive defeat as the Premier League champions rescued a thrilling...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:35:19 GMT

Prince Harry turns 30 with a military focus and a fortune

(MENAFN - Arab News) Prince Harry celebrated his 30th birthday Monday after the end of his multi-sport event for wounded troops and with a windfall from his late mother Diana's est...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:58 GMT

The theater of fashion and why you need to be there

(MENAFN - Arab News) LONDON: Live streaming video replays Instagram and Twitter updates from the front row there are many ways to follow fashion shows these days but nothing compa...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:58 GMT

Robin Thicke didn't write 'Blurred Lines'

(MENAFN - Arab News) LOS ANGELES: Robin Thicke's blockbuster but much criticized hit 'Blurred Lines' grew even more controversial Monday as the singer revealed he never wrote it ac...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:57 GMT

Eminem hit lands NZ ruling party in court

(MENAFN - Arab News) WELLINGTON: New Zealand's ruling National Party is being sued for alleged unauthorized use of rapper Eminem's song 'Lose Yourself' in campaign ads ahead of nex...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:56 GMT

Kim Kanye 'trying' for second baby

(MENAFN - Arab News) LOS ANGELES: Reality star Kim Kardashian has confirmed that she is trying for a second baby with husband Kanye West amid reports that she pregnant. She had ear...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:56 GMT

Clooney to get prize for humanitarian work

(MENAFN - Arab News) LOS ANGELES: Hollywood megastar George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes for his work on screen and off the organization sai...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:55 GMT

Palestinian bagpipers back Scottish independence

(MENAFN - Arab News) Scottish independence campaigners have found an unexpected source of support ahead of a landmark referendum on the fate of the United Kingdom Palestinian bagp...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:54 GMT

Dubai goes Gagaor not really

(MENAFN - Arab News) Almost a week after her concert in Dubai it has hardly left any lasting impression even though the media tried to hype her visit as much as possible. 'She gave...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:51 GMT

Saudi- Shahad Al-Azzaz: I aspire to be the face of the Kingdom

(MENAFN - Arab News) 'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'. This saying perfectly applies to a young Saudi woman who had craved for success since the very begin...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:49 GMT

Seeds fall by the wayside in Guangzhou

(MENAFN - Arab News) GUANGZHOU: Four of the top five seeds including No.1 pick Samantha Stosur crashed out of the $500000 WTA Guangzhou Open in the first round Tuesday as the forme...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:33 GMT

English big guns Chelsea Man City face German challenge

(MENAFN - Arab News) PARIS: English heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester City get their Champions League campaigns off the mark on Wednesday against German rivals Schalke 04 and Bay...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:32 GMT

Angels sink Mariners 8-1 to clinch playoff spot

(MENAFN - Arab News) ANAHEIM California : The Los Angeles Angels became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff spot on Monday night with Matt Shoemaker pitching fi...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:28 GMT

R1ampA set to allow women members after 260 years

(MENAFN - Arab News) LONDON: It is a simple yes or no vote but Thursday's ballot could end two-and-half centuries of division in Scotland. So will women be allowed to become member...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:27 GMT

Woods says strength is back but not swing

(MENAFN - Arab News) WINDEMERE Florida: Tiger Woods is too busy in the gym to find a new swing coach or even swing a golf club.Woods said Monday his strength has returned from 'bus...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:27 GMT

Lee set to finally sign deal with Rain or Shine

(MENAFN - Arab News) MANILA : Paul Lee the biggest name in the PBA free agent market this off-season might just find his way back to where it all started after all.The star point g...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:26 GMT

Eagles rally past Colts 30-27

(MENAFN - Arab News) INDIANAPOLIS: Cody Parkey drilled a 36-yard field goal as time expired on Monday to lift the Philadelphia Eagles to a 30-27 come-from-behind NFL victory over t...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:24 GMT

Afridi returns as Pakistan's T20 captain

(MENAFN - Arab News) KARACHI: Experienced all-rounder Shahid Afridi was named captain of Pakistan's Twenty20 side on Tuesday three years after he was removed from the post due to d...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:23 GMT

Chanderpaul emulates Lloyd as Bangladesh faces certain defeat

(MENAFN - Arab News) GROS-ISLET Saint Lucia: Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 30th Test century put the West Indies firmly on course to win the second Test with Bangladesh as the tourists ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:23 GMT

Ebola: US sends 3000 troops to W.Africa to 'turn tide'

(MENAFN - Arab News) WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will try to 'turn the tide' on the Ebola epidemic Tuesday by ordering 3000 US military personnel to west Africa to curtai...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:06 GMT

Russia to send troops to Crimea as NATO holds exercises in Ukraine

(MENAFN - Arab News) MOSCOW: Russia threatened to send more troops to its newly-annexed territory of Crimea on Tuesday after NATO began exercises in western Ukraine while Kiev's fo...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:04 GMT

Bomber kills 3 foreign troops in Kabul

(MENAFN - Arab News) KABUL: A suicide car bomber killed two US troops and a Polish soldier in an attack on a convoy near the US embassy in Kabul on Tuesday the NATO-led coalition s...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:03 GMT

China seeks to strengthen defense ties with Sri Lanka

(MENAFN - Arab News) COLOMBO: China's President Xi Jinping held talks Tuesday with his Sri Lankan counterpart seeking to strengthen defense ties with the strategically located Indi...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:02 GMT

World hunger easing but 1 in 9 people undernourished: UN

(MENAFN - Arab News) ROME: The number of hungry people in the world has fallen sharply over the past decade but 805 million or one in nine of the global population still do not hav...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:01 GMT

Poll setback: Congress says BJP honeymoon over

(MENAFN - Arab News) India's Congress Party on Tuesday termed the results of the nine-State assembly bypolls in which the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered major reverse...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:01 GMT

Scottish soldiers join battle over independence

(MENAFN - Arab News) EDINBURGH Scotland: A furious fight has broken out over the question of Scotland's future defense and its past military legacy in the final days before an inde...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:25:00 GMT

Italy admits to paying ransom for hostages

(MENAFN - Arab News) ROME: Italy on Tuesday admitted paying ransoms to obtain the freedom of some hostages saying it approached negotiations on a case-by-case basis. 'Cases vary' D...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:24:41 GMT

Militants holding Lebanese soldiers release video

(MENAFN - Arab News) BEIRUT: An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group holding Lebanese soldiers and police released a video of the captive men on Sunday as officials continue mediation to...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:24:40 GMT

White House still seeking coalition in Mideast fight

(MENAFN - Arab News) WASHINGTON: The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight extremists in Syria and Iraq but it's too early to identi...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:24:40 GMT

Key Qaeda branches urge united jihadist front against coalition

(MENAFN - Arab News) DUBAI Qatar: Powerful Al-Qaeda branches in Yemen and North Africa called Tuesday for jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against the common threat from a US-l...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:24:39 GMT

West Bank Jewish settler population soars

(MENAFN - Arab News) JERUSALEM: Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank numbered 382031 at the end of June up from 374469 six months earlier the leading settler organization sai...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:24:38 GMT

Saudi- PepsiCo MEA president wins CEO of the Year award

(MENAFN - Arab News) PepsiCo MEA President Omar Farid has been awarded CEO of the Year-Consumer Goods at the CEO Middle East Awards 2014 for his contribution to growing the brand a...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:24:26 GMT

Zain KSA subscribers honor customer care employees

(MENAFN - Arab News) Zain KSA has launched its interactive customer care program which enables customers to participate in honoring and motivating customer care employees by their ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:24:26 GMT

Saudi- Mobily presents prizes to second batch of contest winners

(MENAFN - Arab News) Mobily has named the second batch of mega Ranan promotion winners which was launched last month. The results of the draw took place in the company's branch on ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:24:25 GMT

Investcorp acquires diverse real estate assets in high-growth markets

(MENAFN - Arab News) Investcorp a major provider and manager of alternative investment products with more than $ 11 billion of assets under management announced its US-based real e...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:24:24 GMT

Toshiba introduces new laptop for daily computing

(MENAFN - Arab News) Toshiba Gulf FZE has unveiled the refreshed Satellite C50 a thin and light laptop which offers essential performance for students and home users alike. The 15....

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:24:24 GMT

ROSSO launches new Italian menu

(MENAFN - Arab News) ROSSO restaurant unveiled this week its all-new Italian menu created by Italian Chef Marco Terranova. The new a la carte menu is largely based on using fresh i...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:24:23 GMT

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OECD releases first BEPS recommendations to G20 for international approach to combat tax avoidance by multinationals

The OECD released today its first recommendations for a co-ordinated international approach to combat tax avoidance by multinational enterprises, under the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project designed to create a single set of international tax rules to end the erosion of tax bases and the artificial shifting of profits to jurisdictions to avoid paying tax.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Governments must tackle regional variations in health care use, says OECD

Health care use varies widely across countries but can also vary as much or more within countries. Governments should do more to improve their health systems to prevent unnecessary interventions and ensure that everyone has the same access to quality healthcare, wherever they live, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:55:00 GMT

Global growth continuing at a moderate pace, OECD says

A moderate expansion is underway in most major advanced and emerging economies, but growth remains weak in the euro area, which runs the risk of prolonged stagnation if further steps are not taken to boost demand, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - Second quarter of 2014, OECD

G20 GDP growth picks up to 0.8% in second quarter of 2014

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:45:00 GMT

Climate Change and Cities: How Cities Can Take The Lead

A conversation with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg Wednesday 17 September at 10:00

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:26:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2014

Merchandise trade broadly stable in the second quarter of 2014, with diverging patterns across major economies

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:04:00 GMT

Educational mobility starts to slow in industrialised world, says OECD

Access to education continues to expand worldwide but the socio-economic divisions between tertiary-educated adults and the rest of society are growing. Governments must do more to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to a good education early in life, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT

G20 faces persistent gaps in employment and job quality

A large and persistent shortfall in the number and quality of the jobs being created in G20 countries is affecting prospects for re-igniting economic growth, according to a report prepared by the ILO, the OECD and the World Bank Group for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting taking place in Melbourne this week.

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:39:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: September 2014

OECD unemployment rate nudges up to 7.4% in July 2014

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:05:00 GMT

Spain is on the road to recovery, but challenges remain to ensure sustainable, inclusive growth, says OECD

Spain is emerging from a protracted recession, marked by a return to moderate growth and rising international competitiveness. Decisive banking and fiscal reforms, coupled with supportive monetary policy from the European Central Bank, have reduced financial tensions and improved public finance.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:16:00 GMT

OECD to release first recommendations for combating international tax avoidance by multinational enterprises on Tuesday 16 September 2014

The OECD will release its first recommendations for a co-ordinated international approach to combat tax avoidance by multinational enterprises under the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project on Tuesday 16 September 2014.

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:55:00 GMT

OECD Interim Economic Assessment launches Monday 15 September 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

OECD Deputy Secretary-General and Acting Chief Economist Rintaro Tamaki will present the near-term prospects for the global economy on Monday 15 September 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (CET).

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, September 2014

Composite leading indicators continue to point to stable growth momentum in most major economies

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:44:00 GMT

OECD appoints Catherine L. Mann as new Chief Economist

OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Catherine L. Mann as the new OECD Chief Economist. Her appointment will reinforce the OECD’s commitment to identifying and promoting better policies for better lives around the world.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:17:00 GMT

Iceland must balance growth in power and tourism industries with nature conservation, OECD says

Iceland must balance growth in power and tourism industries with nature conservation, OECD says Iceland has one of the world’s most pristine natural environments and its glaciers, volcanoes and hot underground springs bring major economic benefits via renewable energy and tourism.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:05:00 GMT

More action needed to move away from market-distorting farm support, says OECD

Government support for agriculture in OECD countries remained on a downward trend in 2013, yet much of this support is still in a form that distorts markets, according to the OECD’s latest agricultural policy monitoring report.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Jobs recovery to remain weak in 2015, says OECD

Unemployment will remain well above its pre-crisis levels next year in most OECD countries, despite modest declines over the rest of 2014 and in 2015, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Spain launches Monday 8 September 2014

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Spain, to be published on Monday 8 September 2014, assesses the country’s return to moderate growth and more sustainable public finances after the protracted recession.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:47:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 2 September 2014

OECD annual inflation slows to 1.9% in July 2014

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:30:00 GMT

GDP Growth - Second Quarter 2014, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

OECD GDP up 0.4% in the second quarter of 2014 but with mixed patterns across countries

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:43:00 GMT

OECD and China expand cooperation in PISA education programme

The OECD and China have announced that they will expand their cooperation in PISA, following the successful implementation of PISA 2009 and 2012 in Shanghai.

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:10:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, August 2014

Composite leading indicators continue to point to stable growth momentum in the OECD area

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:02:00 GMT

Global Forum releases new compliance ratings on tax transparency for 10 jurisdictions

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes published today 13 new peer review reports demonstrating progress toward implementation of the international standard for exchange of information on request. The Global Forum also issued compliance ratings for 10 jurisdictions.

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:22:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 29 July 2014

OECD annual inflation stable at 2.1% in June 2014

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:10:00 GMT

OECD appoints Mari Kiviniemi and Stefan Kapferer as Deputy Secretaries-General

Mari Kiviniemi, Finland’s former Prime Minister, and Stefan Kapferer, currently State Secretary at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, have been appointed Deputy Secretaries-General of the OECD.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:25:00 GMT

La OCDE da a conocer la versión completa del estándar global para el intercambio automático de información

Dando un paso importante hacia una mayor transparencia y poniendo fin al secreto bancario en materia fiscal, la OCDE dio a conocer hoy la versión completa de un nuevo estándar global para el intercambio de información entre jurisdicciones

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

OECD releases full version of global standard for automatic exchange of information

Taking an important step towards greater transparency and putting an end to banking secrecy in tax matters, the OECD today released the full version of a new global standard for the exchange of information between jurisdictions.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Global value chains offer opportunities for growth, jobs and development, but more must be done so all countries and firms can participate equally, according to a new OECD-WTO-World Bank Group report

Global Value Chains (GVCs) are a dominant feature of the world economy that impact growth, jobs and development, but numerous challenges remain to ensure that all countries and all firms have the opportunity to participate and benefit.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT

Japan’s aid guided by clear vision and priorities but should focus on countries and people most in need

Japan has increased its spending on overseas development assistance (ODA) and is showing more global leadership, but needs to pay more attention to where it is spending the money and increase its focus on results and transparency.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Employment situation, first quarter 2014, OECD

OECD employment rate rises for the fourth consecutive quarter to 65.6% in first quarter of 2014

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:45:00 GMT

Recent labour market reforms have yet to fulfil their promise, says OECD

The UK labour market weathered the recent recession moderately well. After a relatively limited fall, total employment recovered and it recently reached 30 million for the first time, even if a number of the new jobs created are low productivity and low paid.

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:00:00 GMT

OECD and FAO see lower farm prices; livestock and biofuels outpacing crop production

The recent fall in prices of major crops is expected to continue over the next two years before stabilising at levels above the pre-2008 period, but markedly below recent peaks, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook produced by the OECD and FAO.

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:30:00 GMT

Turkey: Macroeconomic stability and structural reform key to strong and inclusive growth, OECD says

Turkey’s economy will grow stronger in the coming years, but remains overly dependent on domestic consumption funded by foreign finance, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Turkey.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:43:00 GMT

Türkiye: Makroekonomik istikrar ve yapısal reformlar, üretim yapısının güçlenmesi için hayati.

OECD Türkiye Ekonomik İnceleme Raporuna göre; Türkiye ekonomisi önümüzdeki yıllarda büyümeye devam edecek ancak, ekonominin dış kaynak ile fonlanan iç tüketime aşırı bağımlılığı halen devam etmekte.

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Governments must address the vulnerability of social institutions, OECD says

Future generations will pay a high price if countries fail to reform pension, health care and unemployment schemes, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:33:00 GMT

First OECD PISA financial literacy test finds many young people confused by money matters

Around one in seven students in the 13 OECD countries and economies that took part in the first OECD PISA international assessment of financial literacy are unable to make even simple decisions about everyday spending, and only one in ten can solve complex financial tasks.

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: July 2014

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.4% in May 2014

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:52:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, July 2014

Composite leading indicators continue to point to stable growth momentum in the OECD area

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:09:00 GMT

Mental healthcare under-resourced in too many countries, says OECD

Governments need to step up their efforts to improve mental health care which remains poorly resourced and under-prioritised in too many countries, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Permangono le difficoltà di accesso al credito per le PMI nonostante la ripresa economica

Secondo un nuovo rapporto dell’Organizzazione per la cooperazione e lo sviluppo economico (OCSE), le condizioni di accesso al credito per le Piccole e Medie Imprese (PMI) rimangono un motivo di preoccupazione in molti paesi.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:39:00 GMT

Italy needs to improve immigrant integration in society and work, says OECD

Italy should step up its efforts to help immigrants and their children integrate into society and learn the skills they need to improve their job prospects and earnings, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:59:00 GMT

Small businesses continue to face finance constraints despite economic recovery

Financing conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remain a pressing concern in many countries, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Contributions to GDP growth: first quarter 2014, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

Private consumption main driver of modest OECD GDP growth in the first quarter of 2014

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:46:00 GMT

Global growth to slow as wage inequality rises over coming decades, says OECD

A slowdown in global economic growth and a continuing rise in income inequality are projected for the coming decades, according to a new OECD study which looks beyond the crisis at what the world could look like by 2060.

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Boosting productivity key for developing economies to close income gap with advanced countries, says OECD Development Centre

Income levels in most developing and emerging countries will not catch up with advanced economies for many decades without efforts to boost productivity, according to a new report by the OECD Development Centre.

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 July 2014

OECD annual inflation edges up to 2.1% in May 2014

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:10:00 GMT

Health spending starts to rise but remains weak in Europe, says OECD

Health spending has started to rise again after stagnating or even falling in many OECD countries during the crisis. But the pace of growth remains well below pre-crisis rates, especially in Europe, according to OECD Health Statistics 2014.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Smarter research spending would boost French innovation, says OECD

Encouraging private-sector innovation, making public research institutions more accountable and channelling more funds into the most promising R&D projects would help restore France’s former prowess in science and technology, a new OECD report says.

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:30:00 GMT

Czech Republic should improve primary care and prevention to reduce chronic disease, says OECD

Strengthening primary health care and prevention programmes would help stem the growing tide of diabetes and other chronic health conditions in the Czech Republic, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

Teachers love their job but feel undervalued, unsupported and unrecognised, says OECD

Most teachers enjoy their job, despite feeling unsupported and unrecognised in schools and undervalued by society at large, according to a new OECD survey.

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:48:00 GMT

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being

Life expectancy, air quality, safety and other indicators of well-being can vary dramatically within countries, depending on which region you live in. Looking beyond national averages is vital to get an accurate picture of quality of life and to guide local government policy.

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Latin America and Caribbean governments could do more on budget management, public sector pay equality - OECD-IDB

Latin American and Caribbean countries need to do more to improve budget management, tax collection and public sector pay equality if they are to catch up with advanced economies in terms of government performance, according to a joint report by the OECD and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT

2014 Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, Paris, 26-27 June 2014

Responsible business conduct is crucial for open and stable international investment climates. OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría will open the 2014 OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct on 26-27 June 2014, together with Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation Lilianne Ploumen and French Minister for Finance and Public Accounts Michel Sapin.

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:36:00 GMT

System of unit labour cost, OECD - Updated: June 2014

OECD Unit Labour Costs up 0.4% in the first quarter of 2014 as labour productivity falls

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:13:00 GMT

OECD International teacher and school leader survey to be published Wednesday 25 June

The OECD’s Teacher and Learning International Survey (TALIS) will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 25 June 2014.

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:59:00 GMT

Andorra commits to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

Andorra has become the 48th signatory to an OECD Declaration that commits countries to end bank secrecy for tax purposes.

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:30:00 GMT

Korea: Implement reforms to develop a creative economy, OECD says

Korea needs to move away from its current economic model and implement a range of reforms to develop a creative economy that can sustain long-term growth, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Korea. The strategy should be accompanied by new measures to reduce income inequality and poverty, particularly among the elderly, the OECD said.

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:47:00 GMT

U.S. recovery could be strengthened by key reforms, OECD says

Economic recovery in the United States is stronger than in most OECD countries, but it will remain sluggish unless new reforms are launched to boost growth, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of the United States.

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:32:00 GMT

Statement of OECD on Japan’s Efforts to Increase Foreign Bribery Enforcement

Due to serious concerns about the extremely low level of enforcement of Japan’s offence of bribing foreign public officials – just three prosecutions since 1999 – the OECD Working Group on Bribery recommended in December 2013 that Japan establish an Action Plan to organise police and prosecution resources to be able to proactively detect, investigate and prosecute cases of foreign bribery by Japanese companies.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:43:00 GMT

Statement of OECD Working Group on Bribery on Spain’s efforts to amend its Penal Code and to enforce its foreign bribery offence

The OECD Working Group on Bribery supports Spain’s efforts to further reform its Penal Code to bring its anti-bribery law into line with its international obligations under the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:37:00 GMT

Slovenia must urgently prioritise the fight against foreign bribery, says OECD

Serious steps must be taken by Slovenia to ensure that it effectively detects, investigates and prosecutes allegations of transnational bribery.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:15:00 GMT

Estonia needs to promptly address rising foreign bribery risks, says OECD

Estonia’s framework for combating foreign bribery may be inadequate to efficiently tackle rising foreign bribery risks resulting from its increasingly export-intensive economy.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:01:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - First quarter of 2014, OECD

G20 GDP growth steady at 0.8% in first quarter of 2014

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:21:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: June 2014

Modest decline in OECD unemployment rate in April 2014

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:07:00 GMT

Canada: Sustain inclusive growth by reducing housing market risks and overcoming specific skills shortages, says OECD

Canada has experienced solid economic growth since the global crisis, allowing it to reverse recession-induced job losses and put federal public finances on a sound footing, says the OECD. Growth is expected to accelerate from 2.5% this year to 2.7% in 2015.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:20:00 GMT

Sweden must keep innovating to maintain strong environmental record, says OECD

Sweden has shown a longstanding commitment to the environment, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and nitrogen leaching. Renewables supply more than a third of its energy needs. Sweden has set itself tough targets for the future, however, and must continue to innovate if it is to meet them, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, June 2014

Composite leading indicators continue to suggest that momentum is weakening in most major emerging economies but stable in the OECD area

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:18:00 GMT

OECD launches its Better Life Index in Brazil with Pelé on the eve of the World Cup

Today, the OECD launched the Portuguese version of its Better Life Index in Brazil with football legend Pelé. The Portuguese version is the site’s 6th language edition, enabling the OECD to reach over 240 million Portuguese speakers across the globe.

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

OCDE lança Índice para uma Vida melhor no Brasil ao lado de Pelé e às vésperas do pontapé inicial da Copa do Mundo

Hoje, a OCDE lança no Brasil, e na presença da lenda do futebol Pelé, o Índice para uma Vida Melhor totalmente em português. Este é o sexto idioma em que o site está disponível e a tradução permite que a OCDE alcance mais de 240 milhões de falantes de português ao redor do mundo.

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Mongolia should persist with systematic anti-corruption reforms

Mongolia should persist with systematic reforms in its struggle against corruption, says a new report by the Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan (IAP).

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:49:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

Merchandise trade declines across most major economies in first quarter of 2014

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

Tajikistan should step up its fight against corruption

Tajikistan needs to step up its fight against corruption and turn political declarations of commitment into action, says a new OECD report.

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:43:00 GMT

More efforts needed to tackle rising obesity, says OECD

Most people in OECD countries are overweight or obese. The social and economic consequences of this epidemic are dramatic, exposing an increasing number of people to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Tue, 27 May 2014 10:02:00 GMT

Norway should strengthen primary care to address evolving healthcare needs, says OECD

Improving primary care systems and co-ordination between health services would help Norway meet the changing needs of its healthcare system, as the population ages and hospital stays become shorter, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 21 May 2014 17:34:00 GMT

Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, OECD says

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit vehicle emissions, a new OECD report says.

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

Czech Republic: Tackling long-term unemployment requires stronger local actions to develop skills, says OECD

The Czech Republic has made significant progress towards creating a stable and attractive climate for investment, but more could be done to tackle long-term and youth unemployment through integrated actions across employment, skills and economic development policies at the local level, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 21 May 2014 12:41:00 GMT

GDP Growth - First Quarter 2014, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

OECD GDP rose by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2014, but with large diverging patterns across countries

Tue, 20 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

Reducing red tape in business would boost Greek productivity, OECD says

Greece could save its businesses hundreds of millions of euros a year and improve their competitiveness by reducing administrative burdens, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 15 May 2014 17:23:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: May 2014

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.5% in March 2014

Wed, 14 May 2014 09:56:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, May 2014

Composite leading indicators point to weakening growth in major emerging economies but stable growth momentum in most OECD countries

Tue, 13 May 2014 16:43:00 GMT

Germany should enact economic and social reforms to make its growth path more inclusive and sustainable, OECD says

Germany’s current economic success offers a good platform for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth, but further reforms will be necessary over the medium and long term, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Germany.

Tue, 13 May 2014 12:14:00 GMT

Clarification on media reports regarding 2014 Economic Survey of Turkey

Following recent Turkish media reports, the OECD would like to clarify that it has published no recent review of Turkey. The publication of the 2014 Economic Survey of Turkey is planned for July.

Tue, 13 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 May 2014

OECD annual inflation picks up to 1.6% in March 2014 but slows in Euro area

Fri, 09 May 2014 17:14:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

The OECD’s 34 member countries today affirmed their common resolve to work towards a deal on combating climate change at the COP21 talks in Paris in 2015. OECD accession countries Colombia and Latvia joined the statement issued at the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, attended by finance, economy, trade and other ministers.

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

Expanding services trade offers major opportunities for growth and jobs, OECD says

The OECD’s new Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), released during the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, provides a unique and comprehensive snapshot of services trade restrictions across 18 sectors in 40 leading economies, representing over 80% of global services trade.

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Countries commit to automatic exchange of information in tax matters

Bank secrecy for tax purposes is coming to an end as countries and major financial centres commit to automatic exchange of information between jurisdictions.

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:40:00 GMT

Global economy strengthening but significant risks remain, says OECD in latest Economic Outlook

The global economy will strengthen over the coming two years, but urgent action is still required to further reduce unemployment and address other legacies from the crisis, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.

Tue, 06 May 2014 17:13:00 GMT

Dynamic markets in Southeast Asia need good policies for sustained competitiveness and shared growth, says OECD

The Southeast Asia region, with more than half-a-billion people, is among the fastest-growing regions in the world but levels of growth and prosperity within the region remain uneven. Good policies need to be implemented in the region to maintain strong growth and make it more inclusive, boosting productivity, reducing poverty, and avoid falling into the “middle income trap”.

Tue, 06 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Countries must improve resilience to disasters or face mounting costs, OECD says

Smarter planning for natural and man-made disasters that increases collaboration between countries and encourages households and businesses to take more responsibility would improve resilience and reduce future economic losses, a new OECD report says.

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:47:00 GMT

“Healthy, happy and wise”, users' top priorities as OECD releases its 2014 Better Life Index

Japanese users of the Better Life Index (BLI) worry most about safety, Australians seek work-life balance, Latin Americans strive for better education, and Danes want to be happy – user feedback shows as the Index marks its third birthday.

Mon, 05 May 2014 16:38:00 GMT

Make growth socially inclusive for improved well-being and stronger economies – OECD report

Inequality – now at its highest level in decades in many countries – undermines economic growth and well-being, says a new OECD report. But policies to tackle the widening gap between rich and poor will only succeed if they also look beyond income and address better access to high-quality education, health care and public infrastructure, it adds.

Mon, 05 May 2014 10:35:00 GMT

OECD now accounts for slightly less than 50% of world GDP, large emerging economies for about 30%

OECD countries accounted for around 50% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expressed in Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) in 2011 - the latest benchmark year - compared with about 60% in 2005, the previous benchmark year, according to new data released today by the International Comparison Program (ICP).

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:20:00 GMT

Top earners capturing growing share of total income in many countries, says OECD

The shares of the richest 1% in total pre-tax income have increased in most OECD countries over the past three decades. This rise is the result of the top 1% capturing a disproportionate share of overall income growth over that timeframe: up to 37% in Canada and 47% in the United States, according to new OECD analysis.

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:32:00 GMT

International community continues making progress on tax transparency

The international community continues making progress toward greater cooperation to ensure effective information exchange in tax matters. The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes issued today 12 new reports that highlight action being taken by jurisdictions to implement the international standard for exchange of information on request.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:38:00 GMT

Netherlands: Make economic, innovation and territorial reforms work together to boost growth and competitiveness, says OECD

The Netherlands is gradually emerging from a double-dip recession with strengthened public finances and reforms on track to improve the labour and housing markets and the health care and pension systems. These reforms are paying off, says the OECD. Growth is expected to reach 1% this year and 1.3% in 2015.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Governments endorse new OECD Guidelines on applying VAT across borders

The governments of 86 countries have taken a key step towards preventing value added tax from weighing on trade while also safeguarding state revenues by endorsing the first internationally agreed framework for applying national VAT rules to cross-border transactions.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:37:00 GMT

Northern Ireland, UK: Collaboration at local level is key towards matching skills to demand, says OECD

Closer collaboration between local employment, training, and economic development agencies to develop the right skills in jobseekers is crucial to support export-oriented growth in Northern Ireland, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:49:00 GMT

The Netherlands must do more to make working at an older age more attractive, says OECD

Encouraging more people to work later in life would help the Netherlands meet its growing challenges of a rapidly ageing population and rising social spending, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Italy increases aid contributions but should address working practices, OECD says

Italy has raised its foreign aid contributions and its future targets, reversing a trend of falling development assistance, and now needs to improve the way it manages its development programmes, according to a new OECD review.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income continue to rise across the OECD

Personal income tax has risen in 25 out of 34 OECD countries over the past three years, as countries reduce the value of tax-free allowances and tax credits and subject higher proportions of earnings to tax, according to new data in the annual Taxing Wages publication.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Colombia must do more on environment for sustainable economic growth, says OECD

Colombia’s rich natural heritage as one of the world’s most bio-diverse countries is coming under increasing pressure from extractive industries, livestock grazing, urbanisation and car use, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Colombia telecoms regulator needs more power to increase competition, says OECD

Colombia has done much to strengthen the rules governing its telecommunication sector, but it must give its regulator more power to enforce them in order to increase competition, particularly in the highly concentrated mobile market, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:00:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: April 2014

OECD unemployment increases to 7.6% in February 2014

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:30:00 GMT

Aid to developing countries rebounds in 2013 to reach an all-time high

Development aid rose by 6.1% in real terms in 2013 to reach the highest level ever recorded, despite continued pressure on budgets in OECD countries since the global economic crisis. Donors provided a total of USD 134.8 billion in net official development assistance (ODA), marking a rebound after two years of falling volumes, as a number of governments stepped up their spending on foreign aid.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, April 2014

Composite leading indicators point to weakening growth in most major emerging economies but continued positive growth prospects in OECD countries

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:50:00 GMT

Latvia to join OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Latvia has taken an important step on the road to OECD membership by completing the process to become a member of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Latvia will become the 41st Party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention on 30 May 2014.

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:51:00 GMT

Europe’s reforms beginning to pay off but continued effort needed, says OECD

Action taken by many European countries to return their public finances to health are beginning to pay off, says the OECD. The Euro area economies which emerged from the crisis with serious current account deficits are now in surplus. Debt-to-GDP ratios are stabilising and market tensions have abated.

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:22:00 GMT

Contributions to GDP growth - Fourth quarter 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

Unwinding of stocks slows OECD GDP growth to 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2013

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 09:36:00 GMT

Singapore and Korea top OECD’s first PISA problem-solving test

Students from Singapore and Korea have performed best in the first OECD PISA assessment of creative problem-solving. Students in these countries are quick learners, highly inquisitive and able to solve unstructured problems in unfamiliar contexts.

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Spain’s public sector reform plans on the right track, says OECD report

Spain’s planned public sector reforms should help make the country’s institutions stronger and more effective, and proposals to increase transparency and root out corruption will do much to restore public trust, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 1 April 2014

OECD annual inflation slows to 1.4% in February 2014

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Sovereign borrowing set to fall in 2014, says OECD

Borrowing operations by OECD governments are set to decrease, as their borrowing needs continue to decline, according to a new OECD report. Net borrowing needs are projected to fall from USD 2.0 trillion in 2013 to USD 1.5 trillion in 2014, the lowest level since 2007.

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:25:00 GMT

Inclusive Growth and Urbanisation in China

Reassessing the way in which China grows and placing equity at the centre of the 13th Five Year Plan growth strategy will help to ensure China’s long term growth prospects, giving every citizen the chance to lead a prosperous and fulfilling life, said OECD Secretary-General in Beijing.

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:54:00 GMT

Tax: OECD’s Gurría welcomes international progress towards automatic exchange of information

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has welcomed moves by more than 40 countries – reinforced by EU leaders - to commit to a detailed timetable to step up the fight against tax evasion.

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

OECD forecasts during and after the financial crisis: a post mortem

This paper assesses the OECD’s projections for GDP growth and inflation during the global financial crisis and recovery, focussing on lessons that can be learned.

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:59:00 GMT

China: Structural reforms for inclusive growth

In spite of a slow and uneven global recovery over the past five years, China has maintained strong growth and continued to tackle income inequality, which had been rising, as well as poverty. Drawing on the expertise and collective experience of OECD member and partner countries, this Report presents recent OECD analysis and policy advice in areas that are critical to China’s long-term economic performance and social development.

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:51:00 GMT

Lack of enforcement jeopardises South Africa’s fight against foreign bribery; OECD concerned that political and economic considerations may be an influence

South Africa must take urgent steps to proactively investigate and prosecute foreign bribery. No foreign bribery cases have been prosecuted since South Africa joined the Convention in 2007. The 4 on-going investigations – out of only 10 allegations that have surfaced to date – are also far from reaching the prosecution stage, according to a new report by the OECD Working Group on Bribery.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Progress made but Chile should better detect and thoroughly investigate foreign bribery, says OECD

Chile has made positive efforts to implement the Convention, but there has not been a single foreign bribery conviction. Chile did not sufficiently investigate several of the six foreign bribery allegations that have surfaced since 2001. Chile should improve its investigative and detection efforts, says OECD

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Urgent action needed to tackle rising inequality and social divisions, says OECD

Income inequality and social divisions could worsen and become entrenched unless governments act quickly to boost support for the most vulnerable in society, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Czech Republic is recovering, but more must be done to jump-start income convergence with euro area countries, OECD says

The Czech economy is finally coming out of a prolonged recession but must take further steps to speed up income convergence towards the euro area countries, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of the Czech Republic.

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:22:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - Fourth quarter of 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew by 0.8% in the fourth quarter of 2013, down from 0.9% in the previous quarter, according to preliminary estimates.

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Dutch water governance faces challenges from demographics and climate

The Netherlands is a global pioneer in water management with a long history of containing flood risks and reclaiming land from the sea. Yet it will need to adapt its water governance policies to meet the looming challenges of shifting demographics, regional development and climate change, according to an OECD report.

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:40:00 GMT

Statement by the OECD regarding the status of the accession process with Russia & co-operation with Ukraine

Further to a meeting of its governing Council on 12 March 2014, the OECD has postponed activities related to the accession process of the Russian Federation to the OECD for the time being.

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Recovery continuing in G7 countries, but emerging economies are mixed, OECD says

Recovery is under way in the world’s advanced economies, underpinned by supportive financial conditions and reduced drag from budgetary tightening, but activity in the major emerging markets is mixed, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment.

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Poland can grow faster through labour market and pro-competition reforms, OECD says

Poland’s economic performance has been impressive over the past 15 years, but further reforms are now needed to put the economy firmly back on track for stronger and sustainable growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Poland.

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:52:00 GMT

New approach needed to boost strong and sustainable tourism growth, says OECD

Governments should recognise tourism’s role as an essential driver of jobs and growth and boost their support for the sector. The industry today accounts for 4.7% of GDP and 6.0% of employment in the developed world, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:00:00 GMT

Norway’s success in generating inclusive growth can ensure future prosperity, OECD says

The Norwegian economy is performing well, generating inclusive growth, strong social mobility and low unemployment. But to ensure future prosperity, Norway must continue with growth-enhancing reforms while ensuring financial stability, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Norway.

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 March 2014

OECD annual inflation increases slightly to 1.7% in January 2014

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:52:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Norway launches Wednesday 5 March 2014

The Survey discusses Norway’s determination to strengthen financial stability, through the use of new policy tools to help policymakers prevent and manage financial crises, notably concerning housing market related risks.

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:34:00 GMT

OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2014 launches in Berlin

Tourism has shown resilience through the global economic crisis and accounts today for 4.7% of GDP and 6% of jobs on average in OECD countries. Yet as tourist arrivals worldwide surpass 1 billion annually, many established destinations are losing market share to up-and-coming countries in an increasingly competitive environment.

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:32:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

Merchandise trade continues to pick-up across most major economies in fourth quarter of 2013

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

Ambitious structural reforms can pave the return to strong and sustainable growth, OECD says

Adopting ambitious and comprehensive structural reform agendas will offer governments the best chance for a return to strong, sustainable and balanced economic growth that creates jobs and reduces inequality, according to the OECD’s latest Going for Growth report

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:30:00 GMT

Tunisia: OECD’s Gurría welcomes democratic progress and pledges continued support

OECD Secretary General Angel-Gurría has welcomed Tunisia’s progress towards democratic reconstruction and pledged to support the Tunisian government and people in the challenges ahead.

Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:04:00 GMT

GDP Growth - Fourth Quarter 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

OECD GDP growth rate stable at 0.6% in fourth quarter of 2013

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:47:00 GMT

OECD delivers new single global standard on automatic exchange of information

Offshore tax evasion remains a serious problem for countries and jurisdictions worldwide, with vast amounts of funds deposited abroad and sheltered from taxation when taxpayers fail to comply with obligations in their home countries.

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:29:00 GMT

Finland’s economy is on the mend but pushing ahead with reform is key, says OECD

Finland’s economy is gradually picking up, but uncertainty surrounds the recovery. Determined action to implement structural reforms is needed to revive economic growth, restore competitiveness and preserve high standards of living and well-being, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Finland.

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: February 2014

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.6% in December 2013

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:45:00 GMT

Economic crisis provides lessons for new approaches to forecasting, says OECD

Extreme volatility during the global financial crisis complicated economic forecasting, leading to large errors that underline the need for better modelling methods and new approaches for making and presenting projections.

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:27:00 GMT

Switzerland on track to meet aid targets; should play greater leadership role

Switzerland provided USD 3 billion in official development assistance (ODA) in 2012, or 0.45% of its gross national income (GNI), in line with its goal to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2015.

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:36:00 GMT

UK needs to tackle high cost of mental-ill health, says OECD

Mental health issues cost the UK around GBP 70 billion every year, or roughly 4.5% of GDP, in lost productivity at work, benefit payments and health care expenditure.

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:41:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, February 2014

Composite leading indicators continue to point to an improving economic outlook in most advanced economies

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:58:00 GMT

Donors doing too little to strengthen domestic revenues in fragile states, OECD says

International donors are not doing enough to help fragile states increase their domestic revenue, according to a new OECD report that shows only a tiny fraction of development aid goes into programmes to improve tax collection.

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 4 February 2014

OECD annual inflation nudges up to 1.6% in December 2013

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:02:00 GMT

Launch of OECD report on mental health and work in the UK – London, Monday 10 February 2014

Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is an issue that has been neglected for too long, despite creating very high and increasing costs to people and society at large.

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 15:44:00 GMT

Australia: Local employment agencies should play a greater role in job creation, says OECD

Slower growth in key markets like China and India is reducing momentum across the Australian economy, cutting into employment opportunities and putting more pressure on the government to ensure that public policy delivers optimal results for growth and job creation.

