OECD18: ‘Healthcare for All: Homelessness, Addiction and Mental Health: How can we better access health care systems for people living on the streets?’

By April Cunningham (Central Queensland University)

Homelessness is a complex and increasing issue, with more than 4 million people a year experiencing it worldwide. At a recent symposium conducted at the 2018 Organisational Economics Co-operation Development (OECD) Meeting in Paris, a number of parties came together to discuss the factors contributing to homelessness around the world.

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OECD18 THEMES: The United States and Multilateralism

By Jack Dalrymple (The University of Melbourne - Faculty of Business and Economics)

In a forum that seeks to celebrate and restore the glory of free trade, one nation stands out for its withdrawal from the OECD’s goals of multilateralism in all but name. 

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OECD18 THEMES: ‘Structural reform required to address the benefits of global economic growth’

By Sean Curran (Curtin University)

While the economic outlook of OECD nations is more favourable than it’s been in years, the benefits of this growth are not being felt by workers. Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the OECD, has called on governments to introduce structural reforms designed to address this issue. 

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By Zoe Neill (University of Sydney)

Digital technology has become an integral part of our daily lives and is essential to the overall functioning of society. In an OECD session on technology in the workplace, Holly Niemela a Wellbeing Expert at Mindful and Peaceful Inventions, noted that technology has made us ‘busy’, and, warned us of the “full plate, empty life syndrome”. Inefficient ‘business’ leads to less overall work productivity and decreases work morale making. We need a humanist perspective to digital technology in order to increase productivity. 

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By Judith Mendes (Queensland University of Technology)

The era of digital transformation is among us. Technology has become the foundation of our lives. As the timeline of the technology revolution continues, it is up to us whether we want that foundation to be a strong and solid base to innovate upon or a fast-paced industry that only offers the illusion of control. 

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OECD Forum Wrap Up: Day 4

Alasdair Cannon, QUT Business School

Waking up this morning signalled a bit of a sad note to our tired minds: our time in Paris was officially drawing to a close. Having completed all our scheduled meetings at the OECD Headquarters, we instead made our way to the Australian Embassy. Located close to the Eiffel Tower (seriously, what a view!), the Embassy holds the Australian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO. Sitting in a beautiful conference room (courtesy of Harry Seidler, the classic Australian modernist architect), we met with the Australian Ambassador to UNESCO and Deputy Head of Mission at the Paris Embassy, H. E. Mr Angus Mackenzie. The next hour was spent discussing the details of UNESCO’s work, covering topics such as UNESCO’s World Heritage project and other matters of international concern. Following this, we were treated to a short-tour of UNESCO, which includes a mural designed by Picasso.

Australian Ambassador to UNESCO and Deputy Head of Mission at the Paris Embassy, H. E. Mr Angus Mackenzie.

Australian Ambassador to UNESCO and Deputy Head of Mission at the Paris Embassy, H. E. Mr Angus Mackenzie.

Et, c’est tout: our Global Voices delegation was officially over. We said our goodbyes, and went our separate ways, with some returning to Australia, and others staying on to further explore Paris and Europe. It feels reductive to try to sum the trip up succinctly: the intensity, quality, and depth of the delegation were like nothing else any of us have experienced.

Never before had we met with so many interesting and important people in the international political sphere. From them we gained insight, knowledge and connections that no amount of ordinary university education can offer.

Ultimately, Global Voices truly delivered a formative experience for everyone involved, and I think that all of us have come away with refined and more mature interests in our various fields of study.