Cotis leads top French bureau as Lalonde becomes climate change envoy

Cotis leads top French bureau–
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).
Secretary-General Angel Gurría hailed this prestigious appointment as tribute to the former head of the Economics Department. “Mr Cotis has provided very distinguished service at the OECD. His appointment to INSEE is not only an acknowledgement of the recognition that he enjoys within France’s public administration, but also of his leadership in strengthening the OECD’s role as a source of relevant policy advice and proposals,” Mr Gurría said.Before joining the OECD in August 2002, Mr Cotis had been director of the Economics Department at the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry from 1997. The new appointment, which was announced after a French cabinet meeting, leaves his former OECD position vacant.–as Lalonde becomes climate change envoy
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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