UNEP Executive Director Reelected by UN General Assembly on Earth Day
Achim Steiner, elected to the post of Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) by the UN General Assembly in 2006, was re-elected for another 4-year term on Earth Day, April 22. Executive Director Steiner is the fifth Executive Director since UNEP’s creation in 1972 following Maurice Strong, Mostafa Tolba, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, and Klaus Toepfer. Steiner also serves as the Director-General of the UN Office in Nairobi (UNON).
Throughout his professional career, Achim Steiner has gained experience in civil society, governmental, and international organizations across five continents in the fields of sustainable development and environmental policy. Prior to joining UNEP, Achim Steiner was the Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) from 2001 to 2006.Â In 1998, he was appointed Secretary-General of the World Commission on Dams in South Africa, where he managed a global programme of work bringing together the public sector, business, and civil society in a global policy process on dams and development.
A German national, Achim Steiner was born in Brazil in 1961. He received a BA from the University of Oxford and an MA from the University of London with specialization in development economics, regional planning, and international development and environment policy. He has also studied at the German Development Institute in Berlin and at Harvard Business School.
In the summer of 2009, Executive Director Steiner was a participant in the GEG Project Forum in Glion, Switzerland. Read the press release for the reappointment proposal of Executive Director Steiner, here.