Polish Minister put forward as head of OECD

Environment and Climate Minister Michał Kurtyka is Poland’s candidate for the position of OECD’s secretary general.

The term of the current OECD Secretary General, Mexican Jose Angela Gurria ends in June 2021 and the nomination of his successor is due to take place by March 2021. Poland’s candidate, Michał Kurtyka, chaired the UN COP24 conference in Katowice in 2019, where the Katowice Rule Book for the 2015 Paris Agreement was drawn up.

Mr Kurtyka entered the government as Secretary of State at the Energy Ministry, responsible for economic development and innovation in the power sector, as well as for climate issues.

He was named Climate Minister in 2019 and has headed up the new merged Ministry of Climate and Environment since October this year.

Earlier on in his career, the minister gained a doctorate in economics from the Warsaw School of Economics and attended the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and was a scholarship student in quantum optics at the National Institute of Standards and Technologies in Washington.

The OECD, which is headquartered in Paris is an organisation of richer nations founded in 1961. The mission of the OECD, known in full as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Poland has been a member since 1996.

Six other candidates named so far come from Greece, Sweden, Australia, Estonia, Canada and the US.