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Ulrik V. Knudsen announced as Denmark's candidate for Secretary-General of the OECD

On behalf of the Danish government, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jeppe Kofod, has officially nominated Deputy Secretary-General Ulrik V. Knudsen as Denmark's candidate for Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Read the press release with the announcement of Denmark’s candidacy here


Ulrik V. Knudsen has previously served as Permanent Secretary of State of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Ambassador to the OECD and currently holds the position as Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD. Building on these experiences, he has a unique knowledge of and experience with the OECD.


Further information on Ulrik V. Knudsen’s priorities for his candidature can be found in the right column.



Selection of a new Secretary-General of the OECD 


The OECD is a key multilateral institution with 37 Member States, working on establishing evidence-based international standards and finding solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. The OECD’s role in shaping international economic policy will be more critical than ever in light of COVID-19.


On 1 September 2020 the OECD called Member States to nominate candidates to the position. The two months nomination period ends on 1 November 2020. Soon after interviews will be held with all candidates, followed by confidential consultations with individual Member States on which candidate receives the most support. The Secretary-General will be chosen by the OECD Council for a five-year term beginning 1 June 2021. By 1 March 2021, at the latest, the whole process should be completed.



Contact information: 

Anne-Katrine Brandt Olsen