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:00:00 GMT

France must do more to promote quality jobs for older workers, says OECD

Promoting quality employment for older workers is crucial to boosting growth and ensuring a financially sustainable pension system, according to a new OECD report on ageing and employment policies in France.

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

French capital should prepare now for risk of a costly Seine flood

A major flooding of the Seine River similar to the flood disaster of 1910 could affect up to 5 million residents in the greater Paris area and cause up to 30 billion euros worth of damage, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

Switzerland needs to improve its approach to mental-health issues in the labour force, says OECD

Switzerland needs to do more to help people with mental disorders find a job or stay in work, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Hungary launches Monday 27 January 2014

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Hungary, to be published on Monday 27 January 2014, assesses the country’s exit from recession as well as steps that can be taken to boost its growth potential.

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:14:00 GMT

Employment situation, third quarter 2013, OECD

OECD employment rate nudges up to 65.2% in third quarter of 2013.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Latin America: Tax revenues continue to rise, but are low and varied among countries, according to new OECD-ECLAC-CIAT report

Tax revenues in Latin American countries continue to rise but are lower as a proportion of their national incomes than in most OECD countries. Revenue Statistics in Latin America 2012 shows that Argentina and Brazil have the highest tax revenue to GDP ratio, while Guatemala and Dominican Republic stand at the lower end.

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:44:00 GMT

Mr Gurria strongly supports recently announced plans to revitalise the French economy

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría strongly supports President François Hollande’s recently announced measures to revitalise the French economy and set it on a path towards stronger growth.

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:09:00 GMT

OECD appoints new directors for economic policy

The OECD has appointed a former Portuguese economy minister and a high-level German government official to top leadership posts in the Economics Department, reinforcing its commitment to identifying and promoting policies that improve countries’ long-term economic performance.

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Denmark launches Monday 20 January 2014

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Denmark, to be published on Monday 20 January 2014, assesses the country’s gradual recovery from the global economic crisis as well as the need for further structural reforms to boost productivity growth and maintain high levels of well-being among its population.

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:01:00 GMT

Russian economy growing but further reforms needed, says OECD

The Russian Federation’s economy is growing, but further reforms are needed to bolster future growth, improve the business climate and strengthen innovation, according to the OECD.

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Contributions to GDP growth - Third quarter 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

Stockbuilding main driver of OECD GDP growth in the third quarter of 2013

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:32:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: January 2014

OECD unemployment rate falls to 7.8% in November 2013.

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:46:00 GMT

Norway high up the aid donor table but could improve allocation

Norway gave USD 4.8 billion in official development assistance (ODA) in 2012, or 0.93 percent of its gross national income (GNI). That made it the third most-generous member in terms of its ODA/GNI ratio of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups major donors.

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:28:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, January 2014

Composite leading indicators point to an improving economic outlook in most advanced economies

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:22:00 GMT

New export credit rules will boost railway development and help countries achieve greener growth, OECD says

New international rules on state financing of rail exports will boost the development of cleaner transportation infrastructure and help countries meet green growth objectives, the OECD said.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 9 January 2014

OECD annual inflation picks up to 1.5% in November 2013. This increase in the annual rate of inflation was mainly driven by energy prices which increased by 0.1% in the year to November, compared with a decrease of 1.3% in the year to October.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:15:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Russia launches in Moscow at the Gaidar Forum on Wednesday 15 January 2014

The OECD will launch its latest Economic Survey of the Russian Federation in Moscow on Wednesday 15 January 2014 during the annual Gaidar Forum.

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:08:00 GMT

System of unit labour cost, OECD - Updated: December 2013

OECD Unit labour costs stable in the third quarter of 2013

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:49:00 GMT

Ireland must urgently apply more resources to enforce Anti-Bribery Convention, says OECD

Ireland should increase its resources to detect and investigate foreign bribery more efficiently. Resources have, in recent years, been largely devoted to investigating non-bribery cases in the financial sector. Ireland has not prosecuted a foreign bribery case in the twelve years since its foreign bribery offence came into force, and law enforcement has taken few proactive steps to investigate allegations.

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Spain’s labour market reforms on track but more assistance needed for young jobseekers, says OECD

Spain has taken courageous steps to strengthen its labour market. Recent reforms have helped create jobs and should further boost competitiveness and employment in the years to come. But additional efforts are needed to boost competition in product markets and to improve assistance to job seekers, particularly young people, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:30:00 GMT

OECD Working Group on Bribery report on Ireland launches Wednesday 18 December 2013

The OECD Working Group on Bribery will release a report tomorrow Wednesday 18 December at 12.00 CET/11.00 Dublin time on Ireland’s efforts to fight foreign bribery.

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:38:00 GMT

Tax revenues continue to rise across the OECD

Tax revenues continue bouncing back from the low levels reported in almost all countries during 2008 and 2009, at the height of the global economic crisis, according to new OECD data in the annual Revenue Statistics publication. The average tax revenue to GDP ratio in OECD countries was 34.6% in 2012, compared with 34.1% in 2011 and 33.8% in 2010.

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:00:00 GMT

G20 GDP Growth - Third quarter 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

G20 GDP growth picks up to 0.9% in third quarter of 2013; up from 0.8% recorded in the previous quarter, according to preliminary estimates.

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:12:00 GMT

Sweden has excellent health care but must improve care co-ordination, says OECD

Sweden’s health and elderly care systems deserve their reputation as being among the best in the world. Yet an ageing population with growing chronic conditions and requiring more complex health services are testing Sweden’s ability to continue delivering high-quality care, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:14:00 GMT

Israel’s economy growing strongly but further efforts needed to improve living standards, says OECD

Israel’s economy is in good shape, but further efforts are needed to fight poverty and close the gap in living standards with other leading nations, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Israel.

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General hails new WTO agreement: a victory for multilateralism

Mr Gurría said the trade facilitation agreement at the core of the new package would cut red tape and speed border crossings worldwide, offering an important boost to world trade and the global economy. "As OECD work has highlighted, the benefits of lowering costs for traders are significant, and are particularly welcome today, given the slow growth seen in so many countries," Mr Gurría said.

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

Rethink regional and city policies for inclusive growth - Chair’s Summary from ministerial meeting

Ministers from 25 countries closed their meeting on regions and cities in Marseille, France today with a call on national governments to rethink their territorial development policies in order to create more dynamic and inclusive economic growth and to improve the wellbeing of all citizens regardless of where they live.

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:46:00 GMT

OECD saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela: Remains committed to his legacy

OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, said that it was with a heavy heart and a debt of gratitude that the world was bidding farewell to Nelson Mandela.

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:32:00 GMT

Aix-Marseille at the crossroads: Overcoming fragmentation for a stronger metropolitan area

The metropolitan region of Aix-Marseille in the south of France needs to tackle its fragmentated governance if it is to return to more inclusive and sustainable economic growth, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Improved multi-level governance key to tackling widening regional inequalities and ensuring inclusive recovery

The economic crisis has hit certain regions and cities harder than others in the OECD area, calling for better regional policies across levels of governments to foster an inclusive and sustainable recovery, according to two new OECD reports.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Asian countries top OECD’s latest PISA survey on state of global education

Asian countries outperform the rest of the world in the OECD’s latest PISA survey, which evaluates the knowledge and skills of the world’s 15-year-olds. PISA 2012 tested more than 510,000 students in 65 countries and economies on maths, reading and science. The main focus was on maths.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Israel launches Sunday 8 December 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Israel, to be published on Sunday 8 December 2013, details the fundamental strengths of the Israeli economy as well as the challenges to maintaining sustainable growth over the long-term.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:04:00 GMT

South Africa shows good progress on environment, must keep up pace

In the two decades since apartheid ended, South Africa has made impressive strides to catch up with – and in some cases surpass -- the developed world’s environmental standards.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Slovenia joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

Slovenia has become the 29th member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the leading international forum for providers of development co-operation.

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Making fiscal decentralisation work

Hundreds of thousands of elected sub-national governments worldwide provide services and levy taxes on residents and companies.

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Greece: OECD identifies hundreds of competition-distorting rules and provisions

An 11-month investigation by the OECD in cooperation with the Greek authorities has identified a wide range of regulations and legal provisions that undermine competition.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Greece: Structural reforms under way but more progress needed in boosting market dynamism

Greece has made impressive headway in consolidating its public finances and undertaking key structural reforms to boost productivity and enhance competitiveness.

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Pension reforms on track but the challenges of adequacy and inequality in old age remain, says OECD

Recent reforms of pension systems have helped to contain the rise in future costs resulting from ageing populations and increasing life expectancy. Governments now need to do more to encourage people to work longer and save more for their retirement to ensure that benefits are adequate enough to maintain standards of living into old-age.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Global Forum moves towards automatic exchange of tax information and transparency

The international community has taken new steps to strengthen transparency and boost the comprehensive exchange of information between governments worldwide.

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A boost to transparency and international tax co-operation

International efforts to combat tax evasion and avoidance got a boost today as additional countries and jurisdictions agreed to join more than 60 other countries in tax co-operation through a key multilateral tax instrument during the first day of a global meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Major brake in health spending growth as governments cut budgets in the crisis, says OECD

Total health spending has fallen in one of three OECD countries between 2009 and 2011, with those hardest hit by the crisis most affected. This is a sharp reversal from the strong growth in the years prior to the crisis, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Global economy recovering at moderate pace but more risks ahead, says OECD

The global economy is expected to continue expanding at a moderate pace over the coming two years, but policymakers must ensure that instability in financial markets and underlying fragility in some major economies are not allowed to derail growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

GDP Growth - Third Quarter 2013, Quarterly National Accounts, OECD

Provisional estimates show that quarterly real gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area increased by 0.5% in the third quarter of 2013, the same rate as in the previous quarter.

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:34:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Switzerland launches Thursday 21 November 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Switzerland, to be published on Thursday 21 November 2013, assesses the country’s strong recent performance, its short-term outlook and the policy challenges it faces in the longer term. The Survey also looks at what Switzerland can do to meet environmental targets while maintaining energy security, to boost productivity and to better integrate women into the workforce.

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:11:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General welcomes Liechtenstein’s moves toward transparency

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria welcomed today Liechtenstein’s announcement of plans to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters and take further steps to increase transparency and international co-operation.

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Governments can do more to regain trust, says OECD report

The global economic crisis has undermined trust in government. Today only four out of ten citizens in OECD countries say they have confidence in their national authorities. Not surprisingly, trust declined in the countries hit hardest by the crisis, such as Ireland, Greece, Slovenia and Portugal.

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:00:00 GMT

France : Reinforcing competitiveness is key to boosting jobs and growth

Improving France’s competitiveness is essential to boost the economic growth needed to create jobs and allow citizens and businesses to develop their full potential, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:05:00 GMT

Hungary deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed today Hungary’s steps to strengthen international tax co-operation after it became the 61st signatory to the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:23:00 GMT

Measuring government performance – new report launches 9.00 a.m. Thursday 14 November

The global economic crisis has shaken public confidence in governments.The OECD’s latest Government at a Glance report looks at what governments can do to improve their effectiveness and efficiency while meeting the needs of citizens. It provides a dashboard of more than 50 indicators measuring government performance across the 34 member countries of the OECD.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD to launch PISA test for schools in England in 2014

Individual secondary schools in England will from next year be able to take a version of the OECD’s PISA test in order to benchmark themselves against the world’s best education systems.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Austria’s green economy flourishing but could do even better, OECD says

Environmental goods and services are now a bigger driver of Austria’s economy and job market than traditionally strong sectors like tourism and construction, thanks to the government’s policy of subsidising green investments, a new OECD report shows.

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Andorra deepens commitment to fight offshore tax avoidance and evasion

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed today Andorra’s steps to strengthen international tax co-operation, after it became the 60th signatory to the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:30:00 GMT

OECD report measures human cost of crisis; underlines need to invest in well-being

The global economic crisis has had a profound impact on people’s well-being, reaching far beyond the loss of jobs and income, and affecting citizens’ satisfaction with their lives and their trust in governments, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Carbon taxes and emissions trading are cheapest ways of reducing CO2, OECD says

Carbon taxes and emission trading systems are the most cost-effective means of reducing CO2 emissions, and should be at the centre of government efforts to tackle climate change,according to a new OECD study.

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Azerbaijan should be more proactive against corruption

Azerbaijan must do more to enforce recently introduced anti-corruption laws and to ensure law enforcement has the resources to prosecute complex corruption crimes, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:24:00 GMT

Georgia should strengthen civil service and independent judiciary to build on anti-corruption progress

Georgia has achieved significant progress in reducing corruption over the past decade. To build on this progress, the Government should focus on strengthening its professional civil service and ensure independence of the judiciary, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:43:00 GMT

Improving detection and treatment would cut cancer death rates significantly, says OECD

Earlier detection and better treatment for cancer would cut death rates from the disease by around a third, saving the lives of nearly a million people in the developed world every year, according to a new report by the OECD prepared with the support of the European Commission, building on earlier World Health Organisation research.

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombia’s accession process

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría today formally launched Colombia’s accession process with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Improving innovation policy and ensuring good governance would help raise living standards in Colombia, OECD says

Good public policies are central to well-functioning economies. Better policies on innovation, combined with high-quality regulations and a more efficient public administration, can help Colombia create jobs, boost economic growth and support development, according to three new OECD reports.

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Chile strengthening international tax co-operation, OECD says

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomed today Chile’s recent steps to strengthen international tax co-operation.

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Chile should continue strengthening growth and well-being, says OECD

Sound macroeconomic policies and the commodity boom have helped Chile record an enviable period of economic growth and job creation. Further reforms are needed to make the labour market more inclusive and growth greener, while more could be done to support innovation and entrepreneurship, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Chile.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:30:00 GMT

OECD formally launches Colombian accession process in Bogotá on 25 October

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will formally launch Colombia’s OECD accession process during a public event in Bogotá on 25 October 2013 with President Juan Manuel Santos and members of his government in Bogotá. While in Bogotá, Mr Gurría will also present new OECD analysis on improving Colombia’s economy and business environment.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

Innovation: Support for young firms would boost job creation, says OECD

Young firms play a crucial role in job creation but have missed out on many of the benefits of structural reforms of the past decade in OECD countries.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Brazilian economy is expanding again but long-term challenges remain, says OECD

Brazil has moved up the ranks of the world’s largest economies while making economic growth ever more inclusive.

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:07:00 GMT

Poland joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee

Poland has become the 28th member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the leading international forum for bilateral providers of development co-operation.

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Brazil should continue efforts to boost education and improve young people’s job prospects

Brazil’s strong economic growth has helped cut the youth unemployment rate over the past decade to levels below those of most OECD countries. Increased investment in education and vocational training is also helping young people get a foot in the jobs market, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes Brazil’s commitment to improving education and playing greater role in PISA Programme

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría today welcomed Brazil’s further engagement with the Organisation’s world-leading global education assessment programme (PISA) during a signing ceremony in Brasilia with Brazil’s Minister for Education Aloízio Mercadante.

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

News conferences with OECD Secretary-General in Santiago on 23-24 October 2013

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will visit Santiago on 23-24 October. Mr Gurría will present a major report on the Chilean economy, hold meetings with President Sebastián Piñera and his government, deliver two major addresses and participate in a signing ceremony marking Chile’s adherence to an international convention on mutual administrative assistance in tax matters.

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:00:00 GMT

News conferences with OECD Secretary-General in Brasilia on 22 October 2013

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will present two new major publications on Brazil during news conferences on 22 October in Brasilia. He will also hold a series of high-level meetings with Brazilian government officials.

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:00:00 GMT

Innovation, diversification and better logistics key to sustainable and inclusive growth, says latest Latin American Economic Outlook

After a decade of relatively strong growth, Latin America is facing headwinds associated with declining trade, a moderation in commodity prices and increasing uncertainty over external financial conditions, according to the latest Latin American Economic Outlook jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC) and CAF - Development Bank of Latin America.

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica adheres to OECD instruments during visit by OECD Secretary-General

Costa Rica adhered today to OECD legal instruments on Internet governance and international business conduct, demonstrating its willingness to align its policies to best practices in these areas and work together with the Organisation.

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría comments on U.S. debt agreement

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said that while OECD countries breathed a sigh of relief following the U.S. Congress’ steps to lift the debt ceiling and to end the partial federal government shutdown a longer term solution will need to be found.

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:58:00 GMT

New Zealand not immune from foreign bribery, says OECD

New Zealand must significantly increase its efforts to detect, investigate and prosecute foreign bribery. Since joining the Convention over 12 years ago, New Zealand has not prosecuted any cases of foreign bribery and only four allegations have surfaced to date. Outdated perceptions that New Zealand individuals and companies do not bribe may have also undermined detection efforts.

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Despite certain progress, the OECD remains concerned with Russia’s compliance with key provisions of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Russia has yet to address key provisions of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, which entered into force in Russia in April 2012. It has not yet fully implemented recommendations for strengthening its framework for combating foreign bribery and should be more proactive in detecting, investigating and prosecuting foreign bribery cases.

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Belgium should address “flagrant” lack of resources for fighting foreign bribery, says OECD

Fighting foreign bribery is not a priority in Belgium. Together with the flagrant lack of resources for Belgian law enforcement authorities, this has resulted in very few foreign bribery investigations and prosecutions. In the 14 years since the entry into force of the foreign bribery offence in Belgium, only one case of bribery of foreign public officials has been concluded.

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Latvia’s membership

The OECD has set out a path for Latvia’s accession to the Organisation, reinforcing a commitment to extend its global membership.

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Switzerland signs Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

Switzerland has become the 58th country to sign the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters during a ceremony at the OECD.

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:30:00 GMT

OECD’s chemical hazard assessment programme to shift focus

The OECD is to review its chemical hazard assessment programme with the aim of providing a more specialised service for member countries from 2015.

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:50:00 GMT

Reform R&D tax systems to boost innovation and help young firms, says OECD

Most OECD governments use tax incentives to encourage businesses to invest in research and development (R&D) to boost innovation and drive economic growth. Others, like China, India and South Africa, are doing the same. But reforming these incentives would give countries a better return on their investment and support young innovative firms that play a crucial role in job creation, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says OECD

Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

Boosting skills essential for tackling joblessness and improving well-being, says OECD

The low-skilled are more likely than others to be unemployed, have bad health and earn much less, according to the first OECD Survey of Adult Skills. Countries with greater inequality in skills proficiency also have higher income inequality.

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Emerging Asian economies expected to remain resilient but structural reform critical, says new Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India

The economic outlook for Emerging Asia (Southeast Asia, China and India) remains robust over the medium term, anchored by the steady rise in domestic demand, according to a new report from the OECD Development Centre.

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:21:00 GMT

Climate Change Lecture by OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría in London on Wednesday 9 October

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will present a major address on the Organisation’s latest analysis of climate change, investment and energy policies in London on Wednesday 9 October, at 10:30am.

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Press Conference: Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia 2014

Press Conference for the Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India: Beyond Middle-income Trap 2014. Tuesday, 8 October 2013, Brunei (3:00 pm).

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:11:00 GMT

Sweden is a generous aid donor that has put development at the heart of its foreign policy

Sweden delivered USD 5.24 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.99% of its gross national income (GNI). It is the second most generous member of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups the world’s major donors, when ODA is measured on a GNI basis.

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica signs OECD agreement to boost investment

Costa Rica today became the 45th country to adhere to an OECD international investment instrument, designed to help the country attract more and better foreign investment and promote responsible business conduct.

Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT

England should expand provision of postsecondary vocational programmes, says OECD

England should expand the provision of postsecondary vocational training in order to meet the changing needs of students and employers, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD sets out roadmap for Colombia’s Membership

The OECD set out a clear path for Colombia’s accession to the Organisation, reinforcing its commitment to further extend its global membership to include more emerging economies.

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:36:00 GMT

OECD countries address the safety of manufactured nanomaterials

The OECD has recommended its Member Countries apply existing international and national chemical regulatory frameworks to manage the risks associated with manufactured nanomaterials.

Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:55:00 GMT

The Slovak Republic joins the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

The Slovak Republic has become the 27th member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the leading international forum for bilateral providers of development co-operation.

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Support to agriculture rising after hitting historic lows, OECD says

Government support for agriculture in the world’s leading farming nations rose during 2012, bucking a long-term downward trend and reversing historic lows recorded in 2011, according to the latest version of an annual OECD report.

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:34:00 GMT

Irish recovery underway, but more inclusive growth and job creation needed, says OECD

Ireland’s economy is now showing encouraging signs of recovery from the financial crisis, but more must be done to reinvigorate growth and create the jobs that will get the country back to full health, according to the OECD.

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Global Value Chains offer major opportunity for growth and progress in advanced and developing economies, according to OECD-WTO-UNCTAD report to G20

Global value chains (GVCs) have become a dominant feature of world trade and investment, offering new prospects for growth, development and jobs, according to a new joint report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Ireland launches Thursday 12 September 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Ireland, to be published on Thursday 12 September 2013, assesses the country’s emergence from the economic crisis and the state of its continuing recovery.

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:35:00 GMT

Leaders endorse new G20/OECD principles on long-term investment financing

G20 Leaders today endorsed an OECD-launched initiative to encourage the flow of institutional investment towards longer-term assets, such as infrastructure and renewable energy projects, in order to strengthen the global economy.

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT

G20 countries step up action to help consumers make informed financial decisions

The financial crisis has shown that many people need to have a better understanding of the financial issues in order to make informed decisions on matters such as savings, investments, pensions and credit, according to a report to be presented to G20 leaders in Saint Petersburg this week.

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:00:00 GMT

The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities; Synthesis Report to be launchedMonday 9 September 9:15 – 17:30 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

What: A new OECD report, The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities; Synthesis Report, outlines the role of ports in urban and national economies. The report provides policy recommendations to increase the positive economic impacts and mitigate negative impacts related to environment, land use and traffic congestion.

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:16:00 GMT

Advanced economies growing again but some emerging economies slowing, says OECD

A moderate recovery is underway in the major advanced economies, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. Growth is proceeding at encouraging rates in North America, Japan and the UK. The euro area as a whole is out of recession, although output remains weak in a number of countries.

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:08:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

China joins international efforts to end tax evasion

China signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters at a ceremony today at the OECD. All G20 countries have now fulfilled the commitment they made at the Cannes G20 Summit to sign the Convention and move towards automatic exchange of information as the new, global standard.

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:45:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Interim Economic Assessment

The OECD will present its Interim Assessment of the major economies, including near-term projections for G7 countries and China, at 11:00 a.m. Paris time (09:00 GMT) on Tuesday 3 September 2013.

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:29:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

OECD appoints new Deputy Secretary-General

William C. Danvers has been appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD. He will take up his functions early in September.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:30:00 GMT

Global Forum on Tax Transparency: New reports review jurisdictions’ information exchange

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has released peer review reports assessing the tax systems of 13 jurisdictions for information exchange.

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

La OCDE Acoge el Plan de Chile Para Mejorar el Índice de Precios al Consumidor

La OCDE acoge el plan de Chile para mejorar la metodología de cálculo de su Índice de Precios al Consumidor (IPC).

Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:24:00 GMT

OECD calls on G20 finance ministers to support next steps in clampdown on tax avoidance

The OECD today presented to G20 finance ministers plans for a two-pronged attack on tax avoidance and evasion from both companies and individuals.

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Closing tax gaps - OECD launches Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting

National tax laws have not kept pace with the globalisation of corporations and the digital economy, leaving gaps that can be exploited by multi-national corporations to artificially reduce their taxes.

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD, ILO call on G20 labour ministers to reinforce cooperation

Joint statement by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría on the occasion of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting, Moscow, 18-19 July 2013

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Unemployment set to remain high in OECD countries through 2014 – youth and low-skilled hit hardest

Unemployment in OECD countries will remain high through 2014, with young people and the low-skilled hit hardest, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

ОЭСР и МОТ публикуют обновленные данные о ситуации на рынках труда накануне совещания министров труда и занятости стран Группы двадцати в Москве

В преддверии совещания министров труда стран Группы двадцати в Москве МОТ и ОЭСР представят обновленные данные о ситуации на рынках труда этих стран.

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:44:00 GMT

OECD and ILO to release labour market update ahead of G20 Labour Ministerial in Moscow

The OECD and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will publish updated G20 labour market data on Wednesday 17 July 2013 ahead of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Moscow.

Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Business start-up rates remain sluggish, new OECD data shows

Business start-up rates remain below pre-crisis levels – particularly in the Euro area – indicating that entrepreneurs may continue to be suffering from restrictive lending conditions, according to new OECD data released in the latest issue of Entrepreneurship at a Glance.

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:00:00 GMT

More competition essential for future of mobile innovation, says OECD

OECD countries must ensure mobile markets remain open and competitive in order to sustain innovation and meet rising demand for data services, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Launch of OECD's Employment Outlook 2013 - Paris, Tuesday 16 July 2013

Ahead of the G20 Labour Ministers’ Meeting in Moscow on 17 July, the OECD will release the Employment Outlook 2013 at 11.00 CET/Paris time on Tuesday 16 July 2013.

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:48:00 GMT

OECD: Postsecondary education key to maintaining global standing of U.S. workforce

The United States should improve postsecondary career and technical training provisions to help students transition smoothly into education programs and the labor market, according to a new OECD report published today.

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: July 2013

The OECD unemployment rate was stable at 8.0% in April 2013, unchanged from the previous month.

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:24:00 GMT

OECD and Chinese Ministry of Commerce to host seminar on trade facilitation in Beijing on 12 July 2013

OECD research shows that multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

OECD Working Group on Bribery Elects New Chair

The OECD Working Group on Bribery has designated Slovenian national Drago Kos to serve as the Group’s new Chair.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Emergence of global value chains strengthens Aid for Trade Initiative, OECD says

Aid for Trade is helping developing countries reduce trade costs, improve competitiveness and plug into the regional and global value chains that are increasingly important to the world economy, but much more can be done, according to a new joint report from OECD and the WTO.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, July 2013

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to diverging patterns across major economies. The CLIs point to moderate improvements in growth in most major OECD economies but in large emerging economies the CLIs point towards stabilising or slowing momentum.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

France - a good donor but must ensure that poor countries get the aid they need

France’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) was USD 12.1 billion in 2012, making it the 4th largest member of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee in terms of the volume of aid. However, this represents 0.46% of French Gross National Income (GNI) – below France’s international commitment. The review recommends that France plan to reach the 0.7% ODA/GNI ratio as soon as possible.

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Advanced vocational training in Germany provides sought-after skills but needs compulsory standards in teaching and examination

The transition from school to work in Germany is remarkably smooth. An excellent vocational education and training (VET) system ensures that young people are well-prepared when they enter the labour market and can find jobs that match their qualifications.

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:15:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

Governments around the world are encouraging people to factor the environment into their everyday lives and purchases. Is it leading to more sustainable consumption? Are households ‘going green’?

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Quarterly National Accounts - Contributions to GDP growth - First quarter 2013, OECD

Real GDP in the OECD area rose by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with flat growth registered in the previous quarter. Private consumption was the main contributor to overall GDP growth with 0.3 percentage point, while net exports and stockbuilding contributed 0.1 percentage point each.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD report on vocational training in Austria calls for continued diversity and increased co-ordination

There are few OECD countries where vocational education and training (VET) is held in such high regard or takes so many forms as in Austria. Some 60 percent of young Austrians aged between 25 and 34 have completed a VET course below tertiary level (vocational school or technical college).

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:19:00 GMT

OECD to present Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013 in Geneva on Monday 8 July 2013

Since its launch in 2005, the Aid for Trade Initiative has helped improve the links between trade, economic growth and development. The Initiative has prompted donors to put trade issues at the centre of their development strategies, contributed to increased levels of both concessional and non-concessional financing and led the private sector to re-examine how it can make trade work for development and poverty reduction.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Austrian economy recovering, but trade-offs on the horizon, OECD says

Austria has achieved high levels of economic growth and well-being, but must address serious demographic, environmental and globalisation challenges if future generations are to share the same prosperity, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Austria.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 2 July 2013

Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.5% in the year to May 2013 compared with 1.3% in the year to April 2013.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Health spending continues to stagnate, says OECD

After falling sharply in 2010, health spending remained flat across OECD countries in 2011 as the economic crisis continued to have an impact, particularly in those European countries hardest hit by the crisis, according to OECD Health Data 2013.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Value of education rises in crisis but investment in this area is falling, says OECD

The jobs gap between well-educated young people and those who left school early has continued to widen during the crisis. A good education is the best insurance against a lack of work experience, according to the latest edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance.

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Norway should improve incentives to encourage people to work longer, says OECD

Norway is better placed to cope with population ageing than most other countries. But it could still do more to improve incentives and opportunities for people to stay working longer which would help ensure the country’s long-term future, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:03:00 GMT

Do lobbyists have too much influence?

Do lobbyists have too much influence?OECD headquarters, Paris27 June 2013

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Better civil justice systems can boost investment, competition, innovation and growth, OECD says

Well-functioning judicial systems play a crucial role in determining economic performance – notably by guaranteeing the security of property rights and the enforcement of contracts – but not all countries’ judiciaries operate at the same level of efficiency.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Norge bør styrke insentivene til å jobbe lengre for eldre arbeidstakere, sier OECD

Norge er bedre rustet til å møte aldringen av befolkningen enn de fleste andre land. Mer kan likevel gjøres for å øke mulighetene og insentivene til å jobbe lenger, og dermed styrke landets langsiktige utvikling, ifølge en ny rapport fra OECD.

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:00:00 GMT

System of unit labour cost, OECD - Updated: June 2013

Unit labour costs (ULCs) in OECD countries decreased by 0.1% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with a rise of 1.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012. This was driven by lower growth of labour compensation per unit of labour input (0.3% compared with 0.9% in the previous quarter), and increased labour productivity growth (0.4% compared with minus 0.2%).

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:16:00 GMT

Portugal needs proactive enforcement to tackle severe foreign bribery risks, says OECD

Portugal’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low. Not a single prosecution has resulted from 15 allegations of Portuguese companies bribing foreign officials in high-risk countries.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Poland needs strategy to meet growing risk of foreign bribery

The current Polish framework for fighting foreign bribery is still inadequate to fully meet foreign bribery risks resulting from Poland’s growing economy, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to present new work on health spending in Brussels on 26 June 2013

Public spending on health and long-term care has been rising faster than GDP in the OECD area for several decades. New OECD research suggests that the upward trend now also extends to major emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa.

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:30:00 GMT

OECD’s Education at a Glance 2013 to be published Tuesday 25 June

The 2013 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Tuesday 25 June 2013.

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD reports to G8 on global system of automatic exchange of tax information

The OECD has presented to G8 leaders the steps needed to create a fairer and more transparent global tax system.

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:01:00 GMT

We must take better care of the elderly, say OECD and the European Commission

The number of people over 80 will double by 2050 rising from 3.9% of the population to 9.1% in 2050 across OECD countries and from 4.7% to 11.3% across 27 EU members. Estimates are that up to half of them will need help to cope with their daily needs. Yet even today governments are struggling to deliver high-quality care to elderly people with reduced physical and mental abilities, says a new OECD/EC report, A good life in old age? .

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to present new work on civil justice systems in Rome on 21 June 2013

Well-functioning judicial systems play a crucial role in determining economic performance – notably by guaranteeing the security of property rights and the enforcement of contracts – but not all countries’ judiciaries operate at the same level of efficiency.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Migration picking up but rising unemployment hurting immigrants

Migration has started to pick up again, driven largely by people moving within the European Union, after three years of continuous decline during the crisis. But the employment prospects for immigrants have worsened, with around one in two unemployed immigrants in Europe still looking for work after more than 12 months, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:01:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2013, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew by 0.7% in the first quarter of 2013 compared with 0.6% in the previous quarter, according to preliminary estimates. However, the aggregate G20 GDP growth rate continues to mask diverging patterns across the world’s largest economies.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD to present work on global food security and agricultural innovation in Brussels Wednesday 19 June 2013, during a seminar hosted by CEPS, from 12h30 to 14h30

Around 850 million people worldwide are undernourished, mostly living on less than a dollar a day. Two-thirds of the world’s poor live in rural areas where farming is the principal economic activity.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Mexico must invest more in disaster risk prevention to support sustainable development

Mexico regularly faces a wide range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, tropical storms and floods. Over the years, the National Civil Protection System has improved its institutional and operational preparedness to manage these disruptive events. But more can be done to avoid future losses and at the same time support sustainable economic development.

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:30:00 GMT

OECD-FAO预计全球农业生产增速放缓

OECD和FAO发布的新报告指出,预计未来十年全球农业生产年平均增长率为1.5%,与之相比,2003年到2012年的年增长率为2.1%。

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Green Growth should be at the heart of development policies, new OECD report says

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

OECD-FAO expect slower global agricultural production growth

Global agricultural production is expected to grow 1.5% a year on average over the coming decade, compared with annual growth of 2.1% between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report published by the OECD and FAO today.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 03:30:00 GMT

New OECD report offers tips on how households can green their behaviour

People care for the environment, and a large majority state that they are willing to make compromises to green their lifestyle according to a new OECD survey of 12,000 households. However, the economic crisis has taken its toll, and the survey shows that the environment is slipping down on the list of people’s priorities.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook to be released 6 June – news conference in Beijing

How will global agriculture develop over the coming decade and what role will China play? With limited expansion of farmland and rising production costs, will supply be able to keep pace with demand to ensure food security?

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:57:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to action plan to tackle youth joblessness

OECD governments have committed to stepping up their efforts to tackle high youth unemployment and strengthen their education systems to better prepare young people for the world of work.

Thu, 30 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of New Zealand launches Wednesday 5 June 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of New Zealand, to be published on Wednesday 5 June 2013, looks at how the country can build on its growing economic momentum and create more equitable and sustainable long-term growth.

Wed, 29 May 2013 17:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

New trade data measured in value-added terms shows that services – such as logistics, design, and transportation - are far more important to global commerce than they appear in traditional calculations of exports and imports.

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

Global economy advancing but pace of recovery varies, says OECD Economic Outlook

The global economy is moving forward, but divergence between countries and regions reflects the uneven progress made toward recovery from the economic crisis, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. Historically high unemployment remains the most serious challenge facing governments.

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Austria, Luxembourg and Singapore among countries signing-on to end tax secrecy

As a further sign of international efforts to crack down on tax offenders, 12 more countries have signed, or committed to sign, the OECD’s Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. In addition, another 6 countries have ratified the Convention.

Wed, 29 May 2013 09:00:00 GMT

ОЭСР выпускает в свет версию 3.0 «Индекса лучшей жизни»: удовлетворенность жизнью, здоровье и образование возглавляют рейтинг

Организация Экономического Сотрудничества и Развития (ОЭСР) представляет версию 3.0 новаторского Индекса лучшей жизни (www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org ) – интерактивного онлайн-инструмента, который позволяет создать собственный индекс лучшей жизни в соответствии с приоритетностью каждого из 11 аспектов, которые ОЭСР определила как важнейшие составляющие благосостояния.

Tue, 28 May 2013 20:54:00 GMT

OECD launches Better Life Index 3.0: Life satisfaction, health, education top list

The OECD today launched a 3.0 version of its pioneering Better Life Index, an interactive tool that allows people to create their own index according to their priorities in 11 areas that the OECD has identified as essential for well-being. The updated version contains the latest underlying statistics, country data, user findings and a translation into Spanish.

Tue, 28 May 2013 17:06:00 GMT

Statistics: Experts to continue work of Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on measuring progress

A High Level Expert Group is to be set up to continue the work of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on Measuring Economic Performance and Social Progress.

Tue, 28 May 2013 15:23:00 GMT

New approach to globalisation and global value chains needed to boost growth and jobs, says OECD

Technological advances, less costly shipping and trade liberalisation have transformed the way in which companies make products and distribute them worldwide. Governments that become more open to trade and investment, and encourage innovation will help firms better integrate the global value chains that are driving growth in increasingly interconnected economies, according to new OECD research.

Tue, 28 May 2013 12:27:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Thu, 23 May 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

Cities can generate growth and jobs while becoming greener – this is the message of the OECD’s new Green Growth in Cities report. Drawing on case studies of Paris, Chicago, Kitakyushu and Stockholm, the report identifies green policies that can respond to urban growth priorities and suggests how to implement and finance them.

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released at OECD Forum - Wednesday 29 May 2013

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Wednesday 29 May 2012.

Wed, 22 May 2013 16:55:00 GMT

Cash-strapped governments will need private sector investment to meet sustainable transport objectives, OECD says

Boosting private sector investment in sustainable transport infrastructure will be essential as governments seek to meet long-term economic and environmental objectives at a time of constrained public finances, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Russia: Progress made in improving the quality of official statistics but challenges remain

Russia’s official statistics are compiled with a high a degree of professionalism and now have a solid legal basis, but their scope, timeliness and international comparability needs to be improved, according to an initial assessment by the OECD.

Wed, 22 May 2013 12:02:00 GMT

Quarterly National Accounts - GDP Growth - First Quarter 2013, OECD

Provisional estimates show that quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area fell by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, after a 0.3% increase in the previous quarter. This is the first contraction of GDP in the OECD area since the very sharp decline in the first quarter of 2009 (minus 2.3%).

Tue, 21 May 2013 10:15:00 GMT

Tax Commissioners unite to fight tax fraud

The Forum on Tax Administration - Tax Commissioners from 45 countries - has been meeting in Moscow for the past two days. And released this comuniqué.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Secretary General to participate in ITF Summit 22 May 2013 in Leipzig

The OECD will present its latest work on achieving sustainable transportation during the International Transport Forum’s annual Summit on Wednesday 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany.

Wed, 15 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Mexico launches Thursday 16 May 2013

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Mexico, to be published on Thursday 16 May 2013, looks at how structural reforms carried out over the past few years have improved the country’s economic performance and increased its resilience in the face of external shocks.

Wed, 15 May 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Forum on Tax Administration

Ritz Carlton, Moscow, 16 – 17 May 2013

Tue, 14 May 2013 14:04:00 GMT

Growing risk of inequality and poverty as crisis hits the poor hardest

Income inequality increased by more in the first three years of the crisis to the end of 2010 than it had in the previous twelve years, before factoring in the effect of taxes and transfers on income, according to new OECD data.

Tue, 14 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Rotterdam/Amsterdam: competing in the global economy

Monday 13th May 2013, 14:30 – 15:30Hotel New York, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Fri, 10 May 2013 11:49:00 GMT

Portuguese Prime Minister to visit OECD

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho addressed the OECD Council of Ambassadors and met with senior OECD officials to discuss ways to boost productivity, improve skills and create jobs, and the role of the state in supporting inclusive growth.

Thu, 09 May 2013 18:19:00 GMT

Australia: Can deliver a growing aid budget effectively and efficiently

Australia delivered USD 5.44 billion in official development assistance (ODA) last year, or 0.36% of its gross national income. It is the eighth most generous country in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which groups the world’s major donors. Australia’s goal is to reach 0.5% of GNI by 2017 – a goal the DAC encourages it to follow through on, given its good track record and relatively strong economy.

Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Korea should boost support for laid-off workers

Korea should strengthen its social safety net and improve support for laid-off workers to help them find a new job more quickly, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 18:04:00 GMT

Italia: il nuovo Governo deve proseguire sulla scia delle recenti riforme

L'Italia ha compiuto notevoli progressi rafforzando le finanze pubbliche e adottando una vasta serie di riforme destinate ad incoraggiare la crescita economica. Secondo un nuovo rapporto dell'OCSE, il nuovo Governo deve garantire il rafforzamento di tali progressi e il perseguimento della medesima strada.

Thu, 02 May 2013 16:13:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Belgium launches Tuesday 7 May 2013 in Brussels

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Belgium, to be published on Tuesday 7 May 2013, looks at the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis and actions that can help it boost growth and create jobs.

Thu, 02 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Italy: New government must build on recent reforms

Italy has made considerable progress in strengthening its public finances and adopting wide-ranging reforms to boost economic growth. The new government must build on past achievements and ensure that they are sustained and reinforced, says a new OECD report.

