In November the next UN Conference of Parties on climate change (COP19) will meet in Warsaw. There is an enormous amount of work to do in Poland and subsequently if we are going to get a global, legally binding agreement on carbon emissions that we committed to achieve at COP21 in Paris in 2015. In particular we need to set the political parameters around which a deal can be built. … Climate Change: The Road to Paris 2015
We are hearing more and more about ‘human capital’ at the OECD. This is good news. It may sound counter-intuitive. Human and Capital. Man and Machine. Opposites surely, or at least complements, unless you’re in some sort of modernist fantasy? But the phrase, while not the most literary, does make sense. In the same way as tools, machines or other forms of tangible capital allow us to work and produce … Human Capital 1.0
Among the outcomes of last week’s G8 in Lough Erne, the formal launching of negotiations on an EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or ‘T-TIP’) may prove to be one of the most historic. With the promise of new jobs and lower prices, it has the potential to make a real and positive impact for citizens. As my colleague Martin Harris notes, the US invests three times more in the … A T-TIPping Point?
I wanted to sincerely thank everyone at the OECD who helped the UK host a successful G8 Summit. The setting was Northern Ireland’s beautiful Lough Erne, where on the eve of the Summit the British Prime Minister refreshed himself with a bracing swim, avoiding the nibbles of the pike that a certain recently-retired OECD Director used to fish for half a century ago. Since the global financial crisis in 2008 … OECD at the G8 table
The upcoming UK-hosted G8 summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland is an opportunity for the UK to lead a global debate on Trade, Tax and Transparency – the “3Ts” – showing how progress on these areas is essential for prosperity in all countries. The OECD has made an invaluable contribution to this effort – I’ve made a short video where you can find out more. Tax Tax avoidance and evasion … The OECD, the G8 and the 3Ts (Tax, Trade & Transparency)
My first video blog gives an insight into what the OECD does and the role of the UK Delegation. Have a look to find out a bit more about our top priorities as a Delegation, and how we’re working with the OECD. The UK and the OECD – an introduction Transcript of video blog I’m Nick Bridge, the British Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), based … An introduction to the UK and the OECD
This month in the UK we launched the ‘What Works’ Network – new centres of evidence to help ensure better decisions across £200 billion of public service spending. It’s the first time a government has set up such a model. The video launch at NESTA is well worth a look. The Network consists of two existing centres of excellence – the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the … Doing What Works – the Data Revolution
Today is International Women’s Day, an annual event launched over a century ago, in 1910, to celebrate the social and economic achievements of women.
The situation for women since then has changed profoundly…
Closing the Gender Gap
The Prime Minister’s speech at Davos, and the Chancellor’s article in yesterday’s Observer, describe how the UK is working with OECD experts to push reform of the international tax system – to reduce tax base erosion and the shifting of profits by global corporations. I remember being struck by this issue at an Economic Club lunch in Washington D.C. back in March 2011. The guest speaker was GE CEO Jeff Immelt, and there … A taxing issue…
Today saw the launch of a very significant new initiative by the OECD and WTO, called Trade in Value Added, or TiVA. Why is it attracting so much attention? Don’t we already have statistics on trade? We do, but the the way we’ve looked at trade statistics for years no longer necessarily reflects the way we produce and exchange things today. A product isn’t just made in one country and … Transforming our Understanding of Trade