(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) VIENNA, July 6 (KUNA) -- The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo on Wednesday passed away at 63 only a few days ahead of the end of his term.
Barkindo headed OPEC since 2016 and was scheduled to be replaced by Kuwait's Haitham Al-Ghais next month.
Barkindo held important posts in his country's oil sector, including chairman of the the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and deputy director-general of the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA).
He also worked as special assistant of former OPEC Secretary General Rilwanu Lukman and later worked as OPEC Deputy Secretary General back in 2006. He represented Nigeria in OPEC Board Of Governors between 2009-2010.
Barkindo played an active key role in setting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as he was head of the Nigerian technical mission in the negotiations with the UN since 1991.
He was elected in 2010 as Vice President of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in which more than 100 countries presidents and Prime Ministers took place.
He also headed the OPEC's work team in the 15th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).
The OPEC chief also played an active role in establishing OPEC+ alliance that has been working since 20016 to maintain the stability of the international oil market amid the energy crisis and deteriorating oil prices following the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. (end)
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