Thu, 02 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT

The OECD awards first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows for education quality and equity

The OECD has named four researchers as the first Thomas J. Alexander Fellows: João Galvão Bacchetto, of Brazil; Przemysław Biecek of Poland; Gabriela Miranda Moriconi of Brazil; and William Schmidt of the United States.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:23:00 GMT

Увеличение вложений в инфраструктуру и инновации поможет значительно расширить аграрный сектор Казахстана, согласно ОЭСР

Повышение конкурентоспособности казахстанского аграрного сектора, как часть более широкой задачи диверсификации национальной экономики, требует увеличения инвестиций в транспортную инфраструктуру, аграрную науку, развитие систем безопасности продовольствия, говорится в только что опубликованном обзоре ОЭСР.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

Kazakhstan can boost farm sector with investment in infrastructure and innovation, says OECD

Greater investment in transport infrastructure, agricultural research and food safety systems is needed to help Kazakhstan boost the long-term competitiveness of its farm sector and meet wider economic diversification objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of Italy – Thursday 2 May 2013, Rome

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Italy, to be published on Thursday 2 May 2013, looks at the challenges facing the new government and at the steps which need to be taken to strengthen public finances, boost growth and reduce unemployment.

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:31:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Reforms essential to make Ireland’s pension system fairer

Ireland should make its pension system simpler and fairer so that everyone gets sufficient income for a decent standard of living in retirement, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Japan is poised for expansion but must curb government debt

Japan is poised for an economic expansion, but long-term growth prospects remain contingent on additional efforts to revitalise the economy and reduce unsustainable levels of public debt, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan.

Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Financing small business: a key to economic recovery

Access to finance remains a key challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises and a stumbling block to recovery in most countries, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:55:00 GMT

OECD reports new developments in tax information exchange

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria has presented a report to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors that highlights measures to ensure that all taxpayers pay their fair share.

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Japan launches Tuesday 23 April 2013 in Tokyo

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Japan, to be published on Tuesday 23 April 2013, discusses how the country can best meet the challenges of restoring public finances and boosting growth.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Denmark: good hospitals but primary health care must improve

The Danish central government and regions are leading international efforts to reform hospital systems, improving quality and safety by gathering specialists into major hospitals and closing smaller ones.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Strengthen evaluation to improve student learning, says OECD

Education systems around the world are increasingly measuring the performance of teachers and schools as part of their drive to help students do better and improve results. Rising demand for higher education standards and a trend towards greater school autonomy in some countries are among the factors behind this new focus, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:30:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency shifts focus to effectiveness of information exchange

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (referred to as "the Global Forum"), has released its peer review reports for Belize, Finland, Iceland, Nauru, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey.

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Malaysia joins OECD agreement on mutual acceptance of chemical safety data

Malaysia has joined the OECD system for the Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) in the Assessment of Chemicals, ensuring that its non-clinical safety data related to the protection of human health and the environment will be accepted by all 40 countries adhering to MAD.

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Slovenia to be released Tuesday 9 April 2013

The OECD’s latest economic survey of Slovenia – to be published on Tuesday 9 April 2013 - looks at the action needed to pull the country out of recession and tackle the banking crisis. It also looks at improving public finances and strengthening growth over the long term.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:43:00 GMT

Costa Rica refuerza la transparencia fiscal

Costa Rica ha depositado su instrumento de ratificación del Convenio sobre asistencia administrativa mutua en el ámbito de la fiscalidad, el acuerdo multilateral más amplio que existe en lo referente a cooperación fiscal e intercambio de información.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Costa Rica strengthens tax transparency

Rica has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, the most comprehensive multilateral agreement available for tax-cooperation and exchange of information.

Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT

Aid to poor countries slips further as governments tighten budgets

Development aid fell by 4% in real terms in 2012, following a 2% fall in 2011. The continuing financial crisis and euro zone turmoil has led several governments to tighten their budgets, which has had a direct impact on aid to poor countries. There is also a noticeable shift in aid away from the poorest countries and towards middle-income countries. A moderate recovery in aid levels is expected in 2013.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Consumer Prices, OECD - Updated: 3 April 2013

Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 1.8% in the year to February 2013, compared with 1.7% in the year to January 2013. This slight increase in the annual rate of inflation masks opposing movements in energy and food prices.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT

Global economy is improving but Europe lags behind, says OECD

Global economic activity is picking up, but the continuing crisis in the euro area is delaying a meaningful recovery, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Tax burdens on labour income in OECD countries continue to rise

New data show that across OECD countries the average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased by 0.1 of a percentage point to 35.6 per cent in 2012. It increased in 19 out of 34 countries, fell in 14, and remained unchanged in 1.

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

2013 Global Forum on Development 4-5 April 2013

The OECD’s annual Global Development Forum will focus on ways to reduce poverty and promote social cohesion.OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, with Olusengun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, will open the Forum at 13:00 on Thursday 4 April. They will be joined by the Chair of the Development Assistance Committeee, Eric Solheim.

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:13:00 GMT

Ireland: Boosting local jobs and growth – international experts meet in Dublin and Kilkenny

Cutting unemployment and fostering new sources of economic growth will be the focus of an international meeting of local development experts and practitioners in Dublin and Kilkenny on the 26 and 27 March 2013.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Speeding up reforms will foster more inclusive and greener growth in China

China has made tremendous progress toward achieving inclusive growth, but major reforms are needed to ensure a fourth decade of rapidly converging living standards and a greener economy, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China.

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:09:00 GMT

Regrettably low awareness in the private sector is an obstacle to the fight against foreign bribery in the Czech Republic

The Czech government must urgently engage with the private sector to raise awareness, says a new OECD report. The awareness of the Czech foreign bribery offence remains regrettably low among companies, despite the recent adoption of a comprehensive corporate liability regime that holds Czech companies liable for this crime.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:09:00 GMT

Denmark must investigate foreign bribery more proactively

Denmark’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been weak. Only 13 foreign bribery allegations have surfaced, and sanctions have been imposed in just one case that falls under the Convention. Law enforcement authorities have not been sufficiently proactive, and cases have been prematurely closed without complete investigations. Denmark must take more investigative steps and make greater efforts to gather evidence from abroad.

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:58:00 GMT

经合组织称加快改革进程必将促进中国经济增长更加包容更加绿色

经合组织最新一期的《中国经济调查》指出,尽管中国在实现包容性增长方面成效显著,但为确保第四个十年更快地向更高生活水平靠拢,并使经济更加“绿色”,中国仍需采取重大措施深入改革。

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD releases first comprehensive guidelines on measuring subjective well-being

The OECD has taken a major step forward in measuring how we feel about our lives.Newly released Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being establish the first comprehensive framework for internationally comparable and intellectually robust data on this topic.

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Brazil: better co-ordination needed to support sustained and equitable growth

Brazil’s economic growth has been supported in recent years by important government investment and social programmes that mobilise resources across the country. These programmes could help Brazil to meet its goals of sustaining economic growth and fostering social development, while reducing regional disparities.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Brasil: é preciso melhorar a coordenação para apoiar o crescimento sustentado e equitativo

Nos últimos anos, o crescimento econômico do Brasil teve o apoio de importantes investimentos e programas sociais do governo, que mobilizaram recursos em todo o país. Esses programas podem ajudar o Brasil a atingir seus objetivos de crescimento econômico sustentado e promover o desenvolvimento social, reduzindo as disparidades regionais.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT

Secretary-General’s official visit to China (21st - 26th March 2013)

The Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, was in Beijing to attend the China Development Forum, to present the third OECD economic survey of China and to hold bilateral meetings with key representatives of China's authorities, business and academic world.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:05:00 GMT

France must do more to boost competitiveness and create jobs

France has avoided the most severe impacts of the global economic crisis and turmoil in the euro area, but must now take action to boost competitiveness and create jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France.

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of China launches Friday 22 March 2013 in Beijing

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of China, to be published on Friday 22 March 2013, discusses the rapid expansion of the Chinese economy in recent years and its resilience to the turbulent international environment.

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of France launches Tuesday 19 March 2013 in Paris

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France, to be published on Tuesday 19 March 2013, discusses policies to relaunch the French economy, restore public finances and address the long-term challenges facing the country.

Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:28:00 GMT

Italy: environment improving but more effort needed

Italy has taken a range of initiatives to improve the management of its natural resources and reduce energy intensity. Despite this progress, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Italy says the country still faces numerous environmental challenges.

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Norway should reform its welfare system to help people with mental health issues stay in work

Norway should overhaul its approach to mental health issues in the workplace in order to help more people find a job or stay in work, and cut high and rising public spending, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:35:00 GMT

Sweden: Tackling mental health problems is critical to boosting job prospects of young Swedes

Sweden should make greater efforts to prevent and address mental health problems among people under the age of 30, in order to boost their job prospects and reduce government spending on health care and out-of-work benefits, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Progress made but step up economic reforms to achieve full potential

South Africa must step up efforts to foster strong, inclusive economic growth that creates jobs, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa. Priorities include a growth-enhancing macroeconomic policy-mix, and better implementation of structural reforms, notably to improve education.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:43:00 GMT

La ripresa post disastro quale opportunità di cambiamento, secondo l’OCSE

Prendendo ad esempio l’Abruzzo, il cui capoluogo, L’Aquila, è stato distrutto da un terremoto quattro anni fà, un nuovo rapporto dell’OCSE raccomanda una serie di misure volte ad accelerare la ripresa delle regioni colpite da catastrofi naturali, rendendole più attrattive per residenti, turisti e investitori.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Recovering from disaster can be an opportunity for change, says OECD

Through the example of Abruzzo, whose capital L’Aquila was destroyed by an earthquake four years ago, a new OECD report recommends policies that can speed the recovery of regions hit by natural disasters, making them more attractive to residents, tourists and investors.

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD to assist Tunisia in investment reform and infrastructure projects

The OECD, together with the African Development Bank and International Finance Corporation, will assist the Tunisian authorities in implementing a new law on public-private partnerships(PPPs)and a new investment code in order to increase transparency, openness and predictability for investors.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:44:00 GMT

OECD government borrowing set to rise slightly in 2013

The gross borrowing needs of OECD governments are projected to increase slightly to around USD 10.9 trillion in 2013, up from the already high level of USD 10.8 trillion in 2012, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho as new members

Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Lesotho have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 119th and 120th members of the Global Forum, they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of South Africa launches Monday 4 March 2013 in Pretoria

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of South Africa, to be published on Monday 4 March 2013, discusses advances in recent years toward a range of economic and social objectives, as well as further actions needed to achieve the country’s full potential.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:27:00 GMT

OECD urges countries to harmonise clinical trial regulations to boost medical research and save lives

Increasingly complex and inconsistent clinical trial regulations are causing delays, raising costs and leading to a decline in the number of international trials conducted by academics for non-commerical purposes.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Labour market reforms in Denmark must tackle mental health issues

Ongoing reforms of Denmark’s disability benefits and flexjobs are promising, but a stronger focus on helping people with their mental health issues is needed for the reforms to contribute to a sustainable decline in the high rate of unemployment, according to a new OECD report. Past labour market reforms failed because underlying mental health problems of the jobless remained unaddressed.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:48:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Denmark to launch on 25 February 2013 in Copenhagen

The OECD will present its first-ever review of mental health and work challenges in Denmark during a seminar open to media in Copenhagen on Monday 25 February 2013.

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:22:00 GMT

«Структурые реформы как никогда ранее важны для уверенного и сбалансированного восстановления экономики», - утверждает ОЭСР

Согласно последнему докладу ОЭСР «На пути к росту» структурные реформы являются для государств мощным инструментом для форсирования экономического роста, создания рабочих мест, и обеспечения быстрого восстановления баланса в экономике.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

Structural reforms more important than ever for a strong and balanced economic recovery

Structural reforms offer governments a powerful tool to boost economic growth, create jobs and bring about a strong and balanced economic recovery, according to the OECD’s latest Going for Growth report.

Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT

OECD urges stronger international co-operation on corporate tax

Global solutions are needed to ensure that tax systems do not unduly profit multinational enterprises, leaving citizens and small businesses with bigger tax bills.

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:00:00 GMT

OECD releases system to reduce compliance cost and facilitate cross-border investment

The amount of cross border portfolio investment exceeds 35 trillion USD. To encourage growth and cross-border investment more than 3000 tax treaties around the world based on the OECD Model reduce source taxation on a reciprocal basis.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Выпуск в свет доклада ОЭСР «На пути к росту 2013»: пресс-конференция 15 февраля в 14.30 в Москве

ОЭСР представит новый выпуск первостепенного экономического доклада «На пути к росту» в пятницу 15 февраля.

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Release of OECD’s Going for Growth 2013: News Briefing on Friday 15 February at 14:30 p.m. in Moscow

The OECD will present the 2013 edition of its flagship economic policy publication Going for Growth on Friday 15 February. This year’s report, which launches on the eve of the G20 finance ministers’ meeting in Moscow, identifies and assesses progress countries have made on key reforms that can help their economies rebound from the global economic crisis

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:23:00 GMT

OECD Conference on Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness - 13-14 February 2013 – Open to media

Some developed economies now invest more in ideas, skills, software and research and development than in physical capital like machines and buildings. This shift towards knowledge-based capital creates new challenges for governments and business in areas ranging from tax policies and the protection of intellectual property rights to boosting investment in ideas and data.

Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:53:00 GMT

UK: Boosting growth and tackling inequality are key to recovery

Britain must continue to pursue pro-growth, as well as inequality-reducing structural reforms in order to recover from the nation’s deepest recession in nearly a century, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Korea must strengthen social cohesion to boost growth and equity, says OECD

Korea should build on its strong economy and well-educated workforce to meet the challenges of a fast-ageing population and to tackle rising income inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:11:00 GMT

Labour migration: Germany is open to graduates but immigration is difficult for medium-skilled workers

Germany is one of the OECD countries with the lowest barriers to immigration for high-skilled workers. However, long-term labour migration is low in comparison with other countries.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Las perspectivas económicas de Colombia son favorables, pero sigue habiendo grandes desafíos, dice la OCDE

Según la última Evaluación económica de Colombia de la OCDE, la economía colombiana es vigorosa y las perspectivas son favorables, pero el país debe esforzarse por lograr que la actual prosperidad debida a las materias primas contribuya al crecimiento sostenible e inclusivo a largo plazo.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

Colombia's economic outlook is strong, but deep challenges remain, OECD says

The Colombian economy is strong and the outlook is promising, but the country must do more to ensure that the ongoing commodities boom contributes to sustainable and inclusive growth over the long-term, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Assessment of Colombia.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Economic Survey of UK Wednesday 6 February 2013 in London

The OECD’s latest economic survey of the United Kingdom, to be published on Wednesday 6 February 2013, looks at some of the major policy challenges facing the country including recovering from recession, boosting growth and reducing inequality.

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

OECD report on Social Cohesion in Korea to launch Tuesday 5 February 2013

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will launch a report on social cohesion at an 11.00 a.m. news conference in Korea on Tuesday 5 February 2013.

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:50:00 GMT

Korea: a growing influence in the field of development co-operation

An aid recipient less than two decades ago, Korea is now a donor and sharing its experience of how to use development co-operation as a catalyst to promote long-term sustainable growth in other countries.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:22:00 GMT

België moet geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen op het werk proactiever aanpakken, zegt de OESO

Belgische bedrijven, ziekenfondsen en arbeidsbemiddelingsdiensten dienen proactiever te zijn om mensen met geestelijke gezondheidsproblemen te helpen aan het werk te blijven of een baan te vinden, volgens een nieuw OESO-rapport.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:41:00 GMT

Belgium should be more proactive in tackling mental health issues in the workplace, says OECD

Belgian companies, mutualities and employment services should be more proactive in helping people with mental health problems stay in the workplace or find a job, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:03:00 GMT

OECD calls for better alignment of energy policy, public finances and environmental goals

Two new OECD reports provide wide-ranging evidence of how reforming subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels can help countries boost finances and meet green objectives.

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Eventos de la OCDE en Colombia

Presentación de la Evaluación Económica, jueves 31 de enero de 2013 en BogotáSeminario sobre la Economía de Colombia, 1 de febrero en la Universidad de los Andes

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

OECD Report on Mental Health and Work in Belgium to launch on 29 January 2013 in Brussels

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:17:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

BLI Brochure Russian Version

BLI Brochure Russian Version

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:21:00 GMT

OECD to launch Russian version of its Better Life Index at the Gaidar Forum

The OECD will participate in the Gaidar Forum in Moscow 16-19 January and will launch the Russian version of its award-winning Better Life Index [http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/ru/].

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:07:00 GMT

OECD Announces Winner of Global Data Visualisation Competition

The OECD today announced the winner of its first-ever global data visualisation challenge.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland should reform funding for professional education and training

Switzerland should reform its funding arrangements for professional education and training system by implementing a new intercantonal funding agreement, and piloting additional funding measures, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:34:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

Mexico is faced with difficult trade-offs as it pursues its economic, social and environmental goals. Like other emerging economies Mexico is balancing the need to protect its natural resources with the need to address high levels of income inequality and poverty.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Mexico must improve water governance, financing and regulation, says OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría

Mexico’s river basins are under severe water stress. The quality of rivers, lakes and aquifers is declining and floods, droughts, and hurricanes are more frequent. These are some of the alerts signaled in OECD’s Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

México debe mejorar su gobernabilidad, financiamiento y regulación del agua, dice el Secretario General de la OCDE, Angel Gurría

México enfrenta grandes desafíos en materia de gestión de agua. Para empezar, las cuencas hidrológicas padecen un grave estrés hídrico; la calidad de los ríos, lagos y acuíferos está disminuyendo; mientras que las inundaciones, sequías y huracanes son cada vez más frecuentes.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by absence of foreign bribery convictions in Spain

Spain’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with not a single prosecution out of only seven investigations in 13 years since joining the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. Spain must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and strengthen its legal framework for fighting bribery by addressing gaps in its Penal Code, says a new OECD report.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:40:00 GMT

Netherlands must significantly step up its foreign bribery enforcement, says OECD

The Netherlands is failing to vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations and must do more to enforce its foreign bribery laws. Fourteen out of 22 foreign bribery allegations have not triggered the opening of an investigation, calling into question the Netherlands’ ability and proactivity in investigating and prosecuting this crime.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:27:00 GMT

Austria’s enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak, but could pick up soon says OECD

The OECD Working Group on Bribery regrets that Austria has not had a conviction of bribing foreign public officials despite a number of allegations, 13 years after ratifying the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. However, enforcement appears to be picking up, with one case being tried, two more cases soon to be tried, and four ongoing investigations.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Gesetze gegen Auslandsbestechung in Österreich unzureichend umgesetzt – OECD setzt auf baldige Verbesserung

Die OECD-Arbeitsgruppe gegen Bestechung bedauert, dass in Österreich bisher noch kein Urteil wegen der Bestechung von ausländischen Amtsträgern ergangen ist, obwohl seit der Ratifizierung des entsprechenden OECD-Übereinkommens vor 13 Jahren eine Reihe von Vorwürfen vorlag.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:00:00 GMT

Media Alert: Trade events at the OECD on 16-17 January 2013

OECD and WTO to present new approach for measuring global trade10.00 – 11.00 a.m. 16 January 2013, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Lack of support for motherhood hurting women’s career prospects, despite gains in education and employment, says OECD

Progress has been made in narrowing the gender gap in pay, especially in employment, over the past decade but much remains to be done in many countries. Women pay a high price for motherhood, with steep childcare costs and taxes deterring many from working more, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Competitiveness of the port-city of Marseille-Fos

Wednesday 19 December, 14:00-16:002nd floor of J1 Hangar - IFEP officeClose to the port of Marseille office, place de la Joliette, Marseille

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:28:00 GMT

Australia is in a strong position, but must adapt to take full advantage of rising Asia, OECD says

The Australian economy is robust and faces a solid short-term outlook, but it must continue adapting to ensure that its privileged place in the Asia-Pacific region contributes to long-term sustainable growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Australia.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:25:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Sweden launches Monday 17 December 2012 in Stockholm

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Sweden, to be published on Monday 17 December 2012, discusses the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis as well as its capacity to cope with further external shocks, notably those posed by the continuing crisis in the euro area.

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Colombia se adhiere a la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho

El 19 de enero de 2013 Colombia se convertirá en el 40º estado en formar parte en la Convención para Combatir el Cohecho.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:00:00 GMT

Colombia joins OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

Colombia will become the 40th Party to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention on 19 January 2013.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Greater gender equality essential for economic recovery

New evidence showing how gender equality is essential for a fairer society and stronger global economy, will be presented by the OECD at a Gender Forum in Paris on 17 December 2012.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:39:00 GMT

Australia’s unique approach to helping the unemployed has delivered good results but challenges remain, says OECD

Australia’s labour market reforms over the past 15 years have boosted employment and cut welfare benefit dependency.

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 05:00:00 GMT

OECD Events in Australia

The OECD will launch two new publications in Australia next week: a Review of Labour Market Policies and an Economic survey.

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:22:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee Statement

OECD Steel Committee Statement

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:06:00 GMT

OECD Economic Survey of Luxembourg launches Thursday 13 December 2012

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Luxembourg, to be published on Thursday 13 December 2012, discusses how the country’s finance-driven economy has weathered the global economic crisis.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:06:00 GMT

Ministers pledge to finance effective development

Development ministers from OECD and emerging economies met in London 4 - 5 December for the High Level Meeting of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee(DAC).

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:33:00 GMT

Growth, skills and education are the keys to inclusive regional development, says OECD

Vibrant and dynamic urban centers are among the main drivers of national growth and employment, but OECD’s new report Promoting Growth in All Regions highlights that even less wealthy regions have the potential to bolster stronger, greener, and more inclusive economies.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic remains strong, but it needs to become more inclusive, OECD says

The Slovak Republic recovered strongly from the global economic crisis and is weathering well the storm that has struck its main European trading partners. The challenges going forward will be restoring public finances while driving down unemployment and fostering long-term inclusive growth, says the latest Economic Survey.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 09:45:00 GMT

Guatemala, plenamente comprometida con el intercambio internacional de información fiscal

Guatemala ha firmado la Convención sobre Asistencia Administrativa Mutua en Materia Fiscal, lo que permite su exclusión de la lista de países que todavía no han implementado sustancialmente la norma fiscal internacional

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:51:00 GMT

Brazil: Enhancing audit reporting is key to the integrity of government accounts

Brazil’s supreme audit institution – the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) – has began a process to reform its audit of the Accounts of the President of the Republic to enhance transparency and accountability of federal budget execution.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:31:00 GMT

Guatemala: commits to international exchange of tax information

Guatemala has signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters allowing it to be removed from the list of countries that have not yet substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard.

Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:00:00 GMT

Luxembourg: a generous aid donor

Luxembourg allocated 0.97% of its gross national income, or USD 413 million, to official development assistance in 2011.“Luxembourg is the Development Assistance Committee’ s third most generous donor as a portion of its economy – after Sweden and Norway – and it has a high quality programme” says Brian Atwood, Chair of the DAC. “We commend Luxembourg’s commitment to keeping its ODA at 1% of GNI until 2014”.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Progress made on immigrant integration but more efforts needed on education and jobs, finds OECD

OECD countries have made much progress over the past decade in helping immigrants integrate in society. But much remains to be done, notably in improving how well immigrant children do at school and in finding work, and in immigrant women’s access to employment, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Spain has embarked on the path to recovery, but must continue with reforms, OECD says

Spain is immersed in a prolonged recession that has been compounded by the continuing crisis in the euro area. The path to recovery has been launched, but will require full implementation of reforms and some additional measures to restore confidence in the financial sector, redress public finances and bring down high unemployment, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Spain.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:30:00 GMT

Global economy facing hesitant and uneven recovery, says OECD

The global economy is expected to make a hesitant and uneven recovery over the coming two years. Decisive policy action is needed to ensure that stalemate over fiscal policy in the United States and continuing euro area instability do not plunge the world back into recession, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook.

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD helps countries track and secure climate finance and boost green infrastructure investment and low-carbon technologies

The OECD offers impartial data and evidence-based policy advice on scaling-up climate finance, and incentivising green infrastructure investment and low-carbon technologies.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:33:00 GMT

Asia/Pacific region: Improving the quality of its healthcare

Though the rate of public spending on healthcare in the Asia/Pacific region is still well below the OECD average, countries there are committing more resources to improving health care quality.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:00:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted. On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is safe for people and the environment.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Water in Latin America and the Caribbean: better governance can improve access

In Latin American and Caribbean countries the population is growing faster than the world average, intensifying land use and increasing urbanisation. The region is also prone to the negative impact of climate change and natural disasters, putting further pressure on natural resources.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Responding to the crisis: what are OECD countries doing to strengthen their public finances?

OECD countries are intensifying their fiscal consolidation efforts, introducing additional measures and extending the time horizon to implement them. Most have announced fiscal consolidation of more than 3% of GDP over the period 2009-15, according to the OECD’s Restoring Public Finances 2012.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Agua en América Latina y el Caribe: Mejor gobernabilidad puede mejorar el acceso, dice la OCDE

En países latinoamericanos, la población crece a un ritmo mayor que el promedio mundial, lo cual intensifica el uso de la tierra y aumenta la urbanización. La región también es propensa a los impactos negativos del cambio climático y de los desastres naturales.

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 15:24:00 GMT

Economic Outlook to be released Tuesday 27 November 2012

The OECD will publish its latest Economic Outlook, containing analysis and projections for its member countries and other major world economies, at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (10.00 GMT) on Tuesday 27 November 2012.

Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Nuevas políticas para PYMES se requieren para impulsar el crecimiento en América Latina, según la OCDE y la CEPAL

Aunque las perspectivas permanecen relativamente positivas, están sujetas a la incertidumbre y volatilidad del contexto externo, por lo que los gobiernos de América Latina deben actuar ahora para fortalecer el crecimiento y desarrollo de la región y contrarrestar estos riesgos, señala el informe Perspectivas económicas de América Latina 2013 producido conjuntamente por el Centro de Desarrollo de la OCDE y la CEPAL.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:48:00 GMT

Health spending in Europe falls for the first time in decades

Health spending fell across the European Union in 2010, as cash-strapped governments curbed outlays to help cut budgetary deficits, according to Health at a Glance: Europe 2012, a new joint report by the OECD and the European Commission.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:01:00 GMT

New SME policies needed to boost Latin America's growth, say OECD and ECLAC

Latin American governments must act now to strengthen growth and development and counter these risks, according to the 2013 Latin American Economic Outlook, jointly produced by the OECD Development Centre and ECLAC.

Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Public social spending rising in most OECD countries

Public social spending has increased to 22% of GDP on average across the OECD in 2012, up from 19% in 2007. Rising spending-to-GDP ratios are due to a combination of governments increasing expenditure on social supports as unemployment and income support benefits but also because of GDP stagnating or declining in many countries.

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:07:00 GMT

Global Forum on Public Governance: Better Governance for Inclusive Growth

The financial and economic crises demonstrate that most governments need to change the way they run their countries. Though some have a better track record of reform than others, all can do more to create inclusive, open and responsible governance that can reduce inequality and promote economic growth.

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:30:00 GMT

Latin America: Tax revenues are rising, but still low and varied among countries

Tax revenues in Latin American countries are lower as a proportion of their national incomes than in most OECD countries, but are rising slowly. Revenue Statistics in Latin America shows that the average tax revenue to GDP ratio in the 15 Latin American countries covered by the report increased from 19% in 2009 to 19.4% in 2010, after falling from a high point of 19.7% in 2008.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:20:00 GMT

Health: men faring worse than women in hospitalisations for diabetes

New OECD data show that men are more likely to be admitted to hospital as a result of poor management of diabetes than women, even when there are no significant differences in the number of men and women living with diabetes.

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:12:00 GMT

Balance of economic power will shift dramatically over the next 50 years, says OECD

The balance of economic power is expected to shift dramatically over the next half century, with fast-growing emerging-market economies accounting for an ever-increasing share of global output, according to a new OECD report.

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT

G20 ministers welcome OECD disaster risk assessment and financing framework

G20 Finance Ministers have welcomed a new OECD/G20 framework designed to help governments develop financial strategies for disaster risk management.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:02:00 GMT

Development: Finland should not back-track on its aid commitments, says OECD

Finland is making efforts to improve its development co-operation, sharpening the focus of its efforts and emphasising the importance of human rights.

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:09:00 GMT

OECD improves tool to predict the hazards of chemicals

Governments and the chemical industry spend millions of dollars every year testing the safety of chemicals that people use in their everyday lives. Computer modelling, through the OECD-designed QSAR Toolbox software, now replaces many of the tests traditionally done in the laboratory. This allows regulators and industry to save money and use fewer animals to predict the hazardous properties of chemicals.

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:31:00 GMT

Investment: G20 governments must step up efforts to resist protectionism, says OECD, WTO, UNCTAD report

The OECD, WTO and UNCTAD have called on G20 governments to step up efforts to resist protectionism in the face of continuing high unemployment and a weak economic recovery.

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic, met with the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD

The President of the French Republic, Mr. François Hollande, met the Heads of international economic organisations at the OECD on Monday 29th October.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on tax transparency welcomes new members and reviews 12 countries

At the Global Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, delegates from 81 jurisdictions and 11 international organisations evaluated whether all Forum members are exchanging tax information effectively.

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:53:00 GMT

OECD and ATAF strengthen tax co-operation with Africa

The OECD and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) have signed a Memorandum of Co-operation, agreeing to work together to improve tax systems in Africa.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned by lack of foreign bribery convictions, but encouraged by recent efforts by the Australian Federal Police

Australia’s enforcement of its foreign bribery laws has been extremely low, with just a single case leading to prosecutions out of 28 referrals in 13 years. Cases may have been closed prematurely. Australia must vigorously pursue foreign bribery allegations.

Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:00:00 GMT

Tax: Revenues rising slowly across the OECD

In most OECD countries tax revenues are continuing to rise in relation to GDP from the 2008-09 declines seen at the beginning of the crisis, according to OECD’s annual Revenue Statistics. OECD countries collected about 34.0% of GDP in taxes in 2011, compared with 33.8% in 2010.

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD seriously concerned at lack of foreign bribery convictions in France, but recognises recent efforts to ensure independence of prosecutors

France should intensify its efforts to combat the bribery of foreign public officials. Only five convictions – of which one, under appeal, involves a company – have been handed down in twelve years.

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:33:00 GMT

Measuring well-being needs to be at the heart of policy-making, says OECD World Forum

A major step forward towards putting the measurement of well-being at the heart of policy-making was taken at a four-day international conference which ended in New Delhi today.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:05:00 GMT

OECD launches online portal to boost product safety

The OECD has launched an online portal to give consumers, businesses and governments quick and easy access to the latest information on products recalled from the market in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Mexico: President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto visit to the OECD

On October 18, Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto ended his European tour with a visit to OECD headquarters in Paris where he delivered a keynote address on Mexico’s challenges and its role in a changing global landscape, followed by a press conference with the Secretary-General.

Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Burkina Faso and Cameroon as new members

Burkina Faso and Cameroon have joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As 112th and 113th members of the Global Forum they will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:35:00 GMT

OECD news conference to launch global product recall portal, Friday 19 October 2012, Brussels

The OECD will host a news conference to launch its new global portal on product recalls during the International Product Safety Week 2012 at 11.00 AM on Friday 19 October at the Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels.

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:42:00 GMT

Israel: excellent primary health care, but hospitals must improve

Israel has world class-primary care services and should now focus efforts on bringing its hospitals up to the same high international standards, according to the OECD’s Health Care Quality Review of Israel.

Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT

OECD World Forum in New Delhi - News briefingTuesday 16 October 2012

Assessing the progress and failings of our societies requires a far broader set of measures than just economic indicators. This is why international experts, NGO representatives and politicians in fields as diverse as the environment, development, health, education, business and social affairs will be meeting in New Delhi from 16-19 October 2012.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Indonesia can boost food security through investment, trade and subsidy reform, says OECD

Indonesia can improve national food security by facilitating greater investment in agriculture, opening agri-food markets to greater international trade, reforming input subsidies and food aid schemes and moving away from self-sufficiency policy objectives, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 05:00:00 GMT

Middle East and North Africa : Boosting support for women’s entrepreneurship will pay off in jobs and growth, says OECD

Governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should create urgently needed jobs for the 2.5 million people entering the labour market each year and improve their policies to encourage women’s entrepreneurship in order to reduce structural unemployment, says a new OECD report.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:21:00 GMT

IT sector booms during downturn, says OECD

Internet firms continue to drive growth and job creation in the IT industry, with fast-rising demand for mobile services helping to boost revenue and investment in research and development, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:14:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Pakistan as new member

Pakistan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 111th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:32:00 GMT

Estonia must reform to ward against boom/bust cycles, OECD says

Estonia recovered forcefully from the global economic crisis but growth has since slowed, highlighting the need for further reforms that reduce exposure to external shocks and ensure against future boom/bust cycles, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Estonia.

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:28:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes budget proposal and economic reforms announced by the Spanish Government

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría welcomes the Spanish government's budget and the economic policy measures announced yesterday.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:30:00 GMT

Launch of OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012 at Budapest Conference on Cyberspace, Thursday 4 October 2012

Cyber attacks on business, governments and infrastructure are rising fast, costing the global economy billions of dollars each year. Boosting international co-operation to strengthen internet governance and ensure the continuing free flow of information over the Internet is essential.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:33:00 GMT

Indonesia should improve governance, productivity and tax collection to promote inclusive growth

Indonesia has improved its macro-economic and structural policies over the last 15 years. Its economy, with strong and stable growth rates of 5–6.6%, is catching up with other countries in the region and allowing Indonesia to focus on its development agenda.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Economy: OECD’s Gurría urges Italy to maintain reform momentum

Italy has made a major effort to speed up long-overdue economic reforms but it is now essential to maintain the momentum, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today in Rome.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Economia: Il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE raccomanda all'Italia di proseguire con le riforme

L'Italia ha fatto enormi sforzi per accelerare le riforme economiche che dovevano essere attuate da lungo tempo, ma è oggi essenziale proseguire su questa via, ha affermato oggi il Segretario Generale dell'OCSE, Angel Gurría.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:06:00 GMT

Pension fund assets at record high but investment returns negative in 2011, says OECD

Pension fund assets in OECD countries hit a record USD 20.1 trillion in 2011 but return on investment fell below zero, with an average negative return of -1.7%s, according to the OECD’s latest Pension Markets in Focus. The report says that weak equity markets and low interest rates drove the poor performance.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:50:00 GMT

News conference to report on Indonesia’s economy and regulatory system

Launch of the Economic Survey of Indonesia and Review of Regulatory Reforms

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:00:00 GMT

Italy: Gurría and Monti to address Rome conference on competitiveness, growth and jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti will address a major conference on structural reform in Italy on Monday 24 September at the Sala Polifunzionale of the Presidenza del Consiglio in Rome.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:46:00 GMT

Agriculture : Support to agriculture at historic lows, says OECD

Government support to agriculture in OECD countries fell to 19% of total farm receipts in 2011, a record low driven by developments in international commodity markets, rather than by explicit policy changes, according to the report Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:00:00 GMT

Innovation: Economic crisis and weak outlook hit R&D, says OECD

Business spending on research and development has been hit hard by the economic crisis, with nearly all OECD countries seeing a fall in investment which could impact innovation and long-term growth, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Agricultural Policy: Monitoring and Evaluation 2012 to launch 19 September 2012 in Brussels and Washington, DC

The OECD will present its latest estimates of public support to agriculture during seminars in Brussels and Washington DC on 19 September 2012.

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:14:00 GMT

Education spending rising but access to higher education remains unequal in most countries, says OECD

Governments should increase investment in early childhood programmes and maintain reasonable costs for higher education in order to reduce inequality, boost social mobility and improve people’s employment prospects, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Economy: European recession slowing global economy, says OECD

The global economy has slowed, with key European countries entering a recession that is now impacting worldwide, the OECD said in its latest Interim Economic Assessment.Interim Economic Assessment

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: OECD calls for reform of postsecondary vocational education and training in Denmark

Denmark should build on the strengths of its vocational and educational training programme to ensure that young people enter the labour market with the skills companies need and to meet the national goal of having 60% of young people enter higher education by 2020, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea should improve its vocational education programmes, says OECD

Korea should reform its vocational education and training programmes to ensure that students leave college with the skills and expertise that companies need in today’s rapidly changing labour market, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 04 Sep 2012 09:30:00 GMT

Education: OECD’s Education at a Glance 2012 to be published Tuesday 11 September

The 2012 edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance will be published at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT) on Tuesday 11 September 2012. Education at a Glance is the leading international compendium of comparable national statistics measuring the state of education worldwide.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:36:00 GMT

Tax: OECD welcomes multilateral efforts to improve international tax compliance and transparency

The OECD welcomed today a new model international tax agreement designed to improve cross-border tax compliance and boost transparency.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:00:00 GMT

Switzerland tops fixed broadband ranking, while Korea leads in wireless broadband

Switzerland tops for the first time the OECD fixed broadband ranking, with 39.9 subscribers per 100 inhabitants, followed closely by the Netherlands (39.1) and Denmark (37.9). The OECD average is 25.6, according to new OECD statistics.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:30:00 GMT

Tax: OECD updates OECD Model Tax Convention to extend information requests to groups

The OECD has updated Article 26 of the OECD Model Tax Convention, which sets out the international standard on exchange of information. The standard provides for information exchange on request, where the information is “foreseeably relevant” for the administration of the taxes of the requesting party, regardless of bank secrecy and a domestic tax interest.

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: The Global Forum welcomes Kazakhstan as new member

Kazakhstan has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 110th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:58:00 GMT

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Employment: OECD sees high jobless rates continuing - more must be done urgently to boost job creation and help jobseekers

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:15:00 GMT

Tax: Ghana Signs Tax Cooperation Agreement

Ghana has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD. Ghana is the second African country, after South Africa, to sign the Convention since it was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Effective management and incentives can rebuild fisheries sector, says OECD at EXPO 2012

Governments looking to boost their fisheries sector should review their policies to create incentives for economically and environmentally sustainable fisheries, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 06:30:00 GMT

Agriculture: Increased productivity and a more sustainable food system will improve global food security OECD and FAO publish new Agricultural Outlook

Food commodity prices are anticipated to remain on a higher plateau over the next decade, underpinned by firm demand but a slowing growth in global production, according to the latest OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021.

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 15:09:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

OECD countries have agreed new rules to strengthen current environmental and social due diligence processes when providing export credits and to create financially prudent incentives to support business projects with low CO2 emissions. The second agreement also aims to encourage support for advanced climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

Health: Growth in health spending grinds to a halt

Growth in health spending slowed or fell in real terms in 2010 in almost all OECD countries, reversing a long-term trend of rapid increases, according to OECD Health Data 2012.

Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:36:00 GMT

Economy: The United States needs to foster education and innovation to keep its cutting edge

The United States should do more to foster innovation and provide more equitable access to high-quality education in order to maintain its status as the world's most vibrant and productive economy, according to OECD's latest Economic Survey of the United States.

