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ANEEJ lauds Mary Goodman’s Appointment as OECD Deputy Sec-Gen

ANEEJ lauds Mary Goodman’s Appointment as OECD Deputy Sec-Gen

BENIN CITY, NIGERIA. May 21, 2024… The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ has congratulated Ms.  Mary Beth Goodman on her recent appointment as Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

ANEEJ Executive Director, Rev. David Ugolor, in a statement issued in Benin City, expressed excitement over the extensive knowledge, expertise and profound commitment Mary Beth Goodman brings to global economic development, trade, anti-corruption, and democratic governance—areas that are critical to ANEEJ’s mission of eradicating poverty across Africa.

“We extend our warmest felicitations to Mary Beth Goodman on her well-deserved appointment as Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD,” Ugolor stated. “Her rich background in economic development, policy shaping, and her leadership in civil society makes her an excellent fit for this role. We are confident that she will drive significant progress in sustainable development and anti-corruption efforts globally.”

Ugolor also highlighted the strong potential for collaboration between ANEEJ and Mary Beth Goodman in her new role. “We look forward to working closely with Mary Beth Goodman, particularly in advancing initiatives that promote sustainable development and economic justice in Africa. Her previous work, including her leadership in the Open Government Partnership and her efforts in anti-corruption, aligns perfectly with our goals.”

Mary Beth Goodman’s distinguished career includes serving as the United States Coordinator for Global COVID Response and Health Security, Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, and co-founding an organization dedicated to investigating links between corruption, kleptocracy, and human rights abuses in Africa. Her extensive diplomatic and legal background, combined with her commitment to human rights, positions her uniquely to contribute effectively to the OECD’s mission.

The OECD is a global policy forum working with over 100 countries to promote policies to improve economic and social well-being worldwide. Mary Beth Goodman will oversee the environment, public governance, and development portfolios, including sustainable development and climate finance.

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