10 janvier 2015

Charlie Hebdo

By . Following the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the OECD Secretary-General has expressed his condolences and support, on his behalf and that of the Organisation’s staff, to President Hollande and the French authorities. He also indicated that the OECD deplores this action, which is fundamentally opposed to the values we hold dear.
I’m writing this after coming home from one of the many spontaneous demonstrations in France following the murder of the journalists and staff of Charlie Hebdo. I saw many people in tears. The magazine probably wasn’t well known outside the French-speaking world, but it was on Al-Qaeda’s death list after publishing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed, and the journalists knew they were potential targets.
Provocation was Charlie Hebdo’s trademark, and with their satirical texts and illustrations, they managed to offend, outrage and insult most ideologies, institutions and belief systems at one time or another. They didn’t spare the OECD, defining it in this article as the intellectual framework that unites the technocrats who run things, a think tank at the origin of recommendations and a certain number of tools that claim to be neutral but that lead to the implementation of certain policies. On the other hand, Charlie Hebdo could also quote the OECD as an authority as they do here.
That’s what democracy is about. You don’t have to approve of the other, but you should be ready to recognise that they may have something interesting to say, even if you don’t agree with them. Or as the great Arab philosopher al-Kindi put it, “We should not be ashamed to acknowledge truth and discover it no matter what source it comes from”.
One of the victims was Bernard Maris, who taught economics at Paris-8 University and Iowa University. He had a wonderful talent for explaining complex notions in simple language, and pointing out what was wrong with conventional wisdom. In his newspaper, television and radio work, he argued for a world that was more just, where money didn’t rule everything, and we didn’t destroy the planet for some short-term benefit. Like his friends and colleagues, Bernard Maris’ fought against inequality, injustice and oppression.
The world is a sadder place without the mockery of brave, clever, funny people like them. Read more...
Je suis Charlie

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15 resolutions for 2015

By . The best New Year’s toast I ever heard was proposed by some Poles, who claimed it’s traditional: “Here’s to the New Year, because even if it’s going to be worse than last year, it’s going to be better than next year”. But that’s an entirely personal view, and professionally, we’ll all be working to propose better policies for better lives again this year. So here with the help of Insights blog articles from 2014, is a list of 15 resolutions to make the world a better person in 2015.
  1. Get fit. To begin at the beginning. Every list of resolutions worth its salt starts with this because so many readers have a personal stake in the issue. Most adults in the developed world are now overweight and a fifth are obese. In the United States, Mexico and New Zealand, that proportion rises to a third. Read more...

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Is long-term earnings inequality growing? Evidence from German baby-boomers and their parents

By Giacomo Corneo. Modern welfare economics suggests that lifetime income is a main determinant of how well individuals fare in economic terms. However, most analyses of income inequality are based on yearly data that might be poorly correlated with lifetime incomes. Typically, these analyses include individuals of different age and educational attainment, whose incomes in a given year may be little representative of their long-term incomes. Read more...

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Can luxury lead us out of inequality?

By Misha Pinkhasov. Inequality will figure high on government and media agendas in 2015. Kicked into the spotlight by Thomas Picketty’s best-selling Capital in the 21st Century and buoyed by findings of the OECD, Pew Research and others, inequality has even been dubbed the defining word of 2014 by the Financial Times. Read more...

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The sustainability of the UK’s higher education system

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRP4qIrraW46oa4crCboqTzadd3IE4yTumRAbMvuvR527xT31xml_tozi4By Andreas Schleicher. Skills have become the currency of 21st century economies and, despite the significant increase the UK has seen in university graduation over the last decade, the earnings of workers with a university degree remain over 80% higher than those of workers with just five good GCSE’s or an equivalent vocational qualification. Read more...

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Education and the modern family

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRP4qIrraW46oa4crCboqTzadd3IE4yTumRAbMvuvR527xT31xml_tozi4By Tracey Burns Analyst and Roxanne Kovacs. In an article published in 1993, David Popenoe argued that the middle of the 20th century was the heyday of the traditional nuclear family. This family consisted of “a heterosexual, monogamous, life-long marriage in which there is a sharp division of labour, with the female as full-time housewife and the male as primary provider and ultimate authority”. Popenoe argued that the decline of the traditional family was detrimental not just for families, but for society as a whole. Read more...

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The Second International Conference on Learning Cities

The date of the 2nd International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC) has now been jointly fixed by the co-organisers, UNESCO and the Government of Mexico City: it will take place from 7 to 9 May 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico.

The Conference will revolve around the theme of shaping the future of sustainable learning cities. It will provide a splendid opportunity for cities worldwide to communicate their expertise in building learning cities, learn from others’ experiences, forge partnerships and create synergies. The Conference will also take stock of how the building of learning cities is advancing in communities worldwide and how the establishment and expansion of the Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) has been progressing since the 1st ICLC held in Beijing, China in 2013.

Registration of the Conference will kick off in early February and will be done completely through the Conference website, which will go live at the end of January.

UIL, as the secretariat of the ICLC and the coordinating body of the GNLC, cordially invite all partners to save the dates for participating in this significant event. More details of the Conference will be published on the GNLC website on a continuous basis (http://learningcities.uil.unesco.org/home). More...

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EUA expresses solidarity with victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack

LogoIn light of the recent attack against Charlie Hebdo EUA wishes to express its solidarity with the families of the victims and associates itself with the statement of the French national Rector’s Conference (Conférence des présidents d'université - CPU) in reaffirming the primacy of freedom of expression, a core university value.

Statement of the French Rector’s Conference (Conférence des présidents d'université - CPU)

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EU budget 2015 and future investment plan

LogoThe European Parliament adopted the EU 2015 budget in its final plenary session of the year, on 17 December 2014. The European Parliament and the EU Council agreed on the EU 2015 budget on the basis of a newly submitted Commission proposal. More...

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EIT selects new Strategic Partnerships

LogoOn 9 December 2014 the European Institute of Innovation and Technology announced the winners of its 2014 Call for Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) Proposals focusing on Health and Raw Materials.
The winners are the pan-European consortia InnoLife (@EIT_Health) and RawMatTERS (@EIT_RawMaterials), bringing together more than 150 partners from 20 EU Member States. More information is available here:
http://eit.europa.eu/newsroom/eit-selects-new-strategic-partnerships-milestone-europe-areas-health-and-raw-materials. More...

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