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:46:00 GMT

Green innovation in tourism can trigger major economic, social and environmental benefits

Tourism experts from international organisations, United Nations agencies and the tourism public and private sector have outlined how green innovation in tourism can drive sustainable

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:19:00 GMT

Sweden's enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak

More than twelve years after making foreign bribery a crime, Sweden needs to make much greater efforts to actively enforce its anti-bribery legislation, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:30:00 GMT

Slovak Republic must urgently introduce effective legislation holding companies liable for foreign bribery, says OECD

20/06/2012 - The Slovak Republic must urgently meet its obligations under the Convention it signed 12 years ago and introduce an effective corporate liability regime so that Slovak companies are held accountable for the bribery of foreign public officials in cross-border business deals, says a new OECD report.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:00:00 GMT

Tax: Joining forces to fight financial crime and illicit activities

Financial crimes, including corruption, tax fraud and money laundering, are a threat to all countries, both developing and developed. The sums are vast. Estimates have put total proceeds from all illicit activities at 3.6% of global GDP.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:29:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:45:00 GMT

G20 Quarterly Gross Domestic Product, first quarter 2012, OECD

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the G20 area grew 0.8% in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to preliminary estimates. This small pick-up in aggregate G20 GDP growth still masks diverging patterns among the world's largest economies however.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards

Canada has weathered the global economic crisis comparatively well but will have to become more productive to sustain its high standard of living, according to OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Canada.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: Compact cities: the way of the future

Governments faced with growing populations and dwindling natural rescources have two choices: they can let urban sprawl continue to eat up useful land or they can plan compact cities that will be good for the economy and the environment.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: G20 collaboration to improve agriculture productivity growth is key to feeding 9 billion people

G20 governments under successive Presidencies have sought to improve international collaboration in support of a more productive and sustainable global food and agriculture system.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Raising retirement ages and expanding private pension coverage essential, says OECD

Governments will need to raise retirement ages gradually to address increasing life expectancy in order to ensure that their national pension systems are both affordable and adequate, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, June 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend continue to point to divergence between economies.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery

Slovenia's rich and diverse environment is under pressure from the country’s expanding economy. OECD’s first Environmental Performance Review of Slovenia says that greening growth, including though green tax reform, better use of public and private finance, could help Slovenia.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Promote entrepreneurship to exit the crisis, OECD says

Start-up rates in most countries are edging back toward their pre-crisis levels, but not all countries have seen significant acceleration in new businesses, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

Germany is successfully limiting the amount of carbon, energy and resources required to grow its economy. Though the public is generally satisfied with the level of environmental quality, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Germany warns that ch

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 countries should rely on open markets to reboot global growth

G20 governments should prevent further deterioration in their collective trade and investment policy stance and focus on promoting open markets to re-boot growth in the world economy, according to the OECD, WTO and UNCTAD.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Design policies to ensure growth is socially inclusive, says OECD-World Bank report

Economic policy should be better designed to bring about more inclusive growth, ensuring that the benefits of increased prosperity are shared more evenly across society, according to a new report from the OECD and the World Bank.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Colombia and Mexico sign international tax, human rights and clean business standards

Colombia and Mexico are a step closer to beneffiting from cross border tax co-operation and information sharing. Colombia has signed, and Mexico has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tunisia and Morocco join multilateral business integrity and green growth instruments

Tunisia and Morocco signed up today to a series of international instruments in areas ranging from business integrity to international investment and green growth. Adherence to these instruments is an expression of a long-standing co-operation between countries in North Africa and the OECD.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tackle gender gap to boost growth, says OECD

Breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and help make better use of everyone’s skills, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Global economy recovering, but major risks remain, says OECD

The global economy is recovering, but confidence is extremely uneven across different regions, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. European governments must take greater action to ensure that the crisis in the euro area does not derail the recovery.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches Skills Strategy to boost jobs and growth

The OECD has launched its Skills Strategy to help governments build economic resilience, boost employment and reinforce social cohesion. Despite the pressure on public finances, spending on education and skills is an investment for the future and must be a priority.

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministers must focus on young jobseekers

Young people continue to bear the brunt of the jobs crisis, with nearly 11 million 15 to 24 -year-olds out of work in OECD countries in early 2012. Youth unemployment in the OECD area in March 2012 was 17.1%, close to its November 2009 peak of 18.3%

Tue, 15 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invitation: Workshop OECD/AJEF on "Skills Strategy" - Tuesday 19 June at 13h00 (Paris time)

How to optimise the skills of the labour market to anticipate business demand and promote growth and social cohesion in these times of record unemployment?

Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, May 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to regained momentum in the OECD area but with divergence between economies.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders

The OECD’s Task Force on Tax and Development, meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, launches Tax Inspectors Without Borders/ Inspecteurs des impôts sans frontières – a new initiative to help developing countries bolster their domestic revenues by making their tax systems fairer and more effective.

Thu, 10 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Korea: a strong national urban strategy could drive resilient economic growth

Korea has weathered the shocks triggered by the global recession and its economy is recovering more quickly and vigorously than most other OECD countries.

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

More parent and community engagement would boost quality in early childhood education and care in England

The report highlights strategies from other countries that could serve as a model for England as it develops its early childhood education and care programme.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Further reforms needed to sustain Korean growth and social cohesion

Korea recovered faster and more vigorously from the global crisis than most OECD countries, but strong economic growth alone will not be enough to address the fundamental challenges posed by its rapidly ageing population and rising inequality, according to the latest Economic Survey of Korea.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Pensions: Sweden needs an independent committee to oversee National Pension Funds

Sweden should establish an independent committee of experts to oversee its National Pension Funds and set a clear, measurable financial objective for investments to ensure their long-term viability, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: the average tax burden on earnings in OECD countries continues to rise

The average tax and social security burden on employment incomes increased in 26 out of 34 OECD countries in 2011 according to the new OECD Taxing Wages publication. Tax payers in Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal and the Slovak Republic were among those hit with the largest increases.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Health: the high cost of diabetes

Across OECD countries some 83 million people suffer from diabetes. On current trends, that will rise to almost 100 million by 2030.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

EU development co-operation: improving but still cumbersome

The European Union is a major player in global development, co-ordinating coherent actions amongst its 27 member states and providing direct support to developing countries.

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Credit crunch squeezing entrepreneurs and small businesses more than big firms

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) requesting loans between 2007 and 2010 faced higher interest rates than for large companies. Loan conditions for SMEs included shortened maturities and increased demands for collateral, suggesting that banks considered smaller firms to be a higher risk.

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for reform of governance of state-owned firms in the Middle East and North Africa

Middle Eastern and North African countries should reform the governance of their state-owned enterprises to bring about greater public accountability and improve their efficiency, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax evasion: Pressure to end tax evasion grows as the Global Forum publishes new reviews

The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has just completed peer reviews of 11 jurisdictions. This brings to 70 the number of peer review reports completed since March 2010.

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT

UK increases enforcement of foreign bribery, but concerns remain about transparency and resources

The United Kingdom has significantly boosted its foreign bribery enforcement efforts but needs to be more transparent when resolving cases.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary has improved legal framework for fighting foreign bribery, but must do more to detect and prosecute

Hungary’s law banning bribery of foreign public officials is relatively good on paper but lacks effective application, according to a new OECD report. Hungary must strengthen detection and prosecution of individuals and companies involved in foreign bribery.

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: OECD’s Gurría welcomes labour market reforms

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría congratulates the Italian government for launching parliamentary discussions on a wide-ranging package of labour market reforms.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Finland should boost staff skills to improve its early childhood education and care services, says OECD

Finland gives its young children a better start in education than most OECD countries.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Further reform needed to raise growth prospects in Poland

Poland has been a strong performer across the OECD through the global economic crisis, growing much faster than most other countries and making impressive steps toward reducing the income gap with its European Union partners, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Bigger euro bailout fund needed to create space to boost growth, OECD says

Euro area finance ministers meeting this week need to boost the firepower of the European stability funds to at least one trillion euros in order to restore market confidence, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said today.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD to simplify transfer pricing rules

Meeting at OECD’s first Global Forum on Transfer Pricing, tax officials from 90 countries agreed on the need to simplify transfer pricing rules, strengthen the guidelines on intangible issues and improve the efficiency of dispute resolution.

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD's Gurría comments on UK budget

In response to the presentation of the 2012/13 U.K. Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has expressed support for the government’s plans for continued fiscal consolidation aiming at eliminating the fiscal deficit by 2016/17.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD calls for new approach to tackle teacher shortage

With many countries facing shortages of qualified teachers in key subjects, governments need to make the profession more attractive to talented graduates, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Hungary must stabilise its economy for a durable recovery, OECD says

Swift action is needed to stabilise the Hungarian economy and put growth on a sound footing for a durable recovery, according to the latest Economic Survey of Hungary. Strengthening the credibility and predictability of domestic policies and undertaking much-needed fiscal consolidation will be key.

Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: More effective action needed to cut water pollution from farming

OECD governments have made little overall progress in reducing water contamination from farming over the past decade. More rigorous policies are needed to reduce the use of pesticides and encourage sustainable management of water quality in agriculture.

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Governance: The Chicago Tri-State metro area is a powerful region – policy makers must work together to maintain a global pole position and fully realise the region’s potential

Chicago is at a tipping point: despite economic strengths, it faces considerable challenges to compete in the “Premier League” of world-class cities, warns the OECD’s review of the Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD recommends action on international tax loopholes

Aggressive tax planning – untaxed income, multiple deductions and other forms of international tax arbitrage - is a growing concern for all governments.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Focus on strategic agricultural investments to reduce poverty in developing countries, OECD says

Agricultural policies to reduce poverty in developing countries should focus on strategic investments to raise productivity and benefit from high food prices, according to a new OECD study.

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: India ratifies Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

India has ratified the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD that was opened for signature to all countries in June 2011.

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Structural reforms can make the difference as countries rebound from crisis, OECD says

The pace of reform has accelerated in those OECD countries where it is needed most, says the latest Going for Growth report. It identifies the specific action needed to help governments steer their economies out of the crisis, stimulate growth and create jobs.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture: Experts maintain commitment to expanding and updating tractor safety standards

Experts, manufacturers and government officials meeting in Paris this week reaffirmed their commitment to maintaining safety standards in farm machinery by expanding and updating the OECD’s harmonised tests and codes.

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: signs international tax agreement to tackle tax evasion

Greece has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement that was developed jointly by the Council of Europe and the OECD and that is open for signature to all countries.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Greece: OECD’s Gurría welcomes support package

The Secretary-General says the package will provide the necessary confidence and breathing space for Greece to work on its recovery and for Europe to address its sovereign debt crisis.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Obesity: Mardi Gras - how fat are people this Tuesday?

More people in developed countries are overweight or obese than ever before, dooming them to years of ill-health and early death. New OECD data show however that in some countries obesity rates are slowing, and that’s good news for people’s health and government budgets.

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Germany is leading the charts on employment and green growth - Transition to a knowledge based economy will require further reform and investment, OECD says

Germany recovered rapidly from the 2008-09 recession, with GDP topping pre-crisis rates during 2011 and unemployment falling significantly. Public finances are sound, but further reforms are needed to transform its growth model to thrive as a knowledge-based economy.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Migration: integration of migrants in Switzerland successful, but stronger focus on vulnerable groups needed

Labour market integration of immigrants in Switzerland is generally successful: three quarters of immigrants in Switzerland are in employment – more than in any other OECD country

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Spain’s reforms to strengthen finances and boost jobs

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said Spain’s comprehensive reform programme is a major step forward in strengthening the country’s banking system and its public finances, as well as creating a more dynamic labour market.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs), OECD, February 2012

Composite leading indicators (CLIs) point to a positive change in momentum for the OECD as a whole, driven primarily by the United States and Japan, but similar signs are beginning to emerge in a number of other developed economies.

Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Statement by OECD ‘s Gurria after meeting Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti

Italy has embarked on an ambitious, much needed reform programme to strengthen its public finances, to restore growth and to improve the competitiveness of the Italian economy.

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Telecoms reform would boost competition and growth in Mexico, says OECD

Mexico should quickly reform the laws and regulations governing its telecommunications sector to boost competition and investment and drive growth across the economy, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

India signs international tax agreement

India has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, a multilateral agreement which promotes international co-operation while respecting the rights of taxpayers.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Rising tax revenues: a key to economic development in Latin American countries

Increased domestic resource mobilization is widely accepted as crucial for countries to successfully meet the challenges of development and achieve higher living standards for all their people.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Urgent reform key to securing Asia’s pension systems, says OECD

Asia’s pension systems need modernising urgently to deliver secure, sustainable and adequate retirement incomes for today’s workers in the context of the rapid population ageing that will occur over the next two decades, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

External factors threaten Swiss economic recovery, OECD says

Switzerland has made a broadly balanced recovery from the economic crisis, but slower activity in Europe and pressures on the Swiss franc weigh on the near-term outlook, according to the latest Economic Survey of Switzerland.

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Spain’s development aid much improved, but still needs more focus

Though the economic crisis has forced Spain to cut public spending in the past year, including to development co-operation, its aid has almost doubled since 2003. Spain still has plans to meet the international target of committing 0.7% of its gross national income to development aid.

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD

29/03/2012 - Slovak Republic should help preschool teachers improve their skills, says OECD, and should encourage preschool teachers to keep improving their qualifications throughout their career and attract more young people, especially men, to the profession

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Swedish labour migration reform working well but needs more monitoring, says OECD

Sweden’s 2008 reform of its labour migration policy, now one of the most open in the OECD, has helped businesses hire foreign workers quickly and cheaply, without hurting conditions for local workers, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Uruguay’s tax transparency improving, says OECD’s Gurría

Uruguay has signed 7 new agreements providing for the exchange of tax information, showing its willingness to implement the global standards.

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Employment: mental health issues rising in workplace, says OECD

Mental illness is a growing problem in society and is increasingly affecting productivity and well-being in the workplace, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD Steel Committee signals growing uncertainty over industry outlook

The outlook for the global steel market has become more uncertain, according to industry and government officials at the OECD’s Steel Committee meeting in Paris on 5-6 2011 . Policies to support open markets for raw materials are key, they said.

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Italian government measures to strengthen public finances

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has welcomed the measures adopted by the Italian government to address fiscal sustainability while boosting growth and equity.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Society: Governments must tackle record gap between rich and poor, says OECD

The gap between rich and poor in OECD countries has reached its highest level for over over 30 years, and governments must act quickly to tackle inequality, according to a new OECD report.

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Czech Republic should further develop its framework programme for preschool education, says OECD

The Czech Republic should build on the strengths of its preschool education framework to further enhance the quality of its early childhood education and care services, according to a new OECD report.

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:43:00 GMT

Tax revenues stabilise in OECD countries in 2010

OECD countries acknowledge that taxes must play a role in the process of fiscal consolidation as they battle unprecedented budget deficits. In 2010, the majority of OECD governments have stabilised their tax to GDP, with the average ratio moving up slightly from 33.8% in 2009 to 33.9% in 2010.

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: medical care improving but better prevention and management of chronic diseases needed to cut costs, says OECD

Though overall medical care is improving, efforts to prevent and better manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma would improve results and lower costs, according to the OECD’s latest edition of Health at a Glance.

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reform urgently needed to ensure long-term growth in Czech Republic, says OECD

The Czech economy’s export-driven recovery is slowing as weak activity Europe curbs exports. Swift implementation of new reforms is needed to ensure sustainable, inclusive long-term growth and better resilience to external shocks, according to the latest Economic Survey of the Czech Republic.

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: The Slovak Republic should integrate environment into its economic development

As the Slovak Republic strives to increase productivity and competitiveness in the recovery from the financial crisis, the OECD Environmental Performance Review of the Slovak Republic recommends that it strengthen environmental policies.

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: OECD supports Israeli initiative to develop a green growth plan

In recent years Israel has strengthened its environmental policies and now should develop a green growth plan that combines environmental, economic and social policies.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum Publishes Report to the G20 on Tax Transparency

Tax Transparency 2011: Report on Progress, a report prepared by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, was delivered to the G20 in Cannes and is now available to journalists.&

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: G20 countries strengthen international tax co-operation

"Tax co-operation and compliance are of crucial importance for all countries and citizens - and not only in times of a tight fiscal and budgetary environment,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría from the Cannes G20 Summit.

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Reforms are essential for Brazil to build on recent success, says OECD

The Brazilian economy has made a rapid recovery from the global economic crisis, but further reforms are necessary to boost long-term growth, spur investment and further reduce poverty, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Brazil.

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Global Forum delivers concrete results to the Cannes G20 Summit

“Governments have signed more than 700 agreements to exchange tax information. These agreements have already yielded €14 billion in additional revenues, to 20 countries, from more than 100 000 tax payers who had hidden assets offshore.”

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

The OECD acknowledges progress made, and says Mexico should further prioritise fighting foreign bribery

Mexico has improved, but needs to give greater priority to the criminal enforcement of bribery and ensure that its criminal law enforcement authorities have all the resources and expertise they need to seriously investigate all allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Korea making notable progress on fighting foreign bribery; further improvements needed, says OECD

Korea has improved its information and intelligence gathering capacity in foreign bribery cases, but should be more proactive in investigating allegations, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 finance ministers agree new principles to boost financial consumer protection

G20 finance ministers have agreed new principles on financial consumer protection developed by the OECD. “Without consumer trust and confidence we could jeopardise the basis for global economic recovery and growth,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: Switzerland’s health system is high-performing but must prepare for the future

The Swiss health system is one of the world’s best but must adapt to deal with rising costs and higher rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to a new OECD/WHO report.

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Ireland coming out of the crisis, but challenges remain

The Irish economy still faces tough challenges as the country exits from a deep recession and banking crisis, but its long-term prospects now appear better than many of the other hard hit European countries, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Ireland.

Fri, 14 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD launches new report on measuring well-being

A new OECD report, How's Life, offers a comprehensive picture of what makes up people’s lives in 40 countries worldwide. This is part of the OECD’s ongoing effort to devise new measures for assessing well-being that go beyond GDP.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax reform can create jobs

High unemployment rates, in the wake of the financial and economic crisis, have governments scrambling to create jobs. A new OECD report suggests that well-targeted tax reforms can encourage employers to hire more people and the jobless to look for employment.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Labour Ministerial: Joint Statement by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and ILO Director-General Juan Somavia

"200 million people are out of work worldwide, close to the peak recorded at the depth of the Great Recession" warn OECD and ILO at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meet in Paris.

Mon, 26 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Jurisdictions move towards full tax transparency

Furthering efforts to fight against international tax evasion and bank secrecy, members of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes have issued 12 new peer review reports.

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Spain: OECD's Gurría welcomes draft debt deficit law

The OECD’s welcomes the announcement by the Spanish government last Friday August 26th about having agreed with the opposition parties in Parliament to enshrine a set of deficit limits in the Constitution.

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: Governments concerned that some corporations unfairly claim losses to avoid taxes

The economic crisis means global corporate losses have increased significantly. Though most of these claims are justified, some corporations use ‘aggressive tax planning’ to avoid taxes. Governments are working together to detect and deter these undue tax advantages.

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Tax: OECD's Gurría welcomes Italy fiscal plan

The OECD welcomes the comprehensive package approved by the Italian government at the weekend.

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Economy: Migration falls again but will pick up with recovery, says OECD

International migration fell in 2009, reflecting lower demand for workers in OECD countries for the second consecutive year after a decade of growth, according to a new OECD report.

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Austria: Strengthening domestic sources of growth would secure place as ‘Champions League’ economy

Austria should eliminate subsidies which encourage early retirement and target social transfers more effectively, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption: Luxembourg must implement without delay its legislation against the bribery of foreign public officials, says OECD

Luxembourg must step up its efforts to detect and prosecute cases of bribery of foreign public officials, particularly now that its legal framework has been strengthened, in compliance with the Anti-Bribery Convention

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Health: spending continues to outpace economic growth in most OECD countries

Health spending continues to rise faster than economic growth in most OECD countries, maintaining a trend observed since the 1970s. Health spending reached 9.5% of GDP on average in 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available, up from 8.8% in 2008, according to OECD Health Data 2011.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Corruption : OECD recognises Norway’s commitment to the fight against foreign bribery and recommends further improvements

Norway has made significant progress in its efforts against the bribery of foreign public officials in recent years, according to a new OECD report. But more could be done to strengthen enforcement, including by focusing on the confiscation from companies of the proceeds of bribery.

Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

OECD’s Gurría congratulates new IMF head Lagarde

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has congratulated Christine Lagarde on her appointment as the IMF’s next Managing Director.

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Education: Korea tops new OECD PISA survey of digital literacy

Korea tops a new OECD PISA survey that tests how 15-year olds use computers and the Internet to learn. The next best performers were New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong-Kong China and Iceland.

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Environment: a source of future economic growth in Portugal

Despite Portugal’s economic and political challenges, it is still committed to improving the environment. The government sees green investment in its stimulus package and green tax reform as part of the solution to the national budget deficit.

Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Iceland: Better coordination among authorities needed to tackle foreign bribery, says OECD

Iceland must do more to ensure its law enforcement authorities are coordinated and adequately resourced to investigate and prosecute economic and financial crime, including foreign bribery, says the OECD in a new report.

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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Country profile: South Korea

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:28:47 GMT

India's caste-offs

India's economy is in overdrive. But, as the Today programme's Mike Thomson explains, hundreds of millions of its people still live in abject poverty.

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 09:48:46 GMT

Timeline: United States of America

A chronology of key events

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 13:12:35 GMT

Regions and territories: Bermuda

An overview of Bermuda, including key facts, political leaders and notes on the media

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:13:29 GMT

Japan country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 13:42:56 GMT

Benin country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Tue, 26 Oct 2010 15:13:13 GMT

Timeline: Switzerland

A chronology of key events

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:38:59 GMT

Timeline: China

A chronology of key events

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:53:45 GMT

China country profile

Key facts, figures and dates

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:51:05 GMT

Country profile: Mauritius

Key facts, figures and dates

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 11:34:02 GMT

Timeline: Sao Tome and Principe

A chronology of key events

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:10:47 GMT

Country profile: Equatorial Guinea

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:40:09 GMT

Country profile: Zambia

Key facts, figures and dates

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:32:08 GMT

Iceland country profile

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Wed, 04 Aug 2010 07:58:20 GMT

Calls for 'old-fashioned' revolution

Using "good old-fashioned" farming techniques will help deliver a sustainable green revolution in Africa.

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:24:59 GMT

Profile: G8

Key facts about the group of leading industrialised countries

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 16:02:15 GMT

A bad reputation

We're all told to watch our carbon footprint these days, but some so-called "environmental nasties" are not as bad as you might think - at least from a carbon point of view, says Mike Berners-Lee.

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:46:19 GMT

Footing the World Cup bill

The World Cup is billed as a lucrative affair, but David Goldblatt considers whether South Africa will really reap financial rewards.

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 06:18:52 GMT

Brazil: Key facts and figures

Key facts and figures from Brazil, showing wealth and population distribution, as well as its GDP growth.

Thu, 27 May 2010 07:28:15 GMT

London outside of 'top 30 cities'

London is the only UK city in a global top 50 for quality of living, but comes in at a lowly 39th spot, according to a survey.

Tue, 25 May 2010 22:55:47 GMT

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Ukraine in crisis: The EU's co-responsibility

The EU purports to be part of the solution in Ukraine. Particularly, the EU continues to claim that the proposed Association Agreement will contribute to solving the economic problems of the country. EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Štefan Füle, even raised the possibility of eventually offering an EU membership to Ukraine. There are, however, strong indications that the EU approach creates more problems than it solves.

For an alternative post-2015 development strategy

The UN project of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted at the UN Summit in 2000 is to expire in 2015. Discussions on a new international post-2015 development approach have started and are pursued in New York, Geneva, and Brussels, and in many capitals all over the world by international organizations, governments and civil society. A personal contribution to the debate.

The great revenge of the North?

Plans for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States have sparked considerable debate. Among the main issues contested are the lowering of food-safty standards (hormone-treated beef, chlorine-washed chicken), the democratic deficit of the negotiation process, as well as the granting of far-reaching rights and legal privileges to international investors, undermining national law. However, Rainer Falk and Barbara Unmüßig consider a topic thus far left out of critical debate: TTIP's implications for the "rest of the world," particularly for developing and emerging economies.

Nepal: The emergence of a resilient democracy

Three months after elections, a new cabinet was sworn in end of February in Kathmandu. The two largest parties have formed a coalition, with the new Prime Minister from the Congress Party, and 18 ministers from the Congress and UML parties. The mainstream Maoists voted in support but did not join an initially foreseen unity government. Where does the country stand at this moment?

Partnership in transatlantic trade and investment?

The negotiations between EU and US on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are in full swing. The project is not only intended to reduce tariffs between the world economy's two biggest trading blocs; its primary aim is to dismantle and/or harmonise a wide spectrum of regulations. Investment liberalisation and protection also will be central issues.

The youth bulge in Least Developed Countries

The number of young people of working age in the world's 49 poorest nations is increasing by 16 million per year, and in each one of 11 such countries it will climb by at least half a million per year, a new UNCTAD report says. The organization recommends that the governments of the globe's least developed countries (LDCs) intensify efforts to employ this vast resource - currently largely underemployed, or trapped in vulnerable, low-paid jobs.

Towards a vision for post-2015

This week, the UN General Assembly (GA) will assess the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - their progress and gaps - and officially launch the intergovernmental discussion on a new, sustainable development agenda - perhaps to be encapsulated as sustainable development goals (SDGs).

UNCTAD advocates new development strategies

Adjusting to the structural shifts in the world economy makes far-reaching changes in development strategies necessary. Against the background of a prolonged period of slow growth in developed countries, export-led development in the South is no longer viable, UNCTAD says.

Statement on the results of the BRICS meeting

The emerging economies in the BRICS group - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - urged the G20 to boost global demand and ensure that any changes in monetary policy are well flagged to minimize any disruptive "spillovers" that may result. The appeal reflected the concerns among developing nations over the prospect that the Fed will scale back its ultra-loose monetary policy, and a view that Europe is not doing enough to promote a demand-driven recovery. The BRICS also agreed to contribute $100 billion to a joint currency reserve pool.

Developmental regionalism and African enterprises

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Wheat consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa: trends, drivers, and policy implications

<p>Staple grain consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is rising at the same time that the region is becoming more dependent on imported staples. This paper discusses the potential dilemmas posed by SSA&rsquo;s increasing reliance on imported staples, and examines the pros and cons of various options for African countries to meet their staple grain needs.</p><p>The paper suggests that the key drivers of rising wheat consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa are rising incomes, growing populations, women&rsquo;s participation in the labour force increasing at a faster rate than men&rsquo;s, and wheat food aid. Furthermore, urbanisation, which is occurring rapidly in the region, would seemingly be an important driver of wheat demand. At the same time, world prices for staples are rising and are likely to become more variable as a result of climate change.</p><p>Nevertheless, the author states that African policymakers have a number of potential policy options at their disposal to meet their countries&rsquo; staple grain needs, arguing that a country-specific option or combination of options would be the &ldquo;best&rdquo;. However, investments in rural infrastructure, irrigation, agricultural research, development, and extension, and market information systems are likely to be core elements of successful strategies to promote increased staple grain production and productivity as well as economic development and poverty reduction.</p>

16 Sep 2014 18:06:05 GMT

Improving basic services for the bottom forty percent - lessons from Ethiopia

<p>Ethiopia, like most developing countries, has opted to deliver services such as basic education, primary health care, agricultural extension advice, water, and rural roads through a highly decentralised system. That choice is based on several decades of theoretical analysis examining how a decentralised government might respond better to diverse local needs and provide public goods more efficiently than a highly centralised government.</p><p>Ethiopia primarily manages the delivery of basic services at the woreda (district) level. Those services are financed predominantly through intergovernmental fiscal transfers (IGFTs) from the federal to the regional and then the woreda administrations, although some woredas raise a small amount of revenue to support local services.</p><p>This study attempts to determine the extent to which spending at the woreda level on basic services is associated with key policy outputs and human outcomes.</p><p>The evidence assembled here implies that decentralized spending at the woreda level is both effective and pro-poor. The estimates imply that the returns to this spending are far from decreasing, which means that Ethiopia has scope to increase spending and speed its achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In agriculture, the impact of decentralized spending could be improved by providing better access to rural finance for the poorest producers.</p><p>Some caveats are needed with respect to these findings. In education, spending on materials and other quality drivers is not included in Woreda Block Grants. Teachers&rsquo; salaries, which are included, usually constitute 80&ndash;90 percent of education spending. In health, spending in the woredas does not drive the results but should be regarded more as a catalyst to increase the effectiveness of systemwide spending.</p>

16 Sep 2014 15:20:22 GMT

Participatory subnational planning for REDD+ and other land use programmes: Methodology and step-by-step guidance

<p>This document presents a proposed methodology, and step-by-step guidance, for Participatory Subnational Planning (PSP), tailored to operationalise subnational REDD+ programmes. PSP is a participatory planning method presented as a comprehensive, yet cost-effective approach to identifying: drivers of deforestation and forest degradation; interventions to address these drivers; environmental and social benefits/risks of these interventions; and indicators and monitoring plans.</p><p>The PSP methods are outputs of the project &lsquo;Delivering Multiple Benefits from REDD+ in Southeast Asia&rsquo; (MB-REDD), implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. The report states that the methodology is generic and could be applied to any multi stakeholder land use planning process attempting to achieve a triple bottom line of economic, environmental and social returns.</p>

16 Sep 2014 15:06:23 GMT

The state of food insecurity in the World 2014: Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition

<p>The latest FAO estimates indicate that the trend in global hunger reduction continues. About 805&nbsp;million people were estimated to be chronically undernourished in 2012&ndash;14, down by more than 100&nbsp;million over the last decade and by 209&nbsp;million since 1990&ndash;92. However, about one in every nine people in the world still has insufficient food for an active and healthy life. The vast majority of these undernourished people live in developing countries.<br /><br />Key messages of this report:</p><ul><li><p>the hunger target of the Millennium Development Goal 1c (MDG&nbsp;1c) &ndash; of halving the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries by 2015 &ndash; is within reach. However, the developing world is not on track to achieve the World Food Summit (WFS) target of halving the number of undernourished people by 2015</p></li><li><p>&nbsp;</p><p>despite overall progress, marked differences across regions persist. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence of undernourishment, with only modest progress in recent years. Asia, the most populous region in the world, still has the highest number of undernourished. Southern Asia has made slow progress in hunger reduction, while more rapid progress has been achieved in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia with the latter having already met the WFS hunger target. Latin America and the Caribbean,as a whole, met the MDG1 hunger target while Latin America has achieved the more stringent WFS target.</p></li><li><p>of the 63 developing countries that have achieved the MDG hunger target, 11 countries have maintained the prevalence of undernourishment below 5&nbsp;percent since 1990&ndash;92</p></li><li><p>sustained political commitment at the highest level is a prerequisite for hunger eradication. It entails placing food security and nutrition at the top of the political agenda. Institutional reforms are needed to promote and sustain progress. Regions as well as countries have strengthened their political commitment to food security and nutrition</p></li><li><p>hunger reduction requires an integrated approach, which would include: public and private investments to raise agricultural productivity; better access to inputs, land, services, technologies and markets; measures to promote rural development; social protection for the most vulnerable, including strengthening their resilience to conflicts and natural disasters; and specific nutrition programmes, especially to address micronutrient deficiencies in mothers and children under five</p></li></ul>

16 Sep 2014 15:00:17 GMT

Global water demand projections: past, present and future

<p>This research paper focuses on water demand projections (WDPs) which are widely used for future water resource planning. It argues that accurate WDPs can reduce waste or scarcity associated with overdevelopment or underdevelopment, respectively, of water resources. The paper examines how closely such past projected withdrawals match current water withdrawals to identify lessons that can be learned and strengthen future studies on WDPs. Six WDPs conducted before 1990 and seven conducted after 1990 are analyzed in detail. The review shows that the pre-1990 WDPs, which considered population as the main driver of change, overpredicted current water use by 20 to 130%. Unrealistic assumptions on the norms of water use in different sectors were the main reasons for large discrepancies. The post-1990 WDPs had sophisticated modeling frameworks. They integrated many exogenous and endogenous drivers of food and water supply and demand, with refined estimation procedures for domestic and industrial sectors.</p>

16 Sep 2014 14:54:50 GMT

Urban Landmark Report 2011-13

<p>For the next few decades, one of the greatest challenges for the majority of people living on the African continent will be how to integrate into urban life and society. Barriers to entry into formal property systems and urban sub-markets are often daunting, and make participation in formal systems unaffordable for many urban citizens.</p><p>Urban LandMark&#39;s review report provides a an overview of programme activities between 2011 and 2013 which have looked to address this issue.&nbsp;<span style="line-height:1.6em">This narrative of the last three years describes a range of projects and initiatives which they hope will&nbsp;improve&nbsp;access to urban land for poor women and men.</span></p>

16 Sep 2014 12:41:17 GMT

Objeción de conciencia: Un Debate sobre la Libertad y los Derechos - Seminario Regional

<p>This publication documents the Regional Seminar on Conscientious Objection, (Seminario Regional sobre Objeci&oacute;n de Conciencia) which took place in Uruguay in 2014. Opening the event, Ana Cristina Gonz&aacute;lez describes the efforts of Latin American feminists to address the rising use of conscientious objection to deny sexual and reproductive rights. The debate described here is based on assumptions which include that the exercise of conscientious objection cannot impede the provision of legal abortion services; and it cannot impede impede those who are willing to follow laws, and their own conscious, by providing abortion services to women requesting them.</p>

16 Sep 2014 02:32:17 GMT

20 years after Cairo #JuventudesLac – For a better world and equal rights!

The year 2014 marks 20 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the conclusion of the process of evaluating its Programme of Action. This article portrays the situation of young people in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), highlighting their needs, to help shape new international agreements, including the post-2015 development agenda.There are nearly 110 million people between the ages of 15 and 24 living in LAC. This publication affirms the need to generate public policies that focus on the eradication of persistent forms of inequality impacting them, especially those based on sexual orientation, gender, age, ethnicity and race.

16 Sep 2014 00:13:33 GMT

Hablamos de aborto y misoprostol: información segura y experiencias sobre su uso

<p>How do women use misoprostol to terminate pregnancies? Where can Latin American and Caribbean women get clear and accurate information about it?<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Produced by the peruvian Collective for Free Information for Women, this manual provides information in Spanish for women about the use of the medication misoprostol to cause an abortion. Although it is commonly used in this way, many physicians and other medical personnel often do not provide adequate or accurate information about it. In addition to filling this gap, the present publication counteracts the misinformation about clandestine abortion, around which there are many myths.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>This manual contains public information, which is part of World Health Organization (WHO) medical research and public health guides about safe abortion. Given that this information is typically oriented toward specialists in the field, which makes it difficult for many women to understand, this manual aims to communicate in a way that is more widely accessible.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Among the experiences and knowledge feeding into the production of this publication are three years of operating a telephone service, the Safe Abortion Information Line (<em>L&iacute;nea Aborto Informaci&oacute;n Segura</em>) in Per&uacute;, providing free information to callers.</p><p><br />The first and second chapters present basic information about abortion and misoprostol, including scientific studies and case studies. The third chapter responds to doubts and questions expressed by women during the three years of operating the safe abortion information hotline. The fourth chapter proposes a collective positioning toward respecting the rights of people to obtain all of the necessary information about abortion and medications, so that they are able to make informed decisions about their health care. The final chapter presents information about other abortion and misoprostol information hotlines in Latin America.</p>

15 Sep 2014 23:04:00 GMT

A 20 años de la conferencia de El Cairo: balance del cumplimiento del Programa en trece países seleccionados de América Latina y el Caribe

<p>20 years after the approval of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action in 1994, this publication assesses the sexual and reproductive rights achievements made in 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, M&eacute;xico, Panam&aacute;, Paraguay, Per&uacute;, Rep&uacute;blica Dominicana y Uruguay. This publication aims to contribute to effective strategies &ndash; nationally and internationally &ndash; for the achievement of the ICPD+20 programme of action, and the post-2015 development agenda.</p><p><br />The first section presents the general panorama with sexual and reproductive health statistics for the region, covering topics such as maternal mortality, adolescent pregnancy and contraceptive use. Following this is an analysis of corresponding legislation in each country, including related demographic statistics. Next is a description of the sexual and reproductive rights in each country. Lastly, this publication recommends a series of strategic actions, which are focussed on legislative change.</p>

15 Sep 2014 22:55:19 GMT

Cereal market dynamics: the Malian experience from the 1990s to present.

