Member of Parliament Mari Kiviniemi appointed OECD Deputy Secretary-General
By decision of the OECD Council, Member of Parliament Mari Kiviniemi was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the organization for a term of two years on 25 July.
Kiviniemi is the first Finn to be named Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), based in Paris, during Finland's 45-year membership of the organization. "This appointment indicates that Finland has good candidates to offer for a diverse range of international tasks for which competition is fierce and candidates from the smallest countries often find it difficult to be elected", Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja states.
During her two-year term, Mari Kiviniemi will be one of four Deputy Secretary-Generals of the OECD. Kiviniemi is well versed in matters within the OECD's line of operations and for instance served as the Chair of the 2009 Ministerial Meeting of the OECD Territorial Development Policy Committee.