As COP24 draws to a close, we have an exciting opportunity to discuss a critical issue with the leaders of today and the young leaders of tomorrow; an issue that is not only important for the environment, but also for society. We are exploring how to harness digitalisation to deliver more inclusive and sustainable cities, looking particularly at how “smart cities” can improve our lives.
The landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints a grim picture of our future if climate change continues to intensify. This year’s extreme weather events – record breaking heatwaves, wildfires, heavy rains, major tropical storms, diminishing Arctic sea ice – could soon become our daily reality. With only 12 years left to contain global warming to 1.5 degrees, we need to take bold and decisive action.
We are facing a climate emergency. The special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms that, without bold and urgent climate action, global warming will reach 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030. That’s barely 12 years away!
In Katowice, the Secretary-General will deliver remarks at the OECD High-Level Side Event New Climate Economy (Climate-Growth Nexus)as well asat the OECD‑UN Environment FI High-Level Side Event (Aligning Finance with the Goals of the Paris Agreement).
English, PDF, 549kb
The digital revolution, globalisation and demographic changes are transforming labour markets at a time when policy makers are also struggling with slow productivity and wage growth and high levels of income inequality. The new OECD Jobs Strategy provides a comprehensive framework and policy recommendations to help countries address these challenges.
English, PDF, 534kb
Resistance proportions for eight antibiotic-bacterium pairs in Poland have increased in recent years, from 22% in 2005 to 25% in 2015, and could go up to 26% by 2030, should current trends in antibiotic consumption, population and economic growth continue into the future. Resistance proportions in Poland were higher than the OECD average in 2015 (17%).
Poland’s productivity has grown strongly over the past two decades. However, the public and private capital stock is weak, and investment remains focused on the adoption of existing technologies, which weighs on future productivity gains and innovation.
Poland’s catch up with other OECD country has been largely based on productivity growth resulting from restructuring towards more productive sectors and foreign technology absorption.
English, PDF, 278kb
Agricultural research fellowship award grants and international conferences sponsorships of the Co-operative Research Programme (CRP): Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems; advice for applicants for funding.