<p>This paper assesses the role that cereal markets could play in contributing to poverty reduction in both urban areas through reductions in food prices and rural areas through increases in farm incomes, focusing particularly on the Malian experience.</p><p>The paper clarifies that Malian cereal demand has been increasing in response to a high population growth rate, urbanisation, and income growth, which has stimulated demand for feed grains and more expensive cereals such as rice. Identically, Malian farms that are already meeting their minimum cereal requirements appear to be scope for increasing production and incomes through alleviation of technical production constraints. Furthermore, the recovery of global cotton prices could help the process of intensification of cereal production in the cotton zone.</p><p>The document concludes that there is a room for cereal markets to increase food security and reduce poverty levels. Still, it introduces the following recommendations:</p><ul><li>a risk management tools must be developed in tandem with the development and testing of improved cereal production technologies and practices to ensure broader adoption by farmers living with few resources to fall back on in case of crop failure</li><li>informed decision-making based on solid research by well-trained analysts working on good quality longitudinal data bases could improve the outcomes of Malian policies in the field of cereal markets</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

15 Sep 2014 21:20:59 GMT

State of the rainforest 2014

<p>Destruction of the rainforest and other tropical forests continue on a dramatic scale in spite of unprecedented global attention to the issue of deforestation and the role of forests in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. The global figures for deforestation are contested: Two main sources of data, the FAO&rsquo;s Global Forest Resources Assessment (2010) and a remote sensing study by University of Maryland (2013), use different technologies and definitions of forest and display huge variation between figures. We simply don&rsquo;t know how much rainforest is left on Earth, and how fast it disappears. Both sources agree, however, that tropical forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate. According to the FAO, 130 000 km2 of the world&rsquo;s forests are lost every year, the majority in the tropics. Simultaneously, the University of Maryland calculates the annual loss of tropical forest to be 92 000 km2. According to the latter, 1.1 million km2 (three times the size of Norway) have been lost from 2000 to 2012. Dense tropical rainforests once covered around 18 million km2 of Earth, but is now reduced to half of this size. Most of this forest was lost during the last 50&ndash;60 years, and rapid deforestation continues. Except for Brazil, which has reduced deforestation at a globally significant scale, other countries have not managed to show similar positive results on the ground &ndash; in the forest &ndash; in spite of political commitments.</p>

15 Sep 2014 17:08:36 GMT

Youth Strategize For The Post 2015 Development Agenda

<p>What are the challenges of addressing &lsquo;Youth&rsquo; in the post-2015 development agenda process? This article highlights key points on strategizing for the post-2015 development process addressed during a meeting by the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) held in Hong Kong in June 2014. Prior to the meeting, results of a survey showed that education (including comprehensive sexual education), employment, health (including sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)), gender equality and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) rights and peace and security were perceived as priorities for the post-2015 development agenda.</p><p>SRHR is an important topic for young people, as policies and legal barriers prevent from protecting themselves from sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies which can have severe consequences for their education and employment opportunities. It is hence fundamental to remove these barriers in order to improve young people&rsquo;s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Apart from a few references under &lsquo;Education&rsquo; and mentioning girl&rsquo;s empowerment under &lsquo;Gender Equality&rsquo;, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have not explicitly addressed youth. There is no stand-alone goal on youth and young people&rsquo;s health is not mentioned at all.</p><p>Three immediate actions towards the 2014 UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September were agreed at the meeting:</p><ul><li>prepare specific language for priorities and changes to the document</li><li>develop a youth friendly mapping strategy on how youth can be involved in the negotiations</li><li>plan a side event during the UNGA, raising issues discussed at UNGA, and develop a strategy leading up to the 2015 UNGA</li></ul>

15 Sep 2014 17:01:45 GMT

The Influences of Religious Fundamentalism on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women: Challenges for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

<p>Why must Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) be a priority for the Post-2015 Development Agenda? SRHR is interlinked with areas such as gender, health, education and the environment and only if SRHR is considered for relevant goals and targets, these broader areas can be adequately addressed. Focusing on SRHR is not only necessary to obtain health benefits, ensuring SRHR can improve girls&rsquo; education and prevent from early/forced marriage and support women&rsquo;s economic empowerment. This brief provides an overview of the challenges religious fundamentalism poses to achieving SRHR for marginalised groups, particularly women, in order to inform the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 2014 review and post-2015 development processes.</p><p>Religious fundamentalism limits women to their traditional roles as wives and mothers, controlling all aspects of their lives, such as free movement, reproduction, education, dress, sexuality, etc. Religious fundamentalism does not regard women&rsquo;s reproductive capacity as an individual right, but as an obligation to ensure the continuity of families and clans. The brief suggests that legislation can support SRHR and highlights case studies from the Philippines, Pakistan and Tunisia. The brief stresses that member states need to ensure that a human rights approach to development is adopted that strengthens women&rsquo;s human rights. Furthermore, it is necessary to eliminate laws and policies that prevent access to sexual and reproductive health services and information. The brief also lists priority actions for civil society organisations, emphasising the need to ensure there are progressive interpretations of religion, developing counter arguments to address fundamentalism and creating spaces for women to debate about religion.</p>

15 Sep 2014 14:57:10 GMT

Briefing cards: Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and the post-2015 development agenda

This set of five briefing cards, produced by the Universal Access Project, sets out the links between sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) and five areas key to the post-2015 development agenda. The areas are education, economic benefits, the broader health agenda, gender equality and the environment. As well as explaining the connections, each briefing card contains a set of recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda.<br /><br />The card on SRHR and gender equality explains that when women and girls do not have full access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, their ability to contribute economically, socially and politically to their communities is severely constrained. Recommendations on this area include: <br /><br />&bull;Ensuring that universal access to SRHR is included as a core strategy in broader efforts to address health in the post-2015 framework<br /><br />&bull;Seeking to end the practice of child, early and forced marriage by 2030<br /><br />&bull;Ensuring that all girls complete free, high quality secondary education<br /><br />&bull;Provide youth friendly health information services, including comprehensive rights based sexuality education<br /><br />Overall recommendations linking all the briefing cards together include ensuring that SRHR are represented under all relevant post 2015 goals and that SRHR are prioritised and addressed comprehensively in negotiations, and not limited to access to family planning. <br /><br />

15 Sep 2014 11:35:20 GMT

Placing healthy women and children at the heart of the post 2015 sustainable development framework

This paper from the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health sets out the rationale for investing in women and children&rsquo;s health as part of the post 2015 framework. It centres around four recommendations. First, it argues for a stand-alone health goal maximising health and wellbeing and specifying and end to preventable mortality and morbidity. It sets out some illustrative targets and indicators that could be included with this goal. One of the targets is universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including quality and affordable education, services and information on this area. <br /><br />Second, the paper argues that shared targets should be integrated into all other sectors relevant for health. There are illustrative goals, targets and indicators for education, nutrition, water and sanitation, electricity and clean household energy, and gender equality. Next the paper sets out the case for a focus on the most marginalised and critical population groups: newborns, where progress in tackling mortality has been slow, and adolescents, who make up 18% of the world&rsquo;s population and have great potential to shape social and economic development. Finally, the paper notes the importance of flexibility within targets to take into account the diversity of country situations and allow differentiated targets based on differing levels of development. <br /><br />At this link there is also an executive summary and a set of slides. <br /><br />

15 Sep 2014 11:08:26 GMT

Moving toward sexual and reproductive justice: a transnational and multigenerational feminist remix

This online book chapter maps the journey of the transnational feminist sexual health and reproductive rights (SRHR) movement over the last twenty years, focusing on its engagement in United Nations processes. It discusses the movement&rsquo;s successes, struggles, and prospects for the future, and sets out what the movement needs to do to present a strong united force against increasing conservatism. The chapter begins by looking back at the gains made in the 1990s, at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. A strong feminist constituency fighting for SRHR grew up, helped by strong feminist leaders and confidence and investment from donors. <br /><br />It then describes the &lsquo;decade of stagnation&rsquo; on sexual and reproductive rights that followed in the 2000s, where conservative and religiously motivated views on SRHR gained strength, funding for reproductive health programmes declined, and movements were weakened and went into &lsquo;survival mode&rsquo;. Recently, the paper argues, the &lsquo;Cairo generation&rsquo; of feminists have returned to UN spaces to reclaim SRHR. While this was a positive development, it also meant that younger generations and other marginalised activists felt excluded, and challenges were identified around building common agendas, strategies and solidarity.<br /><br />As the 20 year anniversary of Cairo approached, discussions on SRHR were reinvigorated, with a series of meetings taking place, including the regional ICPD regional reviews. Each meeting brought positive gains in the forms of declarations agreed with governments, but at the same time opposition to advancing human rights, particularly in relation to sexuality and reproduction, continues to grow. The paper ends with three &lsquo;conundrums&rsquo; that transnational feminists working on SRHR need to tackle:<br /><br />&bull;Moving on from identity politics &ndash; it has been challenging to develop collective feminist movements around SRHR, but movements need to develop a joint sense of ownership over a common agenda that is inclusive and mutually understood.<br /><br />&bull;Reinvigorating the movement &ndash; it is important to build cross generational feminist solidarity, knowledge transfer and power sharing in order to keep movements strong, active and alive.<br /><br />&bull;Implementing SRHR locally and sharing experiences globally &ndash; in order to bridge gaps in the implementation of global health and population policies, movements urgently need a steady funding base and increased resources for local and regional work. <br /><br />

15 Sep 2014 10:42:59 GMT

Report of the WINNN-ORIE Nutrition Stakeholders Engagement Event, 29 April 2014, Abuja

<p>This report summaries the issues discussed at a meeting of key federal and state stakeholders on how to tackle undernutrition in Northern Nigeria, which took place in Abuja in April 2014. Participants included staff from state and federal government, multilateral agencies, Nigerian research institutions, and domestic and international nongovernmental organisations. The meeting was convened in Abuja at the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Planning Commission Nigeria. The meeting reviewed the implications of new research findings by ORIE on the severity of malnutrition in Northern Nigeria and the interventions implemented by the UK Aid funded WINNN programme, in partnership with government, to tackle malnutrition.</p>

15 Sep 2014 10:13:07 GMT

Remarks by Lakshmi Puri at a CSW58 side event on “ICT and the Internet as powerful means in advancing women’s rights and empowerment: Possibilities and Challenges”

<p>In March 2014, Ms Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Women, delivered these opening remarks at a Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) side event. The event was held on the topic, &ldquo;ICT and the Internet as powerful means in advancing women&rsquo;s rights and empowerment: Possibilities and Challenges.&rdquo; Ms Puri acknowledged the growing importance of ICTs and the Internet, which she framed as critical to women&rsquo;s socio-economic and political empowerment. She stated that ICTs have already become an integral part of the UN Women&#39;s activities around the world, with projects that include training in ICTs for women&rsquo;s political leadership in Nigeria, and creation of electronic payment systems in markets in Papua New Guinea.</p><p>Nevertheless, it was made clear that many threats and barriers must be overcome to allow women to reap the full benefits of these new information platforms. Central to this are governance factors where issues such as openness to the Internet and gender based cyber violence need to be addressed. There is also a need for women&rsquo;s national machineries to be more engaged in discussions on ICTs, women&rsquo;s empowerment and capacity building. Ms Puri calls on global and national partners to join UN Women and holistically address these matters.&nbsp;</p>

15 Sep 2014 09:42:25 GMT

Empowering women through higher education in Nigeria

<p>Does higher level of education imply greater women empowerment in Nigeria? What factors inhibit women&rsquo;s participation in higher education in the country? What are the benefits and prospects of women empowerment? This paper has attempted to answer these questions by adopting a qualitative descriptive survey method. It concludes that as the level of education increases, the percentage of relative female participation decreases. Also, it points out the apparent gender difference in choice of subjects by presenting the higher percentage of female enrolment in Arts and Humanities, as compared to Natural Sciences where the participation in lower and Technological Studies, where it is minimal.</p>

15 Sep 2014 09:17:51 GMT

The epistemology of womanhood: ignored contentions among Igbo women of eastern Nigeria

<p>Can gender consciousness influence behaviour patterns? This publication aims to extrapolate that sometimes the discrimination that women suffer are not inspired by masculine outlooks, but by the feminist mind-set, that is, the epistemology of womanhood. Using random sampling survey method among the Igbo women of Eastern Nigeria, the paper arrives at the conclusion that it is the consciousness of their own gender that has deprived Igbo women of the freedom of express their rights and abilities. At times, the effects of gender consciousness are as strong as the constraining societal norms and conditions. Finally, the publication recommends the tools of psychoanalysis as a veritable solution to the problem of the epistemology of womanhood among Igbo women. [adapted from author]</p>

15 Sep 2014 09:09:32 GMT

A girl's right to say no to marriage: working to end child marriage and keep girls in school

<p>One in three girls in the developing world are married by their eighteenth birthday. Despite being prohibited by international human rights, child marriage continues to be a violation of children&rsquo;s human rights. This report by Plan International focuses on the importance of education in preventing child marriages. It follows by discussing the barriers young girls face in attaining education, and the steps that are needed to tackle this issue. Finally, it calls on the support of governments and international organisations to ensure that national legislation prohibits child marriage. Furthermore, the report advocates for providing access to quality primary and secondary education, as well as comprehensive sexual health education to young girls.</p>

15 Sep 2014 08:43:11 GMT

Strategies of resistance: challenging the cultural disempowerment of women, a global project of the WRRC

<p>Led by the organisation Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), the Women Reclaiming and Redefining Cultures (WRRC) project seeks to address the nexus of control over women&#39;s sexuality, imposed through violence and exclusion from public arenas, to strategize around the assertion of women&#39;s rights over body, self and public spaces as interconnected sites of contestation; and to challenge states and non-state actors seeking to manipulate these interconnections.<br /><br />This book is an integral part of the WRRC Programme. It presents the strategies used by project partners to advance women&rsquo;s rights in the face of culturally justified disempowerment, and discusses their implementation in different contexts and thematic areas. This compilation is intended to be a living resource, which will be amended and expanded as women and organisations apply the strategies listed here to their own contexts, or try out new ones. It is, moreover, intended as a basis for exchanges, cooperation and solidarity, showing that women in very different countries and societies face similar forms of oppression, and that coordinated action is vital for resistance and change in a connected world.<br /><br />[adapted from source]<br />&nbsp;</p>

14 Sep 2014 22:04:28 GMT

Growth and economic opportunities for women: literature review to inform the DFID-IDRC-Hewlett Foundation research program on women's economic empowerment, gender equality and growth in low income countries

This is a background paper for a new research programme on women’s economic empowerment. It is a comprehensive literature review on the state of the field. Section 1 briefly discusses the global evidence on existing gender disparities in employment, wages, business opportunities, and the care economy. Sections 2, 3 and 4 describe the existing knowledge in the programme’s central themes – constraints to women’s economic empowerment, and the links between economic empowerment and growth – followed by the research gaps and questions.[summary from Governance and Social Development Resource Center - http://www.gsdrc.org/go/topic-guides/gender/gender-and-economic-rights]

14 Sep 2014 20:36:09 GMT

Farmers’ production and marketing response to rice price increases and fertilizer subsidies in the Office Du Niger

<p>This paper aims to inform the debate about farmers&rsquo; response to the Rice Initiative (RI) in Mali and rising rice prices, comparing crop production and marketing before and after the price spikes and the introduction of the RI in 2009.</p><p>The paper illustrates that the government of Mali put in place the RI as a rice promotion program at the beginning of the 2008/09 production season, where the initiative made subsidised fertiliser available to rice producers nationwide. However, the document notes that rice prices did not fall as much as anticipated in 2008, with the government suggesting that rice producers were &lsquo;hoarding&rsquo; their production to take advantage of the higher price environment.</p><p>Nevertheless, the author underlines some practical policy implications drawn from the RI:</p><ul><li>efforts should be focused on improving GMOs&rsquo; fertiliser supply and input credit, and better monitoring and evaluating the costs and benefits of this input subsidy</li><li>efforts to increase fertiliser use are not likely to achieve significant increases in rice production or marketed supply unless they are accompanied by improvements in water control</li><li>continued benefits from fertiliser will be contingent on continued research and extension on concerned topics to ensure that fertiliser is being used as efficiently as possible and not having negative impacts on soil quality</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

14 Sep 2014 20:10:36 GMT

Reclaiming & Redefining Rights - ICPD+20: Status of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Asia-Pacific

<p>In 1994, 179 governments committed to advance the Programme&nbsp;of Action of the International Conference on Population&nbsp;and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. This landmark agreement&nbsp;put women&rsquo;s empowerment and autonomy at the centre of&nbsp;development, shifting the paradigm from demographically&nbsp;driven population-control goals to a human rights-based&nbsp;approach that promotes women&rsquo;s sexual and reproductive health and&nbsp;rights. Many of the governments in Asia endorsed and signed the&nbsp;ICPD Programme of Action.</p><p>This Asia-Pacific monitoring report is part of ARROW&rsquo;s Global South ICPD+20 monitoring initiative. This 21 country report looks at the status of sexual and reproductive health and rights across 21 countries in the region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. It has found that given the status of uneven progress in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights, it is imperative to continue political commitment and financial investment in the SRHR agenda by governments and donors in the Asia-Pacific region.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>[adapted from source]</p>

14 Sep 2014 05:56:39 GMT

Latin American and Caribbean Report: LACWHN looks at six Latin America and Caribbean countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic – Cairo +20, 2012

<p>In 1993 the Latin American and Caribbean Women&rsquo;s Health Network&nbsp;(LACWHN)&nbsp;convened the first meeting on &#39;Women and Population Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean&#39;, attended by 70 women from 18 countries, setting the tone for the feminist debate in the region, and initiating the full incorporation of their membership into the process leading up to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)&nbsp;held in Cairo, Egypt, in&nbsp;1994.</p><p>LACWHN, in alliance with Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) have published the Latin America and the Caribbean ICPD+20 regional monitoring report. This monitoring study looks at six countries in the region-Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Mexico. It analyses the Latin America and the Caribbean regional context and the realisation of sexual and reprodutive health and rights within this context. It captures aspects of diversity as well as violation of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women, as well as persons of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities, through the presentation of emblematic cases.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p>

14 Sep 2014 05:37:31 GMT

Girl consultation research toolkit

<p>This guide is for individuals or organisations wishing to speak directly to girls in poverty. It includes a selection of tools to help you hear from girls, to understand their lives, to uncover the issues and challenges they face and to gather their opinions on how they want the world to change.</p><p>This toolkit will guide you through setting up a workshop, facilitating the activities, and analysing your findings. It can be adapted as needed to suit your requirements. Each of the tools outlined can be used either together or separately.<br /><br />This resource was designed to support the development of the Girl Declaration - a call to action to embed adolescent girls in the post-2015 development agenda.<br />&nbsp;</p>

12 Sep 2014 22:11:25 GMT

Creating space for women as transformers of conflict

<p>What can women contribute to conflict resolution and the achievement of lasting peace?<br /><br />According to this article, creating spaces for women in conflict transformation processes will be a vital agenda for the UN and other stakeholders in the coming years. Women&rsquo;s peace activism has only recently gained coverage with the spotlight on their success in Liberia. An analysis of the data on female participation in Uppsala&rsquo;s peace agreements demonstrates a positive and significant impact of women&rsquo;s participation in the peace processes. The author concludes that a quota-based effort to include women with relevant qualities in peace process should be an important area of focus for the international community&rsquo;s peace-building efforts.</p>

12 Sep 2014 21:52:06 GMT

Trends in per capita food availability in West Africa, 1980-2009

<p>The goal of this paper is to provide evidence of shifts in food consumption patterns in the ECOWAS countries of West Africa from 1980 through 2009.</p><p>The paper reveals a trend towards greater per capita calorie supplies for most ECOWAS countries. &nbsp;However, the growth in the apparent per capita consumption of cassava and sweet potatoes most likely reflects the lower-income population shifting towards cheaper calorie sources.</p><p>Identically, the supply of daily protein per capita has been increasing for most countries since the early 2000s. Nevertheless, proteins from plant sources are the dominant source of protein in the entire region. Yet, some countries have shown a positive trend in the supply of animal protein. Nonetheless, the countries that have shown evidence of diet upgrading through increased consumption of animal protein have been mostly those that have also shown evidence of rapid and strong economic growth over time.</p><p>Consequently, although fish and seafood remains the main animal protein source for most of the coastal states in the ECOWAS zone, most of the countries in the region have experienced growth in the per capita supply of poultry meat over time, primarily from imports.</p><p>All things considered, the document concludes that a diversification in the composition of food supply in the study period is clearly evident.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

12 Sep 2014 21:49:30 GMT

Islam and girl child education

<p>This paper discusses the education of the girl child in the Islamic context. Based on the verses in the scriptures, it suggests that education in Islam encompasses both the knowledge for prayer, and of the sciences and humanities. It highlights scriptures that talk of the benefits derived from education. Further, the Quran dictates that the primary obligation of Muslims is to acquire knowledge, regardless of gender. This is reinforced by a tradition of female Islamic scholars; examples of women scholars are provided in this paper. Despite this, many societies face significant challenges to implementing these ideas today. Using verses from the Quran, the paper illustrates the importance of educating the girl child in particular, and concludes by suggesting practical measures to achieve that goal.</p>

12 Sep 2014 21:45:45 GMT

“The women of Nigeria have kept the pressure on”: Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee on #BringBackOurGirls | Oxfam America The Politics of Poverty Blog

<p>In this post to the Oxfam America &#39;The Politics of Poverty&#39; blog, Liberian Nobel Laureate, and peace and women&rsquo;s rights activist, Leymah Gbowee talks of the role of women in keeping society together and fostering peace, even in the times of war. She argues that sustained pressure by local women has maintained international spotlight on Nigeria after the kidnapping of 200 girls by Boko Haram. Stereotyping women and children as victims, the media tends to under-report on the ability of women who bear the burden of conflicts. Taking examples from her home country, Liberia, which is in the midst of a civil war, and DR Congo, reported as the rape capital of the world, she describes that the global media narrative misses the undercurrent of strength and solidarity that the women in these troubled regions display.</p>

12 Sep 2014 21:22:38 GMT

A strategic agricultural sector and food security diagnostic for Burma

<p>Despite its enormous potential, Myanmar&rsquo;s agriculture has underperformed over the past fifty years. Furthermore, given that two-thirds of the population works primarily in agriculture, low farm productivity translates into high rates of poverty and food insecurity.</p><p>The current paper explains that a series of institutional, policy and structural constraints has hampered agricultural growth and contributed to Myanmar&rsquo;s current high rates of hunger and malnutrition. The most critical of these problems include: a highly skewed land distribution, poor water control systems, a high-cost transportation system, weak rural financial institutions, and weak links between extension services and farmers. However, the paper argues that all of these impediments can be remedied through good policies, institutional reforms and key public investments.</p><p>Accordingly, the author strongly advocates a strategy focused on the &ldquo;Long Game&rdquo; approach (policy reforms necessary for rapid, broad-based agricultural), particularly a set of early actions necessary for enabling necessary structural reforms. Yet, at the same time, this must be complemented by &ldquo;Short Game&rdquo; interventions (improving performance without policy reforms) that help to increase incomes, assets, farmer skills and water management systems that expand productive potential in the &ldquo;Long Game&rdquo;.</p><p>Equally important, the document underlines that the long-term political stability is also imperative for agricultural productivity growth.</p>

12 Sep 2014 10:46:39 GMT

Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) Statement on the President's Inauguration Speech: Women's Issues are National Issues

<p>In response to the Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan&rsquo;s inauguration speech following his election in 2011, the Women&rsquo;s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) issued this statement making strong demands for a more inclusive society in which Nigerian women are equitably represented in all spheres of governance. Nigerian women are underrepresented in governance process despite the adoption of the 2006 Gender Policy.<br /><br />The following are among the challenges to gender equality and respect for human rights in Nigeria:</p><ul><li>Nigeria&rsquo;s persistent poverty makes women and girls disproportionately more vulnerable sexual exploitation and violence, human trafficking, child labour and maternal mortality; and</li><li>According to UNESCO, Nigeria has more children out of school than any other country in the world.</li></ul><p>The present statement calls for changing cultural beliefs and norms to ensure more girls go to school, and are less vulnerable to child prostitution and marriage, child labour and human trafficking.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p>

12 Sep 2014 03:47:30 GMT

Women's rights and gender equality in the post-2015 framework

<p>This paper calls for women&rsquo;s rights to be central to the post-2015 development framework. It is a collaborative publication produced by Womankind Worldwide, the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya, Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC), and Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) Ghana.<br /><br />Four proposed principles to guide the framework are as follows: the universality of gender rights approaches; structural change; the increased participation of women; and coherence with existing agreements, such as the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).<br /><br />The authors advocate for the universal adoption of a standalone goal on women rights and gender equality, with the acknowledgment that effective change will allow women to participate in, and have actual influence over, policy decisions.<br /><br />In addition to suggesting some other specific policy targets around increasing and deepening women&rsquo;s participation, as well as the curbing of gender-based violence (GBV), the paper then outlines possible indicators of success and progress for each stated goal, which include: marked decreased prevalence and incidence of violence against women and girls, higher participation rates, legislative reform and repeals, and social value/norm changes.<br />&nbsp;</p>

12 Sep 2014 03:43:36 GMT

Women's Land Link Africa country fact sheet: Nigeria

<p>This factsheet gives a statistical and categorical overview of information pertaining to land tenure, land legislation and land policies in Nigeria. It highlights past and existing legislation regarding land holding and tenure, inheritance, and land ownership as pertains to marriage and divorce.<br /><br />The legislative information reflects the complexities religious and customary laws add to legal considerations. The legal differences between land tenure and inheritance under civil, customary and Islamic law marriages are outlined. According to customary law, a wife has no right to her husband&rsquo;s estate after divorce. Under Islamic law, women have more property rights.<br />&nbsp;</p>

12 Sep 2014 03:38:28 GMT

Women’s rights advocacy toolkit

<p>Womankind Worldwide has prepared this comprehensive women&rsquo;s rights advocacy toolkit and training pack to help organisations and activists more effectively advocate for change. Womankind collaborated with partner organisations from all around the developing world to produce this resource, which includes case studies in addition to advocacy tools.<br /><br />The first two parts of the toolkit discuss the concept of power, and why this is an important consideration for advocacy. The third part introduces the advocacy planning cycle, as well as good and bad advocacy planning. The subsequent sections cover problem analysis, formulating objectives, plan implementation and national policy management.<br /><br />The final sections highlight international processes and institutions that may be useful for advocacy, as well as other resources on women&rsquo;s rights advocacy that may be of use to activists. The toolkit also includes seven country-specific sections with overviews policy frameworks, institutions that promote gender equality, as well as testimonials concerning the experiences of women&rsquo;s organisations.</p>

12 Sep 2014 03:34:04 GMT

Gender and Power Relations in Nigeria

<p>Written by various authors, this book explores the past, present and future of gender and relations in Nigeria. The first chapter explores whether western feminist theories are applicable in Africa.<br /><br />The first part of this book is dedicated to the topic of women&rsquo;s rights under Nigerian law. Areas of focus include, among others, domestic violence and Nigeria&rsquo;s National Gender Policy. The second part is focused on sexism and women&rsquo;s marginalisation. Topics in this section include masculinity, age and marital status; etcetera.<br /><br />Part three looks at politics and gender participation, with chapters focused on peace building, Nigerian public service, and more. The fourth and final part is about feminism and social movements. This covers issues such as militarism, democratisation, human rights, grassroots women&rsquo;s movements, and local feminisms.</p>

12 Sep 2014 03:22:55 GMT

Transitional justice gender: political perspectives for societies in transition

<p>In post-war periods, and in the aftermath of serious, systematic human rights violations, forms of gender-based violence (GBV) are usually forgotten during the processing of the past and reconciliation phase. Yet, successful and lasting peace processes can only be established once these incidents are paid due regard. Given this, it is important to subject transitional justice institutions and approaches to a detailed review. The results of this study include that transitional justice, in many places, has failed to adequately address gender dimensions. However, increasing attention is given to the issues of inequality, hierarchies and violence patterns. This study details these problems and presents the resulting challenges facing politicians and society.</p><p>[adapted from source]</p>

12 Sep 2014 02:57:43 GMT

Compendium of Emerging Good Practices in Gender Mainstreaming

<p>To highlight efforts undertaken by African States to mainstream gender in their policies, strategies and programmes, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has compiled this Compendium of Emerging Good Practices in Gender Mainstreaming, which is published in two volumes and draws on experience from a number of African countries, and also includes a regional good practice perspective. The first volume presents a synthesis of the main objectives, characteristics and comparative advantages of the emerging good practices that have been selected. The second volume includes a series of exhaustive reports on these emerging good practices.</p>

12 Sep 2014 02:52:56 GMT

The G20 and Gender Equality - How the G20 can advance women’s rights in employment, social protection and fiscal policies

<p>Across G20 countries and beyond, women are paid less than men, do most of the unpaid labour, are over-represented in part-time work, and are discriminated against in the household, in markets and in institutions. In 2012, in the Los Cabos Declaration, G20 leaders committed to tackling the barriers to women&rsquo;s full economic and social participation and to expanding opportunities for women in their countries. Oxfam and the Heinrich-B&ouml;ll-Stiftung support this commitment, and call on the G20 to go further, and assess its agenda and actions on women&rsquo;s rights and gender equality.<br /><br />The Group of Twenty (G20) membership comprises 19 countries plus the European Union, a mix of the world&rsquo;s largest advanced and emerging economies, representing about two-thirds of the world&rsquo;s population, 85% of global gross domestic product and over 75% of global trade. The G20 is the premier forum for its members&rsquo; international economic cooperation and decision-making.<br /><br />[adapted from source]<br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p>

12 Sep 2014 02:41:46 GMT

Empowering women for stronger political parties: a guidebook to promote women's political participation

Over a period of eighteen months, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) compiled twenty case studies of party activities to promote women’s political empowerment. Drawing on those and other examples, UNDP and the NDI identified concrete steps that can be taken by political parties to promote women in political life. This publication, Empowering Women for Stronger Political Parties: A Guidebook to Promote Women’s Political Participation, is the fruit of this research, and provides concise and targeted options for political party reform.The Guidebook is the first of its kind to identify and categorise the range of actions which political parties can take to support women’s participation during different phases of the electoral cycle, including during the pre- and post- election phases, and is targeted to members of political parties, civil society organisations, and gender equality activists. It is also intended to encourage global political party foundations and alliances to embrace gender equality as a norm in their constitutions and their work.Part A of this publication, the Good Practices Summary Guide, identifies targeted interventions that political parties can take to empower women. It is structured according to four phases: internal party organisation, pre-electoral period, electoral period, and post-electoral period, each including a variety of specific action political parties can take.Part B is comprised of 20 case studies from which the good practices outlined in the first part have been drawn. The case studies generally focus on particular political parties, civil society organisations, or other stakeholders in each of the countries, looking at concrete actions aiming to promote women's political participation. The case studies provide background as to why particular party strategies were selected, how they were implemented and attempt to describe the impact that the reform has had. Each case study attempts to offer lessons learned or good practice to assist political parties and political party assistance providers in developing and advancing reform strategies.[adapted from source]

12 Sep 2014 02:30:57 GMT

Political Parties in Africa through a Gender Lens

<p>One of the persistent democratic deficits throughout the world is women&rsquo;s lack of influence in politics. In relation to political parties in particular, the voice of women in decision-making remains insufficient, and, in some cases, is non-existent. This report is based on the findings of a two-year project implemented by International IDEA, aimed at analysing the commitments of political parties to gender equality in 33 countries in Africa. One of the key findings from this research is that, although political parties&rsquo; constitutions and manifestos contain general gender equality commitments, their utility is limited by the lack of concrete measures to ensure that commitments are translated into effective actions and outcomes.<br /><br />[adapted from source]<br />&nbsp;</p>

12 Sep 2014 01:50:13 GMT

Assessment of the evidence of links between gender equality, peacebuilding and statebuilding: literature review

<p>This report provides an overview of the knowledge base on gender-sensitive approaches to peace-building and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCAS). Although not a systematic review, it uses systematic principles of enquiry to assess the evidence. The assessment includes a review of the most relevant sources, identifying the key trends and findings in relevant academic and grey literature.<br /><br />The main research questions include:</p><ul><li>What do gender-responsive approaches in peace-building and state-building look like?<br />&nbsp;</li><li>What impacts do gender-responsive approaches have on the peace-building and state-building goals of the international agenda, such as inclusivity, participation, responsiveness and accountability?<br />&nbsp;</li><li>Do these approaches substantively enhance the advancement of gender equality goals in FCAS?</li></ul><p><br />For the most part, the literature on peace-building and state-building does not address these research questions directly or explicitly. As such, the present review elicits relevant analytical and empirical findings by taking a closer look at key thematic and sectoral components of peace-building and state-building, and examining how gender-responsive approaches feature in these.<br /><br />[adapted from source]<br />&nbsp;</p>

12 Sep 2014 01:46:11 GMT

Gender-Specific Election Violence: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies

<p>The rising influence of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has paralleled the rapid development of women&rsquo;s political participation worldwide. For women entering political life or holding public positions, new ICTs are frequently used as tools of gender-specific electoral and political violence.<br /><br />There is evidence of ICTs being used to perpetrate a broad range of violent acts against women during elections, especially acts inflicting fear and psychological harm. Specific characteristics of ICTs are particularly adapted to misuse in this manner. Despite these significant challenges, ICTs also offer groundbreaking solutions for preventing and mitigating violence against women in elections (VAWE). Notably, ICTs combat VAWE through monitoring and documenting violence, via education and awareness-raising platforms, and through empowerment and advocacy initiatives.<br /><br />[adapted from source]<br />&nbsp;</p>

12 Sep 2014 01:40:25 GMT

Atlas of Electoral Gender Quotas

<p>This is a unique collection of data on the use of gender quotas around the world. It presents an overview of trends and challenges in the implementation of quotas, and it includes profiles of 85 countries and territories with detailed descriptions of corresponding quota systems. The information is extracted from the Global Database of Quotas for Women (www.quotaproject.org) a joint database between the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Stockholm University and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).<br /><br />[adapted from source]</p>

12 Sep 2014 01:35:20 GMT

Gender Equality Index (GEI)

<p>Since 2007, Social Watch has been developing the GEI to make gender inequities more visible, and to monitor the evolution in the different countries of the world. The GEI classifies and ranks countries according to the following gender inequity indicators: education, economic participation and political empowerment. Social Watch is an international network of citizens&rsquo; organisations working to eradicate poverty and the causes of poverty, to ensure an equitable distribution of wealth and the realisation of human rights.</p>

12 Sep 2014 01:28:43 GMT

Women's Rights are Human Rights

This paper was written by Professor Muhammed Tawfiq Ladan of the Department of Public Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State. It was presented at the 2013 NIALS Law Summit, organised by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. The author provides an overview of the nature and scope of human rights, and illustrates why and how women’s rights are human rights.Prof. Ladan finds that women’s right are human rights because they are essentially survival, development, protection and participation issues affecting the special interests and needs of women and girls. He emphasises the need for political will and the support of all stakeholders to ensure the progressive realisation and implementation of the rights guaranteed to women and girls in Nigeria by the constitution and human rights treaties.

12 Sep 2014 01:18:26 GMT

Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa

<p>In December 2013, the President of the UN Security Council agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) until December 2016, and requested that the Secretary-General report to the Council every six months on the implementation of the mandate.<br /><br />The present report covers the period from 1 January to 30 June 2014. It provides an overview of developments and trends in West Africa, and outlines the activities undertaken by UNOWA in the areas of good offices, enhancing subregional capacities to address cross-border and cross-cutting threats to peace and security; and promoting good governance, respect for the rule of law, human rights and gender mainstreaming. It also outlines the efforts of UNOWA in engaging regional and subregional organisations.<br /><br />The section of this report entitled, &lsquo;Trends in human rights and gender issues&rsquo;, says that weak institutions and a lack of political will and resources continue to hamper efforts by countries of the region to protect human rights and combat impunity. Human trafficking and child labour also continue to be reported in some countries.<br /><br />In Nigeria, multiple and increasingly violent attacks by Boko Haram continued, targeting villages, markets, hospitals and schools, particularly in the north-eastern states. On 14 April, approximately 276 girls were kidnapped at a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State. The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, subsequently released a video claiming responsibility and stating that the girls would be subjected to forced marriages and slavery.<br /><br />The incident triggered general outrage and unprecedented mobilisation against the group, as well as international support for Nigeria&rsquo;s efforts to ensure the safe return of the girls. Further attacks and abductions by the group in northern Cameroon and southern areas of the Niger signalled the regional dimension of the threat.<br />&nbsp;</p>

12 Sep 2014 01:08:08 GMT

Unfinished Business: Women and Girls Front and Centre Beyond 2015

<p>It is time to put women and girls front and centre, and to back up political rhetoric with action. This publication explains how increased investments in the following five policy areas will have catalytic effects on the lives of women and girls, and accelerate progress towards development goals beyond 2015:<br /><br />&bull; Keep girls in school to complete a quality secondary education;<br /><br />&bull; Improve reproductive health, including access to family planning;<br /><br />&bull; Increase women&rsquo;s control over and ownership of assets;<br /><br />&bull; Support women&rsquo;s leadership and influence; and<br /><br />&bull; Stop violence against women and girls.<br /><br />[adapted from source]<br />&nbsp;</p>

12 Sep 2014 01:00:38 GMT

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Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2014: Addressing the social implications of green growth

The 2014 Forum will examine the distributional consequences of implementing green growth strategies and their impact on employment, skills and income.

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:00:00 GMT

OECD-CPI Dialogue: Improving Transparency and Accountability through Improved Tracking of Climate Finance Flows

The OECD and CPI organised a Dialogue on "Improving Transparency and Accountability through Improved Tracking of Climate Finance Flows" on 22 September in New York.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Blog: Building a case for green private investment by Simon Upton

If we are to meet the goal of keeping global warming to 2 degrees, governments need to engage now to get on the right track to achieve zero‑net greenhouse emissions from combustion of fossil fuels in the second half of this century. Given the urgency of doing so, why does our dependence on fossil fuels appear to be unshaken?

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:55:00 GMT

Nanotechnology and tyres: Greening industry and transport

The report presents the potential of new nanomaterials and highlights the remaining challenges for their safe and sustainable introduction in the tyre industry.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Green Growth Newsletter

All issues of the OECD Green Growth Newsletter

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:00 GMT

Making the best of new energy resources in the United States

Since around 2007, the country has been enjoying an “energy renaissance” thanks to its abundant stocks of shale oil and gas. The resurgence in oil and gas production is beginning to create discernible economic impacts and has changed the landscape for natural gas prices in the United States, boosting competitiveness.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Green growth indicators

Policies that promote green growth need to be founded on a good understanding of the different factors that affect green growth, and appropriate information is needed to monitor progress and measure results.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:29:00 GMT

The Diesel Differential: Differences in the tax treatment of gasoline and diesel for road use

Diesel and gasoline account for around 95% of energy used for road transport in the OECD and for the largest share of revenue from taxes on energy. In 33 out of 34 OECD countries, diesel fuel is taxed at lower rates than gasoline both in terms of energy and carbon content.

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:25:00 GMT

Consequences of climate change damages for economic growth – a dynamic quantitative assessment

This report focuses on the effects of climate change impacts on economic growth. The analysis finds that the effect of climate change impacts on annual global GDP is projected to increase over time, leading to a global GDP loss of 0.7% to 2.5% by 2060 for the most likely equilibrium climate sensitivity range.

Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT

OECD Green Investment Financing Forum

The Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) aimed to promote dialogue on the role of green investment banks, which are domestically-focused public institutions that use limited public capital to leverage or “crowd-in” private capital, including from institutional investors, for green infrastructure investment.

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:00 GMT

Paris Policy Forum - Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia: from concept to implementation

The policy forum officially launches the conceptual framework to the public and offers an opportunity for participants to discuss the key issues for emerging Asia: housing, buildings and energy, land use and transport, water and waste management, green goods and services.

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:00:00 GMT

Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, OECD says

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated USD 3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit vehicle emissions, a new OECD report says.

Wed, 21 May 2014 14:50:00 GMT

International Transport Forum: Transport for a changing world

The ITF is an intergovernmental organisation within the OECD to tackle mobility issues for the 21st century. The Forum acts as a platform to advance transport policy and practice, with a view to ensuring transport's contribution to economic growth, environmental protection, social inclusion and the preservation of human life and well-being. The ITF 2014 annual Summit is being held in Leipzig, Germany on 21-23 may 2014.

Wed, 21 May 2014 11:18:00 GMT

Roundtable: Climate is Everyone’s Business

Twenty years ago climate change was viewed as just an environmental issue. Today it is squarely an economic issue. Climate change poses significant risks to our economic systems that could result in very large damages. To mitigate these risks we need to radically transform our economies and societies to stop global warming.

Wed, 14 May 2014 15:06:00 GMT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015

The OECD’s 34 member countries today affirmed their common resolve to work towards a deal on combating climate change at the COP21 talks in Paris in 2015. OECD accession countries Colombia and Latvia joined the statement issued at the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, attended by finance, economy, trade and other ministers.

Wed, 07 May 2014 15:47:00 GMT

Webcast of OECD Forum 2014: Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies

Forum 2014, entitled Resilient Economies for Inclusive Societies, will be organised around three cross-cutting themes: Inclusive Growth, Jobs, and Trust, exploring the multifaceted nature of resilience and how to now “bounce forward” in addressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.

Mon, 05 May 2014 08:00:00 GMT

Environmental Policies and Risk Finance in the Green Sector: Cross-country Evidence

Risk finance is essential for new ventures to commercialise new ideas and grow, especially in emerging sectors. Yet very little is known about the drivers and characteristics of risk finance in the green sector. This paper aims to fill this gap by providing a detailed description of risk finance in the green sector across 29 countries and identifying the role that policies might have in shaping high-growth investments.

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:37:00 GMT

Find out about the Green Growth Platform and its upcoming activities

The Ministerial Green Growth Group (GGG) is an informal grouping of like-minded energy, environment and climate Ministers from across 13 EU member states who have come together to work towards a pro-growth and pro-climate EU agenda. The group meets regularly to discuss and co-ordinate positions on EU low carbon matters and to promote, with businesses and investors, an ambitious EU decarbonisation growth agenda.

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:06:00 GMT

Greener Skills and Jobs

The successful transition to a low-carbon economy will only be possible if workers can flexibly adapt and transfer from areas of decreasing employment to new industries. This paper suggests that the role of skills and education and training policies should be an important component of the ecological transformation process.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:03:00 GMT

OECD LEED-Cedefop 2nd Green Skills Forum 2014 (Paris, France)

LEED and Cedefop organise the second edition of the Green Skills Forum which will bring together experts in innovation, employability and skills development and lessons from work conducted by the OECD, Cedefop, and other organisations on the implications of the green economy for skills development and training policies.

Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A call for zero emissions from the World Economic Forum in Davos

OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, gives his views in this blog from the World Economic Forum in Davos on the huge risk that carbon dioxide emissions pose to the economy and the environment.

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

Workshop: Potential of social enterprises for job creation and green economy - how to stimulate their start and development?

The last decade has seen considerable policy attention to the social economy and its contribution to employment, in particular as regards the inclusion and empowerment of vulnerable workers and the provision of appropriate working conditions.

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT

New export credit rules will boost railway development and help countries achieve greener growth, OECD says

New international rules on state financing of rail exports will boost the development of cleaner transportation infrastructure and help countries meet green growth objectives, the OECD said.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

Project: Measuring the potential of green growth: Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy

This LEED project aims to to define key indicators of area-based transition to a low-carbon economy. The objective is to define measurable indicators at regional/local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:21:00 GMT

The Swedish Tax on Nitrogen Oxide Emissions: Lessons in Environmental Policy Reform - Environment Policy Paper No. 2

This case study describes the approach taken to reduce NOx emissions from combustion plants, the challenges encountered and the social, environmental and economic impacts. It concludes by discussing the wider lessons that are raised for other governments seeking to develop similar policy responses.

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:29:00 GMT

The Political Economy of Fuel Subsidies in Colombia - Environment Working Paper No. 61

Colombia has made progress towards eliminating fuel and diesel subsidies and reducing discretionary spaces allowing for artificially low fuel prices, but challenges remain. This paper discusses the political economy of fuel subsidies in the country to understand why reform has been so slow.

