Philipp Hildebrand withdraws his candidacy for OECD leadership

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“At this critical time for the global economy, it is indeed essential that the next leader of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) enjoys the broad support of all its members,” writes Philipp Hildebrand in a statement.

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“It was a privilege and an honor to have been the candidate for Switzerland and to have come so far in the race,” he continues. Philipp Hildebrand was among the four finalists for the post, out of ten at the start. Among the candidates to succeed Mexican Angel Gurria, there are also Mathias Cormann (Australia), Anna Diamantopoulou (Greece) and Cecilia Malmström (Sweden).

Zero emission economy

“Throughout this effort, I have tirelessly championed the need to promote a just transition to a net zero emissions economy, reform and invest in the global economy in order to achieve stronger growth and higher inclusive, and revitalize international cooperation ”, explains Philipp Hildebrand.

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Also on Twitter, the President of the Confederation Guy Parmelin thanked Philipp Hildebrand for his “excellent candidacy”. This made it possible to nurture valuable contacts within the members of the OECD, he emphasizes.

End of selection in 2021

The results of the next round will be revealed in early March. The appointment process is expected to end in March 2021, with a start on June 1, 2021.