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BlogServer Financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cities: Innovative new approaches Gail Hurley

Many of the investments needed to achieve the SDGs will take place at the sub-national level and be led by local authorities, especially in urban areas. Massive public and private investments will be needed to improve access to sustainable urban services and infrastructure, to improve cities’ resilience to climate change and shocks, and to prepare them to host 2.5 billion new residents over the next three decades, particularly in developing countries. From OECD “Development Matters” platform. More here:

Time to deploy the fiscal levers actively and wisely Catherine Mann

The role of fiscal policy has been at the heart of the policy debate since the financial crisis. With the global economy stuck in a low-growth trap and monetary policy overburdened, it is time to re-assess the use of fiscal policy levers. From OECD Ecoscope. More here:

The gig economy will not abolish working 9 to 5 Rory O’Farrell

Prospects for global governance Ron Gass

A world society is emerging where nation states are dominant, but in a complex, multi-polar world in which the poles–including business, civil society, and multilateral agencies–are developing various forms of power through alliances and shared objectives– or even common enemies. In the global system that is emerging, economic growth and the technological advances that underpin it have to be geared to meet human ends.

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Urban green growth is about asking the right questions at the right time

New insights on teaching strategies

Maha Skah

Pablo Fraser

Are you a city-dweller, concerned about the challenges of urbanisation, resilience and inclusiveness? Cities and urban areas represent unrivalled concentrations of people, economic growth, commercial networks, and innovation–and have the potential to make a significant contribution to the transition towards a low-carbon world.

Education’s purpose is to prepare children for a fast-moving, ever-changing world. Teaching faces the additional challenge of classrooms becoming increasingly more culturally diverse. Now, more than ever, this requires an adaptation of current teaching strategies. From OECD Education & Skills Today. More here: 2geXimX

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Defining “green skills” using data

Julia Stockdale-Otárola

Katharine Mullock

At times we describe cities with the most hopeful and endearing terms. Think of “The City of Light”, “The City of Lilies”, “Pearl of the Danube”, “The Holy City”, and so on and so forth. There are other times when only the unique stench, pollution and squalor found in city streets seem to warrant attention.

The EU joined more than 55 other countries, including China and the US, in ratifying the Paris climate agreement, thus setting it in motion. Negotiated almost a year ago, the climate deal commits countries to freeze further increases in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. From OECD Skills and Work blog. More here:


There is little new about the “gig economy”. The word “gig” originates from 1920s jazz musicians who played a small concert or engagement at a venue. Dolly Parton may have sung about working 9 to 5, but her life was moving from one gig to another. We have always had plumbers, electricians, and lawyers who do temporary work, and are not paid by clients when they are idle. However, do new apps such as Uber or Deliveroo mean the end of the 9 to 5 job, and do these platforms need to be regulated?

A tale of two cities?

From OECD Insights. More here: These extracts from blogs are courtesy of OECD Insights, OECD Education & Skills Today, OECD Ecoscope, Wikigender, Wikiprogress and other content and social media platforms managed by the OECD.

OECD Observer No 308 Q4 2016  
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