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:47:00 GMT

ITF Transport Outlook 2013

The ITF Transport Outlook 2013 presents and discusses global scenarios concerning the development of transport volumes through 2050. The analysis highlights the impact of alternative economic growth scenarios on passenger and freight flows and the consequences of rapid urbanisation outside the OECD.

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:06:00 GMT

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2013: How to unlock investment in support of green growth?

The 2013 Forum was held on 5-6 December and discussed how governments can improve their investment policy framework to reduce the risk and attract long-term private finance in support of green growth.

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:06:00 GMT

Environmental policies and productivity growth - a critical review of empirical findings

This paper reviews the empirical evidence on the link between environmental policy stringency and productivity growth, and the various channels through which such effects can take place.

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:31:00 GMT

Green growth challenges and the need for an energy reform in Mexico

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:14:00 GMT

Evading the Net: Tax Crime in the Fisheries Sector

This report looks at the issue of tax crime in the fisheries sector, including frauds over taxes on profit and earnings, customs duties, VAT and social security, with examples from real cases.

Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:01:00 GMT

Austria’s green economy flourishing but could do even better, OECD says

Environmental goods and services are now a bigger driver of Austria’s economy and job market than traditionally strong sectors like tourism and construction, thanks to the government’s policy of subsidising green investments, a new OECD report shows.

Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

The OECD Handbook for Fisheries Managers

The value of fishery resources lies in its ability to support public goals and objectives. If the fishery is expected to support economic, social and environmental objectives, it is important for fishery managers to recognise the primacy of these goals even if stock management remains their principle task. This handbook discusses the role of objectives and how to carry out an effective policy design and implementation process.

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:55:00 GMT

Carbon taxes and emissions trading are cheapest ways of reducing CO2, OECD says

Carbon taxes and emission trading systems are the most cost-effective means of reducing CO2 emissions, and should be at the centre of government efforts to tackle climate change,according to a new OECD study.

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 GMT

Institutional investors and green infrastructure investments

This paper examines how institutional investors can access green infrastructure, the extent to which this is currently happening, and the barriers to scaling up these investment flows. Based on four case studies, broader lessons are drawn for governments on the policy settings which may support investment in green infrastructure by institutional investors.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:48:00 GMT

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

Governments need to put together the optimal policy mix to eliminate emissions from fossil fuels in the second half of the century. Cherry-picking a few easy measures will not do the trick. There has to be progress on every front, notably with respect to carbon pricing, and that is what peer review and learning from best practice should help achieve, said OECD Secretary-General.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says OECD

Credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:31:00 GMT

The Political Economy of British Columbia's Carbon Tax - Environment Working Paper No. 63

This paper reviews the political economy of the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) tax in three periods: its origins, its survival in the face of political backlash, and its longer-term prospects. The BC launched North America’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax reform. The tax, applied to all combustion sources of fossil fuels, was introduced at a rate of CAD 10 per tonne of CO2.

Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Green Growth Newsletter, October 2013

Headlines: 2013 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum, 5-6 December 2013; In Focus: Water – International Year of Water, World Water Week and the OECD's Work on Water; Promoting Green Investment in Costa Rica; Promoting Green Growth in Brandenburg; Making Growth Green and Inclusive – The Case of Cambodia; Latest publications and key upcoming events.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:26:00 GMT

Ireland's Carbon Tax and the Fiscal Crisis - Environment Working Paper No. 59

This paper describes the features of the tax, recounts the story of its interplay between fiscal adjustment and helping meet the obligations to raise taxes, and implications for competitiveness and carbon leakage, environmental effectiveness and equity issues, and draws conclusions regarding why it happened, and provides tentative insights for other countries in a similar situation.

Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:24:00 GMT

Marine Biotechnology: Enabling Solutions for Ocean Productivity and Sustainability

This book discusses scientific and technological tools at the centre of a renewed interest in marine biotechnology that is contributing to a new bioeconomy sector in many countries and offering potential new solutions to global challenges.

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:43:00 GMT

Water: governments must deal with rising risks

Water shortages and floods illustrate the risks posed by too little, or too much, water. By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 17:45:00 GMT

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week

The OECD participated in this annual event held in Stockholm (1-5 September 2013) where two major reports "Water Security for Better Lives" and "Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters" were launched by the OECD's Secretary-General, Angel Gurría.

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:24:00 GMT

Got water?

Climate change and rising demand are making it harder to meet the world’s water needs. At World Water Week 2013, the OECD will explore how to better manage this vital resource.

Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:00 GMT

Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:26:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Cambodia

Key questions for development planning today in countries include: Can developing countries strike a balance between economic growth, societal well-being and environmental protection? Can inclusive, green growth be a way forward? This report presents a case study on Cambodia designed to answer these questions.

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:24:00 GMT

G20 Development Working Group Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth, July 2013

This workshop expanded the G20 Development Working Group’s (DWG) dialogue with representatives from developing countries on the lessons learned from their own experiences in designing and implementing inclusive green growth strategies.

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 16:07:00 GMT

How can governments help people reduce their environmental footprint?

Governments around the world are encouraging people to factor the environment into their everyday lives and purchases. Is it leading to more sustainable consumption? Are households ‘going green’?

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Restructuring the electricity sector and promoting green growth in Japan

The 2011 disaster and nuclear problems opened the door to a new energy policy, as they raisedfundamental questions about the electricity system’s ability to prevent and respond to accidents.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:44:00 GMT

Greening growth in Luxembourg

With strong economic growth overall and an increasingly important role as a regional economic centre, Luxembourg is experiencing mounting environmental pressures. This is mainly a result of a growing population and a rapid increase in transport, which is dominated by the car, as the number of workers commuting within Luxembourg and from across the border has risen rapidly.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Providing Agri-Environmental Public Goods Through Collective Action

Collective action is key to improving the agricultural environment given its effectiveness in dealing with agri-environmental externalities that are beyond the capacity of the individual farmer to manage. This study provides an extensive literature review and analyses 25 case studies from 13 OECD countries to examine how policies could and should be used to promote collective action.

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:00:00 GMT

OECD Compendium of Agri-environmental Indicators

Evidence for the agricultural sectors of OECD countries from 1990 to 2010 shows improvements have been made in nutrient, pesticide, energy and water management, using less of these inputs per unit volume of output, according to this report. Environmentally beneficial practices by farmers, such as conservation tillage, improved manure storage, soil nutrient testing and drip irrigation, have also contributed to improvements.

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:00 GMT

Lithuania adheres to OECD Declaration on Green Growth

Following the delivery of the Strategy in May 2011, green growth will be mainstreamed in OECD analytical work to enrich guidance on a number of country, sector and issue-specific areas. This will involve integrating green growth considerations in Economic Surveys, Environmental Performance Reviews and Innovation Reviews.

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:06:00 GMT

Nanotechnology for Green Innovation

This paper brings together information collected through Working Party on Nanotechnology discussions and projects. It relies in particular on preliminary results from a project on the responsible development of nanotechnology and outcomes of a symposium held in 2012.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:36:00 GMT

Blog: Climate Change and Health Beyond 2015 - The Sustainable Development Agenda

Health is both a precondition for, and an outcome of, sustainable development. Climate change affects health through a myriad of exposure pathways, each presenting simultaneously both challenges and opportunities for sustainable health and development.

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:10:00 GMT

Blog: Putting green growth at the heart of development

The rapid pace of development in many developing countries raises the stakes for investments in development, but also begs reflection on the patterns or types of growth that are appropriate for a particular country context.

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:53:00 GMT

Making Growth Green and Inclusive: The Case of Ethiopia

This working paper reflects on green growth policy in Ethiopia – it explores green growth already in action – a range of on-the-ground activities which point to scale-up options for the future.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:27:00 GMT

Green Growth should be at the heart of development policies, new OECD report says

With 7 billion people in the world today and 9 billion by 2050, we must invest in development that will meet the growing demands for food, water and energy. The new OECD publication Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development suggests that these investments could define a path for inclusive growth and sustainable development by focusing on people’s needs and prospects while respecting the environment.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 09:40:00 GMT

New OECD report offers tips on how households can green their behaviour

People care for the environment, and a large majority state that they are willing to make compromises to green their lifestyle according to a new OECD survey of 12,000 households. However, the economic crisis has taken its toll, and the survey shows that the environment is slipping down on the list of people’s priorities.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:07:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Putting green growth at the heard of development

Over the past 20 years, the global development landscape has changed dramatically. At the same time, we face unprecedented global challenges and growing instability, with looming financial and economic crises, and growing unemployment, food insecurity, political instability and environmental threats.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:44:00 GMT

World Environment Day: Greening household behaviour

Saving the environment falls into that category for many people, but the good news for the planet is that the OECD has identified a group of people who “believe that sacrifices will be necessary to solve environmental problems”.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 09:57:00 GMT

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

This publication explains why green growth is vital to secure a more sustainable future for developing countries. Covering 74 policies and measures from 37 countries and 5 regional initiatives, this publication outlines an action-oriented twin-track agenda to guide national and international policies and practices to successfully tackle green growth.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT

OECD ProgBlog - Financing our Future: Sustainable Development Financing Strategy

As discussions to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) build momentum, attention is starting to shift towards not only what the world should try to achieve, but also how to go about it.

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:48:00 GMT

OECD Forum 2013 issue on fostering sustainability

This year's forum focuses on three key themes: Promoting inclusive growth, Rebuilding trust and Fostering sustainability. The Forum brings together ministers, business, labour, civil society and academia to share policies and ideas. It feeds into the Ministerial Meeting, where government leaders and ministers discuss issues on the global agenda.

Tue, 28 May 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Investing in a sustainable future

Investment strategies almost never consider external costs to the environment when calculating potential returns. But incorporating environmental risk and sustainability into investor mindsets is possible– and urgent.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:45:00 GMT

Report: Green growth in the Benelux - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions (Benelux)

This paper discusses the results of the 2011-2012 OECD LEED study of measuring green growth in the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg). The study paid particular attention to the challenges of measuring the transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border areas as they have additional levels of complexity when it comes to measuring and monitoring their low-carbon transition.

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:21:00 GMT

Green Growth in Cities

Green Growth in Cities presents the OECD Green Cities Programme’s main findings and policy recommendations, and provides a preliminary approach to measuring green growth in cities

Thu, 23 May 2013 13:20:00 GMT

Cities: green policies can contribute to growth

Cities can generate growth and jobs while becoming greener – this is the message of the OECD’s new Green Growth in Cities report. Drawing on case studies of Paris, Chicago, Kitakyushu and Stockholm, the report identifies green policies that can respond to urban growth priorities and suggests how to implement and finance them.

Thu, 23 May 2013 11:00:00 GMT

Cash-strapped governments will need private sector investment to meet sustainable transport objectives, OECD says

Boosting private sector investment in sustainable transport infrastructure will be essential as governments seek to meet long-term economic and environmental objectives at a time of constrained public finances, according to a new OECD report.

Wed, 22 May 2013 15:01:00 GMT

Ports: How to Get More Value for Money?

Ports are the nervous system of global trade. Over 80% of world cargo (by volume) is transported by sea. Our efforts to raise the efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability of ports can help boost trade, growth and jobs. It can also help us to promote green growth and development in the poorest regions, said OECD Secretary-General.

Wed, 22 May 2013 14:07:00 GMT

Economic Survey of Mexico 2013

As Mexico seeks to boost economic growth, pressures on its natural resources and environmental outcomes may intensify, jeopardizing the sustainability of that growth and the well-being of the population.

Tue, 21 May 2013 14:38:00 GMT

Urbanisation and Green Growth in China

This working paper assesses national policy and governance mechanisms that can influence green growth in Chinese cities.

Fri, 17 May 2013 19:40:00 GMT

Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre23 – 24 May

Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:00 GMT

Time for an energy [r]evolution

We can’t use terms like “inclusive” and “green” as window dressing for the pursuit of economic growth as an end in itself. A real and profound change in how we think about growth is needed–one that doesn’t let special interests get in the way of creating a just, fair and sustainable economy with clean energy for all.

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT

Return from the dead?

Old ways of thinking won’t bring developed countries back to economic life. Weighed down by the legacy of the crisis, they also face deep challenges like a faltering labour supply and slowing innovation. And growth itself won’t be enough–it must also be stable, inclusive and green. The need for structural reforms has never been greater, but they will require difficult trade-offs.

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:20:00 GMT

OECD/BIAC Workshop: Green Growth in the Agro-Food Chain: What Role for the Private Sector?

What is the role of the private sector in greening the agro-food chain? This OECD/BIAC workshop will examine such issues as the role of new technologies in increasing productivity and reducing waste, as well as developing private-public partnerships.

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:43:00 GMT

Reforms for a cleaner, healthier environment in China

China’s exceptional economic expansion has led to rising energy demand and pollution as well as other environmental pressures. Strong efforts by the government have moderated emissions of some types of air and water pollution from high levels but others, including greenhouse gas emissions, continue to rise. Poor air and water quality threaten human health, create other costs and reduce well-being.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:49:00 GMT

Cross-Border Trade in Electricity and the Development of Renewables-Based Electric Power: Lessons from Europe

To benefit fully from cross-border trade in electricity, interconnected countries need to establish a non-discriminatory trading regime based on co-operation and co-ordination, says this study of trade in renewables-based electric power in Europe.

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Greening our Knowledge

Strong international cooperation on testing, exploring and refining measurement tools on green growth is essential to support implementation and assessment of policies in both developed and developing countries, said OECD Secretary-General.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:06:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

The GGKP’s second annual conference will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 4-5 April 2013. The discussion will be framed around two headline themes: Greening global value chains and Measurement and reporting for green growth.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Climate change won't wait

The European Union may be facing some difficult economic challenges, but that's no excuse for not acting now to create an economy based on resource efficiency and low-carbon development. The benefits are potentially enormous, including lower greenhouse gas emissions, more efficient use of energy and resources and rising growth and innovation.

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:02:00 GMT

What have we learned from attempts to introduce green-growth policies?

Long-term projections suggest that without policy changes, the continuation of business-as-usual economic growth and development will have serious impacts on natural resources and the ecosystem services on which human well-being depends.

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:07:00 GMT

The price of oil – will it start rising again?

Following a sharp drop amidst the global economic crisis and a subsequent recovery, the spot price of crude oil has been broadly stable for the past couple of years. This paper discusses the factors that drive oil demand and supply and, hence, the price of the resource.

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:00:00 GMT

A clean energy economy - Lessons from Iceland

In his speech to OECD Ambassadors, the President of Iceland discussed how Iceland could offer lessons on the nature of a clean energy economy; and presented some insights from Iceland's recent challenges in dealing with the financial crisis.

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:51:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

Although the market for green goods and services is growing, the development of new business models is affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:02:00 GMT

Why New Business Models Matter for Green Growth

New business models can help reduce environmental pollution, optimise the use of natural resources, increase productivity and energy efficiency, and provide a new source of economic growth. The development of new business models is also affected by a range of barriers, many of which can be addressed by well-designed policies.

Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:33:00 GMT

Blog post: Fossil fuel subsidies - billions up in smoke?

A new OECD report presents around 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the OECD’s 34 member countries and also highlights the successes and challenges in bringing about reform, says this OECD Insights blog post.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector: Proceedings of a Joint FAO/OECD Workshop

To help meet the challenges posed by climate change, the agriculture sector should increase its resilience. This book presents the summary and papers from a joint workshop by FAO and OECD that looked at how agriculture can build resilience for adaptation to climate change.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:36:00 GMT

Korea’s National Green Growth Committee Meeting

Putting “Green” at the core of a country’s “Growth” strategy is intelligent public policy at its best! Korea understands that there is no trade-off between green and growth. Much to the contrary: there are strong synergies that can be exploited between pro-growth and pro-green policies.

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:43:00 GMT

OECD calls for better alignment of energy policy, public finances and environmental goals

Two new OECD reports provide wide-ranging evidence of how reforming subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels can help countries boost finances and meet green objectives.

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Report: Measuring the potential of local green growth - An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

This report presents, for the first time a local ‘green growth’ indicator framework. This indicator framework was developed from the OECD ‘green growth’ strategy at the national level, but modified to highlight issues of transition that are most relevant for local areas.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:37:00 GMT

Green Growth in Africa Workshop January 15-18 2013: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future

Information on and background documents for the Green Growth African Regional Workshops, 15-18 January 2013. The workshops presented conceptual issues and policy tool kits on implementing green growth policy measures and strategic environmental assessments.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:47:00 GMT

Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth

Mexico is faced with difficult trade-offs as it pursues its economic, social and environmental goals. Like other emerging economies Mexico is balancing the need to protect its natural resources with the need to address high levels of income inequality and poverty.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Conference: Innovation in skills development for SMEs competitiveness (Ankara, Turkey)

The conference discussed the results of the project as well as policy recommendations on training and skills development for the creation of an innovative and competitive SME sector in OECD countries.

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Innovation In Tourism

This working paper on Green Innovation in Tourism Services seeks to analyse the role of green innovation in the transition of tourism enterprises (hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators) to a green economy; how green innovation in tourism is supported in OECD countries (e.g. specific structures, mechanisms and good practices); and what can be done to accelerate the diffusion of green innovation in the sector.

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:36:00 GMT

Launch of the 2012 Development Co-operation Report “Lessons in linking sustainability and development”

Secretary-General Angel Gurría launched the 2012 Development Co-operation Report “Lessons in linking sustainability and development” at the 48th High Level Meeting of the Development Assistance Committee in London.

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:57:00 GMT

Workshop: Measuring the potential of green growth in Chile (Santiago, Chile)

Chile's OECD membership presents challenges both in the context of changing patterns of production and consumption, and in the framework of a more sustainable economy. Specifically, green growth emphasizes improving growth rates, particularly through greening existing industries, as well as through new eco-businesses.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Africa: Evidence from Patent Data - Environment Working Paper No. 50

This paper presents comparative data on innovation in selected climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies in the context of Africa. Such analysis informs policy aimed at encouraging international technology transfer and development of domestic innovation capacities.

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:54:00 GMT

Joint OECD-GGGI Workshop: Green growth development paths for a better future

Surrounding the 2012 GG-SD Forum, a joint OECD-GGGI (Global Green Growth Institute) workshop took place on 22 November. The workshop featured a discussion among experts and policy makers from developing countries with the aim of sharing evidence and experience on how to create an enabling framework and design policy options for overcoming key challenges and prioritizing inclusive green growth opportunities.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:40:00 GMT

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources

Worldwide, 62 billion tons of natural resources – minerals, wood, metals, fossil and biomass fuels, and construction material – are extracted. On average, that’s almost 10 tons for every person on the earth. Of that, about one fifth ends up as waste and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a way that is safe for people and the environment.

Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:18:00 GMT

Development Co-operation Report 2012

Noted actors in development share their views on what progress has been made from the past 50 years, the remaining challenges and the way toward a more efficient future in development.

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform

The GGKP has been developed in partnership between the GGGI, the OECD, UNEP, and the World Bank, to help address major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice, and to help countries design and implement green growth policy.

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Linking Renewable Energy to Rural Development

This new publication looks at how renewable energy can bring the greatest benefits to host regions.

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:08:00 GMT

Measuring the potential of local green growth: An analysis of Greater Copenhagen

Secretary-General Angel Gurría addresses the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen and others to discuss highlights of the forthcoming OECD report on local green growth, as part of our efforts to develop more effective tools for measuring cities’ progress and monitoring the impact of green policies.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:42:00 GMT

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2012

The second Forum – 3GF2012 – will be held in Denmark on 8-9 October 2012 under the thematic headline “Resource Efficiency and Growth”.

Mon, 08 Oct 2012 09:41:00 GMT

Financing Green Urban Infrastructure

This paper presents an overview of practices and challenges related to financing green sustainable cities. Cities are essential actors in stimulating green infrastructure; and urban finance is one of the promising ways in which this can be achieved. Cities are key investors in infrastructure with green potential, such as buildings, transport, water and waste.

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:09:00 GMT

Green transformation of small businesses: Achieving and going beyond environmental requirements - Environment Working Paper No. 47

This report aims to help environmental and other competent authorities in OECD countries to promote green business practices among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It analyses different ways to establish environmental regulatory requirements for facilities with low environmental risk (most of which are SMEs).

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:56:00 GMT

Climate change policies in Germany: make ambition pay

Germany reduced greenhouse gas emissions substantially but remains an important emitter. Ambitious targets for climate change mitigation have been fixed and a broad range of environmental measures are being implemented.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy: Towards Strong, Clean and Inclusive Growth

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:40:00 GMT

The determinants of invention in electricity generation technologies: A patent data analysis - Environment Working Paper No. 45

This paper analyses the determinants of invention in efficiency-enhancing electricity generation technologies that have the potential to facilitate climate change mitigation efforts, including fossil fuel based technologies aimed at reducing carbon emissions, renewables and nuclear technologies.

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 17:45:00 GMT

Workshop: Indicators of local transition to low-carbon economy (Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz, Germany)

The Regional Growth Core Schönefelder Kreuz and the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau in partnership with the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED) are working on defining and collecting measurable indicators at the regional/ local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Market Development for Green Cars

This report reviews government policies and attempts to provide a better understanding of the growing market for green vehicles as well as new analytical instruments to identify measures that could be designed to foster the uptake of green cars.

Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:10:00 GMT

Avoiding debt traps: financial backstops and structural reforms

In this paper we develop a simple analytical framework to analyze “good” and “bad equilibria” in public-debt and growth dynamics.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:11:00 GMT

Towards green growth in Denmark: improving energy and climate change policies

Denmark’s green growth strategy focuses on moving the energy system away from fossil fuels and investing in green technologies, while limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:17:00 GMT

OECD and Rio+20

OECD’s contribution to the Rio+20 Conference focused on how to promote greener economies in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment

This comprehensive review of compact city policies will provide food for thought for national, sub-national and municipal governments as they seek to address their economic and environmental challenges through the development and implementation of spatial strategies.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Achieving the “low carbon, green growth” vision in Korea

Korea, which has had the highest growth rate of greenhouse gas emissions in the OECD area since 1990, adopted an ambitious Green Growth Strategy in 2009.

Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mekorot, the National Water Company of Israel

Today, management of water resources is one of the major challenges confronting Israel. Accelerated population growth - along with economic growth - has placed additional pressure on Israel's limited water resources but the country is at the forefront of green innovations for water management.&l

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Jobs Potential of a Shift towards a low-carbon Economy

Green Jobs

Sun, 03 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Eco-innovation policies in South Africa

This report is part of the OECD work programme on eco-innovation policies. The objective of this work is to complement the knowledge base on eco-innovation policies in OECD countries and to provide empirical material for additional research on policy issues related to eco-innovation.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

G20 Green Growth Seminar

The costs and consequences of inaction would be colossal, in economic, environmental and human terms. The truth is that changing our model of growth and making it greener and more inclusive is the only credible strategy that we have.

Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Green growth in action: Mexico

Mexico has taken action on a number of fronts to implement green growth policies, including integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation plans into their National Development Plan, and implementing energy price schemes that reflect the opportunity costs of consumption. Mexico is also developing its green growth indicators, using the OECD set of green growth indicators proposed in “Towards Green Growth: Monitoring Progress

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Agriculture in a Global Context

To nourish the world population in 2050, we must increase food availability by 70 to 100%. This means that we need to engineer a shift towards policies that support innovation, productivity and sustainability and that provide farmers with the skills they need to grasp the opportunities of strong demand and high prices.

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies

This publication presents a major meta-analysis of 'value of a statistical life' (VSL) estimates derived from surveys where people around the world have been asked about their willingness to pay for small reduction in mortality risks.

Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Invention and Transfer of Environmental Technologies

Inducing environmental innovation is a significant challenge to policy-makers. Efforts to design public policies that address these issues are motivated by the fact that innovations can allow for improved environmental quality at lower cost.

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT

Green Growth for an Inclusive World Economy

"The success of green growth will depend on whether it is a shared global agenda. Many developing countries are not yet fully equipped to introduce new ‘greener’ policies and tap into the benefits of a green future", declared Mr Gurría at the Global Green Growth Summit.

Mon, 20 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT

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OECD at the WTO Public Forum 2014

The OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate will have an informational booth at this years WTO Forum fair and will also host a panel discussion on trade and jobs.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:20:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2014

Merchandise trade broadly stable in the second quarter of 2014, with diverging patterns across major economies

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:04:00 GMT

Coordinated Assistance for Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

ITC, OECD, UNCTAD, UNECE on behalf of the UN Regional Commissions of ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP and ESCWA, WBG and WCO reaffirm their support in a comprehensive and coordinated manner to such economies in implementing the TFA - in close collaboration with the WTO and the donor community.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Global value chains offer opportunities for growth, jobs and development, but more must be done so all countries and firms can participate equally, according to a new OECD-WTO-World Bank Group report

Global Value Chains (GVCs) are a dominant feature of the world economy that impact growth, jobs and development, but numerous challenges remain to ensure that all countries and all firms have the opportunity to participate and benefit.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT

OECD Development Week 2014

The OECD Development Week (30 June, 1- 3 July 2014) is organised by the OECD Development Centre. High-level policy makers, representatives of the private sector, investors, civil society organisations, foundations and think tanks will gather at the OECD to look into current patterns of globalisation and explore more dynamic paths for inclusive and sustainable growth at global, regional and national levels.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:29:00 GMT

OECD Insights Blog: The transatlantic trade deal must work for the people, or it won’t work at all

Blog post by OECD TUAC, ETUC and AFL-CIO on why the transatlantic trade deal TTIP must work for the people, or it won’t work at all.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:28:00 GMT

Monitoring trade and investment measures

G20 Leaders are firmly committed to open trade and investment and to resisting protectionism in all its forms. They have mandated WTO, OECD and UNCTAD – the leading international organisations in the area of international trade and investment policies – to monitor policy developments and report publicly on these commitments.

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:39:00 GMT

Aiming high: the values-driven economic potential of a successful TTIP deal

Guest post from EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on the OECD Insights blog discussing the economic potential of a successful TTIP deal.

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT

New evidence on Africa’s integration into global value chains

The African economy is undergoing diversification and becoming more integrated into the world economy. But whether the current pace of change is sufficient to achieve lasting structural transformation is another question.In order for GVCs to contribute positively to structural change, policy also needs to adapt.

Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2014

Merchandise trade declines across most major economies in first quarter of 2014

Tue, 27 May 2014 14:47:00 GMT

African countries need to tap global markets more effectively to strengthen their economies, says new African Economic Outlook

By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest African Economic Outlook, released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings.

Mon, 19 May 2014 09:16:00 GMT

Expanding services trade offers major opportunities for growth and jobs, OECD says

The OECD’s new Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), released during the Organisation’s annual Ministerial Council Meeting, provides a unique and comprehensive snapshot of services trade restrictions across 18 sectors in 40 leading economies, representing over 80% of global services trade.

Wed, 07 May 2014 09:00:00 GMT

International Business Dialogue 2014: Better Regulation to Enhance Trade

The objective of the International Business Dialogue 2014 is to collect input from the business community on regulatory impediments to trade and identify areas to improve international regulatory cooperation.

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:08:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2013

Merchandise trade continues to pick-up across most major economies in fourth quarter of 2013

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:00 GMT

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement – Potential Impact on Trade Costs [pdf

This brand new report from the OECD examines the potential impact of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement concluded in Bali on trade costs.

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:21:00 GMT

EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

Talks to free up more trade and investment between the European Union and the United States got under way early in 2013. A good agreement in 2014 would be a positive thing, and not just for the EU and the US.

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:25:00 GMT

New export credit rules will boost railway development and help countries achieve greener growth, OECD says

New international rules on state financing of rail exports will boost the development of cleaner transportation infrastructure and help countries meet green growth objectives, the OECD said.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:00 GMT

OECD Secretary-General hails new WTO agreement: a victory for multilateralism

Mr Gurría said the trade facilitation agreement at the core of the new package would cut red tape and speed border crossings worldwide, offering an important boost to world trade and the global economy. "As OECD work has highlighted, the benefits of lowering costs for traders are significant, and are particularly welcome today, given the slow growth seen in so many countries," Mr Gurría said.

Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:39:00 GMT

WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali: too good a prize to pass up

As the OECD's latest global economic forecast has confirmed, world trade is now growing at an extremely low rate. This brings into stark focus the need for trade negotiators at the WTO to cut a deal to bring a much-needed boost to world trade and the global economy.

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2013

Merchandise trade imports and exports in G7 and BRICS economies grew by 1.4% during the third quarter of 2013, offsetting the contractions seen in the previous quarter.

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:28:00 GMT

Premium and Interest Rates related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding

This page holds all the latest information related to the Aircraft Sector Understanding, including the latest interest rates.

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 08:59:00 GMT

Global Value Chains offer major opportunity for growth and progress in advanced and developing economies, according to OECD-WTO-UNCTAD report to G20

Global value chains (GVCs) have become a dominant feature of world trade and investment, offering new prospects for growth, development and jobs, according to a new joint report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:53:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:27:00 GMT

Measuring Environmental Regulatory Stringency

This paper proposes a new measure of stringency to measure the consequences of environmental regulations on investment, labour demand, and patterns of international trade that would be based on emissions data and which could be constructed separately for different pollutants.

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:17:00 GMT

OECD and Chinese Ministry of Commerce to host seminar on trade facilitation in Beijing on 12 July 2013

OECD research shows that multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT

Launch of Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013

We have come a long way since 2005, when we launched the Aid for Trade initiative in Hong Kong at the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference. Each successive global review has deepened our analysis and broadened our understanding of the dynamics of aid, trade, development and their interaction. In parallel, more and more partner countries and donors have come on board as the tangible results of our efforts become apparent.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:18:00 GMT

Emergence of global value chains strengthens Aid for Trade Initiative, OECD says

Aid for Trade is helping developing countries reduce trade costs, improve competitiveness and plug into the regional and global value chains that are increasingly important to the world economy, but much more can be done, according to a new joint report from OECD and the WTO.

Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Developments in Regional Trade Agreements and the Environment: 2012 Update

This paper provides an update on recent developments in the field of Regional Trade Agreements and the environment. Issues arising in the implementation of RTAs with environmental considerations are examined as well as experience in assessing their environmental impacts.

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:00 GMT

Measures Supporting Minerals and Primary Metals Extraction and Processing: Case Study: Australia

Efforts to document government support benefiting specific sectors or industries have paid scant attention to support given to the non-energy minerals sector. The issue of support for this sector is explored by way of a case study of Australia, a leading producer and exporter of minerals.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:28:00 GMT

Road connectivity and the border effect: evidence from Europe

Several studies have reported a large negative effect of national borders on the volume of trade. We provide new estimates of the border effect for continental Europe using road rather than great circle – or "as-crows-fly" – distance.

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:52:00 GMT

OECD to present Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013 in Geneva on Monday 8 July 2013

Since its launch in 2005, the Aid for Trade Initiative has helped improve the links between trade, economic growth and development. The Initiative has prompted donors to put trade issues at the centre of their development strategies, contributed to increased levels of both concessional and non-concessional financing and led the private sector to re-examine how it can make trade work for development and poverty reduction.

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:00 GMT

Aid for Trade and Development Results: A Management Framework

The purpose of this OECD Study is to provide the aid-for-trade community with good practices in designing and introducing results frameworks for aid-for-trade projects, and programmes based on country-defined quantifiable targets and a menu of limited number of indicators to measure performance (i.e. outcomes and impacts). We have prepared case studies focusing on Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Rwanda, Solomon Islands and Vietnam.

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:15:00 GMT

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications

The rise in international investment and trade in goods and services related to renewable energy has been rapid but not always smooth. This paper surveys, through the lenses of market-pull and technology-push policies, the numerous domestic incentives used by governments to promote renewable energy, focusing on those that might have implications for trade.

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:25:00 GMT

The Construction of a New International Economic Order

To better integrate their economies into Global Value Chains, governments need a fine-tuned understanding of their dynamics and policies, and we have made considerable progress on this front. For example, we have learned that success in international markets depends as much on the capacity to import high-quality inputs as on the capacity to export: intermediate inputs account for over 2/3 of the goods and 70% of the services we trade.

Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:51:00 GMT

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Why does it matter?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, if successfully concluded, would be the most significant bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to date, covering approximately 50% of global output, almost 30% of world merchandise trade (including intra-EU trade, but excluding services trade) and 20% of global foreign direct investment.

Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:48:00 GMT

Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) Market Monitor, June 2013

Early indications for world wheat, maize and rice production in 2013 point to record levels and an overall increase in supplies in the new 2013/14 marketing season.

Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:44:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2013

Merchandise trade growth increased in the major economies during the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, the value of merchandise imports and exports for the total of G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT

New analysis highlights importance of services to global trade

New trade data measured in value-added terms shows that services – such as logistics, design, and transportation - are far more important to global commerce than they appear in traditional calculations of exports and imports.

Wed, 29 May 2013 13:07:00 GMT

G20/ OECD Stocktaking Seminar on Global Value Chains

A wide range of stakeholders examined the progress made on measuring trade in value added terms and to extract and clarify the emerging policy implications that can be employed to stimulate strong, balanced and job-rich growth.

Wed, 29 May 2013 11:48:00 GMT

The Costs and Challenges of Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures

The costs of putting in place and maintaining trade facilitation measures are not particularly large and are far smaller than the benefits gained from implementing these measures, according to this study. Moreover, an increasing amount of technical and financial assistance to implement these measures has been made available to developing countries over the last decade.

Mon, 27 May 2013 11:42:00 GMT

The value of trade

The emergence of global value chains in manufacturing and services has revolutionised the way the world trades. It has also provided a valuable entry point for many developing economies into the global economy. Thanks to the combined efforts of the WTO and OECD, we now have a strong data-based understanding of these impacts, which will be vital to the design of effective trade policies.

Fri, 24 May 2013 11:35:00 GMT

Multilateralising Regionalism on Government Procurement

The potential multilateralisation of government procurement commitments in regional trade agreements (RTAs) presents many issues and challenges. To what extent do RTAs go beyond the 2012 revised Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), and how do they differ among trading partners? This report surveys 47 RTAs in force with government procurement provisions where an OECD member is a party.

Fri, 17 May 2013 12:07:00 GMT

Global Production Networks and Employment: A Developing Country Perspective

International firms in developing economies tend to employ more workers and pay higher wages than firms dealing exclusively with the domestic market, according to this paper demonstrating the links between global value chains (GVCs)and labour market outcomes. Engagement in international activities provides greater opportunities for women to enter the formal employment market.

Tue, 14 May 2013 16:24:00 GMT

Global Value Chains and Developing Country Employment: A Literature Review

How do global value chains (GVCs) impact employment markets in developing countries? This paper reviews the literature on the subject, focusing on the labour market impacts of three processes that lie at the core of GVC development: importing, exporting, and foreign direct investment (FDI). Two case studies are presented

Tue, 14 May 2013 15:42:00 GMT

Trade Costs: What Have We Learned? A Synthesis Report

Understanding trade costs is essential for formulating policy interventions designed to reduce such costs. This report synthesises all OECD work on cost factors across the entire trade chain.

Tue, 07 May 2013 14:40:00 GMT

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, says OECD

Multilateral agreement to cut red tape in international trade would dramatically reduce trading costs and add a substantial boost to the global economy, according to new OECD research.

Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT

OECD trade briefing on 3 May 2013 in Geneva

Inefficient, outdated and complex trade procedures and formalities prevent businesses from taking full advantage of open global markets.

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 GMT

The Role of Services for Competitiveness in Manufacturing

What is the role of services in international merchandise trade, especially as new technology changes the way production is organised? This study analyses the relationship between competitiveness in manufacturing and the quality of key supporting services. Three primary indicators of competitiveness are considered: the degree of product differentiation, unit prices obtained in export markets and the duration of trade.

Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:28:00 GMT

Made in the world

The new OECD/WTO database on trade in value-added is not just about changing the numbers, but policymakers’ approaches too. It gives trade fresh importance, and a place high on the agenda of the UK’s G8 presidency.

Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:11:00 GMT

Cross-Border Trade in Electricity and the Development of Renewables-Based Electric Power: Lessons from Europe

To benefit fully from cross-border trade in electricity, interconnected countries need to establish a non-discriminatory trading regime based on co-operation and co-ordination, says this study of trade in renewables-based electric power in Europe.

Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:37:00 GMT

State-Owned Enterprises: Trade Effects and Policy Implications

With a growing integration via trade and investment, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that have traditionally been oriented towards domestic markets increasingly compete with private firms in the global market place. This paper presents a conceptual discussion of how potential SOE advantages can generate cross-border effects.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:38:00 GMT

Summary Report: OECD International Business Dialogue 2013

Business representatives and policy makers provided lively debate and valuable insights on barriers to 21st century commerce when they met at this event at OECD headquarters in Paris. Read the main discussion points, online survey results and recommendations.

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:55:00 GMT

Green Growth Knowledge Platform 2013 annual conference

The GGKP’s second annual conference will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on 4-5 April 2013. The discussion will be framed around two headline themes: Greening global value chains and Measurement and reporting for green growth.

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:17:00 GMT

Export Restrictions: Benefits of Transparency and Good Practices

Transparent trade legislation, policies and practices benefit governments and business alike by reducing uncertainty and transaction costs, simplifying procedures and encouraging investment. This paper studies the information published online by 33 countries on their export restriction policies in the minerals sector, and presents a checklist of best practices for addressing gaps in the availability and accessibility of information.

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:03:00 GMT

Mineral Resource Trade in Chile: Contribution to Development and Policy Implications

Instead of resorting to trade measures such as export restrictions, Chile manages its minerals sector through a combination of balanced taxation, stable investment measures, good management of tax revenue, exchange rate policy and initiatives aimed at producing a multiplier effect of economy-wide development, according to this study.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:39:00 GMT

OECD International Business Dialogue 2013: Barriers to 21st Century Commerce - 4-5 March 2013

What obstacles do companies face in doing business internationally? This event brought together representatives from firms in various sectors and regions to identify and prioritize barriers to international business activity.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:09:00 GMT

Trade Facilitation Indicators: The Potential Impact of Trade Facilitation on Developing Countries' Trade

Drawing on OECD trade facilitation indicators, this paper finds that the combined effect of comprehensive trade facilitation reform would reach almost 14.5% reduction of total trade costs for low income countries, 15.5% for lower middle income countries and 13.2% for upper middle income countries.

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:27:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in fourth quarter 2012

Compared to the third quarter, the value of merchandise exports and imports for the G7 and BRICS countries increased by 1.2% and 1.0%, respectively.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT

The declining competitiveness of French firms reflects a generalised supply-side problem

This short paper analyses the decline of France’s trade balance over the past 15 years. While the loss in export market shares is comparable to that of the major OECD countries except Germany, it is one of the largest among the countries of the euro area.

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:00:00 GMT

Trade and Labour Market Adjustment

Occupation-level analysis of short-term labour market impacts from trade can provide policy makers with better insights than industry-level studies, says this paper using a unique dataset based on harmonised labour force surveys from Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, United States, Brazil and South Africa. For instance, occupation-level data shows that imports can be associated with higher wages and a lower probability of unemployment.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:13:00 GMT

Blog post: Fossil fuel subsidies - billions up in smoke?

A new OECD report presents around 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the OECD’s 34 member countries and also highlights the successes and challenges in bringing about reform, says this OECD Insights blog post.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:17:00 GMT

Estimating the Constraints to Agricultural Trade of Developing Countries

Agricultural trade can be a powerful engine for economic growth, poverty reduction, and development. However, efforts by developing countries to expand their agricultural trade are often hampered by domestic supply-side constraints such as lack of trade-related infrastructure. This report looks at some of the most important of these constraints, and features case studies from Indonesia, Zambia and Mozambique.

