'Not a suitable candidate': climate groups urge OECD not to appoint Mathias Cormann as next head


A letter signed by 29 experts and activist groups says Cormann’s climate record should rule him out of secretary-general’s job

International climate change groups and influential advisers on the global shift from fossil fuels have written to the OECD expressing “grave concerns” over Australian politician Mathias Cormann’s bid to be its next secretary-general.

Former Australian finance minister Cormann’s record in a government that “persistently failed to take effective action” to cut emissions while blocking international action meant he was “not a suitable candidate”, the letter says.

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