Achim Steiner Reappointed as Executive Secretary of UNEP
Following the recommendation of the Secretary-General, the General Assembly has extended for two years the appointment of Achim Steiner as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Mr. Steiner’s new term will begin on June 15th, 2014.
Achim Steiner is the fifth Executive Director of UNEP, first elected to a four-year term in 2010. Over the course of his tenure, Mr. Steiner has overseen significant reforms to the anchor organization for the global environment, including a restructuring of the organization’s bureaucracy around thematic areas of concern, and the continuing implementation of the Rio+20 decisions to “strengthen and upgrade” UNEP.
Before joining UNEP, Mr. Steiner served as Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and as Secretary general of the World Commission on Dams. A German and Brazilian National, he was born in Brazil in 1961. Mr. Steiner holds a BA from the University of Oxford as well as an MA from the University of London with a specialization in development economics, regional planning, and international development and environmental policy. He also studied at the German Development Institute in Berlin, as well as at the Harvard Business School.