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:22:00 GMT

The Global Forum on Tax Transparency welcomes Romania as new member

Romania has joined the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. As the 118th member of the Global Forum, it will participate in the peer review process which encourages all countries to adopt effective exchange of information in tax matters.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:45:00 GMT

New OECD-WTO analysis highlights changing face of global trade

Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:00:00 GMT

Aid for Trade Policy Dialogue 2013

This OECD Policy Dialogue brought together a wide range of stakeholders - policy makers, practitioners, academics, private sector and civil society - from developing and developed countries. Participants discussed what needs to be done to continue delivering aid for trade results in this changing international environment for trade and development.

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:03:00 GMT

Regulatory Transparency in Multilateral Agreements Controlling Exports of Tropical Timber, E-Waste and Conflict Diamonds

This paper examines how three multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) incorporate transparency into their regulatory regimes: CITES (endangered species, especially tropical timber), the Basel Convention (hazardous e-waste), and the Kimberley Process (conflict diamonds)

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:50:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in third quarter 2012

Merchandise trade continued to slow in most major economies in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT

The Emergence of Global Value Chains: What Do They Mean for Business?

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría delivers remarks at the G20 Trade and Investment Promotion Summit held in Mexico City.

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Taking Stock of Measures Restricting the Export of Raw Materials: Analysis of OECD Inventory Data

Governments appear increasingly inclined to apply border and domestic measures to restrict the export of raw materials. For industrial raw materials, the OECD is constructing an Inventory of measures that have been applied since 2009. The underlying survey covers some 100 countries, some 15 types of measures and most minerals, metals and wood. This paper analyses 2009-2010 data collected so far for the minerals and metals sector.

Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:59:00 GMT

Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods

Developing effective policies to reduce illegal trade in environmentally sensitive goods requires a clear understanding of what drives this trade and the circumstances under which it thrives, says this report.

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:48:00 GMT

Video: "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar, 13 September 2012

Watch the Jobs Knowledge Platform webcast of the World Bank-OECD "Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs" seminar on the JKPLive Facebook channel.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:35:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in second quarter 2012

Merchandise trade slowed in most major economies in the second quarter of 2012, with contractions in all major European economies, India, Russia and South Africa.

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade: Greener export credit rules approved

OECD countries have agreed new rules to strengthen current environmental and social due diligence processes when providing export credits and to create financially prudent incentives to support business projects with low CO2 emissions. The second agreement also aims to encourage support for advanced climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:59:00 GMT

International trade statistics: trends in first quarter 2012

Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.

Thu, 31 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Towards a More Open Trading System and Jobs Rich Growth - C-MIN(2012)9

Over the course of the last half century, the global expansion of trade has reshaped the world economy. Trade opening has enabled economies to reap the benefits of specialisation and focus more productively on what they do best, through the sectors where they demonstrate comparative advantage.

Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Trade-induced economic growth boosts employment and wages

Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.

Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

Out now: Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs

How does trade interact with employment? This book features highlights from the International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE), including regional, country and thematic studies.

Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

OECD and WTO to start measuring trade in value-added as production chains globalise

Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT

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National and Administrative - Financial Control Analyst (source: Asian Development Bank)

To coordinate the smooth operation of ADB financial products disbursement operations and related systems in a specialized work area of ADB; to provide reports on disbursement timely and accurately; to provide analytical, technical and administrative support for the design and implementation of the Division's IT Systems. (Closing Date: 1 October 2014)

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Senior Financial Control Assistant (source: Asian Development Bank)

To process encoding transactions for financial product profiles, adjustment requests and other transactions as required in the specialized work area, including Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction projects. To provide analytical support, system administration support, disbursement advice and prepare disbursement reports, and assist in coordinating system support, data administration and other activities in a specialized work area. The position is intended to assist the overall supervisor in coordinating work and address system issues and concerns in assigned countries that have higher volume and complexity.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Economics and Statistics Officer (source: Asian Development Bank)

To provide technical support for economic research and publishing work, the administration of technical assistance (TA) activities, maintaining economic and statistical databases, and providing economic information on ADB’s Developing Member Countries (DMCs) and on the global economy. (Closing Date: 1 October 2014)

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Urban Planner and Programme Management Assistant,(Hargeisa, Somaliland, the state of Somalia),Deadline:25th September 2014 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Human Settlements ProgramCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 25 Sep 2014Download PDF VersionCONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 17 September 2014ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITATDUTY STATION: Hargeisa, Somaliland, the state of SomaliaFUNCTIONAL TITLE: Urban Planner and Programme Management AssistantDURATION: 12 work months with possibility of extensionCLOSING DATE: 25th September 2014BACKGROUNDThe UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralised Service Delivery for Somalia launched in 2008 for a period of five years is to be continued for a second

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: VS&amp;L Network and Exhibition - DRC and Rwanda Consultancy (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Women for Women InternationalCountry: Democratic Republic of the Congo, RwandaClosing date: 09 Oct 2014BackgroundIn countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.Since 1993, Women for Women International has served more than 407,000 women in 8 conflict-affected

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Indonesia: AEPI SSQ – Operations Support And Compliance Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Cardno Emerging MarketsCountry: IndonesiaClosing date: 21 Sep 2014?Australia’s Education Partnership with Indonesia (the Education Partnership) is currently the largest intervention funded by the Australian Government anywhere in the world. Through the Education Partnership Australia supports the Indonesian Government’s long-term strategy to strengthen and consolidate its national education system, with a particular focus on the current Indonesian five-year plan (2010 – 2014) and support for the initial stages of the subsequent five-year plan (2015 – 2019). The Education Partnership

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cameroon: International Expert on Energy and Resources Efficiency Building Code for Tropical countries,Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal),Deadline: 25 September 201 (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Human Settlements ProgramCountry: Cameroon, Nigeria, SenegalClosing date: 25 Sep 2014Download PDF VersionCONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 17 September 2014ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION:UN-HABITATDUTY STATION: Consultants base Station (Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal)FUNCTIONAL TITLE: International Expert on Energy and Resources Efficiency Building Code for Tropical countriesDURATION: 5 months over 10 MonthsCLOSING DATE:****25thSeptember 2014BACKGROUNDUN-Habitat is looking for (03) qualified international consultants to integrate energy and resource efficiency

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Uganda: Programme Officer (Safety Nets and Resilience) P3, Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Food ProgrammeCountry: UgandaClosing date: 06 Oct 2014The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill the position of Programme Officer (Safety Nets &amp; Resilence) at the P3 level, based in our Country Office in Kampala, Uganda.The objective of WFP’s Safety Nets and Resilience (SNR) programming is to ensure the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations in Uganda. SNR activities are primarily focused on livelihoods and resilience programming in the Karamoja sub-region

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Mental Health &amp; Psychosocial Support Project Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: South SudanClosing date: 03 Oct 2014Handicap International is looking for : Mental Health &amp; Psychosocial Support Project Manager URGENTCOUNTRY : South Sudan CITY : JubaStarting date : 15th October 2014 Length of the assignment : 12 months renewableClosing date for application : 3rd October 2014 Advertisement reference :Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Associate Director for Pooled Procurement Mechanism Project (source: Relief Web)

Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 01 Oct 2014BACKGROUND:The Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM) brings together multiple private sector, non-government and faith-based organizations that are among the most trustednames in supply chain management and international public health and development in the world. PFSCM has been recognized internationally for its work to save lives throughstronger public health supply chains; the partnership won two supply chain distinction awards from the European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit in 2010 and was a finalistin the 2012

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sudan: Programme Officer (Resilience and Safety Nets) P4, Sudan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Food ProgrammeCountry: SudanClosing date: 06 Oct 2014The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill the position of Programme Officer (Resilience and Safety Nets) P4, based in our Country Office in Khartoum, Sudan.Under the supervision of the Head of Programme, the Programme Officer will manage WFP Sudan’s social protection, safety nets and resilence-oriented programmes by brining existing WFP strategies for these thematic areas into the county context through the following duties:Design

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Prospectus: Business Intelligence Developer (source: Third Sector Jobs)

30,000-35,000:Prospectus:Our client, a major international development organisation committed to helping vulnerable people at home and abroad, is looking for a Business Intelligence Developer - Analyst to facilitate the continued profitability of the organisation’s fundraising.London (Central), London (Greater)

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Director General (source: Asian Development Bank)

Lead the planning, implementation and supervision of the department’s vision, goals, and work plan in support of overall ADB goals and ensure the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of ADB operations. Oversee the department’s work, exercise quality control, and ensure the achievement of objectives. Keep Senior Management informed of emerging developments, opportunities and challenges. Lead inter-departmental coordination for ADB-wide decision-making processes. Anticipate departmental resource requirements and efficiently allocate budget and resources. Manage a range of long term issues of

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Director (source: Asian Development Bank)

Lead the planning, implementation, and supervision of the division's vision, goals, and work plan focusing on environment, climate change adaptation, and safeguards (environment, involuntary resettlement, and indigenous peoples). Plan, monitor, and coordinate the division’s responsibilities with a view to enhance and maintain quality and technical excellence across ADB and promote compliance of projects with the Safeguard Policy statement. Provide leadership and guidance on environment, climate adaptation and safeguards bank-wide. Lead external and internal relations, coordinate with operations

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Director (source: Asian Development Bank)

Lead the planning, operation and administration of the Office of Public-Private Partnership (OPPP) to expedite ADB’s operations related to Public-Private Partnership (PPP) including Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) in developing member countries (DMCs). Assist the Head of OPPP, oversee and manage daily operations of front office, PPP and TAS teams to achieve the objectives of OPPP. Lead external and internal relations, stakeholders’ coordination, and knowledge management activities to accommodate PPP-related issues and challenges with innovative solutions. Administer and efficiently implement

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Director (source: Asian Development Bank)

Lead the planning, implementation and supervision of the division’s vision, goals, strategies and work plan in support of overall ADB goals. Actively participate in and contribute to planning and implementation of the departmental operations and delivery as a member of the Department’s Management Team. Oversee the quality of work and ensure the achievement of objectives of the division. Lead and support external and internal relations, coordination and consultation initiatives for the department. Lead and provide guidance on day-to-day operational issues and compliance with ADB policies.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Director (source: Asian Development Bank)

Lead the planning, implementation, and supervision of the division’s vision, goals, strategies, and work plan in support of overall ADB goals. Oversee the quality of work and ensure the achievement of objectives of the division. Lead and support external and internal relations, coordination, and consultation initiatives for the department. Lead and provide guidance on day-to-day operational issues and compliance with ADB policies. Work with complex issues and guide others in resolving complex problems with high levels of risk. Support the implementation of the Strategy 2020 midterm review (MTR)

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Treasurer (source: Asian Development Bank)

Provide strategic and technical leadership in all areas of Treasury operations to safeguard ADB's AAA credit ratings and to ensure ADB's continued financial strength and steady growth in financial resources in support of the Bank's overall mission. Advise Management on key financial planning and capital adequacy issues to maintain financial prudence and sound banking practice. Oversee the formulation, update and implementation of various financial and asset liability management (ALM) policies reflecting best practices. Oversee the formulation and implementation of the Bank's annual borrowing program

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Director (source: Asian Development Bank)

Lead the planning, implementation and supervision of the division’s vision, goals, strategies and work plan in support of overall ADB goals. Actively participate in and contribute to the planning and implementation of the departmental operations and delivery as a member of the Southeast Asia Department (SERD) Management Team. Oversee the quality of work and ensure the achievement of objectives of the division. Motivate teams to design innovative solutions for urban development, including through greater private sector participation. Lead and support external and internal relations, coordination

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Procurement &amp; Logistics Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 22 Sep 2014PurposeThe Procurement &amp; Logistics Officer is responsible for all the daily procurements and logistics functions of DRC Dollow . This includes:Responsible for all tasks related to procurement and logistics under the supervision of the Area ManagerEnsure that all procurement is done according to rules and standards related to the respective donors and in compliance with DRC guidelinesAdvice to Area Manager on all issues related to procurement and logistics, Provide technical support and capacity building

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Project Manager - DR Congo (source: Relief Web)

Organization: CESVI - Cooperazione e Sviluppo OnlusCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 30 Sep 2014CODE: 41_2014 PM DRCPOSITION: Project ManagerLOCATION: Kinshasa, RD CongoCLOSING DATE: 30/09/2014DURATION: 10 monthsSALARY RANGE: 1.800-2.500€ monthly gross salary, depending on the profile selected.WORK CONTEXTCesvi has been working in Congo RDC since 2001, with the double commitment to assist the victims of the humanitarian crisis in the Eastern provinces and to support the health and protection sector in Kinshasa. The projects are mainly funded by UN agencies

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

USPSC CS3 Strategic Communications Officer - USAID - Overseas (source: The Communication Initiative Network)

VACANT POST - BASIC INFORMATION Organisation:&nbsp; USAID Location:&nbsp; Overseas Reference Number (optional):&nbsp; SOL-OCR-14-000007 Salary Range (optional):&nbsp; GS-14 Equivalent Hourly Rate: $40.99 - $53.28 (Equivalent Daily Rate: $327.92-$426.24) Application Deadline (optional):&nbsp; October 3,

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Human Resource Consultant, USAID/Nairobi Transition and Integration Management in Nairobi, Kenya (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Systems InternationalCountry: KenyaClosing date: 16 Oct 2014Human Resource Consultant, USAID/Nairobi Transition and Integration Management in Nairobi, KenyaCompany Profile:MSI is an international development firm in the Washington, D.C., metro area with a 30-year history of helping to deliver results across the developing world. In 2008, we became part of Coffey International Limited. Since that time, we have greatly expanded our ability to respond seamlessly and flexibly to client needs with Coffey's international development offices in the United Kingdom and

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Development of short video documentaries on good practices and positive experiences of UNFPA's Programme on adolescents’ sexual &amp; reproductive health (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Population FundCountry: South AfricaClosing date: 28 Sep 2014Required:Multimedia Digital Communication ConsultantDuration:20 days (October – November 2014)Purpose:To develop 3 country level and one regional digital documentation on the good practices and positive experiences of the UNFPA Programme on adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) in Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.Description:The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa Regional Office is in the process of implementing the Phase 1 of the Safeguard Young People Programme

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Project Development Intern- Jordan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: JordanClosing date: 30 Nov 2014I. Background on ACTEDACTED is an independent international, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization that operates according to principles of strict neutrality, political and religious impartiality, and non discrimination.ACTED was created in 1993 to support populations affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Based in Paris, France, ACTED now operates in 30 countries worldwide, with over 200 international and 4000 national staff. ACTED has a 100 million € budget for over 350

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Denmark: Business Analyst (Reporting and Communication), P-2 in the Financial Administration and Management Centre, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: DenmarkClosing date: 23 Sep 2014If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Denmark: Accounting Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: DenmarkClosing date: 24 Sep 2014If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Develop printed material on the good practices and positive experiences/result of UNFPA Programme on sexual and reproductive health and young people (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Population FundCountry: South AfricaClosing date: 28 Sep 2014Required:Writer and editorDuration: 20 consultancy daysDescription:The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa Regional Office is in the process of implementing the Phase 1 of the Safeguard Young People Programme in Southern Africa aiming at empowering adolescents and young people, with special focus on adolescent girls, to protect themselves from STIs including HIV, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, early marriages, harmful cultural practices, gender-based violence and to promote

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Deputy Country Director – Emergency (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: South SudanClosing date: 31 Dec 2014Title: Deputy Country Director – EmergencyLocation (Country &amp; Base): Juba, South Sudan + regular field trips to the Acute Emergency AreasStarting date in-country:ASAPObjective 1: Programming and Technical IntegrationActivities:Provides strategic direction to the Field Co of the Emergency teams so as to ensure adequate choice of locations for the emergency programming, the effective delivery of program activities and the successful integration of activities with all other aspects of ACF programming.Design

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Camp Manager - IRAQ (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: IraqClosing date: 30 Nov 2014I. Background on ACTEDACTED is an independent international, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization that operates according to principles of strict neutrality, political and religious impartiality, and non discrimination.ACTED was created in 1993 to support populations affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Based in Paris, France, ACTED now operates in 30 countries worldwide, with over 200 international and 3000 national staff. ACTED has a 100 million € budget for over 350 projects

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

France: Stagiaire Audit (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: FranceClosing date: 30 Nov 2014I. ACTEDACTED est une ONG créée en 1993 dont l’objet est la mise en œuvre de programmes d’urgence, de reconstruction et de développement dans les pays en crise et en voie de développement..ACTED intervient aujourd’hui, dans 30 pays sur 5 zones (Asie, Afrique, Amérique, Europe et Moyen-Orient) et emploie environ 200 expatriés et près de 4000 nationaux avec un budget en 2010 de 100M d’€ pour 350 projets dans le monde.Suivant une approche de développement intégré répondant à la fois aux

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Italy: Web User Experience (UX) Research Analyst (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Food ProgrammeCountry: ItalyClosing date: 02 Oct 2014The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill a local consultancy position of Web User Experience Research Analyst, based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy for a contract period of 6 months, with possibility of extension up to 11 months.Are you passionate about User Experience (UX) and eager to work in an exciting, collaborative, and fast-paced work environment, surrounded by talented people of different cultures and nationalities?

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Compliance and Finance Controller Intern - LEBANON (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: LebanonClosing date: 30 Nov 2014I. Background on ACTEDACTED is an independent international, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization that operates according to principles of strict neutrality, political and religious impartiality, and non discrimination.ACTED was created in 1993 to support populations affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Based in Paris, France, ACTED now operates in 30 countries worldwide, with over 200 international and 4000 national staff. ACTED has a 100 million € budget for over 350

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: NET Emergency Logistician (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Against Hunger-USACountry: South SudanClosing date: 31 Dec 2014Title:NET Emergency LogisticianLocation (Country &amp; Base):Juba, RovingContract duration:6 MonthsDirect Line Manager: NET CoordinatorTechnical Supervisor:Logistics CoordinatorGeneral objective:The NET Logistician is responsible for all logistics (technical, procurement, supply, storage and managerial) aspects of the Nutrition Emergency Project, the proper and speedy of ACF NET program bases and logistics assessments nationally.The NET Logistician is an integral and organic member of the NET

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: MdM seeks a LOGISTICS COORDINATOR (M/F) for Pakistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: PakistanClosing date: 30 Nov 2014For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Head of Sub-Office P3, CAR & DRC (4 positions)

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking to fill four positions of Head of Sub Office P3, which will be based in our Sub Offices in Central African Republic, including Bossangoa, Paoua and Kaga Bandoro, and our Sub Office in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. For a full job description and instructions on how to apply please go to the below link: [url]http://i-recruitment.wfp.org/vacancies/14-0015582[/url]

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Compliance and Finance Controller Intern - IRAQ (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and DevelopmentCountry: IraqClosing date: 30 Nov 2014I. Background on ACTEDACTED is an independent international, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization that operates according to principles of strict neutrality, political and religious impartiality, and non discrimination.ACTED was created in 1993 to support populations affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Based in Paris, France, ACTED now operates in 30 countries worldwide, with over 200 international and 4000 national staff. ACTED has a 100 million € budget for over 350 projects

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Amnesty International UK: Head of Strategy and Planning (source: Third Sector Jobs)

Starting salary: £53,352 :Amnesty International UK:Amnesty International is at the forefront of human rights. Committed to eradicating injustice, we’re always reaching out to potential supporters. London

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Disaster Operations Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: US Agency for International DevelopmentCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 06 Oct 2014Request for Personal Service ContractorUSAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster AssistancePosition Title: Senior Disaster Operations Specialist (Multiple Positions)Solicitation Number: SOL-OFDA-14-000062Salary Level: GS-13 Equivalent: $89,924 - $116,901Issuance Date: September 15, 2014Closing Date: October 6, 2014Closing Time: 5:00 P.M. EDTDear Prospective Applicants:The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment (USAID),

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Zambia: Community Linkages Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Overseas Strategic ConsultingCountry: ZambiaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd. (OSC), in coordination with its partner PATH, for the Thrive Project, seeks suitable candidates to fill the position of Community Linkages Officer. Candidates must possess the skills and capacity to:Conduct mapping of target populations, key opinion leaders and stakeholders including CBOs, NGOs, FBOs and strategic (USAID) partners for BCC/IPC entry points and strategic partnerships.Assist in developing a BCC strategy to promote nutrition and HIV health services and products.Identify

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Amnesty International UK: Campaigns Programme Director (source: Third Sector Jobs)

Starting salary: £62,436:Amnesty International UK:This vitally important role will have you overseeing the leadership, development and delivery of our diverse global campaigns.London

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Advocacy Planning Tool Development (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Background:Policy advocacy is an essential aspects of UNICEF’s work with governments, law-makers, the media, civil society and international organizations on behalf of children and women. UNICEF’s Division of Data, Research, and Policy (DRP) has developed the UNICEF Advocacy Toolkit and a corresponding training programme to build capacity of staff in UNICEF and National Committees to better conceptualize, plan, monitor, and evaluate their work.In order to facilitate the use of these planning tools for advocacy and to broaden

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Director Internal Audit - Washington DC and other locations (219314-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 15 Nov 2014Please note that the location for this role is flexible and not limited to US locations.DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:The role of the Internal Audit Department IAD is to provide objective assurance that Mercy Corps’ risks are being managed appropriately and that the agency’s internal control framework is operating effectively. The IAD actively reviews the reliability and integrity of financial and operating information as well as the systems established by the agency to ensure compliance with internal policies and

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Job ID 2637 Finance Associate, ICS-6 (G-6), New York, FB/DMS (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Population FundCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014We are pleased to Re-advertise the following vacancy:JOB ID NO.: 2656CLOSING DATE: 30 September 2014, 5:00 p.m. New York timePOST TITLE: Finance AssociateCATEGORY: ICS-6 (G-6)POST NUMBER: 26651POST TYPE: Non-rotationalDUTY STATION: New YorkDURATION: One year (renewable)&#42;ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Finance Branch, Division for Management Services (FB/DMS)ORGANIZATIONAL UNITThis Finance Associate position is located within the Accounts Section, Finance Branch of the Division for Management

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ethiopia: Consultant - Private Sector Policy Analysis &amp; Assessment - Ethiopia (219312-927) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: EthiopiaClosing date: 15 Nov 2014Deadline To Apply:Sept. 30th, 2014Background:PRIME is a five-year, USAID-funded initiative designed to support resilience among pastoralist communities in Ethiopia, and thus enhance prospects for a long-term development in the drylands, where the pastoralist livelihood system prevails. Financed through FTF and GCC, PRIME is designed to be transformative, innovative and achieve scale through market-driven approaches to livestock production and livelihood diversification that simultaneously support dryland communities to

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: Grants &amp; Information Management Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 15 Nov 2014The International Rescue Committee, one of the world's largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of natural disaster, oppression and violent conflict in 42 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation and creative partnerships. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women's empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people from harm to home.The Ebola outbreak in West

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Shelter and Settlements Sector Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: US Agency for International DevelopmentCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 14 Oct 2014Request for Personal Service ContractorUSAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster AssistancePosition Title: Shelter and Settlements Sector AdvisorSolicitation Number: SOL-OFDA-14-000059Salary Level: GS-13 Equivalent: $89,924 - $116,901Issuance Date: September 16, 2014Closing Date: October 14, 2014Closing Time: 5:00 P.M. EDTDear Prospective Applicants:The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking applications

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: New Business Development Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Chemonics seeks a new business development director for our East Africa Regional Business Unit. The director will lead business development efforts. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of versatility, leadership, and integrity; an extensive background in business development and project management; and demonstrated ability to build and maintain respectful relationships with partners and people, including a commitment to the professional development of staff. The director must bring the energy,

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Re-Advertisement - Gender National Programme Officer - (Open to Somali Nationals Only) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Development ProgrammeCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 25 Sep 2014BackgroundThe UNDP Somalia Country Office operates a cross-border operation since 1993. Due to the prevailing security situation in Somalia, the Office is located in Nairobi. UNDP Somalia is currently composed of of two main Programme portfolios: Governance and Rule of Law, and Poverty Reduction and Environment Protection (PREP).. UNDP Somalia programmes are implemented through 2 Sub Offices in Garowe and Garowe and staff are required to undertake regular field missions. The UNDP Somalia office shall relocate

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Haiti: CONSTITUTION D’UNE LISTE AGRÉÉE D’EXPERTS POUR LA POSITION DE COORDINATEUR DE L’ÉCOSYSTÈME FINANCIER NUMÉRIQUE - Haiti (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Capital Development FundCountry: HaitiClosing date: 29 Sep 2014Introduction et généralitésFENU (Fonds d’équipement des Nations Unies/United Nations Capital Development Fund)Le FENU/UNCDF est l’agence des Nations Unies d’investissement de capitaux pour les pays les moins avancés du monde (LDC). Le FENU, qui a été établi par l’Assemblée générale en 1966, et dont le siège social se trouve à New York, est une organisation des Nations Unies autonome, affiliée au PNUD qui crée de nouvelles opportunités pour les pauvres et leurs communautés en facilitant l’accès à la microfinance

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Indonesia: Senior Preparedness and Response Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Asean Coordination Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster ManagementCountry: IndonesiaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional-intergovernmental organisation founded in 1967, to promote peace and stability, sustain economic growth, shared prosperity and social progress. It comprises ten countries of Southeast Asia.The ASEAN Leaders at their 19th ASEAN Summit on 17 November 2011 officially launched the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management, popularly referred to as the AHA Centre.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Egypt: Evaluation Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Drosos FoundationCountry: EgyptClosing date: 17 Oct 2014The Drosos Foundation and FHI 360 invite proposals for the evaluation of their project “Network of Association for Harm Reduction in Egypt (NAHR)”, giving a special attention to the implementation of NAHR as a HR platform in Egypt and to NAHR gradual and sustainable handover to its local CSO members.The evaluation process should be conducted at three different phases of NAHR project with the aim to:evaluate the progress of each phases according to specific objectives (detailed in the TORs)propose concrete recommendations

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Capacity Development/ Instructional Design Specialist

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Capacity Development / Instructional Design Specialist to enhance ILRI&rsquo;s contribution to the capacity development and learning aspects of several of its CGIAR Research Programs (CRP) and programs, ILRI works to enhance the roles livestock play in pathways out of poverty in developing countries. ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, a global research partnership of 15 centres working with many partners for a food-secure future. ILRI has two main campuses in East Africa and other hubs in East, West and southern Africa

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ecosystem Ecologist

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit an Ecosystem Ecologist to contribute to research on Dryland Systems, Ecosystem Services from Rangelands, and Climate Change Interactions with Rangelands.&nbsp; We seek an early career scientist who has strong ties to an established Centre of Excellence (university or research institute) in ecosystem ecology, especially rangeland/grassland ecology. ILRI wishes to strengthen our ties to one or more such centres through shared expertise and collaboration.&nbsp; The advertised position would be funded by ILRI, but shared between

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Canada: Program Manager, Emergencies (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Plan CanadaCountry: CanadaClosing date: 20 Oct 2014Program ManagerStatus: Permanent full-time positionDepartment: International ProgramsReports To: Senior Program ManagerCompensation Band: 3AReporting to the Senior Program Manager, Emergency Response team, the Program Manager will contribute by expanding the portfolio through developing new projects and the management of an assigned grant portfolio ensuring the effective implementation of quality programming and donor compliance.The position is based in Toronto, Canada with frequent travel to Plan field offices.Development

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Area Manager, South/Central Somalia/Puntaland (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Relief InternationalClosing date: 31 Dec 2014Position: Area Manager, South/Central Somalia/PuntalandLocation: Punt land and South CentralAbout RI:Established in 1990, Relief International (RI) is a leading global humanitarian organization that transforms adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. Innovatively, RI bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.Position Summary:The Area Manager is responsible for managing all activities within South/Central or Puntaland. The Area Manager contributes to and leads in the

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Papua New Guinea: Chief of Party - Women's Peace Building Initiatives (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Counterpart InternationalCountry: Papua New GuineaClosing date: 16 Nov 2014Note: This post is unaccompaniedCounterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions. For more information and to apply online visit

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Human Resources Specialist, P-3, Geneva, Switzerland (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Purpose of the PositionUnder the supervision of the Regional Chief of Human Resources, the incumbent of this post will manage human resource activities, including the supervision of human resources staff in regional office as well as guidance to operations and HR staff in the region, in accordance with the HR strategy and work plan, aligned with the Regional Office Management Plan as well as the goals and strategic needs of the organization. The incumbent will provide guidance in human resources that promote

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sri Lanka: Operations Manager, P-3, Colombo (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: Sri LankaClosing date: 07 Oct 2014Purpose of the PositionAs the head of operations of a small-sized office, the incumbent will be accountable for management of cost effective, efficient and secure operations, in support of management, administration and implementation of the country programmes. The incumbent will also manage the office's operations (Finance, HR, ICT, Supply) related functions in accordance with strategy, plans and decisions made by Regional Management Team and Country Programme Management Teams.Key Expected ResultsEffective

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Head, Advocacy and Policy (source: IFPRI)

Job Summary: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Head of Advocacy and Policy for the HarvestPlus program. This exempt position is a three year, renewable appointment, and is located at IFPRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC. HarvestPlus leads a global effort to improve nutrition and public health by developing and disseminating staple food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals.  We work with public and private sector partners in more than 40 countries.  HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). 

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Brazil: Emerging Powers Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Crisis ActionCountry: Brazil, India, South AfricaClosing date: 12 Oct 2014Title:Emerging Powers CoordinatorOrganisation:Crisis ActionLocation:Flexible – Global South preferred, a current Crisis Action office idealLanguage: English required. Additional languages preferableResponsible to: Deputy Executive DirectorSalary:A competitive package commensurate with experienceBenefits: 25 days of vacation, matching pension fund contribution and possible health benefitsStarting date: As soon as possible, but before late November.Principal rolesCrisis Action is looking

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: USPSC Disaster Operations Specialist (Multiple Positions) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: US Agency for International DevelopmentCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Request for Personal Service ContractorUSAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster AssistancePosition Title:Disaster Operations Specialist (Multiple Positions)Solicitation Number:SOL-OFDA-14-000061Salary Level: GS-11 Equivalent: $63,091 - $82,019GS-12 Equivalent:$75,621 - $98,305Issuance Date:September 16, 2014Closing Date: September 30, 2014Closing Time: 5:00 P.M. EDTDear Prospective Applicants:The United States Government (USG), represented by the U.S. Agency for International

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Contract Analyst (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Management Sciences for HealthCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 16 Dec 2014The Contract Analyst assists with contract development and compliance matters for assigned Country Portfolios and acts as the subcontract administrator for selected subcontracts/subagreements under the primary supervision of the Senior Contract Officer. Activities include subcontract/subagreement management and negotiation, ensuring compliance with donor regulations in contract and subcontract/subagreement terms and conditions, providing training and technical assistance to project staff on

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Senior Policy Analyst, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Enough ProjectCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 01 Oct 2014SummaryThe Senior Policy Analyst focusing on the Democratic Republic of Congo, or DRC, and the Great Lakes Region will be responsible for researching and writing about the drivers of conflict and policy options in eastern DRC—as well as related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy—for the Enough Project’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. This position requires three main areas of expertise: deep field-based knowledge about the economic, security, and political dynamics in

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: Regional Food Security Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBCountry: MaliClosing date: 05 Oct 2014Regional Food Security Advisor - Mali (INT0861)An competitive reward package will be offered to the successful candidate.The salary will be Circa £ 26,364 Net (this may be higher for exceptional candidates). In addition to your net pay, Oxfam will pay all statutory tax and social security liabilities relating to your Oxfam employment.You will also receive competitive benefits specific to your contract. These would include annual leave, pension medical coverage, Life Assurance and relocation expenses. flights home, accommodation,

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Cash Transfer Specialist (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GOALClosing date: 31 Oct 2014GOAL is an international humanitarian agency established in 1977 and currently operational in 15 countries world-wide. GOAL has an annual budget of approximately US $ 100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Irish Government, UK Government, USAID and the European Union.General Description of the RoleThe primary function of this role is to support and contribute towards the strengthening of GOAL’s Cash Transfer Programming. The Cash Transfer Specialist (CTS) will act as a first responder and support the design and set up

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Programme Manager (M/F) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: NORLHACountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 16 Nov 2014Norlha is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious NGO based in Lausanne, Switzerland, that supports remote and poor communities in the Himalayas to improve their lives in terms of food security, additional income, sound environment, gender equality. Norlha operates in Nepal, Bhutan and China. In Nepal, Norlha currently has three projects linked to sustainable family farming. In order to support the management of these projects Norlha is looking for a:Programme Manager (M/F)Volunteer/ internship position, long-term assignmentMission

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Administrator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Johanniter-Unfall-HilfeCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 05 Oct 2014Project Description:The Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. (Johanniter International Assistance) has been working in Afghanistan since 2002, implementing projects in the field of health, nutrition and disaster preparedness. The Johanniter country office is located in Kabul from where the country programme is coordinated. The team currently consists of about 30 local and 3 international employees of which 50% are based in the field office in Mazar-e-Sharif. The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate,

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Midwifery Tutor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Presbyterian ChurchCountry: KenyaClosing date: 06 Oct 2014Job description: PRDA Midwifery TutorPRESBYTERIAN RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (PRDA)Job Title PRDA Leer Midwifery School TutorJob Location presently at Lokichoggio, KenyaStarting Date ImmediatelyDuration of Contract 6 month renewableSalary NegotiableIntroductionThe Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency [PRDA] is the relief and development wing of the Presbyterian Church of Sudan (PCOS). The NGO operates in both Jonglei and Upper Nile States of South Sudan.“PRDA is an institution of the Presbyterian

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Coordinateur Protection/ Protection Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 15 Nov 2014An English Description Will Follow:L'International Rescue Committee (IRC) est l'un de plus grands fournisseurs d'aide et d'assistance en développement en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Avec un budget annuel d'environ 70 millions USD, et un personnel de plus de 800 employés, l'IRC soutient les communautés et les institutions congolaises dans 4 provinces affectées par les conflits dans les domaines de la bonne gouvernance et le développement communautaire, de la santé,

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Terms of Reference for "Research on alternative energy sources to replace charcoal" (source: Relief Web)

Organization: HavoyocoCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 20 Sep 2014Terms of Reference for Research on alternative energy sources to replace charcoalBackgroundHorn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committee (HAVOYOCO) is a regional Non -Governmental Organization (NGO) operating in Somaliland, Somalia and Ethiopia. HAVOYOCO’s key strategic focus targets vulnerable groups including pastoralists, internally displaced people, street children, and unemployed youth.HAVOYOCO was formed in 1992 in Hargeisa as a local NGO registered with The Attorney General’s office and Ministry of Planning in the Republic

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: CRM Project Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: War Child UKCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 28 Sep 2014See www.warchild.org.uk for a full description.War Child has experienced considerable growth in recent years. We have invested heavily in our fundraising division and recently introduced Supporter360 – a comprehensive new CRM system and fundraising database on the Salesforce platform. Supporter360 will enable us to manage relationships across all of our income streams, effectively communicate with our valued supporters, and drive further growth.As we continue to adopt supporter360

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Afghanistan: Head of Field Office Mazar (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Johanniter-Unfall-HilfeCountry: AfghanistanClosing date: 05 Oct 2014Project Description:The Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. (Johanniter International Assistance) has been working in Afghanistan since 2002, implementing projects in the field of health, nutrition and disaster preparedness. The Johanniter country office is located in Kabul from where the country programme is coordinated. The team currently consists of about 30 local and 3 international employees of which 50% are based in the field office in Mazar-e-Sharif. The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate,

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

India: Programs Team Assistant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmnestyCountry: IndiaClosing date: 25 Sep 2014Team AssistantPrograms TeamAmnesty International| Bangalore, IndiaAmnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of over three million people committed to campaigning and action to defend human rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution and International Law. As an independent and impartial organization driven by accurate and timely research, Amnesty has been at the forefront of defending those who are denied their rights. Amnesty International works to promote international justice, cooperation and dialogue.Amnesty

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: CHARGE (E) DE FUNDRAISING ET REPORTING (source: Relief Web)

Organization: NORLHACountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 17 Oct 2014Norlha est une ONG suisse, apolitique, laïque et sans but lucratif, basée à Lausanne. Afin de soutenir les relations externes et l’équipe de direction, nous sommes à la recherche d’un-e:CHARGE (E) DE FUNDRAISING ET REPORTING (H/F)Poste de stage / bénévolat à temps partiel (30-70%)Ce poste offre une excellente opportunité pour renforcer son expérience en recherche de financements, relations publiques et aide au développement, auprès d’experts du développement et au sein d'une ONG dynamique et organisée.Mission et activités

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

India: Rapid Response Campaigner (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmnestyCountry: IndiaClosing date: 25 Sep 2014Rapid Response CampaignerDesignation: Senior CampaignerAmnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of over three million people committed to campaigning and action to improve human rights standards enshrined in the Indian Constitution and International Law. As an independent and impartial organization driven by accurate and timely research, Amnesty has been at the forefront of defending those who are denied their rights. Amnesty International works to promote international justice, cooperation and dialogue.Amnesty

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Training and Capacity Development - Internship/Traineeship Opportunity within UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme/UNOSAT (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Institute for Training and ResearchCountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 15 Oct 2014Overview (quick description of the funded project and its context):UNOSAT is the operational satellite applications programme of The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and it is a technology-intensive programme based at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). UNOSAT is active in all aspects of applied research relating to geo-information technology including satellite analysis and mapping. UNOSAT also delivers to his beneficiaries tailor made training courses

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Switzerland: Assistant-e de projet scolarisation au Népal H/F (source: Relief Web)

Organization: NORLHACountry: SwitzerlandClosing date: 10 Oct 2014Norlha est une ONG suisse, apolitique, laïque et sans but lucratif, basée à Lausanne. Afin de soutenir la responsable de projet Scolarisation au Népal, nous sommes à la recherche d'un-eAssistant-e de projet scolarisation au Népal H/FPoste de stage / bénévolat à temps partielToute personne répondant à cette annonce doit pouvoir se rendre aisément au moins deux fois par mois.Ce poste offre une excellente opportunité pour renforcer votre expérience en gestion de projet auprès d'experts du développement au sein d'une ONG

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

India: Campaigner Human Rights (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmnestyCountry: IndiaClosing date: 25 Sep 2014HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNERDesignation: Senior CampaignerAmnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of over three million people committed to campaigning and action to defend human rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution and International Law. As an independent and impartial organization driven by accurate and timely research, Amnesty has been at the forefront of defending those who are denied their rights. Amnesty International works to promote international justice, cooperation and dialogue.Amnesty

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

CHARGE(E) DE PARTERARIATS (source: Relief Web)

Organization: NORLHAClosing date: 16 Oct 2014Norlha est une ONG suisse, apolitique, laïque et sans but lucratif, basée à Lausanne. Afin de soutenir les relations externes et l’équipe de direction, nous sommes à la recherche d’un-e:CHARGE(E) DE PARTERARIATS (H/F) Poste de stage / bénévolat à temps partiel (30-70%)Ce poste offre une excellente opportunité pour renforcer une expérience en recherche de financements, relations publiques et aide au développement, auprès d’experts du développement et au sein d'une ONG dynamique et organisée.Mission et activités principales:· Sur la base de

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Logistics and Procurement Assistant_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 22 Sep 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/148Position/Title :Logistics and Procurement Assistant****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Mawlamyinegyun Township, Ayeyarwaddy RegionClosing Date :22 September 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Associate , Global Malaria (source: Relief Web)

Country: South AfricaClosing date: 15 Oct 2014Overview:The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. Based on the premise that business-oriented strategies can facilitate solutions to global health challenges, CHAI acts as a catalyst to mobilize new resources and optimize the impact of these resources to save lives, via improved organization of commodity markets and more effective national and sub-national

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sierra Leone: Data Analysis and Report Writing for the CFS/Action Research/cluster monitoring (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: Sierra LeoneClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Background and justificationWhile the war in Sierra Leone officially ended in January 2002, a situation analysis on the role of education in peace consolidation conducted in 2012 under the Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy (PBEA) highlighted the continuing presence of potential drivers of conflict. The identified drivers of conflict underscore the need for conflict sensitive approaches and peacebuilding initiatives to be adopted as part of strategies to ‘do no harm’ as much as possible, and to also contribute

