Cotis leads top French bureau as Lalonde becomes climate change envoy
Jean-Philippe Cotis, the OECD’s chief economist, has been appointed as director general of the French national statistics institute INSEE (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques, or the National Statistics and Economic Studies Institute).
Brice Lalonde, who has been head of the OECD Roundtable on Sustainable Development since February 2007, has been named French ambassador for climate change. Former French environment minister and twice a green candidate for the French presidency, Mr Lalonde was most recently in the news debating a report issued by the roundtable on biofuels. The newly created government post will see him working alongside both Bernard Kouchner, foreign affairs minister, and Jean-Louis Borloo, minister of ecology, development and sustainable management. See “Sustainable facts: Interview with Brice Lalonde” in OECD Observer No 261. ©OECD Observer No 256, July 2006
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