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Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, joins the Global Commission on Internet Governance

Waterloo, CanadaMarch 05, 2014Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has joined the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG).

Gurría becomes the twenty-ninth commission member of the GCIG, a two-year initiative chaired by Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt. Launched by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Chatham House, the commission will encourage globally inclusive public discussions and debates on the future of Internet governance. It will create and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance that can act as a rallying point for states that are striving for a continued free and open Internet.

“With an extraordinarily impressive array of experience and expertise, Mr. Gurría is a greatly welcomed addition to this initiative,” said Fen Osler Hampson, co-director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. “We are delighted that Angel and the OECD will be collaborating with the GCIG to produce a globally representative vision of the future of Internet governance.”

Angel Gurría joined the OECD as secretary-general in June 2006, following a distinguished career in public service. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. As OECD Secretary-General, he has reinforced the OECD's role as a hub for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernization and reform.

The complete list of GCIG commissioners includes:

  • Carl Bildt, Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance
  • Gordon Smith, Deputy Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance
  • Fen Osler Hampson, Co-Director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance
  • Patricia Lewis, Co-Director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance
  • Dominic Barton
  • Pablo Bello
  • Pascal Cagni
  • Dae-Whan Chang
  • Moez Chakchouk
  • Michael Chertoff
  • Dian Triansyah Djani
  • Anriette Esterhuysen
  • Hartmut Glaser
  • Dorothy Gordon
  • Angel Gurría
  • Dame Wendy Hall
  • Melissa Hathaway
  • Mathias Müller von Blumencron
  • Beth Simone Noveck
  • Joseph S. Nye
  • Sir David Omand
  • Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi
  • Nii Quaynor
  • Latha Reddy
  • Marietje Schaake
  • Tobby Simon
  • Michael Spence
  • Paul Twomey
  • Pindar Wong

For more information on the Global Commission on Internet Governance, please visit: Follow the commission on Twitter @OurInternetGCIG.

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