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: ALNAP Intern - Urban Humanitarian Response (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ALNAPCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 06 Oct 2014ALNAP is looking for an intern to support our on-going work on urban disasters, including our Urban Response Portal, Community of Practice, blog &amp; webinar series. It is not a research-based position. The intern will support a variety of activities designed to increase awareness of and participation in ALNAP urban response initiatives.ALNAP internships are a chance to build on existing skills and experience. While a suggested list of tasks can be found below, ALNAP is keen for interns

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: IT Assistant (Based in GZT) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mercy CorpsCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Mercy Corps is an international humanitarian and development organization that helps people around the world survive and thrive after conflict, crisis and natural disaster. For over thirty years we have responded to disaster and conflict situations in over forty countries, assisting the most vulnerable among affected populations. This position is with the registered Mercy Corps Representative office in Turkey.Mercy Corps Turkey is currently seeking to fill the post of:IT Assistant (NATIONAL POSITION Based in GAZIANTEP)Responsibilities:Read

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Curriculum Developer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Ubuntu AfricaCountry: South AfricaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014Ubuntu Africa Child Healthcarehttp://ubafrica.org/How to apply:POSITION TITLE:Curriculum Developer; Short Term ContractBACKGROUND:Ubuntu Africa Child Healthcare (UBACH) improves the health and well-being of children and teens living with HIV in South Africa through a comprehensiv e care model of health and nutrition, psycho social support, HIV and life skills education and community engagement. Ubuntu currently provides services to 200 children and their families in the greater Khayelitsha area of Cape Town,

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Program Handbook Developer: Project Consultant (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Ubuntu AfricaCountry: South AfricaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014Ubuntu Africa Child Healthcareubafrica.orgPOSITION TITLE:Project Consultant: Ubuntu Africa Child Healthcare’s (UBACH) Programme HandbookLOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa (the majority of days spent in Khayelitsia)DURATION: Up to (70) working days, startin g ASAPBACKGROUND AND CONTEXT:Ubuntu Africa Child Healthcare (UBACH) improves the health and well-being of children and teens living with HIV in South Africa through a comprehensive care model of health and nutrition, psycho social support, HIV and life skills

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

China: Physiotherapist - Post Earthquake Project / China (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: ChinaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Handicap International is actively looking for an "Physiotherapist" for it's mission in China.A complete description of the function can be consulted via the following link:http://hi.profilsearch.com/recrute/fr/fo_annonce_voir.php?id=602&amp;idparte...How to apply:Interested candidates can apply directly by sending their CV and cover letter online via this same linkhttp://hi.profilsearch.com/recrute/fr/fo_annonce_voir.php?id=602&amp;idparte...Limite date of application: 30/09/2014

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Japan: Research Associate (United Nations University) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN UniversityCountry: JapanClosing date: 05 Oct 2014The United Nations University is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and the dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. The University functions as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and innovative ideas and dialogue.UNU-IAS is a new UNU institute, created in January 2014 by consolidating

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Community Health Assistant_IOM (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 22 Sep 2014The International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Yangon, a Geneva-based international organization with over 150 offices world-wide, is seeking qualified professionals to join the IOM office in Yangon, Myanmar.VA No :VA/14/149Position/Title :Community Health Assistant****No****. of position : 1Duty Station :Mawlamyinegyun Township, Ayeyarwaddy RegionClosing Date :22 September 2014 (Monday)Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications via Email to hryangon@iom.intby****22

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

France: A DONORS OFFICER - FRANCE / SWITZERLAND (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Action Contre la FaimCountry: FranceClosing date: 16 Oct 2014We are looking for:A DONORS OFFICERBased in France (Switzerland)Objectives of the position:Under the supervision of the Director Donors Management based in Paris, the donors officer will be in charge of developing institutional fund raising with a given portfolio of donors. He will be also in charge of developing market intelligence and providing assistance and training to relevant ACF staff in head of office and country office. You will be responsible for :Develop Donors intelligenceInvestigate donor(s)

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Scientist - Irrigated Systems Agronomist (Southeast Asia) (14-DJ) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rice Research InstituteCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 26 Sep 2014Job Purpose:The agronomist will lead and develop a research and development program on innovative crop and natural resource management approaches to the management of rice production systems as these intensify and diversify in Southeast Asia. The research will contribute to Theme 3 of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP): “Ecological and sustainable management of rice-based production systems.” He/she will collaborate closely with a team of other scientists and partners working on integrated

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

External Expert Advisers for Technical Review Committee, African Risk Capacity (source: Relief Web)

Organization: African Risk CapacityClosing date: 07 Nov 2014The African Risk Capacity (ARC), a Specialized Agency of the African Union, is a pan-African risk pool designed to improve the efficiency of current emergency drought responses. ARC, in return for an annual premium, will provide participating African Union Member States access to financial resources in order to implement approved drought response Operation Plans quickly and proactively in the event of an extreme drought. These Operation Plans will be submitted by member states to the ARC Governing Board in advance of joining the ARC

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Canada: Gender Equality Advisor – Cuba (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam CanadaCountry: Canada, CubaClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Oxfam is recruiting Gender Equality Advisor for an upcoming agricultural development project in selected municipalities of Cuba.Candidates must be fluent in Spanish and will also have:A Master’s degree or higher in a field of study relevant to international development, with a focus on gender equality;At least three years of experience providing advice and services related to gender equality for multi-year development projects in Latin America;Experience in conducting gender analyses;Experience in developing and

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Liberia: MdM seeks a LOGISTICS ADMINISTRATOR (M/F) for Liberia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Médecins du MondeCountry: LiberiaClosing date: 30 Nov 2014For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ghana: Chief of Party (CoP) - USAID Ghana Water, Sanitation &amp; Hygiene (WASH) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World VisionCountry: GhanaClosing date: 25 Sep 2014This is your opportunity to use your managerial and operational expertise to help improve the lives and futures of some of the world's most vulnerable children.You can do this by joining World Vision (WV)–a global network of people committed to enhance the well-being and protection of children everywhere by empowering them, their families and communities to overcome the challenges of poverty and injustice.The Chief of Party (CoP) - USAID Ghana Water, Sanitation &amp; Hygiene (WASH)will be responsible for technical supervision

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Regional Thematic Specialist (Immigration and Border Management) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: South AfricaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014OPEN TO INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CANDIDATESClassification : Official, Grade P4Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extensionEstimated Start Date : As soon as possibleReference Code: VN2014/44(O)-EXT.Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Program Manager - Child Protection, Amman Jordan (219200-927)

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY: Syrian refugees and asylum seekers began fleeing the insecurity and entering the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as early as March 2011. As of January 2014, UNHCR has registered around 600,000 Syrian refugees residing in Jordan. Most are in towns and villages in and around northern cities including Irbid, Ramtha, Mafraq, Amman and Zarqa. Thousands of others are in transit camps in Cyber City, King Abdullah Park and Zaatari camp. A new camp in Al Azraq is planned to open in April. Over 55% of registered refugees are children under 18 years old. They have often been exposed

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Program Manager, South Africa

Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 60 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $173 million. &nbsp; Program Manager, South Africa &nbsp; ACDI/VOCA

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Study on human trafficking in Somaliland

Background and context Human trafficking is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. It involves the recruitment, transport and receipt of adults or children for the purpose of their exploitation. Anecdotal evidence as well ad hoc reports and information from various sources show that the phenomenon of human trafficking in Somaliland is an issue of concern. The reports indicate that different groups of people are vulnerable including women and children who often fall prey to human traffickers making false promises regarding employment and education opportunities abroad in countries

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Logistics Managers

We are looking for energetic, dedicated and experienced logisticians to join the DRC-DDG Team in South Sudan to fill the position of Logistics Manager in various field locations.&nbsp; Duties and Responsibilities will include: Procurement Asset Management Fleet Management Storage Communication Management Programme Support &nbsp; We offer a&nbsp;6 months contract, with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. You must be available as&nbsp;soon as possible. Duty Station: Various field locations, South Sudan Salary:&nbsp;Salary and conditions will be in accordance

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Stagiaire spécialisé en protection

Nous sommes &agrave; la recherche d&rsquo;un stagiaire sp&eacute;cialis&eacute; dans les questions de protection pour soutenir les activit&eacute;s du Cluster Protection en Centrafrique. Qui sommes-nous ? Le Conseil Danois pour les R&eacute;fugi&eacute;s (DRC) est une ONG travaillant en Centrafrique depuis 2007 et bas&eacute;e dans les pr&eacute;fectures de l&rsquo;Ouham, l&rsquo;Ouham Pend&eacute;, la Bamingui-Bangoran ainsi que sur Bangui. DRC est une des ONGs internationales les plus importantes en termes d&rsquo;op&eacute;ration dans le pays et a r&eacute;cemment augment&eacute; ses activit&eacute;s

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Study on human trafficking in Somaliland (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Background and contextHuman trafficking is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. It involves the recruitment, transport and receipt of adults or children for the purpose of their exploitation.Anecdotal evidence as well ad hoc reports and information from various sources show that the phenomenon of human trafficking in Somaliland is an issue of concern. The reports indicate that different groups of people are vulnerable including women and children who often fall prey to human traffickers making

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Supply Chain System Implementation Manager (HELIOS) – French Speaking (source: Relief Web)

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 03 Oct 2014Supply Chain System Implementation Manager (HELIOS) – French SpeakingHow to apply:For more information and how to apply for this role please visit:https://jobs.oxfam.org.uk/ quoting reference FIN0077

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Myanmar - Field Administrative Manager – Kachin State (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 31 Oct 2014Posted on: 12/09/2014Desired start date: 20/11/2014Duration of the mission: 8 months (renewable)Location: Kachin State. Based in Bhamo Town, occasional travel to Lwegel – Laiza (Kachin).MISSION:You can find all the information about the Solidarités International (SI) Myanmar’s mission here:http://www.solidarites.org/en/nos-missions/myanmarRESPONSIBILITIES:Under the supervision of the administrative coordinator, the administrator carries out administrative, accounting and financial management of his/her

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: Finance and Grants Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Medical CorpsCountry: YemenClosing date: 15 Oct 2014The Finance &amp; Grants Manager – FGM works under the supervision of the Finance-Admin Director. The FGM in his capacity supports the Finance Director in the areas of planning, Budgeting, Grants management, financial compliance, Supervision, and evaluation of staff as well.ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:Accounting and Finance ManagementAssist the Finance Administrative Director with day-to-day accounting operations and financial management functions in field offices are performed in accordance with internal

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Logistics Managers (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: South SudanClosing date: 30 Sep 2014We are looking for energetic, dedicated and experienced logisticians to join the DRC-DDG Team in South Sudan to fill the position of Logistics Manager in various field locations.Duties and Responsibilities will include:ProcurementAsset ManagementFleet ManagementStorageCommunicationManagementProgramme SupportWe offer a 6 months contract, with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. You must be available as soon as possible.Duty Station: Various field locations, South SudanSalary:Salary

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Campaigns Programme Director (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmnestyCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 12 Oct 2014Campaigns Programme DirectorFixed term maternity cover contractLondon basedStarting salary: £62,436For over 50 years, Amnesty International (AI) has been at the forefront of human rights campaigning. Mobilising millions of people, by joining together we amplify the voice of our members and speak truth to power on issues as wide-ranging as they are important. These campaigns are worldwide movements and your challenge is to ensure they make their impact.About the roleThis vitally

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Head of Strategy and Planning (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AmnestyCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 28 Sep 2014Head of Strategy and PlanningFixed term maternity cover contractLondon basedStarting salary: £53,352Amnesty International (AI) is at the forefront of human rights. And committed to eradicating injustice, we’re always reaching out to potential supporters. Our global campaigns and communications agenda allows us to do just that – by bolstering support that helps us to create brighter futures right across the world. Leading the planning and delivery of each this agenda, your contribution

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

CBM UK: Senior Officer-Direct Marketing (source: Third Sector Jobs)

Salary band: 3 (£25,000—£28,981):CBM UK:The Senior Direct Marketing Officer is a crucial role, implementing a significant fundraising programme for CBM UK to over 100,000 supporters.Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

International - Principal Operations Coordination Specialist (source: Asian Development Bank)

Support the Director General and Department Management Team with strategy formulation, overall work planning and management, and departmental coordination to achieve key results. Coordinate with other departments and offices—including the Strategy and Policy Department (SPD), Office of Cofinancing Operations (OCO) and other regional departments—on operational resource planning; and implementation of corporate policies, strategies, and change initiatives (including Strategy 2020 Midterm Review [MTR] action plan). Work within a framework of broad policies, principles and goals, applying a high degree

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

National and Administrative - Senior Operations Assistant (Re-advertisement) (source: Asian Development Bank)

To perform full secretarial services for the Director, Human and Social Development Division (SEHS) and help coordinate administrative activities for the division. (Closing Date: 22 September 2014)

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Central African Republic: Stagiaire spécialisé en protection (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Danish Refugee CouncilCountry: Central African RepublicClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Nous sommes à la recherche d’un stagiaire spécialisé dans les questions de protection pour soutenir les activités du Cluster Protection en Centrafrique.Qui sommes-nous ?Le Conseil Danois pour les Réfugiés (DRC) est une ONG travaillant en Centrafrique depuis 2007 et basée dans les préfectures de l’Ouham, l’Ouham Pendé, la Bamingui-Bangoran ainsi que sur Bangui. DRC est une des ONGs internationales les plus importantes en termes d’opération dans le pays et a récemment augmenté ses activités pour

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Area Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: GOALCountry: South SudanClosing date: 26 Oct 2014GOAL has been working in Sudan since 1985. Initially GOAL’s activities in Southern Sudan took the form of short term emergency interventions, but 1998, with the opening of a permanent base in Twic County, Warrap State, saw a move to longer term interventions. GOAL South Sudan currently operates programmes in Warrap, Upper Nile, and the Abyei Administrative Area.GOAL South Sudan’s interventions have expanded in recent years to include a more integrated Primary Health Care approach, including, curative primary health care, based

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Social Media and Communications Volunteer (part-time), BasicNeeds, Leamington Spa (source: BOND)

Social Media and Communications Volunteer (part-time), BasicNeeds, Leamington Spa BasicNeeds is looking for a creative and dynamic Social Media and Communications Volunteer to join its Communications team to support the organisation to raise its online presence and in other communications related work.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Membership Service Manager (Maternity Cover), Ethical Trading Initiative, Greater London; £33,000 - £33,000 (source: BOND)

Membership Service Manager (Maternity Cover), Ethical Trading Initiative, Greater London; £33,000 - £33,000 An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and committed Membership Services Manager to join our small but dedicated team, supporting existing ETI members and helping new members find their way to trading ethically.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senior Project Manager, East Africa Regional Portfolio Team, Save the Children UK, London; £34,000 - £36,000 (source: BOND)

Senior Project Manager, East Africa Regional Portfolio Team, Save the Children UK, London; £34,000 - £36,000 Save the Children UK (SCUK) is recruiting a Senior Project Manager to oversee large and complex awards in the East Africa region. This currently includes the Peace and Development Programme (PDP): a major consortium project, working with state and...

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Country Director, Somalia (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Mines Advisory GroupCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 25 Sep 2014The total salary package for this position is £49,960 - £54,424 per annum&#42; (circa $79,900 - $87,000 USD) including basic salary, hardship allowance, programme management allowance and cost of living allowance.About the programme:The MAG Somalia programme is operating in a complex political and security environment and has expanded significantly in the last year, with operations firmly established in Somaliland, Puntland and in South Central Somalia. The Somalia programme is also operating through partnerships

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Senegal: REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE WEST AFRICA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Acción contra el HambreCountry: SenegalClosing date: 15 Oct 2014REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVEWEST AFRICARéf: REGREP/WARO/14ACF is an international non-governmental, private, apolitical, non-religious and non-profit organization created in 1979. Its goal is to combat hunger and dangerous situations that threaten men, women and children. Currently 500 expats and more than 5,000 employees are working for ACF in more than forty-six countries working in projects concerning four areas of focus: nutrition, health, food security and water and sanitation.ACF-Spain is looking for a Regional

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Admin Coordinator - Iraq - DAU - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: IraqClosing date: 22 Sep 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: SECURITY OFFICER – Iraq - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: IraqClosing date: 22 Sep 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Deputy Administrative Coordinator – Manila - PHILIPPINES - DAU - HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 22 Sep 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Through its Emergency Response Department (ERD)is committed to:-Emergency livelihoods

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Regional safety and security advisor(RSSA) – North Syria - DAU- Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 22 Sep 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mauritania: CHEF DE BASE (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Acción contra el HambreCountry: MauritaniaClosing date: 15 Oct 2014CHEF DE BASEM’BERARéf: CDB/MR/14ACF est une organisation humanitaire internationale, non-gouvernementale, privée, non-politique, non-confessionnelle et à but non lucratif. ACF a été fondée en 1979 pour intervenir dans le monde entier. Sa mission est de lutter contre la faim, la misère et contre les situations dangereuses menaçant les hommes, les femmes et les enfants. Actuellement, 500 collaborateurs et plus de 5000 employés travaillent pour ACF dans plus de quarante-six pays, et dans quatre domaines d'action:

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: Project Manager - Livelihood and voucher distribution (source: Relief Web)

Organization: INTERSOSCountry: IraqClosing date: 30 Sep 2014ROLE &amp; TASKSthe position is aimed at ensuring the proper and effective implementation of all activities planned to achieve the intervention objectives and expected results, including all related administrative and financial aspects, as well as at providing technical support to the mission strategy and programme on the livelihood sector. Specifically:Programme:Prepare, manage and regularly update the project activities work plan and related financial plan, ensuring timely and quality implementation in compliance with the

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Grants &amp; Information Officer Pakistan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: TearfundCountry: PakistanClosing date: 24 Sep 2014Based in IslamabadStart date: As soon as possibleContract length: One yearAn experienced, proactive individual is sought to be responsible for the coordination of donor proposals and reports, and project knowledge management systems within the Pakistan Programme.The role will involve closely working with project staff, advisors and managers in drafting and editing donor proposals and reports and ensuring compliance with various donor regulations, Tearfund policies and government processes. The post holder will lead on

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Technical Director, Market Systems (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ACDI/VOCACountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 16 Oct 2014Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 70 projects in 35 countries and total revenues

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Food Security Analyst and Project Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: KimetricaCountry: South SudanClosing date: 03 Oct 2014Position Summary:Kimetrica seeks a seasoned Project Manager/Food Security Analyst for an 18-month assignment. The position, funded by USAID, will coordinate a cutting edge approach to food security monitoring in conflict-affected areas of East Africa. Working with a young and highly talented team of food security and data analysts in testing and managing innovative methods for data capture, analysis and reporting, the Project Manager will be based in an East African capital with frequent travel in the region.Responsibilities

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Consultant for Staff safety and security Training in Maban (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Lutheran World FederationCountry: South SudanClosing date: 22 Sep 2014Time of deployment:Total Number of Days = 20Start Date = 23rd September 2014End date = 10th October 2014Location (office):The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) OfficeNCA Compound, Buluk area, Juba South SudanBackground:The people of Blue Nile in Sudan began fleeing into South Sudan’s Upper Nile State in September 2011 as a result of conflict between the Sudanese Army (SAF) and SPLM-North. Others fled into neighboring Ethiopia. The first refugee camp was set up in October 2011 in Doro. 70,000 refugees

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Philippines: Inclusion coordinator – PHILIPPINES - DAU - Handicap International (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Handicap InternationalCountry: PhilippinesClosing date: 30 Sep 2014NGO PRESENTATIONHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Myanmar: Myanmar - WatSan Activity Manager – Kachin State (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Solidarités InternationalCountry: MyanmarClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Posted on:15/09/2014Desired start date:01/10/2014Duration of the mission:6 monthsLocation:80% to 90% based in Laiza, rest of the time based in Bhamo base.MISSION:You can find all the information about the Solidarités International (SI) Myanmar’s mission here:http://www.solidarites.org/en/nos-missions/myanmarRESPONSIBILITIES:The WatSan Activity Manager (WAM) will work in direct support to, and under the direct supervision of, the Wash Programme Manager (PM), based in Bhamo, to supervise timely and quality

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: RMNCH SCT - Supply Chain Management Technical Support Officer (source: Relief Web)

Country: United States of AmericaClosing date: 24 Sep 20141.Background:Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5 underscore global commitments to reduce child mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015. Too often, high-impact interventions and the essential commodities they deliver fail to reach the women and children who need them most. In response to this, and under the UN Secretary-General’s Every Women Every Child movement, the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities (UNCoLSC) was established in 2012 as a platform to increase availability

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Sudan: Project Manager GBV (source: Relief Web)

Organization: INTERSOSCountry: South SudanClosing date: 27 Sep 2014JOB TITLE: Project Manager GBVROLE, TASK AND RESPONSIBILITIESThe GBV PM will be responsible to coordinate the implementation of activities related to Protection / Gender / GBV. S/he is expected to use a participatory approach involving refugees and IDPs representatives to identify needs, design, implement and facilitate activities which develop a sense of community and strengthen community support systems.Specifically s/he will be responsible:To awareness building and programming specifically focused on GBV are emphasized

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic People&#039;s Republic of Korea: Deputy Chief of party, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Finance and Administration Director, Technical Advisors (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Creative Associates InternationalCountry: Democratic People&#039;s Republic of KoreaClosing date: 15 Oct 2014****Creative Associates International, Inc****. (Creative) is a dynamic and fast-growing professional services firm that specializes in international development in the areas of education, democratic transitions and stabilization in post-conflict environments. We are currently working on an upcoming Education proposal in Democratic Republic of the Congo and looking for qualified candidate. Please see the list of positions stated below:Chief of Party· MA in Education

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United States of America: Humanitarian Assistance Officer (2221) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Global CommunitiesCountry: United States of AmericaClosing date: 14 Nov 2014Global Communities is an international development non-profit organization. Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.Global Communities is seeking a Humanitarian Assistance Officer to join its International Operations team at the Headquarters in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland.Within the small, fast-paced Office of Humanitarian Assistance, the Humanitarian Assistance Officer is primarily

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: Humanitarian Trends Analysis Unit Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Rescue CommitteeCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 14 Nov 2014Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a prominent international organization working in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression.Working in coordination with the humanitarian community, IRC currently addresses the needs of war-affected Syrians from several operational bases in the region. Our activities focus primarily on the supply of vital medications and medical equipment,

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Employment and Right to Work Strategy Coordinator (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near EastCountry: LebanonClosing date: 28 Sep 2014UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCYFOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST – UNRWAUNRWA is the United Nations agency responsible for the protection, care and human development of a population of some 4.6 million Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Syrian Arab Republic. The Agency is committed to assisting Palestine refugees in maintaining a decent standard of living, acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills, enjoying

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Assistant Construction Minembwe (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AVSICountry: Democratic Republic of the CongoClosing date: 20 Sep 2014Lieu d’affectation: Minembwe, Sud Kivu, RDCPériode: ASAP – Janvier 2015Date de début: ASAPContexte : AVSI travaille au Congo depuis 2002. Les domaines d'intervention sont: l'aide humanitaire, la sécurité alimentaire, l'éducation, la protection de l'enfance et de la santé. AVSI opère dans le Nord et Sud-Kivu avec un portfolio des projets humanitaires et de développement. AVSI gere des projet de stabilisation depuis 2010 dans des zones stable avec le but de consolider la paix et supporter l’offre de service

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Consultancy – Planning Officer - Partnerships (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near EastCountry: JordanClosing date: 27 Sep 2014TERMS OF REFERENCEUNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Research Officer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near EastCountry: LebanonClosing date: 02 Oct 2014UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCYFOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST – UNRWAUNRWA is the United Nations agency responsible for the protection, care and human development of a population of some 4.6 million Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Syrian Arab Republic. The Agency is committed to assisting Palestine refugees in maintaining a decent standard of living, acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills, enjoying

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Public International Law &amp; Policy Group Law Fellowship, Kosovo (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Public International Law and Policy GroupClosing date: 31 Dec 2014Public International Law &amp; Policy Group Law FellowshipType: Full TimePractice Areas: International Law/Human Rights/Strategic LitigationGeographic Area: KosovoJob DescriptionThe Public International Law &amp; Policy Group, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a non-profit organization that operates as a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states, governments and groups negotiating and implementing peace agreements, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: WASH Project Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AVSICountry: LebanonClosing date: 20 Sep 2014Duty Station: Lebanon, Saida, Nabatiyeh and Marjayoun field offices (60%,South Lebanon) – Jounieh Country Office (40%, Mount Lebanon)Period: 12 monthsStarting Date: 1st of October 2014Main objective: The Water Supply, Sanitation &amp; Hygiene Project Manager (WASH PM) will be responsible for the management and implementation of the WASH project. The key role of the WASH project manager is to review, monitor and coordinate the project activities. The WASH project manager will oversee the project’s objectives and quality control

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Jordan: Education Program Manager-Jordan (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Relief InternationalCountry: JordanClosing date: 15 Dec 2014Position:Education Program ManagerLocation:JordanDuration:Until December 2014Reports to: Country DirectorAbout RI:Established in 1990, Relief International (RI) is a leading global humanitarian, nonprofit organization committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development, providing them the tools and support they need to gain self-reliance.Position

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Head of Internal Audit (source: Relief Web)

Organization: SightsaversCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 05 Oct 2014Our vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where visually impaired people participate equally in society. Each year, we improve the lives of millions of people in the poorest parts of the world. Sightsavers is growing rapidly and offers a great place to work within easy reach of London and Brighton.Sightsavers works with partners in more than 30 developing countries to combat blindness, and restore sight through specialist treatment and eye care. Sightsavers

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Yemen: International Consultant - EOF Implementation Support (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Economic Opportunity FundCountry: YemenClosing date: 22 Sep 2014Organization:Economic Opportunities Fund Post Title : International Consultant - EOF Implementation Support Duty Station: : Sana’a, Republic of Yemen Duration : 3 years (initial contract 1 year)Starting Date : October 2014Background:The Economic Opportunities Programme is the first of the three IFAD-financed investments currently managed by the Economic Opportunities Fund, the others being the Fisheries Investment Project and the YemenInvest Rural Employment Programme. Unfortunately the supervision mission found

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: COORDINATEUR ADMINISTRATIVE (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Acción contra el HambreCountry: MaliClosing date: 15 Oct 2014COORDINATEUR ADMINISTRATIVEMALIRéf: COORDOADMIN/MALI/14ACF est une organisation humanitaire internationale, non-gouvernementale, privée, non-politique, non-confessionnelle et à but non lucratif. ACF a été fondée en 1979 pour intervenir dans le monde entier. Sa mission est de lutter contre la faim, la misère et contre les situations dangereuses menaçant les hommes, les femmes et les enfants. Actuellement, 500 collaborateurs et plus de 5000 employés travaillent pour ACF dans plus de quarante-six pays, et dans quatre

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mali: COORDINATEUR ADMINISTRATIF (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Acción contra el HambreCountry: MaliClosing date: 15 Oct 2014COORDINATEUR ADMINISTRATIFMALIRéf: COORDOADMIN/MALI/14ACF est une organisation humanitaire internationale, non-gouvernementale, privée, non-politique, non-confessionnelle et à but non lucratif. ACF a été fondée en 1979 pour intervenir dans le monde entier. Sa mission est de lutter contre la faim, la misère et contre les situations dangereuses menaçant les hommes, les femmes et les enfants. Actuellement, 500 collaborateurs et plus de 5000 employés travaillent pour ACF dans plus de quarante-six pays, et dans quatre

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Gender-based Violence and Protection Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: American Refugee Committee InternationalCountry: SomaliaClosing date: 03 Oct 2014Position Title:Gender-based Violence &amp; Protection ManagerCountry Program:SomaliaLocation:Nairobi, with travel to Mogadishu and KismayoResponsible to:Sr. Grants Manager &amp; Program LiaisonStatus:Full TimeSupervisory Capacity:GBV &amp; Protection program staffDate:September 2014Country Program Description/MissionThe overall objective of the American Refugee Committee (ARC) Somalia program is to contribute to the realization of the aspirations of Somali youth, the rehabilitation

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: A Field Coordinator in Iraqi Kurdistan. (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Première Urgence - Aide Médicale InternationaleCountry: IraqClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organisation. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians victims of marginalisation and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. PU-AMI relies on 30 years

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey: Programme Officer / only Syrian national (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Norwegian People&#039;s AidCountry: TurkeyClosing date: 25 Sep 2014Function prerequisite:The position is based in Gaziantep with travels to other areas of operation as required.? Written &amp; verbal proficiency in English &amp; Arabic? Good interpersonal skills? Able to work effectively under, &amp; adapt to, difficult conditions? University Degree and/or equivalent professional experience? Relevant work experience, preferably with an NGO? Good report writing skills? Familiarity of monitoring &amp; evaluation instruments &amp; documents is preferable? Excellent

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

South Africa: Program Manager, South Africa (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ACDI/VOCACountry: South AfricaClosing date: 15 Oct 2014Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 60 projects in 30 countries and total

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Observadores/as internacionales de DDHH en México (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Peace Brigades InternationalClosing date: 15 Nov 2014Peace Brigades International (PBI) busca personas para incorporarse a sus equipos en México. (compromiso mínimo: 1 año)REQUISITOS BÁSICOSSer mayor de 25 años, tener un nivel de castellano alto y fluido, tanto hablado como leído y escrito. Tener experiencia previa de trabajo cualificado en ONGs de derechos humanos, cooperación, trabajo social, especialmente en Latinoamérica. Estar disponible para un año de trabajo en un equipo de PBI-México.REQUISITOS RECOMENDABLESExperiencia de trabajo en el área de relaciones públicas,

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Tunisia: Customs component leader (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ChemonicsCountry: TunisiaClosing date: 19 Sep 2014Chemonics seeks a customs component leader for the anticipated USAID-funded Tunisia Economic Reform Pilot Activity to assist the Tunisian government to improve fiscal balances and enhance effectiveness, fairness, and transparency in tax and customs. Drawing on prior U.S. and other donor analysis and the interim government of Tunisia's economic reform program, the activity will identify current gaps in the customs arena and support the Tunisian government in implementing tax policy and administration and customs reforms. Ultimately,

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Sudan: Sudan Country Program Advisor (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Relief InternationalCountry: SudanClosing date: 10 Oct 2014Position: Sudan Country Program AdvisorLocation: Khartoum, Sudan, with frequent travel to North Darfur and other potential areas within Sudan, he/she will also regularly travel to the RI Africa Regional Office based in Nairobi.About RI: Established in 1990, Relief International (RI) is a leading global humanitarian, nonprofit organization committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Counsellor (source: OWSA)

India Vision Foundation is looking for a Counsellor in Delhi. Last date to receive applications: Oct 12, 2014.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: Nutrition Project Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: AVSICountry: LebanonClosing date: 20 Sep 2014Duty Station: Lebanon, Saida, Nabatiyeh and Marjayoun field offices (60%,South Lebanon) – Jounieh Country Office (40%, Mount Lebanon) Period: 12 monthsStarting Date: 1st of October 2014Main objective: The Nutrition Project Manager will be responsible for the realization of the Emergency Health/Nutrition program in the field implemented in partnership with UNICEF. Responsibilities include participation in technical assessments, collection of Health/Nutrition data, implementation, monitoring, documentation and reporting of the project,

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: CONSULTANT FOR REVISION OF FINANCE MANUAL (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Adventist Development and Relief Agency InternationalCountry: KenyaClosing date: 29 Sep 2014ADRA Somalia is seeking services of a qualified consultant to be involved in revising ADRA Somalia finance manual. For more details the Terms of reference is posted in ADRA Somali websit.How to apply:Send your Technical and Financial proposal to hr@adrasom.org by 29th September 2014.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Intern - Regional Migration Health (ROC-2014-12) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Organization for MigrationCountry: ThailandClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Call for ApplicationsReference Code: ROC-2014-12Position Title: Regional Migration Health InternDuty Station: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific,Bangkok, ThailandType of Appointment: Internship Contract, 6 monthsClosing Date of Vacancy: September 30, 2014ContextEstablished in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the principal inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Senior Security Assistant SC6 in Aleppo (source: Relief Web)

Organization: World Food ProgrammeCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 27 Sep 2014VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTVA No. 037/2014The Office of the United Nations World Food Programme in Syria is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the following post:Issuing Date13th September 2014Closing Date 27th September 2014Post Title Senior Security AssistantDuty Station AleppoContract Type Service ContractGrade/Level SC6Duration Six MonthsUnit SecurityDuties and Responsibilities:Within delegated authority, the Senior Security Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:Gather

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Regional Director for Africa (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Institute of Rural ReconstructionCountry: KenyaClosing date: 30 Sep 2014About UsThe International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is an international development, research and training organization with over 90 years of grassroots experience working in people-centered, sustainable development in Africa and Asia. IIRR maintains a strong presence in Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia. IIRR’s Headquarters and Regional Centre for Asia are located in the Philippines, the Africa Regional Center is in Kenya, and we maintain a liaison office in New York, USA.IIRR-Africa

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Iraq: A Health Program Manager in Iraqi Kurdistan. (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Première Urgence - Aide Médicale InternationaleCountry: IraqClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organisation. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians victims of marginalisation and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. PU-AMI relies on 30 years

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: A WatSan Project Manager in Lebanon. (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Première Urgence - Aide Médicale InternationaleCountry: LebanonClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organisation. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians victims of marginalisation and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. PU-AMI relies on 30 years

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Thailand: Fundraising and Communications Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: ActionAidCountry: ThailandClosing date: 26 Sep 2014The OrganizationActionAid is an international organisation, working with over 25 million people in more than 40 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice. ActionAid Thailand (AAT) is part of the ActionAid International Federation and has been working with people and communities in Thailand for a decade addressing issues related to poverty, human rights, education, and women’s and youth’s empowerment.ActionAid Thailand is expanding its operations and looking for highly skills and motivated Thai nationals with good

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: A Coordinator Akkar in Lebanon. (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Première Urgence - Aide Médicale InternationaleCountry: LebanonClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organisation. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians victims of marginalisation and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. PU-AMI relies on 30 years

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: A Coordinator Saïda in Lebanon. (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Première Urgence - Aide Médicale InternationaleCountry: LebanonClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organisation. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians victims of marginalisation and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. PU-AMI relies on 30 years

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Knowledge Management and Programme Learning Officer - Response &amp; Resilience Team (RRT) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Oxfam GBClosing date: 08 Oct 2014Salary: 26,364 - 35,656 GBP per annum net plus other benefits, (net salary means that Oxfam GB will meet the tax and social security liabilities of post-holder in addition to net salary)Contract Type: Open Ended / PermanentHours: Full TimeLocation: Home based with deployments worldwideOxfam works with others to overcome poverty and suffering. As an Oxfam employee, you will join a team of professionals that is part of the international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 94 countries. As part of a global movement for

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pakistan: Teacher (Volunteer to teach in the Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Kaghan Memorial TrustCountry: PakistanClosing date: 31 Oct 2014The Kaghan Memorial Trust (KMT) is looking for international teachers to work on a volunteer basis at its school in the Kaghan Valley.RESPONSIBILITIES:Teaching English as a foreign language to young learners (KG to Grade 6)Supporting local teaching staff (teacher training and monitoring teacher performance)Curriculum developmentOrganisation of school eventsWorking as part of the Volunteer International Teacher (VIT) team to develop initiatives to reduce absenteeism, improve health and hygiene, encourage good

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lebanon: A Medical Coordinator in Lebanon. (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Première Urgence - Aide Médicale InternationaleCountry: LebanonClosing date: 30 Sep 2014Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organisation. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians victims of marginalisation and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. PU-AMI relies on 30 years

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Denmark: Financial Controller (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Media SupportCountry: DenmarkClosing date: 30 Sep 2014We are looking for an experienced Financial Controller for our MENA Department to work closely with our partners in the Middle East and North Africa on ensuring financial and administrative capacity and compliance with donor requirements.International Media Support (IMS) is a non-profit international organisation working to support journalists and media in countries affected by armed conflict, human insecurity and political transition. We work with partners in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Jordan

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Consultancy Services to facilitate the Country Consultation on Care Systems in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Save the ChildrenClosing date: 25 Sep 2014Save the Children International East Africa Regional Office Consultancy ServicesBetter Care Network Regional Initiative: Consultancy services to facilitate the country Consultation on Care Systems in Kenya, Rwanda and UgandaBackgroundIn Sub-Saharan Africa, a number of countries[1] have undertaken significant action to reform national policies and systems concerning the care for children.With this growing momentum for child care reform, there is a significant opportunity to support country-level initiatives by increasing knowledge,

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Senior Programme Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Options Consultancy ServicesCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 19 Sep 2014Contract type: permanent, full timeLocation: London, E1Salary: competitiveJob description and responsibilities: download hereWe are seeking a Senior Programme Manager to join our Programme Management team. The successful candidate will be responsible for effective and efficient management of Options’ long-term programmes and short-term assignments. The Senior Programme Manager will be responsible for ensuring quality of programme implementation of at least

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Syrian Arab Republic: Logistics Assistant (for Syrians only) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: UN Children&#039;s FundCountry: Syrian Arab RepublicClosing date: 29 Sep 2014INTERNAL/EXTERNAL VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT # 2014/54If you are a committed, creative Syrian and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading child rights organization, UNICEF would like to hear from you.Post Title : Logistics AssistantContract type : Temporary AppointmentLevel of Post : GS6Duration : 364 daysDuty Station : TartousPURPOSE:Under general supervision of Logistics Officer, performs a variety of information gathering, monitoring, technical

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Kenya: Regional Business Services Manager (source: Relief Web)

Organization: MzN InternationalCountry: KenyaClosing date: 26 Sep 2014CLIENT PURPOSE: To work with others to overcome poverty and suffering.TEAM PURPOSE: To ensure CLIENT in Horn, East &amp; Central Africa has quality business support including financial management, logistics and supply, and information systems as well as managing risks across the region. Also to ensure that there is sufficient financial and logistical capacity to scale up and to respond rapidly to major humanitarian emergencies, and to ensure consistent IT and financial support in Nairobi and across the region.JOB PURPOSE:

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Ecuador: Términos de Referencia para contratación de TÉCNICOS/AS EN ATENCIÓN JURÍDICA (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Jesuit Refugee ServiceCountry: EcuadorClosing date: 22 Sep 2014Convocatoria a vacantes SJR EcuadorTÉCNICOS/AS EN ATENCIÓN JURÍDICADescripción del cargo: Personal técnico que realiza atención jurídica a la población con necesidad de protección internacional (PNPI).Funciones:Realizar atención jurídica mediante asesoría, orientación y/o patrocinio de casos de manera directa tanto en la oficina como en misiones.Acompañar a los beneficiarios a las diferentes instituciones cuando sea pertinenteRealizar esfuerzos de incidencia jurídica en materia de movilidad humanaIdentificar

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Somalia: Operations and Finance Manager. Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia Programme (PIMS) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: Development Alternatives, Inc.Country: SomaliaClosing date: 15 Oct 2014About DAIDAI is an employee-owned global development company. For 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governments, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 60 countries. Our integrated development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines—crisis mitigation

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Legal Framework of Detention in Northern Ireland - Study (Invitation to tender) (source: Relief Web)

Organization: International Committee of the Red CrossCountry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandClosing date: 22 Sep 2014The International Committee of the Red Cross is conducting a study of legal issues linked to detention, and specifically the separated regime, in Northern Ireland.An outline of the Terms of Reference is below.Terms of ReferenceLegal Framework of Detention in Northern IrelandIntroduction The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is conducting a study of legal issues linked to detention, and specifically the separated regime, in Northern

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Egypt: RedR Associate Trainer (source: Relief Web)

Organization: RedR UKCountry: Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, YemenClosing date: 20 Oct 2014Responding to the humanitarian crises in the Middle East requires humanitarian actors with the organisational capacities and personnel competent to meet the needs of the affected communities.RedR UK is looking for experienced, qualified training professionals in the Middle East to join our pool of Associate Trainers delivering capacity building activities for humanitarians, especially those working in Syria

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT