OECD's New Australian Chief Dogged By Climate Record
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Fri 12th March 2021 | 08:47 PM
The new head of the OECD is a little-known Australian politician who takes on his new role dogged by a patchy climate record that stirred up controversy ahead of his appointment
Sydney, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Mar, 2021 ) :The new head of the OECD is a little-known Australian politician who takes on his new role dogged by a patchy climate record that stirred up controversy ahead of his appointment.
Australia's longest-serving finance minister, 51-year-old Mathias Cormann was appointed head of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on Friday.
But it is his climate record that grabbed headlines ahead of his appointment.
But Cormann defended his climate record, saying that "action on climate change to be effective, requires an ambitious, globally coordinated approach".
Another eight candidates were whittled out of contention.
The OECD works to boost economic growth and world trade, and its 37 member nations account for 60 percent of global economic output. It has never been helmed by a citizen of an Asia-Pacific country.
Cormann said climate change was among the group's key challenges when he announced his candidacy last year, along with education, skills and "narrowing differences on taxation policy".
Cormann has focused his pitch for the role on the perspective he would bring to the OECD after having "shared my life in equal measure between Europe and the Asia-Pacific".
Despite spending more than a decade in parliament -- and serving as finance minister for a record seven years -- he is not well-known to the Australian public.
But he was an influential party operator, and was instrumental in the elevation of current Prime Minister Scott Morrison by helping oust the country's previous leader.
Morrison told the National Press Club in early February he nominated Cormann in part because "cooperation between like-minded liberal democracies... has never been more important than it is today".