BRIC countries and the OECD →
This article is short and lacks much detail, but is an interesting view into the engagements of the OECD with the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia India, China), arguably the “biggest topics” in international development today. The article describes the countries’ “enhanced engagement” status with the OECD, defending that, although they do not uphold the democratic and...
The Second OECD Student Ambassador Series speaking...
October 26, 2010 (next Tuesday) 11:30-1:30pm **FREE LUNCH** Hosting the World Cup: a Panel on the global games and their effect on the development of their host country Featuring: Daniel Charnoff: Senior Honors Student, School of International Relations How to Harness the World Cup For Development Followed by a Discussion on How Developing Countries can Gain from Improving Infrastructure by:...
Infrastructure in Cyber Space
Although it is a different kind of infrastructure, I found this article interesting in relation to next Tuesday’s event on global infrastructure initiatives. Here, the OECD takes the importance of international cooperation into cyberspace, where new ideas and challenges in national and economic security will undoubtedly arise in the coming years.
OECD pushes for more stringent tax laws in Panama →
This article is interesting to me because I don’t get to see many in which the OECD engages heavily with a developing economy (outside, of course, of its enhanced engagement countries).
more countries pledge to ban the OECD conference... →
Turkey, and now Sweden, Ireland, and South Africa, have apparently pledged not to attend the OECD conference on tourism that will take place this week (Wednesday to Friday, October 20-22). As the politics of this conference unfold, it is very interesting to see how the shape of world politics is affecting the OECD’s initiatives to move forward in development topics. Take a look!
Turkey will not send delegates to OECD conference... →
I have been watching the debates and drama surrounding the upcoming OECD conference on tourism, that will be held in new member country Israel later this month. While states are unlikely to converge on all interests, it is interesting to watch the political dynamics of the OECD as they begin to accept more member countries. In analyses of the integration of the European Union, one common question...
UN World Statistics Day!
Next Wednesday, October 20, is UN World Statistics day! Although no OECDxUSC events will take place on campus that day, please contact Lauren Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending the next two OECD data and statistics training sessions (Oct 26 and Oct 27) and/or the next OECDxUSC event on the ability of World Cup host countries to harness the global games for national...
improving health care is vital for long-term... →
One of professor Rathbun’s IR 309 students presented her data assignment today on factors affecting women in education and in the work force. I was disappointed to see that the United States, put up against Russia, India, China, and Brazil, was the only country that did not require any length of paid maternity leave. As we approach the mid-term elections, debate on health and gender issues...
not-so-good news →
Straight from oecd.org: OECD Composite leading indicators show signs of a slowdown in global economic growth.
Israel promises to lower profile, OECD conference... →
After OECD threatens to cancel tourism conference over Minister Misezhnikov’s suggestion that holding it in Jerusalem means financial organization recognizes city as Israel’s capital, Steinitz promises Secretary-General Gurria Israel will refrain from politicizing event.
critiques can be important, too. →
Thoughts on the OECD’s Institutional Management in Higher Education conference - these kinds of constructive critiques can be important in understanding where we stand as a group of nations, what we have done, and what we could do better.
USC's College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences... →
getting technical →
LGC Standards, Europe’s leading supplier of reference materials, has launched a range of reference nanomaterials to aid research and testing into the applications and impacts of nanotechnology, which is widely regarded as one of the most important new technologies of the 21st century. This article caught my eye because it references the OECD as leading one of the world’s largest...
oecd joins the fight against [american] obesity →
I’m posting this article because I think it’s yet another good example of just how far the OECD’s research extends. “Obesity and the Economics of Prevention” is a fabulous means by which you can find information on the trends and projections for the “obesity epidemic” in the United States. I have seen many articles lately critiquing the OECD and its...
traffic picks up in world education →
Andreas Schleicher, head of the education directorate at the OECD, explains US and British historical dominance of higher education, and why the competition has started to pick up. Looks like it’s time to finish up that Study Abroad application!
enter South Africa
As we begin our discussion on transparency and infrastructure, I would like to introduce a few articles about our countries of interest for the upcoming World Cup event: South Africa and Brazil. This article was posted over the summer, but it provides a brief and accessible look into where South Africa has come since the World Cup, and where it has left to go. Take a look!