US Fields Brian Atwood for OECD-DAC's Top Job

Tarpaulin banners bearing the acronym of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development hang from OECD's headquarters in Paris, France. The U.S. government has nominated former U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator J. Brian Atwood as chairman of OECD’s Development Assistance Committee. Photo by: OECD / CC BY-NC-ND OECDCC BY-NC-ND

The U.S. government has nominated J. Brian Atwood as chairman of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee.

“The DAC is a unique international forum where donor governments and multi-lateral organizations come together to reach consensus on how best to work with partner countries in the developing world in their efforts to reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” Atwood said in statement published in the University of Minnesota’s web blog, “Global Notes.”

The DAC chief serves as the official representative of development stakeholders from 24 DAC-member nations that contribute a total of USD120 billion each year in official development assistance, and presides over DAC high-level meetings on long-term development strategies and policies.

“The task will be to engage new donors and to promote the development principles embodied in the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action. If this can be done effectively, the chances of meeting many or all of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 will be greatly enhanced,” Atwood said.

If elected, Atwood will begin his term in January 2011. The election is slated for early November.

Atwood served as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s administrator from 1993 to 1999. He is also the chairman of Devex board of advisors.

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