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At OECD, Israel joins global battle against climate change (Rina Bassist, Al-Monitor)

Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg, Energy Minister Karin Elharar and Israel’s ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Haim Assaraf met today with US climate envoy John Kerry. The Israeli delegation told Kerry that Israel will be joining the American and European-led initiative for a global 30% reduction in methane gas emissions by 2030. The initiative, […]

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann at a Joint Press Availability (US Department of State)

MODERATOR:  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen – those in the room, those watching online – to this final press conference for the OECD’s Ministerial Council Meeting.  We’ll have a – we’ll hear a few remarks from the Secretary-General, followed by remarks from the Secretary of State, who chaired the meeting.  And then we will take […]

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at OECD Opening and Keynote Address (US Department of State)

Secretary Antony J. Blinken at OECD Opening and Keynote Address – United States Department of State  

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U.S. and OECD Co-Host Panel on Quality Infrastructure and the Blue Dot Network (US Department of State)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined business and civil society representatives for a discussion on the Blue Dot Network and the imperative to raise standards in infrastructure investment on October 5, 2021.  Secretary Blinken and co-panelists Yves Perrier, Chair of Amundi, Brendan Bechtel, CEO of Bechtel Group, and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union […]

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The United States at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (US Department of State)

“This is a special institution, a special organization heading to its 60th anniversary…  A very powerful forum for coming together, working together on real solutions to the problems that our citizens face, as well as the opportunities.” – Secretary Antony J. Blinken, June 25, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken  travels to Paris October 4-6 to chair the Organization for Economic Cooperation and […]

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MACROECONOMIC POLICYMAKING/GOOGLE TRENDS/MACHINE LEARNING/OECD – Tracking GDP using Google Trends and machine learning: A new OECD model (Nicolas Woloszko, VOXEU)

A pre-requisite for good macroeconomic policymaking is timely information on the current state of the economy, particularly when economic activity is changing rapidly. Given that GDP figures are usually only available on a quarterly basis, the current crisis has prompted a search for alternative high‑frequency indicators of economic activity. This column presents evidence from a […]

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EUROPE/COVID19 – Europe needs to prepare better for coming out of new strict containment measures (OECD)

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) once again spreading rapidly, and the re-introduction of containment measures to flatten the curve of the epidemic, it is crucial for policymakers to plan effective strategies to re-open their economies to avoid further re-confinements. This should include much more effective testing, tracing and isolation policies that people can easily follow, as […]

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ASIA PACIFIC/HEALTH/COVID19 – Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2020. Measuring Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage (OECD)

This sixth edition of Health at a Glance Asia/Pacific presents a set of key indicators of health status, the determinants of health, health care resources and utilisation, health care expenditure and financing and quality of care across 27 Asia-Pacific countries and territories. It also provides a series of dashboards to compare performance across countries and […]